Flight School Calgary

About Our Flight School in Calgary

Executive Compass Flight Institute’s base at Springbank Airport (CYBW) is a prominent general aviation facility located approximately 22 km west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Situated amidst the picturesque foothills of the Canadian Rockies, it serves as a vital hub for private, corporate, and recreational aviation in the region.  CYBW has steadily grown to become one of the busiest general aviation airports in Canada. With two paved runways – one measuring 5,000 feet and the other 3,200 feet – it accommodates a diverse range of aircraft, from single-engine piston planes to business jets.

 

Executive Compass Flight Institute stands as a beacon of excellence in aviation education, offering aspiring aviators a gateway to the skies through comprehensive flight training programs. Specialising in pilot training in Calgary, the institute prides itself on its ability to mould student pilots into skilled professionals ready to navigate the vast Canadian airspaces.

 

At the heart of its curriculum is the Private Pilot License (PPL) program, meticulously designed to meet and exceed Transport Canada's rigorous standards. This foundational course offers students a deep dive into the essentials of flying, covering both practical flight training and theoretical knowledge in ground school. Clagary's unique geographical landscape provides an ideal backdrop for training, offering student pilots a mix of urban and natural environments to hone their skills.

 

Recognizing the aspirations of many to pursue a career in aviation, Executive Compass Flight Institute extends its training offerings to include a Commercial Pilot program. This advanced training is tailored for those aiming to become commercial pilots, guiding them through the intricacies of flying larger aircraft and navigating complex flight scenarios.

For those aspiring to contribute to the next generation of pilots, the institute offers a Flight Instructor program. This course empowers commercial pilots to share their knowledge and passion for flying with budding aviators, ensuring a continuous flow of highly skilled professionals into the Canadian air industry.

 

The institute's commitment to excellence is evident in its adherence to Transport Canada's standards across all programs. This commitment ensures that all student pilots, whether aiming for a private pilot license in Alberta or pursuing commercial ambitions, receive education that is not just compliant, but surpasses national requirements.

At Executive Compass Flight Institute, the journey from student pilot to transport pilot is paved with expertise, dedication, and a deep-rooted passion for aviation. With its comprehensive programs, experienced flight instructors, and state-of-the-art training facilities, the institute stands as a premier choice for pilot training in Calgary and beyond.

Calgary Flight School Cost

The cost of obtaining a Private Pilot License (PPL) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL) in Calgary varies depending on several factors such as the type of aircraft used for training and the individual's pace of learning.

For a PPL Training, Executive Compass Flight Institute estimates the cost of obtaining the Private Pilot License is $13,895.  However, it's worth noting that this cost is based on the minimum hours set out by Transport Canada, and actual expenses can vary based on the progression of individual training, the type of aircraft flown, and weather conditions​​.

For a CPL, the cost typically ranges from $21,700 to $23,000. This includes the necessary flight time, ground school, written exams, and other associated costs. Training for a CPL requires a minimum of 200 hours of flight time. It's also important to note that students may need to first obtain a PPL before proceeding with CPL training.

Flight School Program Requirements

To become a Private Pilot in Calgary, Alberta, you must fulfil certain prerequisites:

Age: You must be at least 17 years old to obtain the license, although training can start at 15.

Medical Certificate: A Category 3 or higher Aviation Medical Certificate is required.

English: A proven fluency in English given its status as the international language of aviation.

Ground School: A minimum of 40 hours of ground school is required, covering topics like Canadian Aviation Regulations, Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Navigation, and more.

Flying Requirements: A minimum of 45 hours of flight training is needed, which includes dual and solo flights, cross-country flights, and instrument training.

Examinations: You must pass the written examination (PPAER) and a flight test administered by Transport Canada​​​​.

 

To become a Commercial Pilot in Calgary, Alberta, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to hold a CPL

Private Pilot License (PPL): Must have completed your PPL as it is a prerequisite for commercial pilot training.

Medical Certificate: A Class 1 medical certificate is required.

Ground School: A minimum of 80 hours of commercial pilot aeroplane ground school instruction covering various subjects such as Canadian Aviation Regulations, Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Flight Operations, etc.

Flight Training: Completion of a minimum of 200 hours of flight time is required, of which at least 100 hours must be as pilot-in-command. This includes 20 hours of cross-country flight time, 35 hours of dual instruction flight time (including night and instrument time), and 30 hours of solo flight time, emphasising general flying skills.

Examinations: Passing the Transport Canada written examination for Commercial Pilots (CPAER) and a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Guide Commercial Pilot License – Aeroplane​

Calgary Flight Training

At the heart of Executive Compass Flight Institute’s curriculum in Springbank, Calgary, is the Private Pilot License (PPL) program, meticulously designed to meet and exceed Transport Canada's rigorous standards. This foundational course offers students a deep dive into the essentials of flying, covering both practical flight training and theoretical knowledge in ground school. The unique geographical landscape of Calgary provides an ideal backdrop for training, offering student pilots a mix of urban and natural environments to hone their skills.

Recognizing the aspirations of many to pursue a career in aviation, Executive Compass Flight Institute extends its training offerings to include a Commercial Pilot program.

 

This advanced training is tailored for those aiming to become commercial pilots, guiding them through the intricacies of flying larger aircraft and navigating complex flight scenarios.

For those aspiring to contribute to the next generation of pilots, the institute offers a Flight Instructor program. This course empowers commercial pilots to share their knowledge and passion for flying with budding aviators, ensuring a continuous flow of highly skilled professionals into the Canadian air industry.