What to expect from a Pilot career
Airplanes are vital in the transportation of people and goods, in industries from tourism and global trades to the military, emergency services and more. In Ontario college aviation programs, you’ll gain the technical knowledge and flight hours needed to become a pilot in the growing aviation industry.
If you want to turn your passion for flying into a pilot career, here’s what you need to know.
Aviation / flight programs at Ontario colleges offer courses in navigation, flight preparation, air law and much more. On top of these theory courses, many hours will be spent training in flight simulators and actual planes, learning to maintain control and make decisions in a variety of flight situations. At the end of these programs, successful students are eligible to take the Integrated Commercial Pilot Licence exam to receive their pilot’s licence.
In addition to flight theory and training, early-semester fundamental math and physics courses help students strengthen their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and prepare for more difficult technical courses and training.
Some flight programs also include aviation management courses to provide a broader understanding of the industry and the various roles available in it.
General Aviation Program Requirements
Ontario college aviation programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. A grade 12 mathematics credit is also often required. Physical and mental medical requirements set by Transport Canada must also be met, so check program details carefully.
Aviation Jobs and Salaries
Aviation flight programs provide students with the extensive flight hours needed to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence. Having a licence opens the door to many opportunities - graduates have become pilots for charter, commuter, regional, national and international companies and airlines. New pilots from Ontario college aviation programs typically work their way up to major airlines by gaining flight experience in general aviation and regional air carriers.
Aside from becoming a pilot, programs can lead to specific aviation jobs in flight instruction, the military, operations, marketing and more.
Salaries in the field vary depending on position, experience and certifications. Entry-level pilots can expect to make between $27,000 and $32,000 a year, with the potential to make much more when qualified for piloting larger or specialized aircraft.
Ontario Colleges Offering Aviation Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of aviation programs at Ontario colleges.