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Flight training is as easy as picking up the phone and arranging an introductory flying lesson and tour of the Club so you can meet our staff, see our facilities and get up close and personal with our aircraft.

Spencer, checking fuel prior to flight

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Getting Started

Who hasn't seen a bird and wished they could fly? Don't just dream... do it!

Whether you just want to fly for fun or you're planning a career as a pilot- the first step is to earn your Private Pilot Licence. It all starts at Pacific Flying Club. PFC has the instructors, engineers, aircraft and administrative staff to ensure you receive the highest level of instruction and customer service possible.

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There are no government student loans available for the Private Pilot Licence.

The Club recommends that students pursuing private financing consider a student line of credit set up through a conventional bank or credit union to ensure they are paying for only the funds utilized. We have found this is a cheaper source of financing than a conventional loan where the funds are advanced upfront.

Downtown Vancouver

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Training - Private Pilot License Course

(Effective April 21, 2016)

Always wanted to fly? It’s more fun, and easier than you can imagine. The Pacific Flying Club is the ideal place to earn your wings. A Canadian Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is recognized everywhere in the world, and if you want to have fun in the air, a PPL will make it happen. And if you plan to make flying your career, obtaining your PPL is the first step.

Training - Private Pilot Ground School

Ground school covers a range of subjects necessary in learning to fly. It is a requirement of the Private Pilot Licence and gives you the necessary information and tools to be successful on the Transport Canada written examination but more importantly, gives you the confidence and skillsets required every time you fly.

Private Pilot Ground School is approximately 45 hours in length and you have a choice of attending in person or an online option… or both.

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Training - Night Flying

(Effective April 21, 2016)

View over downtown Vancouver

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Training - VFR Over the Top Endorsement Course

(Effective April 21, 2016)

The Pacific Flying Club offers a VFR Over the Top Endorsement course. A Private Pilot Licence is required. An applicant for a VFR OTT rating must complete a minimum of 15 hours dual instrument time, of which a maximum of 5 hours may be instrument ground time.  Applicants with 5 hours instrument time from the Private Pilot Licence must complete at least another 10 hours of dual instrument time.


Setting out to explore Vancouver and the most famous pie at Chilliwack Airport.

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Training - Single Engine Instrument Rating (IFR)

(Effective April 21, 2016)

Pacific Flying Club offers a Single Engine Instrument course based on 20 hours of aircraft simulator work, plus an additional 10-20 hours of actual flight instruction in a single engine aircraft. The amount of actual flight time required will depend on the student’s experience and level of training. Additionally, the Club provides a Ground School program in preparation for a written exam administered by Transport Canada. A written exam and flight test is required. Students must hold a PPL and 50 hours PIC cross-country time.

PFC offers Level 5 simulation in their Al Sim

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Training - Mountain Checkride

Once a pilot obtains their Private Pilot Licence, what next? A mountain Checkride is one of the best ways to take advantage of all that flying has to offer. From Vancouver, you can see the mountains – why not get up close and personal with all the beauty British Columbia has to offer.

The mountain program involves a 2.5 hour groundschool, a simulator session working on advanced maneuvers and navigation and a 1.5 hour flight.

You’ll be exposed to considerations such density altitude, mountain waves, flying in and out of valleys, and takeoff and landing considerations. 

Garibaldi Glacier from 5500 feet

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