Canadian Private Pilot License – Timeline and References

  • Private Pilot Course
    • Groundschool (normally held September to April)
    • Familiarization flight
    • Flight lessons before solo
    • Requirements before First Solo Flight:
    • Further flight lessons and solo flights in preparation for Flight Test
    • Requirements to write Private Pilot Written Test (PPAER): see CARS 421.13 . References are TP12880E or TP12880F. For practice exams online, see, among others.
      • 10 hours of flight time
      • Recommendation from Flight Instructor (within 60 days)
      • Medical
      • Photo and signature ID
    • Requirements for Private Pilot Flight Test are (CARS 421.14). Highlights below:
      • Recommendation from Flight Instructor (within 30 days)
      • Medical
      • 35 Hours Flight Time
    • Standards for Private Pilot Flight Test are in TP13723E Flight Test Guide PPL and Guide de Test en Vol TP13723F.
    • Flight requirements for Private Pilot Licence are (CARS: 421.26). Highlights below:
      • Age 17
      • Medical Class 1 or 3
      • 40 hours ground school instruction
      • 60% on Private Pilot Written Test (PPAER)
      • 45 Hours flight time, including
        • (i) 17 hours dual instruction flight time, including a minimum of 3 hours cross-country flight time and 5 hours of instrument time of which a maximum of 3 hours may be instrument ground time; and
        • (ii) 12 hours solo flight time, including 5 hours cross-country flight time with a flight of a minimum of 150 nautical miles which shall include 2 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.

Books and Materials

The following checklist will help you locate study material and books etc. that you might want to buy. These items are available at VIP Pilot. They are located on the South Shore, and they will deliver to your home if you order on-line.

Extra Books for Ground School Study

One more thing from a different source, if you want:

  • Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) for your airplane. C-FIQX is a 1974 C-172M. Having your own POH is optional . They are available at ESSCO Factory Manuals.


PDFs to download to iPad iBooks


Essential Bookmark: Canadian Air Regulations

CARS Index Page Règlement de l’aviation canadien

Bookmarks for Weather and Aviation Weather

Here is a list of sites I consult every day, in order:

Flight Planning

I recommend you open an account and make a template for C-FIQX: