Become a Sport Ultralight Pilot



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Learn to Fly

So, your thinking you might like to learn how to fly? Welcome to a wonderful adventure! Flying is an experience that transcends everyday life. Ask pilots why they fly and watch as their eyes go distant. For just a moment, they’ll be airborne before they come back to the ground, refocus their attention, and answer your question.

The Course

Ground School
20 hrs

Students are required to attend a minimum number of hours of formal lectures on subjects such as Air regulations, Airmanship, Navigation, Meteorology, Theory of Flight, Pilot Decision Making, Engines, Airframes and Radio use. Upon completion of ground school and a minimum of 50% of the required flight time, the student may take the Transport Canada written test ULTRA.

A “Certified Flight Instructor” (CFI) will assist you along the path to becoming a pilot; you’ll have to pass some tests to verify your aviation knowledge and skills. Transport Canada Civil Aviation has the responsibility to assure that no one will be allowed to fly until he or she can safely act as pilot in command.

There are two knowledge tests required, one is called the ULTRA which is a written test consisting of 80 multiple choice questions. You must score 60 % or better to pass. Before you can take the test you’ll need to prepare by taking a class called “ground school”. Students can take ULTRA after having completed half of the required flight time but before your final test, the practical “flight test”. You will also be required to take a pre-solo written multiple choice test consisting of 30 - 50 questions depending upon the type of aircraft you are training on. You must score 90% corrected to 100% before flying solo.

Now, you’ll need to complete the appropriate training and meet the minimum number of training hours for the type of ultra-light pilot permit you are seeking. This training time includes the time flown with your CFI (dual instruction) and the time that you fly the aircraft alone (solo).

Flight Lessons
25 hrs

During dual instruction, your CFI will be on board the aircraft and will train you in all the necessary skills required to pilot the aircraft, and be there to keep you out of trouble.

Before going solo you must get a student pilot permit, which your instructor will explain how to obtain. This permit is issued by either a Transport Canada Aviation district office or an authorized person at the flight school. The student permit is free from Transport Canada (TC) but there is a fee for processing by the school TC authorized person. The student pilot permit is good for two years. Once you have a student pilot permit, at the appropriate time your instructor will have you fly the aircraft solo. This will be the first time you fly the aircraft with no one else onboard. This is a milestone in your life that you will never forget. Ask pilots about their first solo flight and watch their eyes light up all over again. Now that you’ve soloed, you’re well on your way to becoming a pilot. Your instructor will supervise the rest of your solo work so that you accomplish specific goals and tasks, like a solo cross-country flight.

After you complete the minimum flight times and have demonstrated to your instructor that you’re ready to be a sport pilot, he or she will give you an endorsement to take the Transport Canada practical “flight test”. The flight test consists of two parts: an oral test and a flight test. You must be successful at both to pass. The examiner will follow the Transport Canada “Flight Test Guide Ultra-light Aeroplane”. You will be issued a copy when practicing for the test. Although the flight test may seem intimidating, your instructor won’t endorse you to take the flight test unless you are ready. After you successfully pass the practical test, the examiner will issue you an ultra-light pilot permit and you may now fly as an ultra-light pilot and take a passenger along when so endorsed. Although pilot training and testing may present hurdles along the way, the end result is that you will become a competent sport pilot, ready to fly with friends and loved ones as passengers.

The student may commence flight training immediately after enrollment. Instruction is available during daylight hours seven days a week. The instructor will give the student a briefing prior to and after each flight lesson. Upon completion of flight training, the student must pass a “flight test”, in order to qualify for a Pilot Permit.

SOLO
5 hrs

Once you have a student pilot permit, at the appropriate time your instructor will have you fly the aircraft solo. This will be the first time you fly the aircraft with no one else onboard. This is a milestone in your life that you will never forget. Ask pilots about their first solo flight and watch their eyes light up all over again. Now that you’ve soloed, you’re well on your way to becoming a pilot. Your instructor will supervise the rest of your solo work which includes practicing the procedures you have learned in the previous flight lessons, enabling you to accomplish specific goals and tasks, like solo cross-country flight.

Cross Country
2 hrs

You will learn the skills required to fly cross country flights safely and with confidence. The cross country flights typically require landing at two other airports. You will learn; how to prepare for the flights, navigate by map reading, radio communications, unfamiliar airport procedures and supervision of aircraft servicing.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR A PILOT PERMIT

Here are the basic requirements to earn the simplest pilot certificate available, an ultra-light pilot permit. First you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • BECOMING A SPORT PILOT

    Transport Canada sets the minimum standards for flight training, ground school instruction and all exams. Over the years, Transport Canada has increased the required contents of the training programs, but has not changed the minimum required flight times. This means that while it is still possible to meet flight test standards within the minimum requirements, the average student takes approximately 10% more time than what is listed.

  • ADVANCED ULTRA-LIGHT PILOT
    (passenger carrying rating)

    Complete a minimum of 20 hours of ground school instruction. A minimum of 25 hours of flight training including 5 hours of solo and 2 hours cross country. After you receive an endorsement from your instructor, you may undertake the written exam and flight test. Training must be completed within 24 months.

  • SCHEDULING FLIGHT LESSONS

    Student’s works at their own rate, depending on time and money restraints. The Ultra-light Pilot training can be completed in anywhere from 4 weeks to 2 years. Many people attend school or work full-time while getting their pilot permit. Lessons are scheduled according to student availability

What does it take to become a pilot?

Here are the basic requirements to earn the simplest pilot certificate available, an ultra-light pilot permit. First you will need to meet the following criteria:

Mail

Grand Forks Airport,
#309-5980 2nd St.,
Grand Forks, BC.

Phone: 1 866-678-1234

Email: info (at) westav.ca

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