Commercial Pilot

Diploma

Program Overview

Note: The program is currently under review with the next intake planned for Fall 2022; therefore, applications are not currently being accepted.

Take to the skies with Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s award-winning* Commercial Pilot program, offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC). The growing aviation industry means qualified pilots are in demand—there’s never been a better opportunity to build your career as a commercial pilot.

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic/SAC Commercial Pilot program is one of the most innovative, highly-respected programs in Canada. When you graduate, you’ll have your Commercial Pilot Licence with multi-engine instrument rating or single-engine instrument rating.

*2001 Air Transport Association of Canada Innovation Award

The Commercial Pilot diploma program provides a strong foundation in the basic principles of aviation. You’ll alternate two ground school training sessions at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Koyl Ave. with actual flying experience at your home flying school.

You’ll learn about:

  • advanced aircraft systems and flight operations
  • aircraft engines, instruments and pilot electronics
  • aviation business, crew resource management and cultural awareness
  • Canadian aviation regulations
  • meteorology
  • instrument flying
  • navigation
  • theory of flight

State-of-the-Art Flight Simulator

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's new Alsim flight simulator puts you in the pilot’s seat for take-off and landing at any airport in North America. Programmable real-life scenarios give you risk-free experience flying in all kinds of weather and dealing with emergencies and standard operating procedures. The simulator has 19 possible configurations including single engine, multi-engine, piston engine, turbine engine and jet aircraft.

Experience and Mentorship

Ground school classes are led by experienced instructors who know the aviation business. Your classes offer a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with experienced pilots and other aviation professionals, getting an inside view on finding a job, building your career and developing your skills.

 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Commercial aviation is expanding. There are job opportunities for qualified commercial pilots with charter and scheduled airlines, large corporations, courier companies, commuter airlines, flight schools, crop sprayers, aerial photography and survey companies, airline and airport administration and more. Your first job will probably be in a ground position with a smaller operator, where you’ll be expected to demonstrate commitment and professionalism as you work your way into flying positions.

For more information about a career as a professional pilot, visit the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) or Saskatchewan Aviation Council websites, or contact the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Aviation program head at 306-933-7290.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Airline PilotAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$23,100 - $89,300
Charter PilotAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$23,100 - $89,300
Flight InstructorAir Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors (2271)$23,100 - $89,300

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Fall 2022 (Semester dates to be determined)


Length:

76 weeks


Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Category 1 Medical Certificate from a Transport Canada approved medical examiner; (it can take up to two months to receive this certificate; you may wish to plan your application to the program accordingly)
  • English Language Requirement

Note

Physics 30, Pre-Calculus 20 and Foundations of Mathematics 30 are recommended

To obtain pilot licenses and ratings, students will be required to complete Transport Canada examinations and flight tests. If students do not complete the examinations and flight tests within the hours allotted, they will be required to continue outside program hours and cover the extra cost or be involuntarily withdrawn from the program.

Students must pass all courses in a term to successfully complete the term. Students who fail or withdraw from one or more courses in a term may be prohibited from continuing in the program and be required to apply for re-admission. When students are permitted to continue in the program, it is their responsibility to present evidence of successful completion of the failed course(s) to Enrolment Services either before the end of the next term or before the credential is awarded, whichever condition is specified.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 247 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2022/23 Academic Year

To be determined

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
FLGT 100
Private Pilot License Training 1
3
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You will participate in preparatory ground instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will become familiar with the airplane and procedures to perform basic flight manoeuvers. You will learn and practice flight manoeuvers as required by Transport Canada (TC) for the Private Pilot License.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 101
Private Pilot License Training 2
4
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You will participate in preparatory ground instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will learn and practice additional flight manoeuvers for your first solo flight as required by Transport Canada (TC). These manoeuvers will primarily focus on take-offs and landings. You will complete the TC requirements for the issue of a Student Pilot Permit.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 100(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 102
Solo and Dual Flying
3
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You will participate in preparatory ground instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will learn, practice, and review flight manoeuvers as required by Transport Canada (TC) for the Private Pilot License (PPL). These manoeuvers will be practiced with a flight instructor (dual) and in solo flights.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 103
Ground School Theory and Application
4
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You will participate in ground school instruction covering the topics found in Knowledge Requirements of the Private Pilot License (PPL).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
FLGT 104
Instruments, Navigation, and Preparation for Flight Test
4
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You will participate in preparatory ground instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will learn and practice instrument flying manoeuvers as required by Transport Canada (TC) for the Private Pilot License (PPL). You will also learn navigation procedures and complete both the dual and solo flight requirements for the PPL. You will practice and prepare for the pre-flight test evaluation, and you will complete the TC requirements for the issue of a Private Pilot License.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 102(concurrent), FLGT 103(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 105
Commercial Flight Training 1
4
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You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will complete the Transport Canada (TC) flight training requirements for the issue of a Night Rating. You will practice dual and solo flight manoeuvers as required towards your Commercial Pilot License. You will accumulate approximately 10 – 15 hours of flight time during this course, including three hours of instrument training.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 104(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 106
Solo Navigation 1
3
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You will practice planning and flying various solo navigation trips to start accumulating the time equirements for your Commercial Pilot License. You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will accumulate approximately 10-15 hours of flight time during this course.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 105(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AVIA 181
Navigation
3
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You will study Visual Flight Rules (VFR) navigation including flight planning procedures for all phases of flight. You will use all relevant information to prepare navigation logs, flight plans, and weight and balance. Your studies will include the use of various radio aids to navigation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 182
Meteorology 1
2
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You will study properties of the atmosphere and the conditions that produce and modify weather. Through practical exercises, you will interpret forecast weather conditions and its effects on the pilot and the aircraft.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 183
Flight Operations 1
3
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You will study aircraft performance and operational procedures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 280
Canadian Aviation Regulations
2
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You will study the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) with an emphasis on Visual Flight Rules (VFR) procedures and requirements. You will learn how to apply for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and examine company operations manuals and specifications. This course includes CARs sections applicable to 702, 703, 704 and 705 operations. Commercial air carrier operations and CARs requirements for flight safety will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
CLTR 119
Indigenous Cultural Awareness
2
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You will gain an understanding of the diversity and richness of First Nations and Métis cultures, histories and current issues.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
COMM 393
Communications 1
3
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You will develop the oral and written skills needed to communicate effectively in a variety of situations. You will also demonstrate appropriate customer service skills and use job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ENGN 180
Aircraft Engines and Instruments
4
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You will study various types of aircraft engines and propellers, including piston and turbine. You will examine general maintenance procedures, including entries into aircraft journey logbooks. You will study the principles of instrument function and limitations. You will practice interpreting instrument readings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MATH 389
Mathematics
3
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You will study the mathematics, algebra and geometry needed to solve various aviation related mathematical and physics problems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 185
Physics
3
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You will study the principles of basic physics with emphasis on various aviation topics including motion and energy.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Work Term 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
WORK 136
Private Pilot Work Term
0
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In this work term, you will gain first-hand experience of day-to-day operations at an air transport company. You will work under close supervision and be assigned various tasks necessary to provide the safe and efficient operation of the company.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 240.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AVIA 180
Theory of Flight
3
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You will study topics relevant to flight theory and aircraft design including flight control systems, stability, air flow characteristics, and forces acting on an aircraft.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 186
Meteorology 2
3
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You will study weather issues related to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flying. Through practical exercises, you will analyze forecast and observed weather conditions and its effects on the pilot and the aircraft.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 192
Advanced Aircraft Types
4
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You will study engine, electrical, fuel, pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical systems as they relate to aircraft. The course includes type-specific ground schools on twin-engine piston and turbine aircraft.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
AVIA 193
Flight Operations 2
3
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You will study operational flying procedures using a variety of aircraft in numerous operational scenarios. You will examine regulations pertaining to the air transport of dangerous goods. The knowledge learned will help prepare you for the Transport Canada (TC) individual Aircraft Type Rating (IATRA) examination.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
BUS 183
Aviation Business
2
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You will acquire essential business knowledge that will contribute to the success of the flight operation that employs you. The course content includes commercial aviation in the business world, business plans and marketing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ELTR 183
Aircraft Electronics and Avionics
3
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You will examine electrical theory and power generation as it applies to aircraft electrical systems. You will also examine various avionics and electrical systems including EFIS. Troubleshooting electrical problems and appropriate emergency procedures will also be discussed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
HUMR 187
Human Factors and Crew Resource Management
3
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You will relate aviation physiology, psychology, medical and interpersonal issues to survival skills and your ability to function as a safe and effective flight crew member. You will also practice your skills by preparing a survival plan.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
INST 186
Instrument Flying
4
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You will study the regulations, theory and practical applications of instrument flying rules (IFR). Your studies will emphasize the use of Nav Canada and Canada Air Pilot publications.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
FLGT 200
Commercial Flight Training 2
3
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You will practice dual and solo flight training maneuvers as required by Transport Canada (TC) for your Commercial Pilot License. You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre and post flight briefings. You will accumulate approximately 30 hours of actual flight time, including a minimum of five hours of instrument training.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 201
Solo Navigation
4
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You will practice planning and flying various solo navigation trips to accumulate time towards your Commercial Pilot License. You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre and post flight briefings. You will accumulate approximately 50 hours of solo navigation flight time, including the 300 nautical mile trip.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 200(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 202
Commercial Pilot License
4
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You will review the knowledge requirements of the Commercial Pilot License and prepare for the Commercial Pilot License written examination, including writing sample examinations. You will complete the Transport Canada (TC) requirements for the issue of a Commercial Pilot License.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 201(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
FLGT 203
Multi-Engine Rating
3
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You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will complete the Transport Canada flight training requirements for the issue of a Multi-Engine Rating.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 202(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
FLGT 204
Instrument Rating 1-Written Exam Preparation
3
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You will review the knowledge requirements of the Instrument Rating and prepare for the Instrument Rating written examination, including writing sample examinations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 203(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
FLGT 205
Instrument Rating 2
4
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You will participate in preparatory ground school instruction and pre- and post-flight briefings. You will complete the Transport Canada (TC) training requirements for the issue of an instrument rating in both an aircraft and flight simulator for the issue of an Instrument Rating.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 204(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
FLGT 206
Individual Aircraft Type Rating
4
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You will review and prepare for the Individual Aircraft Type Rating (IATRA) written examination. You will review the material included in the Knowledge Requirements of the Study and Reference Guide TP 13524.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): FLGT 205(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Work Term 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
WORK 204
Commercial Pilot Work Term
0
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In this work term, you will gain first-hand experience of day to day operations at an air transport company. You will be participating in advanced operations. You will plan and execute various tasks to apply your training to real industry activities.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 240.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

Semester Dates are to be determined

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