Private Pilot License

This is the first step in your flight training.

Getting Off The Ground.

This is the first step of your flight training! Through your Private Pilot License (PPL) training you will learn about meteorology, navigation, theory of flight, Canadian Aviation Regulations, and flight operations.

After completing your PPL, you will be able to fly during the day while keeping visual contact with the ground and continue on to additional ratings that will allow you to fly in various conditions. This includes your Night Rating, Instrument Rating (IFR) and more.

You also need your PPL to start your Commercial Pilot License. You must be 17 years or older to complete this license, but training can start at the age of 13.


January Ground School Schedule

Become a cfc student

Call us and book in to meet with an Instructor for your first ground briefing and register for your required programs. Please note we are NOT currently accepting international students.

Pstar & radio license

These are written exams that can be taken at CFC. You need to pass them before you can can fly solo.


The PPL Ground School requirement is 40 hours. Ground School can be taken at CFC or another facility. Click to register.

Get your medical

You need a Class 1 or 3 medical to fly solo, and this can take up to a month. Search for a location here.

Get Flying

There are 45 hours of flying required for your PPL. This includes Dual & Solo training and your Flight Test.


Schedule and take a written exam and flight test when you feel ready. The written exam can be done before or after the flight test.

Minimum Costs for private pilot license training

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Hours Type Rate Total 45 Solo Flight Training $185.00 $8,325.00 17 Dual Instruction $70.00 $1,190.00 3 Simulator $120.00 $360.00 Flight Test Exam Fee $400.00 Written Exam Fee $210.00 Ground School $400.00 Supplies $300.00 $11,185.00

*prices subject to change

**does not include medical fee

Planning for your private pilot license

The above costs are based on Transport Canada minimum required hours. Students typically require 85 – 90 hours to feel fully prepared for their flight test. Generally, CFC students spend between $18,000 and $25,000 to obtain their Private Pilot License.

The Calgary Flying Club is a hub for flight training in Alberta. We have been supporting aviation since 1927.


Contact Us

155A MacLaurin Dr, Calgary, AB T3Z 3S4
Phone: 403.288.8831

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The Calgary Flying Club is a hub for flight training in Alberta. We have been supporting aviation since 1927.

Calgary Flying Club © 2023