Professional Pilot Course

This course is designed for the career oriented individual with a focus on advanced training and a seamless course outline. You will start from zero flight time to becoming a fully Licensed Commercial Pilot with a Night Rating, VFR OTT, and a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MIFR). You will be trained in our C152 for basic maneuvers and moving up to the C172 and optionally the C172RG for advanced training, which leads you to the Multi-Engine training in the C310. This course is designed to parallel the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program which, after approximately one year and a half, has you well prepared to start working for one of the many operators we have close contact with. In fact, the majority of our grads are hired prior to graduation! 

A minimum of 200 hours are required to obtain a CPL. The Professional Pilot Course includes the Multi-Engine IFR as part of the 200 hours after the CPL flight training is complete. The CPL and IR required ground school is included in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program. Alternatively, you may also do it via online courses or self-study which we offer.

Course Length

This course meets all of the flying experience requirements of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Commercial Pilot Diploma Program. The timeline for the Diploma Program is available here. This course is available to anyone who wishes to become a CPL with more advanced skills. Completing the course as described below will set you up to be highly competitive in the piloting workforce.

Outside of Sask Polytech, a timeline of 18-24 months of full-time study will be required.

Transport Canada Requirements

The below training requirements for each license and rating represent TC minimums. It may take some students more time to complete depending on ability or if training flights are not consistently scheduled and flown.

  • Be at least 14 years old to solo. Also, you must have reached your 17th birthday to receive a PPL;
  • Have completed an Aviation Medical, Category 3 or higher. (Ground school training can be started without the medical);
  • Minimum 40 hours of ground school, offered here;
  • Minimum 45 hours of flight time, minimum 30 hours of dual training and minimum 15 hours solo;
  • Written Exam (Transport Canada): written exam with a pass mark of 60%. Exam invigilator on staff to write at school; letter of recommend required (MFC standard: minimum 2 exams with average of 80%);
  • Flight Test: Transport Canada approved Pilot Examiner on staff; letter of recommend required (MFC standard: adequate pre-flight completed with instructor)
  • Must have PPL;
  • Mitchinson’s requires a high school diploma or an equivalent secondary school completion;
  • You must have reached your 18th birthday to receive a CPL;
  • Category 1 Aviation Medical;
  • Minimum 80 hours of ground school, offered here;
  • 65 hours of flight training of which 35 hours are dual instruction and 30 hours are solo practice;
  • Minimum 200 hours total flight time of which 100 hours are Pilot in Command (PIC) including 20 hours cross-country;
  • All previous flying experience counts towards the required 200 hours total time, time building may be required;
  • Written exam with a pass mark of 60%;
  • Flight Test: Transport Canada approved Pilot Examiner on staff


Advanced training in our 172RG (aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant speed propeller) can also be used in flight training hours. It is highly recommended to gain at least 5 hours with a constant speed propeller during your solo time building before moving on to the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating. This will save you money versus spending extra practice time in the C310 with the higher rental rates. 

  • Must hold a PPL;
  • Mitchinson’s requires a high school diploma or an equivalent secondary school completion;
  • Must have 50 hours cross-country;
  • 40 hours Instrument time of which all time accumulated on PPL, Night Rating and CPL count towards the minimum. 20 hours may be in the simulator;
  • INRAT written exam;
  • Flight test: Transport Canada approved Pilot Examiner

Flying Breakdown

In our experience, most students take more than the Transport Canada requirements to complete their license and our cost estimates reflect the average student’s flight hour requirements.

Private Pilot's License (PPL)

Total Dual: 40 hours
Total Solo: 20 hours
Total Simulator: 2 hours
Total Briefing: 30 hours

Commercial Pilot's License (CPL)

Total Dual: 39 hours
Total Solo: 91 hours
Total Simulator: 5 hours
Total Briefing: 25 hours

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MIFR)

Total Dual: 20 hours
Total Solo: 2.5 hours
Total Simulator: 15 hours
Total Briefing: 20 hours

Cost Breakdown