No, there is no need to prepay full program cost up front. Instead, you will pay as you go and be charged by “flight time”. This is the time from engine start to engine stop. The hobbs meter in the aircraft keeps track of this time in .1 hour intervals (6-minute intervals).


Be very careful before you sign up with a school that asks for full payment up front. People will often get pressured into contracts and up-front tuition payments, only to find they are not happy at the school and wish to switch, or you run the risk of the school potentially going bankrupt. You should also be skeptical if a company promises employment if you train with them. Usually, this involves spending great amounts of money to train on their aircraft, and then flying minimal hours (you must share the hours with the other students of the school). You will work for no payment, or very minimal, and will have to pay for your own recurrency training.

Usually for a Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License , and IFR Rating people spend between $57,000 and $65,000 Canadian Dollars. There are many ways you can minimize the cost of your training.

The latest estimated cost of Flight Training at different stages can be found at All prices are in Canadian Dollars. The training cost is the same for domestic and international students.

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