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    DAA operates out of a modern facility constructed in 2010. Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB) the building has plenty of office and classroom space and a 13,000 square foot hangar floor. DAA also has its own Approved Maintenance Organization which, in addition to maintaining its own fleet, does third party maintenance for Bearskin Airlines, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and many private clients.

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    Becoming a pilot is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding adventures. A career in aviation is an opportunity to get paid to do what you love. Many young boys and girls dream of one day becoming an airline pilot and flying all over the world.

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    Greater Sudbury is a city of just over 157,000 and serves as the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario. It is just a 4 hour drive north of Toronto. Sudbury is home to two universities – Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury, as well as two colleges – Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. There are plenty of things to do in Sudbury including many great restaurants, nightlife, and outdoor activities.

What It Takes To Be a Pilot

If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started. Let Discovery Aviation Academy turn your dream into a reality.

Not sure if you have what it takes? The best way to find out is by taking a Discovery Flight. Discovery Flights are for those interested in aviation and want to experience what it’s like to fly an airplane. You will go up with one of our instructors and have the chance to take the controls of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. From there you can decide whether pursuing a pilot licence is right for you.

The next step is to decide whether you want to pursue a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) or a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Click here to compare the two options.

There are a number of administrative requirements that must be met before you can obtain your licence, the most important of which are listed below:

Medical Certificate

To become a pilot in Canada, you must hold a valid Transport Canada Aviation Medical Certificate. There are different categories of medicals, depending on which level of pilot licence you are planning to obtain.

Did you know... that you don't need perfect vision to become a pilot? Not being able to wear glasses is an old myth, and is not true at all. To become a pilot your vision needs to be at least 20/30 in each eye, but you are free to wear contacts or eyeglasses.

For more information visit:
Transport Canada Medical Requirements

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age to start flight training. That being said, there are certain age restrictions for each licence. At the other end of the spectrum, you can fly up to any age as long as you still hold a valid medical certificate.

Citizenship

To train in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or hold a student visa valid for the purposes of flight training.

Language

For the Private Pilot Licence, you will need to pass a Transport Canada Language Proficiency Test. This can be done in English or French.

More information regarding aviation language proficiency can be found by visiting Transport Canada's website.

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    At DAA, we are 100% committed to our students’ career progression from the moment they step in the door until they are in an aviation career that they love. We have been doing this with our fire detection pilots for years, working hard to place them into positions with Bearskin Airlines, Air Georgian, Air Canada, and many more.

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    DAA provides commercial air operator training to new Fire Detection Pilots coming into Discovery Air Fire Services. This training includes a number of different modules such as surface contamination, survival training, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), line indoctrination, and safety management system (SMS) training.

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    With over 160 aircraft, Discovery Air is one of the largest air operators in Canada. It employs more than 850 flight crew, maintainers, and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance, and logistics solutions to its government, airline, and business customers.

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    Discovery flights are for those interested in aviation and want to experience what it’s like to fly an airplane. You will go up with one of our instructors and have the chance to take the controls of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. A Discovery Flight is the first step to see if you have what it takes to become a pilot.

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    Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a variety of recreational and career oriented flight training to meet the needs of all aspiring pilots. If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started! Let us help make your dream a reality.

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    Dedicated to bridging the gap between graduation and a career, Discovery Aviation Academy has developed the Career Pilot Program. The 2 year full-time program is designed to graduate commercial pilots who have the experience and real-world exposure to make them employable in the Canadian aviation industry.