Flight Training...
A pilot in the making

Flight Training is comprised of 4 main parts:

Ground School
Dual flight instruction
Solo flight(s)
Written Examination

The two initial ingredients in flight training are "Ground School" and "Dual Flight" instruction. They can be done concurrently and it is often a good idea to have some time in the air before starting ground school to help provide a better understanding of study areas.

Ground School

The Ultralight Pilot Permit requires 20 hours of ground school. The ground school classes are operated on a pre-determined schedule and are often run over the course of a weekend.  Check the Toronto Aerosport calendar for the ground school schedule.

The course will cover Airframes and Engines, Theory of Flight,  Airmanship, Air Law and Regulations, Airspace and Aerodrome procedures, Meteorology, Navigation,  Radio Procedures, Human Factors, and Decision Making.

The cost of ground school includes your classroom time, text books and test preparation exercises.

The ground school will help prepare you for two examinations; the written pre-solo exam (PSTAR), which will enable you to get your student pilot permit and which will be done on site at Toronto Aerosport and the final written examination which you will write at one of Transport Canada offices.

Dual Flight Training

Dual flight training with an instructor can start prior, concurrent, or after ground school, so there is no reason to delay one for the other.

The dual flight training includes lessons in aircraft familiarization and preparation for flight, taxiing, aircraft attitudes and movements, straight and level flight, climbing, descending and turns. These exercises will be about 3-6 hours depending on student's rate of learning.

The next 3-6 hours will cover circuits, take-offs and landings. Part of this training also includes side slips, forward slips and handling crosswind landings and takeoffs.

Afterwards you will leave the circuit again as the training continues covering endurance flight, slow flight, stall recovery, forced landings and precautionary landings. Then comes the magic moment in every pilot’s life…the first solo flight.

Flying Solo

Once you are a confident and consistent flyer your instructor will exit the aircraft and you will take off, fly a circuit and land all by yourself. This first solo is a traditional right of passage for every pilot; the proof that you are able to fly and a time of celebration. 

After your first solo, more time will be spent in part with an instructor verifying your ability and by yourself, solo, honing your skills and experience. During the ‘supervised solo’ flights you will practice circuits, flight maneuvers and of course, take-offs and landings.

The final written examination

After you've completed all the minimum requirements for an Ultralight Pilot Permit -minimum of 10 hrs. total flight time with a minimum of xx hours of dual instruction,  2 hours solo flying and a minimum of 30 takeoffs and landings, you can then write your exam at one of the Transport Canada Civil Aviation offices. Your ground school and flight time will have properly prepared you for success and once the final examination is passed, you will be a licensed  UL pilot.

The Passenger Carrying Endorsement

Once you have met the requirements for an Ultralight Pilot Permit, the next logical step is to complete your Passenger Carrying Endorsement. It requires some additional training and practice in flight maneuvers, navigation, emergency procedures, and x-country. 

To qualify for the Passenger Carrying endorsement, you need a total of 25 hours of supervised flying which can be made up of a minimum of XXXXX and a check-out ride with a Transport Canada approved flight inspector.