Private Pilot License

Course Overview

A private pilot license allows you to fly anywhere in the world with some exceptions and is also the prerequisite for training towards a rewarding career in aviation. 

Age Requirements: 

  • Minimum age for Student Pilot Permit – 14 Years
  • Minimum age for Private Pilot License- 17 Years
  • Read and write English
  • Canadians -informal language test
  • International students: English Language Prof Test prior to first solo

Medical Requirements:

  • Candidate must pass a medical exam conducted by a Transport Canada Designated
  • Category 3 medical.
  • An electrocardiogram is required if the candidate is 40 years or older.

License Requirements:

  • Minimum Transport Canada  Program
  • 17 hours dual instruction.
  • 12 hours solo practice.
  • 45 hours total flight time.
  • 40 hours of ground school.
  • Written Exam 60%
  • Flight Test

Reference Materials

  • Pultz Private Manual
  • From The Ground UP


Students enrolled in our full-time program can complete it in two months. Those wishing to train on a part-time basis can expect to take 3 or 4 months to complete the course (weather and schedule availability permitting). Training can be conveniently scheduled around your personal schedule.

The ground school schedule will be sent upon registration. This schedule is subject to change, but course content will remain the same.

We also have a one-on-one program to suit individuals with a unique schedule who cannot follow the class schedule of our regular program. Please call our office and speak to an instructor for a quote.

Extensive ground training and numerous proficiency exams will ensure you are thoroughly prepared for the written exam.

Our summer PPL Ground School follows a compressed schedule. Please contact our office for more details.

Virtual ground school is also available

WEEK 1 (Tues, Thurs, Sat) 

  • Theory of Flight 1 Theory of Flight 2 Meteorology 1
  • Air Law 1 Air Law 2 Eng. and Airframes
  • Eng. and Airframes
  • Communications


  • Weight & Balance Meteorology 2 Meteorology 4
  • Performance Charts Meteorology 3 Meteorology 5
  • Instruments
  • Human Factors


  • Canada Flight Supplement Radio Navigation Navigation2
  • E6B Flight Computer Navigation 1 Navigation3
  • Flight Operations
  • Pilot Decision Making

Average Costs & Fees

Cessna 172

Description Cost/hr Cost
27 hours Dual Instruction
15 hours Solo Practice
15 hours solo supervision
5 Hours Ground Briefing
5 Hours Exam Review
3 Hours Simulator
Ground school
Book Kit
Transport Canada Fees
(Written Exam, Licensing Fee, light Test Fee)

*Please note: All prices are in Canadian Dollars and quoted for Domestic Students. International Students should contact Sky Wings Aviation Academy Ltd. for an individual price quote.*


The rental rates are wet rates which include the fuel cost & insurance.

Training times and individual ground briefing may vary for each individual. For this reason, it is not possible to forecast the exact cost of the course. Flight training and ground school are tax-deductible, provided that the individual is contemplating a career in aviation. Price is subject to change without notice.

*Licensing, medical, written exam and flight test fees are not included and subject to change. For budgeting purposes, we estimate that you will need approximately $500.00 to cover these costs.  Written exams for the PPL can be done on Examination Computers at the Sky Wings Aviation Red Deer location.

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