1Whether you’re looking to launch a new hobby or a new career, you’ve come to the right place!
The Regina Flying Club operates a fleet of 7 training aircraft as well as 1 approved flight simulator to suit each student’s individual needs. This fleet, combined with our expert staff of flight instructors ensures that each of our students receives an unmatched level of training to become skilled and professional pilots.
Where do I start?
The Private Pilot License (PPL) is where mostly all pilots begin their flying adventures. The PPL is a prerequisite of the Commercial Pilot License (CPL), so anyone looking into a career in aviation must first start with Private Pilot License training.
Some students may prefer, for a variety of reasons, to only obtain a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) instead of the PPL, but we encourage students to note that the Recreational Pilot Permit is just that, a 01Permit, not a License, and as such is very restrictive in the privileges you are (or are not) granted. A permit may not have any ratings attached to it, so an upgrade to a night rating (or any other rating) is not an option for RPP holders. You may upgrade an RPP to a PPL at a later date, but for these reasons and restrictions, many pilots opt for the Private Pilot License as the ideal place to start.
How does the Private Pilot License training work?
The Private Pilot License is, effectively, two units of study: ground school, and flight training. You may do one before the other, or do both concurrently, but you must finish both to achieve a license! How do you finish both?…
Transport Canada sets the regulations surrounding the minimum amount of time students must spend in both the ground-school and flight training environments. Private Pilots must have at least 40 hours of ground school prior to attempting the Written Exam, and must also have at least 45 hours of flight training to be recommended for the Flight Test. It’s important to note, however, that some students may not have gained the skill to attempt the flight test at 45 hours. The time it takes you reach competency for a flight test may vary significantly from student-to-student, depending on a number of factors. One thing you can be assured of is that our team of professional flight instructors here at the RFC have only one goal in mind: To help you succeed in your goals as a pilot! (And to make sure you have fun in the process.)
Reasons why the Regina Flying Club is the right place to learn
1. A full service institution
The RFC operates a continuously running ground school, an approved flight simulator, the Recreational Pilot Permit course, Private and Commercial Pilot License courses. In addition to this, we also offer Night, Multi-Engine, Instrument, and Instructor Ratings for anyone wanting to expand upon their Private Pilot Experiences. We operate with a fleet of 7 commercially registered and maintained aircraft and have a Pilot Examiner on staff. We are affiliated with the Sask Polytechnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program.
2. Good flying weather
Records show that southern Saskatchewan has good flying weather throughout the year. This means less time spent rescheduling flights, and more time spent in the air!
3. Excellent teaching environment
The Regina International Airport (YQR) is a controlled airspace environment with air traffic control and a mix of light aircraft, commercial jets, and military training aircraft all sharing our airport on a daily basis. This provides an excellent environment for students gaining experience. Our practice area is close by, resulting in minimal delays in getting out to your flight training sessions.
4. Excellent learning environment
Our Flight Instructors are highly skilled and trained professionals who provide dedicated one-on-one teaching to all flying students. Our general school environment is one of encouragement, guidance, safety, and fun.
Qualifications for Flight Training
In addition to the training program outlined by Transport Canada, anyone who wishes to enroll and achieve a Private Pilot License or a Recreational Pilot Permit must have the following:
- Must provide proof of citizenship.
- Must be sixteen (16) years old to be issued a Recreational Pilot Permit, or must be seventeen (17) years old to be issued a Private Pilot License.
- Must successfully pass a medical examination from a Transport Canada doctor for a Private Pilot License. Or, must pass a medical examination from a family physician for the Recreational Pilot Permit.
Below is a list of local Transport Canada Medical Examiners in the Regina Area. It is important to note that the name on your medical is exactly the same as it appears on your birth certificate. Also note that you must have your medical certificate issued and in-hand prior to your first solo!
For a complete list of TC Medical Examiners, click here.
All persons using RFC facilities, aircraft, or receiving flight training, must hold a valid Membership in the Club. All memberships expire on December 31st of each year.
Documents required at the time of enrollment, or prior to first solo flight, are:
a) If born in Canada: Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
b) If born outside of Canada: one of the following documents:
- Citizenship Certificate
- Certificate of Registration of Birth abroad issued by Canada Department of Citizenship and Immigration
- Canadian Immigration Record and Visa issued by Canada Department of Citizenship and Immigration
- Aviation Personnel License showing citizenship of holder and issued by state of which the person is a citizen
For the flying courses, each student is required to obtain a minimum number of hours of ground school learning on subjects including:
- Air Regulations
- Theory of Flight
- Human Factors
- Pilot Decision Making
- Engines & Airframes
- Licensing Requirements
- Flight Operations
- Radio Theory & Communication
The Regina Flying Club holds ground school sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7pm until approximately 9:30pm. The course runs for 8 weeks on these two evenings each week, and will consist of approximately 45 hours of ground instruction. The course is conveniently held in our classroom immediately adjacent to our office.
Students may commence flying training immediately after enrollment, there is no requirement to complete the ground school before you start flying. We are open for training during daylight hours, seven days per week. Your instructor will give you briefings before and after each flight.
Flying instruction may be paid by cheque, credit card, cash, or debit, following each flight. Credit is extended only to those with funds on account. For students who deposit money on account, the unused portion is refundable at any time.
RFC Members who are licensed pilots or permit holders are eligible to rent club aircraft for either local flights, or extended trips. Aircraft are rented in accordance with our Club Rental Policy.