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Accelerated PPL Program Interview

William and Joseph Bittman were kind enough to share their experiences of going through the program together.  Please find the Q&A below.  

If you have any other questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE EDMONTON FLYING CLUB?

 

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE ACCELERATED PROGRAM?

 

HOW DID THE ACCELERATED SCHEDULE WORK FOR YOU?

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE EDMONTON FLYING CLUB? 

 

WOULD YOU DO THE ACCELERATED PROGRAM AGAIN FOR ANOTHER RATING OR LICENSE?

 

WHAT ADVANTAGES DID YOU FIND DOING THE GROUND LESSONS TOGETHER? 

 

DID YOU FIND THE TRAINING SCHEDULE HELP YOU SUCCEED? 

 

DO YOU THINK THE ACCELERATED PROGRAM WILL HELP WITH YOUR CAREER AND SKILLS LIKE CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT? 

 

HOW DID YOU DETERMINE WHO FLEW FOR THAT LESSON?

 

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FIND WITH THE ACCELERATED PROGRAM?

 

HOW MANY HOURS DID YOU HAVE WHEN YOU COMPLETED YOUR LICENSE?

 

HOW DID YOU COMPLETE YOUR PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL?

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL AND THE GROUND BRIEFINGS?

 

DID YOU ENJOY HAVING AN INSTRUCTOR ASSIGNED TO YOU?

 

HOW DID YOU FIND FLYING WITH AN OBSERVER IN THE BACK SEAT?

 

DO YOU FEEL THAT BEING AN OBSERVER WAS BENEFICIAL?

 

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE DONE THIS PROGRAM WITH A STRANGER?

 

DID YOU FIND THE PACE OF TRAINING SAFE?

 

DO YOU THINK THE ACCELERATED PROGRAM WILL HELP PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN AVIATION?

 

 

Accelerated Private Pilot Course

imageFast track your Private Pilot License! Become a Private Pilot now in as little as 3 months

 

 

The private pilot license is your first big step in attaining freedom in the air.  Transitioning from being a passenger to a pilot is a challenging task.  It can feel like a steep learning curve, as you are learning a new skill and being introduced to topics that you may have never studied before.  The private pilot license allows you to fly as a private pilot with passengers.  It can be challenging to find the time to commit and to studying and flying on a regular basis.  One of the most effective ways to to complete your private pilot license is to ensure you maintain consistency by training on a regular basis.  

Traditional "Accelerated" programs goals are designed or adverstised to get you finished in "as little as 3 or weeks", which begs to ask the question of WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING IN 3 WEEKS!!!?  You are learning to rush, rush, and rush, which is a quick way get in trouble.  What you don't know, you don't know and its tough to learn and retain a whole lot in 3-4 weeks.  Thinking that you will learn the "other stuff" later is not a comfort for your passengers.

Check out what Joseph and William Bittman had to say about the course -- Accelerated Private Pilot Course Interview --

Private Pilot License

Privileges

The Private Licence will allow the pilot any single engine, non high performance land aeroplane. There are various ratings available to upgrade this license such as the night rating, float rating, instrument rating and multi engine rating.

This is the license that must be completed first before moving onto the Commercial but it can be the start to an exciting aviation career or just a fun and useful hobby!

Prerequisites

17 Birthday (flight test can be on that day) One can start younger as the Student pilot permit (which allows you to go solo with supervision can be issued at 14.) We do not recommend starting any younger than 14.
Canadian Category 3 medical. Obtained from a Aviation medical examiner. If you are planning to move forward to the Commercial we recommend the Category 1 which after a year defaults to the Cat 3.
There are no special educational requirements other than a working knowledge of English and a desire to learn.

Requirements

A minimum of 45 hours total flight time which works out to about 30 hours dual and 15 hours Pilot in Command time including 5 hours solo X-Country and 5 hours dual instrument time.
The average hours for the PPL are between 55-80 total.
Extra time occurs as each student learns at a different rate and has a different schedule.

 Learn more about our Accelerated Private Pilot Course, which allows you to complete your private license quicker and with less cost.

The Private course consists of not only flight training but approximately 80 hours of ground school (Only require 40 hours but our ground school in closer to 80 hours) and one on one pre flight training before each flight.  

  • 45 hours total
  • 17 hours of dual instruction minimum
  • 12 hours of solo time minimum
  • 5 hours of instrument time (in aircraft and simulator.)
  • 5 hours Solo cross country with at least one that is 150 nautical miles
  • A minimum of 40 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
  • A pre flight test
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required

Duration

Training is at the student's pace and convenience. We recommend training a minimum of twice per week to stay some what consistent. Remember that flights may get cancelled due to weather. If in the accelerate course should be completed in 16-20 weeks.

Cost Breakdown

Based on 172SP Glass Aircraft Rate $175.00/hour, Instructor Rate is $65.00/hour.

  • Club Membership $75.00
  • Ground School (80 Hours) $400.00
  • Ground School Kit $275.00
  • 30 Hours Dual Flight $7200.00
  • 15 Hours Solo Flight $2625.00
  • 25 Hours Ground Brief $1625.00
  • Transport Canada Written Fee $150.00
  • Flight Test Fee $400.00
  • Transport Canada Licensing Fee $55.00

Total Minimum Cost $12,805.00 (All cost do not include GST)

Note: The National average cost to obtain a PPL is between $15,000-$20,000 

To achieve spending closer to the lower end of the national average cost, please check out our Accelerated Private Pilot Course

 

Private Pilot License Course PDF

 

 

Night Rating

Night Rating Course PDF

Privileges

Allows the pilot to fly during official night. Night Flying is one the most beautiful and peaceful times to fly.

Prerequisites

The candidate must hold a Private Licence.

Requirements

A minimum of 15 hours Flight Training including:

  • 10 hours dual, including 5 hours night training (2 of which are X-country)
  • 5 hours Instrument Training (Total of 10 hours Instrument required of which 5 have usually been done on the Private Course) 
  • 5 hours solo at night.

Although there is no practical or written test, candidates must meet the skill requirements as determined by Transport Canada and followed by EFC instructing staff.

Duration

Training is at the student's pace and convenience. The course will take 1-2 week if full time and 1 month if part time (2-3 lessons a week) all dependant on weather.

Cost Breakdown

  • 5 Hours Dual Instrument $1200.00
  • 5 Hours Dual Night $1200.00
  • 5 Hours Solo Night $875.00
  • 3 Hours Ground Briefing $195.00
  • Transport Canada Licensing Fee $30.00

Total Minimum Cost $3500.00

 

Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot License Course PDF

Privileges

The Commercial Licence will allow the pilot to fly airplanes for hire.

This is the license that can lead to an exciting and lucrative aviation career! This license is also good for owners who just want to keep learning and staying sharp! It can also help lower insurance rates for private licensed pilots with their own aircraft.

Prerequisites

Private Pilot Licence
18 Birthday (flight test can be on that day)
Canadian Class 1 medical. Obtained from a Aviation medical examiner.
There are no special educational requirements other than a working knowledge of English

Requirements

A minimum of 200 hours total flight time and 100 hours Pilot in Command time including 20 hours X-Country.
All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot course.
Time Building may be required to reach the required time

The Commercial course consists of approximately 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school (about 45-55 in class and the rest on self study with homework and practice exams). The break-down also includes a Night Endorsement. Note that you could also do your multi engine rating and instrument rating to build up time as well.

  • 35 hours of dual instruction
  • 10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 3 hours of X-Country
  • 25 hours of instrument time (in aircraft and simulator.)
  • 5 hours dual night
  • 30 hours of solo flight time
  • 25 hours of general practice, including airwork, and radio communication
  • 5 hours solo night
  • Solo straight line cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
  • A minimum of 80 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
  • A pre flight test
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required

Duration

Training is at the student's pace and convenience. If in the accelerate course time building will take place through training post PPL and the commercial run should be completed in 6-8 weeks.

Cost

Cost are based on using the Cessna !72SP G1000 Aircraft-$175.00/hour, Instructor Rate- $65.00/hour.

  • Club Membership $75.00
  • Ground School (80.00 hours) $400.00
  • Books & Supplies $48.00
  • 35 Hours Dual Flight $8400.00
  • 30 Hours Solo Flight $5250.00
  • 15 Hours Ground Briefing $975.00
  • Transport Canada Written Fee $150.00
  • Flight Test Fee $400.00
  • Transport Canada Licensing Fee $80.00

Total Minimum Cost $15703.00

Please note Minimum Cost does not include approx. 80 hours ($14,000) of build up time to obtain 200 hours that is required for the Commercial License. Night, Multi Engine & Multi IFR Rating hours can all be counted towards the 200 hours required.