How do I become a pilot?
Transport Canada sets the standard for all pilot training and licensing. You must have a minimum number of hours of ground school, 25 hours of flight training for the Recreational Pilot Permit (including 5 solo) and 45 hours of flight training (including at least 12 hours solo) for the Private Pilot License. To qualify for a permit or license you must successfully pass a written exam and flight test.
How long will it take?
Everyone works and progresses at their own rate, depending on time, resources and personal circumstance. The Private Pilot License and Recreational Pilot Permit courses can be completed in anywhere from 8 weeks to 1 or 2 years. Many people attend school or work full-time while getting their license or permit.
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 and Night, Multi-Engine, Instrument and Instructor Rating courses. We operate a fleet of 7 commercially registered and maintained aircraft and have a Pilot Examiner on staff. We are affiliated with the Sask Polytechnnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program.
2. Good flying weather
Records show that southern Saskatchewan has good flying weather throughout the year.
3. Excellent teaching environment
The Regina International Airport (YQR) is a controlled airspace environment with air trafiic control and a mix of light aircraft, commercial aircraft and military trainers which provides an excellent environment for student teaching and practice. Our practice area is close by which means minimal delay in getting started on your flight training sessions
4. Excellent learning environment
Our Flight Instructors are highly skilled and trained professionals and provide dedicated one-on-one teaching to all students. Our general school environment is one of encouragement, guidance, safety and fun.
Qualifications for a private pilot license or recreational pilot permit
1. Provide proof of citizenship.
2. Must be sixteen (16) to be issued the Recreational Pilot Permit and seventeen (17) for the Private Pilot License.
3. Must successfully pass a medical examination from a Transport Canada doctor for the Private Pilot License or from their family physician for the Recreational Pilot Permit.
The local Transport Canada designated medical examiners are:
- Dr. P. Suri #415 – 2125 11th Avenue, Regina – 525-8355
- Dr. J. S. McMillan – Landmark Medical Centre – #9-4150 Albert St., Regina – 352-9609
- Dr. Yolanda Marx – #107 – 54 Ominica St. West, Moose Jaw – 692-6200
NOTE: Please make sure that the name on your medical is EXACTLY the same as on your birth certificate!
NOTE: You must have your medical certificate issued before you can fly solo!
All persons using RFC facilities or receiving flying training must hold a valid membership in the Club. All memberships in the Regina Flying Club expire on December 31.
Documents required at the time of enrollment or prior to solo flight are:
a. If born in Canada: Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
b. If born outside Canada, one of the following:
1. citizenship certificate
2. certificate of registration of birth abroad issued by Canada Department of Citizenship and Immigration
3. Canadian immigration record and visa issued by Canada Department of Citizenship and Immigration
4. 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, Airmanship, Navigation, Meteorology, Theory of Flight, Human Factors and Pilot Decision Making, Engines, Airframes Licensing Requirements, Flight Operations and Radio Theory and Communication.
RFC ground school sessions are normally held on Monday and Wednesday evenings – from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. – and consist of approximately 45 hours of instruction.
A student may commence flying training immediately after enrollment, there is not a 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 prior to and after each flight.
Flying instruction may be paid by cheque, credit card, cash or debit card, following each flight. Credit is extended only to those with money on account. For students who deposit money on account, the unused portion is refundable at any time.
Licensed pilots or permit holders are eligible to rent club aircraft for either local flights or trips away from Regina. Aircraft are rented in accordance with the Club rental policy.