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NEW APPROACH FOR COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

Transport Canada has amended the Canadian Aviation Regulations to provide commercial pilot trainees with an alternative to the traditional pilot training course.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

OTTAWA -Transport Canada has amended the Canadian Aviation Regulations to provide commercial pilot trainees with an alternative to the traditional pilot training course. This initiative was announced today by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

With this amendment, commercial trainees will be able to choose the type of instruction they prefer. The traditional course structure offers more flexibility to decide on the emphasis placed on each subject, while the integrated course requires the student to follow an enriched and very structured syllabus of flight training.

Integrated pilot training courses provide an alternative for individuals wishing to become commercial pilots, said Minister Cannon. Students will now be able to choose the approach that works best for them.
The integrated course is designed to allow trainees to practice the theory they are learning in ground school during flight training.

Even if trainees choose the integrated training course, they must complete an additional number of hours of commercial pilot ground school instruction depending on the type of licence they wish to obtain, and acquire a valid medical certificate before they can apply to obtain their pilots licence. Ground school covers aspects of flight training such as the Canadian Aviation Regulations, flight theory, navigation, meteorology, flight instruments and flight operations.

Before a flight school can offer the integrated training course, Transport Canada will review and approve the required manuals. Flight schools will also be required to develop and apply an effective quality assurance system for training.

The amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on December 27, 2006.