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At the end of this course, you will obtain a Class 4 Flight Instructor Rating. This rating allows you to conduct dual flight instruction in respect to the issuance of a Recreational Pilot Permit, Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence, Night Rating and VFR OTT rating.

The instructor rating is one of the most challenging and rewarding ratings that you can get on your pilot licence. It brings your flying skills to a whole new level. You will learn how to fly an aircraft from the right seat, and demonstrate flight manoeuvres with perfection. On the ground, you will be expected to understand the Canadian Aviation Regulations, understand and explain Theory of Flight, and develop lesson plans with appropriate teaching methods using learning factors. The vast majority of the work for the instructor rating is developing and rehearsing your lesson plans at home.

Many people in aviation have started their carriers as instructors, some stay in the profession, while others move to airlines. All airlines require people to train their flight crews, and they like to hire people with an instructor background for those positions. Whatever your goals are, the instructor rating will always be a benefit to you.
Once you obtain the instructor rating (Class 4), you will be allowed to conduct flight training for the issue of licences and permits. All new instructors must teach under the supervision of a class I or II instructor.
Admission Requirements:
  • Transport Canada Commercial or Airline Transport Licence.
SLA accepts students for the Flight Instructor Rating when the Class 1 Instructor considers the individual as a potential instructor candidate. The following three steps are required for a candidate.
  1. The Class 1 Instructor will conduct an interview using interview form [SLA-063-03-22] to assess the potential suitability of a candidate. A candidate is requested to present the followings at the interview:
    • CPL flight test report
    • CPL written examination result
    • Personal logbook
  2. The Class 1 Instructor will conduct a flight review using Sea Land Air Evaluation Form [SLA-059-03-22] when:
    • Commercial Pilot License has been completed at another flight training unit
    • Flight proficiency up to commercial standard has yet to be demonstrated to the Class 1 Flight Instructor
  3. The Class 1 instructor will provide a course orientation for the candidate to understand what is expected during the training.
Licensing Requirements:

Medical Fitness
You must hold a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate.

You must complete a minimum of 25 hours of Instructor Rating ground school instruction which shall include:
  • Practical application of the basic principles of learning and techniques of instruction.
  • Preparation and use of lesson plans.
  • Procedures for planning and presenting preparatory ground instruction, pre-flight briefings, in-flight instruction, and post-flight debriefings.
  • Theory of flight required to teach the air exercises.
  • Aircraft flight manuals and aircraft operating limits.
  • Presentation of pilot decision-making concepts.
  • The use of the Transport Canada Flight Instructor Guide, Flight Training Manual, Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part IV and the Flight Test Standards, Private and Commercial Pilot Licences - Aeroplane Category.
*25 hours ground school is the minimum required by Canadian Aviation Regulation. As you can imagine this is very small number of hours for a CPL holder to be ready to teach as an instructor. How much time you spend to prepare and rehearse your lesson plans will be reflected in these hours.

You must obtain a minimum of 70% in the written examination Flight Instructor Rating - Aeroplane Class 4 (AIRAF).

You must complete in an aeroplane a minimum of 30 hours of dual flight instruction on overall pilot proficiency and the presentation of all exercises set forth in the Flight Instructor Guide and shall include a minimum of 5 hours of training in the teaching of instrument flight skills. A maximum 5 of the 30 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or flight training device.

You must complete an instructor flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard - Flight Instructor Rating - Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Aerobatic (TP5537).

Note: Prices are based on Transport Canada minimum requirements. Students may require additional flight training hours and ground briefing time before being ready for flight test. All prices are in CAD and are subject to change without prior notice. An hourly fuel surcharge will apply due to fuel price fluctuation.

Download Flight Instructor Rating Written Test Guide here
Download Flight Instructor Rating Flight Test Guide here

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
  Training Costs
$160/hr solo
$240/hr dual
$180/hr solo
$260/hr dual
Application fee $30.00 $30.00
30 hours of Dual Flight Training $7,200.00 $7,800.00
25 hours Ground School Instruction ($80/hour) $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Written Examination $35.00 $35.00
Flight Test (1.2hr Aircraft rental + Flight test fee $208.07) $400.07 $424.07
Licensing fee $30.00 $30.00
Total Estimated Cost $9,695.07 $10,319.07