The 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.


Title:   Private Pilot Licence
Prerequisites:   None
Schedule:   Part-Time or Full-Time
Intake:   Continuous
Duration:   Approximately 1 Year (Part-Time)
Cost:   Approximately $10,000-13,000


Although not a requirement at admission, a student will need to obtain a Category 3 medical prior to their first solo.

Advanced Standing

Applicants 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 Study

The 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
  • Meteorology
  • 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 Schedule

Due 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.


Students graduate the program when they have received letters of recommendation for both the Transport Canada written examination and flight test.


Enrollment 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
E-mail: info@flydaa.ca
Address: 8555 Aviation Road, Garson, Ontario P3L1V4