The St. Catharines Flying Club is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act,2005 and approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to provide Instructor Rating and Commercial Pilot training.

Successful completion of the Commercial Pilot Program through the St. Catharines Flying Club leads to eligibility for Commercial Pilot License (Aeroplane Category) issued by Transport Canada and the issuance of a Certificate of Qualification—Commercial Pilot. The holder of a Commercial Pilot License may exercise the privileges of Pilot-in-Command of any aircraft engaged in a commercial air services.

Commercial Pilot training is composed of ground school and flight training instruction.  The ground school is designed to prepare students for the knowledge requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence, as the criteria which is established by Transport Canada for the written examination. Flight training instruction is crafted to prepare students for the skill required to obtain a commercial licence for demonstration on the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot flight test.

Last, in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization, all pilots must demonstrate English language proficiency.


The minimum age for a Commercial Pilot License is eighteen years of age.  Before commencing training in the Commercial Pilot Program, you will require a valid Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane Category, and a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate which you may choose to receive from the St. Catharines Flying Club or you may have obtained the Private Pilot Licence from any other source prior to enrolling in the Commercial Flight Training program at the St. Catharines Flying Club.  In accordance with the requirements established by the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, to provide Instructor Rating and Commercial Pilot training, entrance into this program requires the completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or candidates must qualify as a mature student (age 19 and not having attended school full-time for 52 weeks).


See Transport Canada for the full list of minimum requirements in order to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence. Below is an overview:

  • 200 hours flight-time experience, including 100 as Pilot-in-Command, 20 hours cross-country Pilot-in-Command.
  • 65 hours flight training in the aircraft category (ie: aeroplane or helicopter), including no less than 35 hours dual with a flight instructor, plus 30 hours solo.
  • Of the 35 hours of dual flight, 5 hours must be night (including 2-hour night cross-country), and 20 hours must be instrument time (flight by reference only to flight instruments); a maximum of 10 hours instrument simulator time may be credited toward the 20 hours instrument time required.
  • Of the 30 hours solo flight time emphasizing improvement in flying skills, there must be a cross-country flight to a point not less than 300 nautical miles from the point of departure, with 3 full-stop landings.  The 30 solo hours must also include 5 hours by night and completion of 10 circuits.