Introduction & First Steps
In order to get started you will have to come in person to register as a Brampton Flying Club member. You will be able to register anytime during Club hours. From April 1st to October 31st our flight school is open 7 days a week from 07:00 am to midnight. From November 1st to March 31st our flight school is open 7 days a week from 08:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Introductory Discovery Flight
This introductory flight is for those who are thinking about taking flying lessons and obtaining a pilot’s license. Experience flight first-hand and you may even get to fly the airplane yourself! A Transport Canada approved flight instructor will guide you through what is involved in learning to fly, give you a tour of the BFC facilities and share a 20-minute flight in a four seat Cessna 172 with you at the controls. The flight can also be conducted in a smaller two person Cessna 152 for a 30-minute flight. A post flight briefing will follow your flight so that all of your questions can be answered. This flight is only available to one person, as passengers take away from the learning experience. Cost: $100 plus HST.
If you are ready to start, please be advised that it is recommended that you complete your Aviation Medical before you register. You will not need the aviation medical until you are ready to go solo, however it can take up to 3 months to receive the aviation medical from Transport Canada. You will require a Category 3 medical for the Private Pilot Licence. For a list of Transport Canada approved doctors please visit the Transport Canada website http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/came-meac/l.aspx
The initial costs will be $609.00 plus HST, this includes a one year Club associate/membership fee and Private Pilot Ground School. Please note that the membership and ground school fees are non-refundable. You also have a choice between a Standard Ground School Kit for $325.00, or a Deluxe Ground School Kit for $925.00 plus HST. The main difference between the two ground school kits is that the Deluxe Ground School Kit also contains a David Clark headset, Air Command Weather Manual and hand-held computer (computes expected fuel consumption, etc.).
You are able to start at any time, and you are not required to complete the ground school before starting to fly. Instead, we recommend that you do the ground school and flight training simultaneously. You should be able to use the concepts you learn in flight to help you with the ground school and vice-versa.
Ground School Start Dates
If you prefer to start with the ground school, we offer a new start date at the beginning of each month. Please note that you may jump into a pre-existing class if you prefer. Ground School start dates are provided below:
- Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
- Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
- Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
- Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
- Thursday, April 6th, 2017
- Saturday, May 6th, 2017
- Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
- Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
- Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
- Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
- Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
- Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
- Thursday, December 2nd, 2017
Ground school for our Private Pilot Licence runs for 16 weeks, once a week for 3 hours per class. Ground school is offered in the evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-10pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-1pm. Active members are able to attend classes as many times as needed on any day, without additional cost as long as they have proof of purchase (receipt may be required) and an active membership.
Although it is beneficial to attend classes while taking flight lessons, it is not necessary. Flight training can start as soon as you are ready, and is payable after each flight. We accept all major credit cards, debit, cheques and cash. We have an online reservation system for customers to make bookings with aircraft and their Flight Instructor at their convenience. Flights are scheduled during daylight hours, seven days a week, based on your availability.
The Private Pilot Licence program is a flexible self paced program so you can decide how often you want to fly and how often you would like to attend ground school. For this reason, the length of the program and the cost will be highly dependant on your consistency of training, your availability, your ability to learn and weather. On average most students tend to take about a year to obtain their Private Pilot Licence if they are doing their training on a part time basis, however please keep in mind that we have had students finish in as little as a few months if they are committed to flying 4-5 times a week. The PPL allows you to carry up to 3 passengers and apply for upgrade ratings (i.e.: Night, Multi Engine, Seaplane, Instrument).