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    DAA operates out of a modern facility constructed in 2015. Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB) the building has plenty of office and classroom space and a 21,500 square foot hangar floor. DAA also has its own Approved Maintenance Organization with 5 full-time Aircraft Maintenance Engineers on site.

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    Becoming a pilot is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding adventures. A career in aviation is an opportunity to get paid to do what you love. Many young boys and girls dream of one day becoming an airline pilot and flying all over the world.

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    Greater Sudbury is a city of just over 157,000 and serves as the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario. It is just a 4 hour drive north of Toronto. Sudbury is home to two universities – Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury, as well as two colleges – Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. There are plenty of things to do in Sudbury including many great restaurants, nightlife, and outdoor activities.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

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The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) program expands on the knowledge learned in the Private Pilot Licence and gives the candidate the ability to start a career in aviation. The CPL is required to work as a pilot for a flight school, float operator, or a charter operation. It is also a required step along the path to obtaining the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.


Title:   Commercial Pilot Licence
Prerequisites:   Private Pilot Licence
Schedule:   Part-Time or Full-Time
Intake:   Continuous
Duration:   Approximately 1 Year (Full-Time)
Cost:   Approximately $14,500


To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold a Canadian secondary school diploma or equivalent
  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane
  • Hold a current, valid Category 1 Canadian Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Be 18 years of age or older

International Students

Applicants who are not of Canadian citizenship, a permanent resident of Canada or a dependent of a diplomat accredited to Canada must get a student authorization. Contact your nearest Canadian embassy for details. As part of the student authorization process, a Letter of Acceptance from Discovery Aviation Academy will be required. This letter will be issued once we have received verification of eligibility and an administrative deposit.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have partially completed training toward a Commercial Pilot Licence at another flight school may be credited advanced standing in accordance with Transport Canada regulations and at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor.

Program of Study

The Commercial Pilot Licence program focuses on in-depth ground and flight instruction.

Ground School consists of 80 hours of in-class or online training to prepare the student for the Transport Canada written examination. Subjects to be covered include:

  • Air Law and Procedures
  • Navigation and Radio Aids
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Theory of Flight
  • Flight Instruments
  • Flight Operations
  • Human Factors

Flight Training
consists of a minimum of 65 hours of commercial flight instruction preparing the student for the Transport Canada flight test. The 65 hours must include the following minimum hour requirements:

  • 35 Hours of Dual Instruction
    • 5 Hours Night (Including 2 Hours Cross-Country)
    • 5 Hours Cross-Country
    • 20 Hours Instrument Flight Time (Max 10 in Simulator)
  • 30 Hours of Solo Flight Time
    • 5 Hours Night (Including 10 Takeoffs, Circuits, and Landings)
    • 300 nm Cross-Country


To be eligible for the Commercial Pilot Licence a student must have at least 200 hours total time of which not less than 100 hours must be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time.

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.

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. Please contact DAA for the full breakdown of the cost of the Commercial Pilot Licence program.

International Student Fees

Please contact DAA 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 of the Commercial Pilot Licence program.


Enrollment for this program is continuous, meaning students can start flight training toward the Commercial Pilot Licence at any time. However, ground school classes start on specific dates. Contact DAA to find out more information about the next Commercial Pilot Licence ground school.

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

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    At DAA, we are 100% committed to our students’ career progression from the moment they step in the door until they are in an aviation career that they love. We have been doing this with our fire detection pilots for years, working hard to place them into positions with Bearskin Airlines, Air Georgian, Air Canada, and many more.

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    DAA provides commercial air operator training to new Fire Detection Pilots coming into Discovery Air Fire Services. This training includes a number of different modules such as surface contamination, survival training, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), line indoctrination, and safety management system (SMS) training.

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    Discovery flights are for those interested in aviation and want to experience what it’s like to fly an airplane. You will go up with one of our instructors and have the chance to take the controls of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. A Discovery Flight is the first step to see if you have what it takes to become a pilot.

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    Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a variety of recreational and career oriented flight training to meet the needs of all aspiring pilots. If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started! Let us help make your dream a reality.

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    Dedicated to bridging the gap between graduation and a career, Discovery Aviation Academy has developed the Career Pilot Program. The 2 year full-time program is designed to graduate commercial pilots who have the experience and real-world exposure to make them employable in the Canadian aviation industry.