Principal Air - Flight Training / Charter in Canada

Principal Air - Flight Training / Charter in Canada, Learn to Fly


Unit D 30460 Liberator Ave. (Just past the Main Terminal)
Abbotsford International Airport
V2T 6H5
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Commercial Pilot Licence

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Must hold a Private Pilot licence before starting commercial training

Minimum starting age: 17 years (must turn 18 before the completion of the program)

Medical Required: Class 3 (PPL) to start Class 1 needed before attempting the written exam or flight test.

Course Description

Transport Canada requires:

Minimum Flight Time 65 hours including the following
Dual Flying (with instructor) 35 hours
Dual Cross Country 5 hours
  Instrument Time (IFR) 20 hours
  Night Flying 5 hours (2 hours cross country)
Solo Flying
30 hours
  Cross Country 300 NM including two full stop landings
  Night Flying 5 hours
Total Flying Time Including Private License training 200 hours
  PIC 100 hours
  Cross Country 20 hours

Ground School - 80 hours including the following subjects: Canadian Aviation Regulations; Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight; Meteorology; Airframes, Engines, and Systems; Flight Instruments; Radio and Electronic Theory; Navigation; Flight Operations; Licensing Requirements; and Human Factors including Pilot Decision-Making.


Written Examination: Transport Canada's written examination, CPAER, may be taken in Vancouver or Abbotsford. A minimum of 60% in each of four areas - Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology, Aeronautics/General Knowledge - is required as well as in the overall written examination.

Flight Test: Flight Tests are conducted at Abbotsford by Transport Canada approved examiners.


The Commercial Pilot Licence is the gateway to a professional career in aviation. A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) holder may exercise the privileges of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) holder; may exercise the privileges of a VFR Over the top rating (VFR OTT), and act as Pilot in Command (PIC) in a commercial air service on any class and type of aeroplane endorsed on his/her license that is not required to be operated by more than one pilot. A CPL pilot may act as co-pilot of any class and type of aeroplane endorsed on his/her license, regardless of the number of crew required to operate it.

Ratings included with the commercial license

VFR Over the Top             Night Rating