Learn To Fly

Pilot Training


There are few things as freeing – or as exhilarating – as learning to fly. If you’re looking to explore the skies, Fly Kingston provides a number of options for getting your wings, depending on why and how you want to become a pilot. Thinking of signing up for ground school or adding a license or rating to your list of accomplishments? Call or email us to book a discovery flight and discover what you’ve been missing – the view from several thousand feet.

Cash is sometimes tight (Financing Your Dream)

When compared to other hobbies or professions, flying airplanes is a much cheaper alternative. Unlike motorcycles, RV’ing and boating, you can rent your aircraft and fly it 12 months a year; there are no storage or maintenance costs, and no big bills to pay in the spring and fall. Everything is covered in your hourly rental including insurance, fuel and annual licensing.  Remember, the cost is in the pilot licensing, not in the aircraft. Once you have your ticket, you are free to roam the skies!

If you are choosing aviation as a first or even second career, Fly Kingston Airways is here to help. You may qualify for Ontario Student Assistance or you can use your registered RESP tax credit. We also have close relations with financial partners who can write a personal loan that best suits your budget.

So how big is the nut? (Truthfully, what’s the costs?)

Learning to fly is no different that any other skill. It takes time and effort to become a proficient pilot. Most students stay with it until they are licensed while others take their time to complete their training. The bulk of the costs are in the first 15 hours because you are flying with an instructor. But after that, you are solo and the rate is the same as Fly Kingston’s aircraft rental rate. The rough costs are listing in each of the categories below.

I’m looking for a fun escape (Recreational Pilot Permit)

A recreational pilot permit is a great way to find out if flying is for you. It allows you to fly during the day, and ground school training is not required (though it is highly recommended). You can only use it for flying within Canada. We have a number of experienced members who maintain their recreational permit. A budgetary cost for this type of permit is typically in the $4,000.00 dollar range. Again its cheaper if you stay at it and finish it in one go.

Some people choose not to advance beyond a recreational pilot permit, since it’s all you need to get up into the skies as a hobbyist. This permit allows you to fly during the day. If you think you’ll want more flexibility and freedom, anticipate wanting to carry more than one passenger, fly at night or outside of Canada, or obtain additional ratings (VFR-OTT, IFR, multi-engine, etc.) – you should consider a Private Pilot License, which will give you more options.

I’m looking for adventure and personal challenge (Private Pilot License)

A Private Pilot License gives you all of the fun of a recreational license plus enhanced flexibility and the opportunity for further advancement. Even without any further ratings, this license enables you to fly anywhere in Canada and the United States, as well as in select countries, an option not available to those with only the recreational permit. To be licensed at this level, pilots must complete ground school and flight training (a minimum of 45hrs, including 5 instrument (IFR) hours).

It is the most commonly-held license in Canada, largely because it has fewer restrictions and allows pilots to do more (it is the first step towards a potentially-lucrative commercial license, for example). The average cost to get your private pilots license is $6,000-$8,000 dollars CAD.

I’m looking to go further (Advanced Certification / Additional Rating)

After completing the requirements for a Private Pilot License, many pilots choose to continue their training by working towards advanced ratings. While not integral to the flying experience, they’ll give you further opportunities and greater flying experiences. Here are some of the possibilities available at Fly Kingston, after you learn to fly with the fundamentals:

Night Rating

  • With this rating, pilots are no longer restricted to flying during the day. To be able to fly at night, you must complete 10 IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) hours (5 of which will already have been accumulated from your private license) and 10 night hours (5 of which must be completed dual, and the other 5 of which much be done solo).

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Over-the-Top Rating

  • With the Over-the-Top rating, you are permitted to fly above the clouds. This rating allows you to complete your flight if the skies are clear at both your origin and destination airport, even with a cloud layer between them.

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Rating

  • In order to fly in conditions of diminished visibility, pilots must have their IFR training, which allows them to navigate without clear visual reference to the ground (by instruments only). This rating requires a total of 40hrs (some of which may have already been accrued as part of previous training).

Multi-Engine & Multi-Engine IFR Rating

      • We can also offer training for these ratings, contingent on demand.


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