Aviation

Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Frequently Asked Questions

Each year the decision is made to offer the PPL program.  The Mount Royal Aviation PPL program begins in February to prepare students for the September  academic year.  The February 2020 PPL class has started and is full, and the next PPL course is in February 2021.  Students wishing to enroll in the PPL program are asked to contact us starting October 1, 2020 at aviation@mtroyal.ca  to request an application.  Places in the MRU PPL program are limited and final numbers will be determined early in the year, with a minimum of six places. Places will be allocated to students who have applied for the Aviation Diploma program that Fall. 

Applications for the Diploma program require a separate application, please click here to visit the Admissions page. 

Registration is done through our Continuing Education department, and further information on deadlines and the registration process will be provided as places are confirmed. After registration, PPL students will receive information to help you prepare for the first ground school session.   

Students wishing to enroll in the PPL program are asked to contact the Aviation Department at our Springbank Campus at aviation@mtroyal.ca beginning October 1, 2020 for the February 2021 class.  Registration is done through our Continuing Education department, and further information on deadlines and the registration process will be provided as places are confirmed. After registration, PPL students will receive information to help you prepare for the first ground school session.  
Further information will be provided by email to each PPL applicant as the process moves forward.  Application decisions are generally made between mid-December and mid-January.  
Places in the PPL program are given to applicants to the Aviation diploma program, with a priority to those who have a conditional offer.  Conditional offers are provided on a competitive basis, so that students who have applied to the diploma program early and have the highest grades have the best chance of being admitted into the PPL program.
Places in the PPL program are limited.  
 

PPL students are not guaranteed a position in the Aviation Diploma program, as it is dependent upon satisfactory progression through the PPL program and on the MRU Admissions process.  Students expecting to take the Mount Royal PPL program must have applied for the Aviation Diploma program starting in the Fall which is separate from the PPL application and registration.  To apply to the MRU Aviation diploma, please click here to visit the Admissions page.
 
Students who are dedicated, work hard and proceed at an appropriate pace, will be completed in order to meet the prerequisites for entrance by September 1. Successful MRU PPL students will receive a credit for the first required course in the Diploma, a savings of just over $4,000.
 

The program starts in early February with ground school classes running twice a week into the end of March.  Ground School classes are held at the main MRU campus.  Flight training begins gradually in February through April in conjunction with Ground School with an anticipated completion in mid-August.  Students are expected to have an increased availability April through August. 
The Mount Royal PPL program is offered only once a year, starting in February.  The February 2020 class is full. 

On average it takes 65 Flight hours to complete the PPL, which can take 3 to 8 months of flight training. The MRU Aviation program teaches beyond the minimum Transport Canada requirements.  While the minimum dual instruction hours is 17, this is not sufficient to prepare students for the flight test and schools across the country exceed this number in their required training.  The Transport Canada minimum for the program is 45 hours, yet average completion across the country is approximately 65 hours. In addition to the Ground School Course, MRU Aviation incorporates 41 hours of dual instruction, 14 hours solo instruction, 6 hours simulator and 30 hours of individual ground instruction into the PPL training.  

Students should be available to fly as much as possible, with an availability of at least four or five times per week.  Please expect both weather and maintenance to cancel some bookings.  Some students will require additional training, which we can accommodate.
 

Ground school is held twice a week on the main campus with class location details to be provided to successful applicants.  Ground school includes industry professional guest speakers.  Simulator sessions are also at the main campus.

Flight training is held at the Mount Royal Campus at the Springbank Airport, which is about 15 minutes west of Calgary.  The drive from the main campus to Springbank takes 25 to 30 minutes.  Students are required to have their own reliable vehicles, as public transit is not available to the airport. PPL students can expect to be at the airport for approximately four to five hours per flight lesson.  
 

Students must have a Category 1 as required for a commercial licence. This medical can only be conducted by a Transport Canada approved civil aviation doctor, and can take up to 90 days for paperwork government processing. A geographically- searchable list of approved aviation doctors can be found at this link: approved aviation doctors. The cost of the medical could be between $150 and $250 depending on the doctor and the examination required. Please include the date of your medical appointment in your application so we know that this is in process.

Flight training and briefings are the main costs in completing the PPL. Depending on student ability and success, as well as commitment, the flight training portion will cost approximately $21 112 plus gst.  Successful PPL students will receive credit for the first required Diploma course FLTR 1100, a savings of just over $4,100. Our program is aimed at having students learn to fly safely and anticipates students using the national average for hours required to complete the training. Therefore, our program includes 41 hours of dual instruction, 14 hours of solo flying, 30 hours of ground briefing, and 6 hours simulator time. Many students will likely need to purchase a little additional training at some point in the course. Unlimited use of the Frasca Mentor simulator, which is identical to the Cessna 172 cockpit, as well as the Redbird Crosswind Trainer are included in the costs. All fees mentioned are 2019 estimated prices and subject to change.

In addition, there is a minimum of 40 hours of Ground School required by Transport Canada.  The cost of the Ground School portion of the training is $600 and is offered through the Continuing Education department.  While we provide some of the materials required in the course through our online course management system, you will be required to purchase additional materials.  We will provide you with a list of required tools and equipment: the ground school materials will cost around $250; if you wish to purchase your own headset (most students do), they cost anywhere from $350 - $600 for a basic model.
 

The PPL course is comprised of the ground school and six flight training modules.  The Ground school and the first flight module payment is required prior to the start of Ground school.  Payment for each of the remaining five modules is required as the student proceeds through the course, and prior to start of each new module.   
 

The government does not approve student loans for the PPL, but only for advanced training beyond the PPL.

Please email us at aviation@mtroyal.ca. or call 403-288-9551 with any further questions. Our dedicated staff are happy to speak with you and arrange a tour of the hangar at your convenience.