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Aviation Diploma Program

The International Air Transport Association says that 65% of the world’s airline captains will retire during the next decade. Within the next few decades, approximately 200,000 airline pilots will be hired by major carriers. You can be a part of this process once you have gained the required education and total flying hours. Transport Canada has minimum requirements each pilot must meet for licensing standards.

Woman-pilot in aircraft

Course Overview

Red Deer Polytechnic is located in Red Deer, Alberta, halfway between the major centres of Calgary and Edmonton.  

Since 1964, when our story began as Red Deer College, our post-secondary institution has proudly served our students and communities.   

As of July 2021, our institution name is now Red Deer Polytechnic. In 2018, our post-secondary institution received approval to become a degree-granting institution.  Now as a polytechnic institution in central Alberta, we will continue to offer the same breadth of credentials and mix of programs in a variety of subject areas that we currently offer. 

We welcome you to study with us. We also welcome you to join us as a vibrant gathering place in our community. With two campuses and impressive facilities, Red Deer Polytechnic is an ideal place to learn, workconduct research and enjoy events

Sky Wings Aviation Academy has been in operation at the Red Deer Regional Airport since 1982, providing flight training, scenic flights, maintenance and storage services. Housed in three hangars at the southeast corner of the airport, Sky Wings operates Cessna 172’s, a Twin Engine Piper Seneca. Ground training is conducted in a large classroom with multi-media capabilities. Instrument and Multi-Engine preparatory training is provided on an ALSIM 200 Flight Simulator.

For more information see here: RDP Aviation Certificate


Benefits that you will receive from the Skywings Aviation Diploma Program: 

Today’s airline pilots must possess business and managerial skills in addition to a superior level of flying skills. Airlines expect their pilot candidates to have completed College or University training in fields of Business, Commerce or Science. Recognizing this, Sky Wings Aviation Academy and Red Deer Polytechnic have designed an Aviation Diploma Program that has been providing pilots for the aviation industry for almost since 1988.

Plane in flight. Female flight instructor giving flight lessons to a student.


This two-year course of studies enables the student to earn a Business Certificate while obtaining the Aviation Diploma. In the highly competitive world of Commercial Aviation, the Aviation Diploma is an excellent means of meeting most airlines’ educational and flying prerequisites.

Please note: This does not guarantee a spot.

Admission Requirements

What are the grade requirements for the Aviation Diploma Program at RDP?

Admission to the Aviation Diploma Program requires a high school diploma, with Math and English at the 30 level 1 or 2 with a 60%.

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