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.
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.
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.
Private Pilot License (PPL)
OverviewThe Private Pilot Licence (PPL) program is designed for those who want to fly recreationally, without the restrictions of the Recreational Pilot Permit. It is also a prerequisite for those wanting to pursue a Commercial Pilot Licence toward a pilot career.
SummaryTitle: Private Pilot Licence
Schedule: Part-Time or Full-Time
Duration: Approximately 1 Year (Part-Time)
Cost: Approximately $10,000-13,000
AdmissionAlthough not a requirement at admission, a student will need to obtain a Category 3 medical prior to their first solo.
Advanced StandingApplicants who have partially completed training toward a Private Pilot Licence at another flight school may be credited advanced standing in accordance with Transport Canada regulations and at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor.
Program of StudyThe Private Pilot Licence program focuses on in-depth ground and flight instruction.
Ground School consists of 40 hours of in-class or online training to prepare the student for the Transport Canada written examination. Subjects to be covered include:
- Air Law and Procedures
- Navigation and Radio Aids
- Airframes, Engines and Systems
- Theory of Flight
- Flight Instruments
- Flight Operations
- Human Factors
Flight Training consists of a minimum of 45 hours of flight instruction preparing the student for the Transport Canada flight test. The 45 hours must include the following minimum hour requirements:
- 17 Hours of Dual Instruction
- 3 Hours Cross-Country
- 5 Hours Instrument Flight Time (Max 3 in Simulator)
- 12 Hours of Solo Flight Time
- 5 Hours Cross-Country
- 150 nm Cross-Country
The times listed above are Transport Canada minimum times required for completing the course. Completion time is based on student skill, therefore prices may increase throughout the duration of the course.
Payment ScheduleDue to the large costs associated with flight training, Discovery Aviation Academy does not expect students to pay tuition fees upfront or in large installments. Discovery Aviation Academy utilizes the "Pay-Per-Lesson" method, where the student settles their invoice after each lesson. Please contact DAA for a full cost breakdown of the Private Pilot Licence.
GraduationStudents graduate the program when they have received letters of recommendation for both the Transport Canada written examination and flight test.
EnrollmentEnrollment for this program is continuous, meaning students can start flight training toward the Private Pilot Licence at any time. However, ground school classes start on specific dates. Contact DAA to find out more information about the next Private Pilot Licence ground school.
Apply to train with DAA
If you are interested in learning more about DAA or would like to start your training with us please contact us using one of the methods listed below:
Phone: (705) 693-3346
Address: 8555 Aviation Road, Garson, Ontario P3L1V4
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.
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.
With over 160 aircraft, Discovery Air is one of the largest air operators in Canada. It employs more than 850 flight crew, maintainers, and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance, and logistics solutions to its government, airline, and business customers.
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.
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.
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.