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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.

Requirements for a Career in Aviation

Medical Certificate

To become a commercial pilot in Canada, you must hold a valid Transport Canada Category 1 Aviation Medical Certificate. For this process, a thorough examination must be completed by a certified Aviation Medical Examiner. In addition to physical, auditory and visual tests, you must also undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG). Depending on your age, you will be required to complete annual or biannual examinations to maintain the validity of your medical certificate. Some major airlines have their own specific standards including psychological assessments.

Did you know... that you don't need perfect vision to become a pilot? Not being able to wear glasses is an old myth, and is not true at all. To become a pilot your vision needs to be at least 20/30 in each eye, but you are free to wear contacts or eyeglasses.

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Transport Canada Medical Requirements

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age to start flight training. That being said, there are certain age restrictions to stages in your aviation career. For your first solo you need to be 14, to obtain your Private licence you must be 17, and to fly commercially you must be at least 18 years of age.

At the other end of the spectrum, you can fly up to any age as long as you still hold a valid medical certificate. Note that larger airlines may have mandatory retirement age limits of 60 or 65 in some cases.


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.


To undertake a career in aviation, you will need a strong command of the English language. As a result, you will be required to pass a Transport Canada Language Proficiency Test as part of your training. For those whose English is lacking, you may want to consider ESL training prior to commencing flight training.

More information regarding aviation language proficiency can be found by visiting Transport Canada's website.


Educational background is not a prerequisite needed for obtaining Transport Canada licences and ratings. That being said, a majority of schools have a minimum requirement of high school education in order to become a commercial pilot.

Airlines often have a point-system to assess applicants for their flight crew positions. Possessing post-secondary education earns the applicant more points and increases the candidate’s odds of getting the job. Some companies score further points for aviation-focused degrees or diplomas.

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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.