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International PPL Conversion
Obtaining a Canadian private pilot license is simple if you already have an international aviation license. You must pass a Canadian medical exam by a recognized Transport Canada aviation medical examiner for a category 3 medical. You must then pass a written exam on Canadian air law (PSTAR exam), and a Radiotelephone Restricted Operator Certificate exam. You also must meet the following criteria:
A minimum of 45 hours of flight;
17 hours of dual flight and 12 hours of solo flight;
5 hours of instrument flight with a maximum of 3 hours on a flight training device (FTD);
A 150 nautical mile solo navigation, which includes 2 stops.
The fee for conversion of a Private License is $115.00
This link will help you study for the PSTAR exam:
If you are planning on training for Canadian CPL with us, you could start training while TC process your PPL conversion by emailing Transport Canada at – email@example.com to arrange to obtain a Foreign License Validation Certificate (FLVC) – this is a $40.00 fee and will allow you to train in Canada as you start the conversion process.
International CPL Conversion
To convert an international license into a Canadian commercial license, you must make the license request, pay a 150$ fee, obtain a medical class 1 from a Transport Canada aviation medical examiner and meet the following criteria:
200 flight hours total
100 hours PIC
These criteria must be met AFTER receiving your PPL. Hours logged towards completion of your PPL will not be counted towards these requirements.
80 hours of ground school*
65 hours of flight training
35 hours dual flight instruction
30 hours solo
10 hours night flying, including 5 hours dual flight and 5 hours solo flight;
20 instrument flight hours, with a maximum of 10 hours in a flight training device (FTD);
20 hours of navigation, including a 300 nautical mile navigation;
Pass the CPL written exam within the 24 months prior to application
Pass the CPL flight test within 12 months prior to application
*If EVERY requirement other than the 80 hours ground school is met, and you have an international CPL, the 80 hours ground school is not required. However, since you need to prepare for written it is advised that you do online ground school. We recommend pilot training.ca
This link outlines the required study material for the CPL written test:
Step by step commercial conversion:
First – undergo a medical examination with a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner for a Category 1 medical.
Second – complete any missing times you may have, the CPL written exam, and the Commercial flight test.
Must apply for aviation booklet – get passport photos to get license booklet. See application form
After you are done, submit the “Application for Commercial Pilot License” form to your closest Transport Canada Regional Licensing office or the Transport Canada Regional Licensing office of your proposed Canadian destination. The form can be found here:
You must email Transport Canada at – firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to obtain a Foreign License Validation Certificate (FLVC) – this is a $40.00 fee and will allow you to train in Canada as you start the conversion process. Also note Regardless of which type of conversion, you must also undergo Transport Canada’s Aviation Language Proficiency Test.
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