Three students standing in front of a Mount Royal Univeristy Cessna at the Springbank Hangar.

Frequently asked questions


1. Why should I attend the Mount Royal University (MRU) Aviation program?
There are many advantages the MRU Aviation Diploma program provides for a significantly superior flight education experience for those wishing to become career pilots:

  • Academically trained pilots are preferred by the airlines and have more opportunity for advancement in the aviation industry.
  • We have extremely high standards for flight education that exceeds Transport Canada minimums.
  • MRU Aviation has close ties to the airline industry that help guide the program.
  • The modern MRU Aviation fleet provides the student with a better understanding of modern avionics.
  • Our curriculum is based on industry procedures, stressing safety for the single-pilot and two-pilot operating environments, and therefore graduates are better prepared for their first aviation jobs.
  • The simulator is used to instruct students how to work in a multi crew environment using the principles of Crew Resource Management and Threat and Error Management.  
  • Ground school and student meetings include guest speakers from WestJet, Jazz, Porter Airlines, AirSprint, Sunwest and other industry professionals.
  • Students’ progress through the program as a cohort, creating a sense of team which aids in the flight education and creates a network of pilots upon graduation.
  • Degree completion options exist at Mount Royal University, or online through Embry-Riddle Worldwide University (USA) or Massey University (New Zealand).

2. What can I expect as a course of studies at MRU Aviation?

Your course of studies includes flight education and non-aviation post secondary courses as well as flight training for eight months of the year. Flight training is offered year-round and it is strongly recommended that students continue to fly through the summer months.


3. What is the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program?

Jazz Airlines and MRU Aviation have formed a partnership whereby Jazz Airlines will grant an interview to a graduate who scores above 80% in all Transport Canada exams and has a grade point average above 3.0 for a possible First Officer position. Other graduates are welcome to apply to Jazz Airlines when they accumulate 1,000 hours of experience. (Non-MRU Aviation pilots must have a minimum of 1,500 hours to apply).  Here is the link to the Jazz Pathway Program.  


4. What is the difference between the MRU Aviation program and other Alberta college-based programs?

Both the academic and aviation components of the MRU Aviation program are administered by MRU who own the aircraft and simulators. The flight staff and instructors are employees of the University. In this way, MRU can ensure the quality of both flight and academic requirements of the MRU Aviation program. 


5. Why do I need a Category 1 Medical and how long does it take to get it?

Your first step in pursuing a pilot career is to get an aviation medical to ensure you are medically fit to fly commercially. Aviation medicals are provided by any licensed civil aviation medical examiner. As it can regularly take  up to 90 days during regular  for government paperwork processing, it is strongly recommended that applicants start with obtaining the Category 1 Medical at the same time as starting PPL training. You can find a qualified civil aviation medical examiner in your area through the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medical Examiners Search.


6. Does MRU Aviation conduct Private Pilot Licence (PPL) training?

Mount Royal offers the PPL training. To learn more, read about the MRU PPL progam.  


7. What training aircraft is used by MRU Aviation?

MRU Aviation has the most modern and state-of-the-art training fleet in Canada. The MRU Aviation training fleet consists of:

Six (6) Cessna-172 A Cessna-172
Twin-engine Seneca V A twin-engine Seneca V
Five aircraft are equipped with modern avionics – Garmin G1000 Controls of a Garmin G1000

8. Does MRU have a rental aircraft?

All of our 6 Cessna 172’s are available to rent exclusively for MRU Aviation students, with a priority for flight instruction.


9. What simulators does MRU Aviation use in training?

We have three simulators:

Alsim ALX 20
Exterior of the Alsim ALX 20 simulator including projection screen Interior of the Alsim ALX 20 simulator
Frasca Mentor Redbird crosswind trainer
A Frasca Mentor simulator A product shot of a Redbird crosswind trainer

10. Where are classes conducted?

The academic and aviation classes are held at the MRU campus located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, close to downtown Calgary. The Alsim and Mentor flight simulators are also located at the main campus.  Flight training is performed at the Springbank Airport campus (CYBW) which is west of Calgary city limits, about a 25 minute drive from the MRU main campus. As there is no public transportation to the Springbank Airport, you will need a car to commute to your flight training sessions.


11. What is the total cost of the program including academic and flight training?

For the two years of the MRU Aviation Diploma program, flying and academic costs are approximately $94,000. Living costs are not included in this estimate.  Use the budget calculator to figure out your budget based on your program choice and personal expense.   The 2022-23 Aviation Student Tuition Fee Schedule shows the costs of flight training courses.  The course listing shows both the academic and flight courses required to complete the Aviation Diploma Program.  See also the  list of estimated tuition and costs.


12. Do Aviation students pay for all of the flight courses at the start of each semester?  

There are ten flights courses to be completed throughout the two year diploma program, with details in the content above.  As students move from one flight course to the next, payment is required for each course prior to starting that course. 


13. Is student financing available to MRU students?

Student financing is available to Aviation Diploma students with amounts provided to each student dependent on their personal circumstances.  Further informaiton can be found at the Student Finance page.  


14. What courses do aviation students take if they start in January?  

As all Aviation specific courses start in September, and Aviation students take Aviation courses as a group, Aviation students who start in January will take required, non-aviation courses only.  Starting in January means the program will take 2.5 years, and can be a good option as this spreads the program workload over an additional semsester.  


15. Is the MRU program accredited?

The MRU Aviation program is accredited through the Aviation Accreditation Board International. This body ensures that our program meets their international flight training and academic education standards and ensures that we continue to improve our program.  


16. What are the job prospects upon graduation?

There are many job opportunities in the aviation industry for new commercial pilots. As MRU Aviation has been educating pilots for over 50 years, there are hundreds of MRU pilots working in today’s aviation industry at all levels.    Over the last two years graduates have been employed with the airlines, charter and corporate operations, utility data collection, as flight instructors and with pipeline patrol operations.   Our alumni express great pride in our program which creates continued excitement for the superior pilot candidates which MRU Aviation produces.


17. Can I tour the facilities?

We are pleased to be able to provide tours of the Simulator on main campus as well as a hangar tour at the Springbank Campus.  Please note the Springbank campus is approximately 30 minutes drive from the main campus.   To make arrangments for these tours, please email us at As well, you can  Book your campus tour online.


18. How can I get Aviation specific questions answered?

Please review the content of the website for Aviaiton information.  Should you have other questions, please email and one our dedicated staff will be happy to provide an answer. 

Please email to book a time for a phone conversation with an experienced flight instructor to discuss aviation training details.   


19. How do I apply?

Visit our Application page and follow the link that applies to your situation. Applications are accepted starting on October 1.