PPL Costs

There is no doubt that flight training is expensive. Just the cost alone of keeping an airplane in the air is high. It is always best to have budgeted for your training ahead of time so that money is not something you need to think about while you are doing your training. Remember, too, that you don’t pay everything up-front. You pay as you go so that can make things a little easier to budget.


The details…

Private Pilot License Minimum Costs are based on Transport Canada’s required minimum of 45 hours of flight training.

It is very unusual for someone to finish with these minimum hours. Most students will take approximately 55 or more hours to complete. Everyone learns at a different pace. Flight training is not a race!

PPL Flight TrainingCost
Ground School Tuition40 hrs Ground School$500
Supplies & Textbooks Supply List: E6B Flight Computer; VFR Navigation Chart; ICAO Chart Ruler; Douglas Protractor; Pilot Operating Handbook; From the Ground Up textbook $200
Ground BriefingEstimated 20 hours @ $70/hr$1,400
Dual Flight Training17 hours @ $280/hr $4,760
Solo Flight Training12 hours @ $220/hr$2,640
Dual/Solo Flight Training16 hrs (to make up the minimum 45 hours) up to $4,000
Totalminimum training cost$13,500
Listed totals exclude tax and are based on the minimum 45 hours required

Other things to consider…

As you are shopping around, don’t forget to consider other factors outside of the hourly rate such as:

  • travel time to and from the airport
  • ground taxi time can be much longer at larger airports reducing your time in the air
  • availability of instructors and airplanes
  • friendliness and one-on-one attention from staff