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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.

Typical Training Process

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All pilots beginning a career in aviation must start with a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). The PPL includes at least 45 hours of flight and 40 hours of ground school training. One of the most exciting parts of this training is the student’s first solo. As with all flight training, the amount of time it takes to finish the licence is dependent on a student’s schedule and skill. In addition, since the cost of flight training depends on an hourly rate, there is often a range to how much it cost to complete the PPL. On average, a student completes their PPL in 50-60 flight hours and pays approximately $10,000-$13,000.

In order to be paid to fly, the student must continue their training toward a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Included in CPL training is at least 65 hours of commercial flight and 80 hours of ground school training. Moreover, to obtain a CPL a student must have a total of 200 hours of flight time. In order to conduct training efficiently, most students add additional skills and ratings within those 200 hours of flight time. It is at this point the time, cost, and skills acquired range for each individual.

Most students choose to pursue a Multi-Engine rating in order to be able to fly aircraft with more than one engine. To fly an aircraft in poor weather conditions, some students decide to expand their training by including an Instrument Rating. Some students choose to pursue a flight instructor rating to increase their chances of acquiring an entry-level job in the industry. There are also a number of other ratings including endorsements for float or specific types of aircraft that may further qualify students for the career path that they intend to take.

By the time a typical student finishes their commercial training, they should expect to have invested between $50,000 and $70,000.

Later in a pilot’s career, they will have the option of obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). This licence does not require any specific training, but includes a number of flight hour and written examination requirements. The ATPL allows a pilot to be a captain of large commercial airliners.

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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.