If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started. Let Discovery Aviation Academy turn your dream into a reality.

Not sure if you have what it takes? The best way to find out is by taking a Discovery Flight. 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. From there you can decide whether pursuing a pilot licence is right for you.

The next step is to decide whether you want to pursue a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) or a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Click here to compare the two options.

There are a number of administrative requirements that must be met before you can obtain your licence, the most important of which are listed below:

Medical Certificate

To become a pilot in Canada, you must hold a valid Transport Canada Aviation Medical Certificate. There are different categories of medicals, depending on which level of pilot licence you are planning to obtain.

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 for each licence. At the other end of the spectrum, you can fly up to any age as long as you still hold a valid medical certificate.


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.


For the Private Pilot Licence, you will need to pass a Transport Canada Language Proficiency Test. This can be done in English or French.

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