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The Career Pilot Program (CPP) is designed to graduate commercial pilots who have the experience and real-world exposure to make them employable in the Canadian aviation industry.


Title:   Career Pilot Program
Prerequisites:   None
Schedule:   Full-Time
Intake:   Each Fall
Duration:   2 Years
Cost:   Approximately $56,725


To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold a Canadian secondary school diploma or equivalent
  • Hold a current, valid Category 1 Canadian Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Have the financial means to complete both the ground and flight training


Acceptance into the Career Pilot Program is conditional based on meeting the following language proficiency requirements:

  • Transport Canada English Language Proficiency Test

International Students

To train in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or hold a student visa valid for the purposes of flight training.

To obtain a student visa, you will need to complete the application forms through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. One of the items you will require is a letter of acceptance from the educational institution where you intend to study. More information on obtaining a student visa can be found by visiting Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who already hold a Transport Canada Private Pilot Licence may be credited advanced standing. Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor.

Program of Study

The Career Pilot Program is a 2-year full-time program focusing on in-depth ground and flight instruction leading to the Commercial Pilot Licence and additional ratings.

Year 1 (September – December) – Private Pilot Licence
The first phase consists of classroom and in-flight training toward the Private Pilot Licence. Within this phase are approximately 55 hours of flight training (45 hours minimum) and a minimum of 40 hours ground school. With the recommendation of an instructor, the student will be required to pass both a written examination and flight test administered by Transport Canada. Successful completion of these tests will qualify the student to be issued a Private Pilot Licence.

Year 1 (January – May) – Specialized Training
During this phase students will build specialized, valuable training while working toward their Commercial Pilot Licence. Included in this timeframe are the night rating, centreline thrust multi-engine rating, and cross-country experience building. Students will also attend 80 hours of Commercial Pilot Licence ground school during this stage of training.

Discovery Aviation Academy is one of the only schools in Canada to allow a student to build multi-engine pilot-in-command time as part of their commercial training. This is completed on a Cessna C337 Skymaster. The Skymaster is designed in a centre-line thrust configuration and its similarity to the C172 allows for an easy transition into multi-engine flying.

Paid Co-Op Placements
As an option within the Career Pilot Program, students will be able to spend their summer building valuable experience within the aviation industry. An example of the type of positions that will be available is the Aerial Detection Observer with Discovery Air Fire Services. Aerial Detection Observers work as a team with DAFS Fire Detection Pilots as an integral part of Forest Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. Flying in the right seat of the Cessna 337 Skymaster, Aerial Detection Observers support the process by helping spot fires. Other positions are available through the Discovery Air network, such as with Air Tindi or Discovery Air Defence Services.

Year 2 (September – March) – Commercial Pilot Licence
During this phase students will work toward finishing up the requirements of their Commercial Pilot Licence and complete their flight test. Completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence allows the student the ability to work as a pilot, however additional ratings and experience is typically required before the candidate is considered employable by most aviation companies.  

Year 2 (April – June) – Instructor Rating
This phase consists of ground and in-flight training toward the Flight Instructor Rating. Flight instruction accounts for the majority of entry-level positions in the aviation industry. While training toward the Flight Instructor Rating, students will gain the skills and confidence necessary to teach other aspiring pilots how to fly.

Although not offered through DAA for the Fall 2014 intake, some students may decide to undertake their Multi-IFR rating before the end of the program. DAA will work with students individually to ensure that they are able to obtain this training through another provider without undue stress and hassle.


The times listed above are Transport Canada minimum times required for completing the course. Completion time is based on student skill, therefore prices may increase throughout the duration of the course.

Co-Op Positions & Career Guidance

Students enrolled in the Career Pilot Program may choose to take a co-op position during the summer months. More information can be found by clicking here.

Payment Schedule

Due to the large costs associated with flight training, Discovery Aviation Academy does not expect students to pay tuition fees upfront or in large installments. Discovery Aviation Academy utilizes the "Pay-Per-Lesson" method, where the student settles their invoice after each lesson. For a full breakdown of the costs of the Career Pilot Program by semester, please contact DAA.

International Student Fees

Please contact Discovery Aviation Academy for more information on international student fees.


Students graduate the program when they have received letters of recommendation for both the Transport Canada written examination and flight test. Graduates are issued a certificate upon completion for each licence and rating achieved within the Career Pilot Program.


The Career Pilot Program starts in September of each year. Contact us for more information and to learn about how you can get enrolled in the program.

Apply to train with DAA

If you are interested in learning more about DAA or would like to start your training with us please contact us using one of the methods listed below:

Phone: (705) 693-3346
E-mail: Contact Us
Address: 8555 Aviation Road, Garson, Ontario P3L1V4