Flight Academy2018-09-06T16:09:45+00:00

Brandon Flight Academy

Today, the Brandon Flight Centre is proud to provide a flight training program that is second to none. Our training facility is well equipped with classrooms, briefing rooms, flight lounge and more!

FAQ

What are the Qualifications for a Pilot Licence or Permit?2018-01-20T01:51:46+00:00
  1. The student must be either a Canadian citizen, Landed Immigrant, British Subject, or from a country that has an aviation agreement with Canada.
  2. The student should be at least fourteen (14) years of age to commence training, and must be sixteen (16) to be issued the Recreational Permit and must be seventeen (17) before the Private Licence will be issued.
  3. The student must successfully pass a medical examination from a Transport Canada Doctor for the Private Licence or from your family physician for the Recreational Permit.
  4. If you are an international student you will require a VISA from Canadian Citizenship and Immigration prior to coming to Brandon.
How do I become a pilot?2017-12-11T18:29:25+00:00

STEP ONE: Discovery Flight

Your first step in flight training is to take a Discovery Flight. This will give you the opportunity to fly an airplane under the direction of a Flight Instructor. One of our instructors will give you a short flying lesson where you will sit in the pilot’s seat, have the chance to handle the controls, and generally become familiar with the aircraft and your training area.

Your instructor will give you a tour of the Brandon Flight Centre, show you our facilities, and answer any questions you may have. Discovery Flights are available by appointment only, and may be made by calling our office.

What are the required hours to obtain a licence?2017-12-11T18:23:08+00:00

Transport Canada sets the standard for all pilot licensing. You must have a minimum number of hours of ground school, 25 hours of flight training for the Recreational Permit (including 5 solo) and 45 hours of flight training (including 12 hours of solo) for the Private License. After you receive an endorsement from your instructor, you may undertake the written exam and flight test.

How Long Will It Take?2017-12-11T18:20:49+00:00

Everyone works at their own rate, depending on time and money. The Private and Recreational Pilot courses can be completed in anywhere from eight weeks to one or two years. Many people attend school or work full-time while getting their licence or permit.

Why the Brandon Flight Academy?2017-12-11T18:18:59+00:00

1. A FULL-SERVICE INSTITUTION

Brandon’s only full-time flight school offers a continuous regular ground school. Recreational, Private, and Commercial courses. Night VFR Over the Top and Instrument Ratings are also available. Transport Canada Written Recreational, Private, Ultra Light, and Helicopter exams can be completed here as well.

2. COST EFFICIENT LEARNING

On average our training costs less than the national average. Accelerated learning is possible because we run a complete operation with top quality instructors an fully equipped training aircraft. the Brandon Flight Academy gives you the best value for your training dollar.

3. EXCELLENT WEATHER

Statistics prove that southern Manitoba has excellent weather and terrain for conducting VFR flight training.

4. THE RIGHT AMOUNT AND MIX OF AIRCRAFT

For a varied flight experience, Brandon has light aircraft, commuter twins, military trainers, commercial jets, and helicopters using the airport daily.

With the practise area close by and no delays on the ground or in the air you receive the most efficient educational environment possible.

5. COMPLETE FACILITIES

There is a lounge as well as a flight planning room, briefing rooms, and comfortable waiting room.

What is a Transport Canada Medical Examination?2017-12-11T18:05:05+00:00

A medical for the Private Licence must be taken from on of the Transport Canada doctors listed below. For the Recreational Permit, a medical authorization from your family doctor will do. It is recommended that the medical should be taken before training begins to ascertain you meet the medical standards. Your approved medical must be received before your instructor can let you fly solo.

Listed Doctors:

DR. K.R. Loader, Brandon Clinic Station 2 (204) 571-7131

NOTE: Please ensure that the name on your medical is exactly the same as on your birth certificate!

What Does the Membership Include?2017-12-11T18:02:15+00:00

All students must be a member of the Brandon Flying Club prior to commencing flying lessons. BFC memberships entitles each member to use the facilities of our clubhouse. The clubhouse operates seven days per week and offers a classroom, lounge, and comfortable waiting rooms. There are also fly outs and other social events held at the clubhouse throughout the year.

As a licensed pilot or permit holder and a member of the BFC, you are entitled to rent club aircraft for either local flying or extended trips away from Brandon. The aircraft are rented with the club’s standard “aircraft rental policy”, and the flying rates in effect at the time. The present rates are listed on their respective pages. Memberships cost $100.00/year.

Which Documents are Required for Enrollment?2017-12-11T17:58:28+00:00

Documents required at the time of enrollment or prior to solo flight are:

  1. If born in Canada, a Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
  2. If born outside of Canada, one of the following:
    • Canadian Citizenship Certificate;
    • Canadian Immigration Identification Card;
    • Canada Entry Record;
    • Canada Admission Record and Employment Visa; or
    • Passport
What is Ground School?2017-12-11T17:53:13+00:00

For the flying courses, each student is required to obtain a minimum number of hours of formal lectures on subjects such as Air Regulations, Airmanship, Navigation, Meteorology, Theory of Flight, Pilot Decision Making, Engines, Airframes, and use of the radio. These lectures are supplemented by use of overheads and videotape presentations of various subjects.

Ground school lectures are normally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:00 to 22:00 and consist of approximately 40 hours of instruction.

Upon completion of ground school and a minimum of ten hours of flying, the student may attempt the Transport Canada written examinations. Arrangements may be made with your instructor.

Online instruction and preparation for students who are contemplating or completing a Pilot Licence is also available. Save time and money by studying anywhere at any time!

Take your Ground School Online! Click here for more information. http://www.pilottraining.ca/lms2/

When Can I Fly?2017-12-11T17:47:46+00:00

The student may commence flight training immediately after enrollment. The centre is open for training during daylight hours seven days per week. The flight instructor will also give the student a briefing prior and after most flights. Upon completion of flight training, a flight test is required in order to qualify for a Pilot Licence or Pilot Permit.

The Brandon Flight Academy is a recognized educational institution, and as a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing flying training at the lowest possible costs. It is important to understand that the more frequently you fly the more efficient your training will be and the less it will cost you. It is wise to arrange your financing before you begin so your training will not be interrupted by lack of funds.

Payment for flight instruction may be made by credit card, cash, or debit card, following each flight. Prepayment options are also available.

Flight Scheduling

Schedule a Flight Now!

Licences

Priveleges Include:

  • Fly with one passenger
  • Fly anywhere in Canada
  • Can easily be upgraded to Private Pilot Licence

Prerequisites Include:

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Category 4 medical. Obtain from your family doctor.

Course Requirements:

Minimum 25 hours of flight training including:

  • 17 hours dual
  • 8 hours solo
  • Ground school is not required but recommended
  • Transport Canada Written Exam

Duration:

  • Training is done at the student’s convenience
  • Takes approximately one month full-time or three months part-time

Below is a breakdown of the approximate cost to obtain Recreational Pilot Licence at the Brandon Flight Centre:

Training Cost Per Hour Cost:
Dual Instruction 17 Hours @ $230.00 $ 3, 910.00
Solo Flight Time 8 Hours @ $165.00  $1, 320.00
Ground Briefing 13 Hours @ $65.00  $845.00
Ground School Kit  $301.00
Ground School $350.00
Flight Test Fees  $400.00
BFC Membership $100.00
Total Minimum Cost $7, 226.00
The above quote is a minimum and the average student may not complete the licence in the minimum time quoted above. Weather, frequency of lessons, and other factors affect the cost of the course. On average the Recreational License cost is $8, 000 to $9, 500.

Payment is expected before first flight in way of down payment or after each flight throughout the course. All fees are in Canadian funds. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Privileges Include:

  • Fly a Canadian registered aircraft anywhere in the world
  • Own your own aircraft
  • First step toward your aviation career

Prerequisites Include:

  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Category 1 or 3 Medical

Course Requirements:

Minimum 45 hours of flight training including:

  • 33 hours dual and 12 hours solo which includes:
    • 3 hours dual cross country
    • 5 hours solo cross country
    • 5 hours instrument
  • 40 hours ground school towards Transport Canada written exam
  • Transport Canada Written Exam

Duration:

  • Training is done at the student’s convenience
  • Takes approximately three months full-time or five months part-time

Below is a breakdown of the approximate cost to obtain a Private Pilot Licence at the Brandon Flight Centre:

Training Cost Per Hour Cost:
Dual Instruction 33 Hours @ $230.00 $ 7, 590.00
Solo Flight Time 12 Hours @ $165.00  $1, 980.00
Ground Briefing 15 Hours @ $65.00  $975.00
Ground School Kit  $301.00
Ground School $350.00
Flight Test Fees  $400.00
BFC Membership $100.00
Total Minimum Cost $11, 696.00

The above quote is a minimum and the average student may not complete the licence in the minimum time quoted above. Weather, frequency of lessons, and other factors affect the cost of the course. On average, the Private Pilot Licence cost is $12, 000 to $14, 000.

Payment is expected before first flight in way of down payment or after each flight throughout the course. All fees are in Canadian funds. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Privileges:

  • Allows pilot to legally fly after official night

Prerequisites:

  • Must hold Private Pilot Licence

Course Requirements:

Minimum 15 hours of flight training which includes:

  • 10 hours dual (includes 5 hours night and 5 hours instrument)
  • 5 hours solo

Below is a breakdown of the approximate cost to obtain a Private Licence at the Brandon Flight Centre:

Training Cost Per Hour Cost:
Dual Instruction 10 Hours @ $240.00 $ 2, 400.00
Solo Flight Time 5 Hours @ $165.00  $825.00
Ground Briefing 2 Hours @ $65.00  $130.00
Total Minimum Cost $3, 355.00

The above quote is a minimum and the average student may not complete the licence in the minimum time quoted above. Weather, frequency of lessons, and other factors affect the cost of the course.

Payment is expected before first flight in way of down payment or after each flight throughout the course. All fees are in Canadian funds. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Privileges:

  • Allows you to be hired to fly an aircraft

Prerequisites:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Category 1 medical
  • Private Pilot Licence

Course Requirements:

  • 200 hours total time, including 20 hours cross country and 100 hours PIC
  • 35 hours dual on course including:
    • 10 hours dual instruction (5 hours cross country)
    • 20 hours instrument (10 hours on simulator)
    • 5 hours dual night
  • 30 hours solo on course including:
    • 25 hours general practice
    • 5 hours solo night
  • 300 nm cross country
  • 80 hours ground school towards Transport Canada written exam
  • Transport Canada Written Exam
  • Commercial Flight Test

NOTE: All previous hours flown count toward the course requirements.

Duration:

  • Training is done at the student’s convenience
  • Takes approximately three months full-time or six months part-time
  • Time depends on how much time building has been completed prior to starting course

Below is a breakdown of the approximate cost to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence at the Brandon Flight Centre:

Training Cost Per Hour Cost:
Dual Instruction 35 Hours @ $230.00 $ 8, 050.00
Solo Flight Time 30 Hours @ $165.00  $4, 950.00
Ground Briefing 15 Hours @ $65.00  $975.00
Ground School Kit  $301.00
Ground School $350.00
Flight Test Fees  $400.00
BFC Membership $100.00
Total Minimum Cost $15, 126.00

The above quote is a minimum and does not include time building require to meet minimum requirements. The average student may not complete the licence in the minimum time quoted above. Weather, frequency of lessons, and other factors affect the cost of the course. On average the Commercial Pilot Licence cost is $16, 000 to $18, 000.

Payment is expected before first flight in way of down payment or after each flight throughout the course. All fees are in Canadian funds. Prices are subject to change without notice.