Aviation Management & Pilot Training Diploma Program


Aviation Diploma

The pursuit of flight is a dream common to many, but a career as a professional pilot seems like an impossible goal beyond the reach of gravity-bound individuals. Despite this common perception, becoming a pilot is easier and more accessible than most believe. Canada is one of the forerunners of pilot training with a large aviation community including over “60,000 pilots flying 30,000 aircraft from 2,000 airports and aerodromes” (Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) 2016).

Make your dream come true with our Aviation Management & Pilot Training Diploma Program. With pilot shortages worldwide, there has never been a better time to start your career in Aviation.

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  • Solomon College & Cooking Lake Aviation are collaborating to offer a 2-year Aviation Management & Pilot Training Diploma Program.
  • This program will provide students with little or no aviation experience with all the training necessary to start a piloting career with both local and international aircraft operators (including Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Air Canada Jazz).
  • Graduates of the program will gain 200 hours of flight experience, and will receive a Aviation Diploma and a Transport Canada Commercial Pilot’s License with a Group 1 IFR and Multi-Engine Endorsement.
  • The program will focus heavily on Glass Cockpit and Multi-Crew Operations, Crew-Resource Management (CRM) Skills, and the use of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). These systems and skills are adapted by international airline operators across the world.
  • Students will receive one-on-one training with Transport Canada licensed Flight Instructors following a Transport Canada approved curriculum.
  • Flight training will utilize a modern fleet of Cessna C172SP Skyhawk and Piper PA-44 Seminole type aircraft with advanced G1000 & G500 avionics systems.
  • Two intakes are available each year in September January
  • Our Tuition Fees include everything a student needs to get all of the licenses, and by everything we mean students don’t have to pay extra for things such as extra aircraft rental for time-building, Transport Canada Exam and Licensing fees, Application fees and Headset rentals. No surprises, no hidden fees. Everything you get is the student’s to keep and take home including a David Clark Headset and iPad mini.

  • Canadian applicants must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Foreign students requiring a student visa must have a minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent and an English Language Benchmark of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 71, CAEL 60, or CLB 6, but must enroll and complete the Aviation English Prep course.
  • Foreign students requiring a student visa that have a High School Diploma or equivalent and an English Language Benchmark of IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 78, CAEL 65, CLB 7 or equivalent may enroll directly into the September or January Intakes.
  • All students must be able to obtain and hold a Category 1 Aviation Medical as assessed by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME)

Year 1 Courses

INTRO TO CANADIAN AVIATION REGULATIONS This course describes the basic structure of the Canadian aviation regulations and its application to pilot licensing and air operations.
INTRO TO AERODYNAMICS & THEORY OF FLIGHT This course explores the physics of Bernoulli’s principle and its application in the aerodynamics of flight and movement.
INTRO TO METEOROLOGY This course explores the properties of Earth’s atmosphere and its effect on aircraft operations. Students will also learn how to read and interpret aviation weather reports.
INTRO TO AIRFRAMES, ENGINES AND SYSTEMS This course describes the workings of piston engines and its application to general aviation aircraft. Students will also learn the use of ancillary controls of the aircraft.
INTRO TO FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS This course will teach students about the pitot/static and gyroscopic instrumentation systems of the aircraft. Students will further be introduced to each flight instrument and avionic system.
INTRO TO RADIO AND ELECTRONIC THEORY This course explores the theory of radio waves and radio transmission. Students will be introduced to the use of VHF radio, VOR and ADF navigation.
INTRO TO AVIATION NAVIGATION This course will guide students through the process of VFR flight planning and navigation via dead reckoning and visual navigation techniques.
INTRO TO FLIGHT OPERATIONS This course will instruct students in the operation of aircraft in and out of both controlled and uncontrolled airports, guiding students through the departure, enroute and approach procedures of flight.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS This course will guide students through the requirements and licensing process for the private license and night rating.
INTRO TO HUMAN FACTORS This course will examine safety issues in aviation, with a focus on human physiology and how it is affected by a variety of aircraft operating environments.
INTRO TO PILOT DECISION MAKING This course will introduce students to some of the decision-making scenarios that pilots face on a day-to-day basis and their effects on the safe operation of aircraft.
MATHEMATICS AND GEOMETRY This course will explore topics in calculus, geometry, algebra and trigonometry, and their applications in aviation. It will provide students with a foundation for learning advanced calculations in navigation and flight theory.
PHYSICS – DYNAMICS This course will explore topics in Bernoulli’s principle, fluid dynamics, force vectors, kinetic energy and momentum and its application to flight theory and airfoil designs.
INTRO TO BASIC ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE This course will introduce basic accounting and finance principles in the application of a small aviation operator.
INTRO TO MARKETING This course will introduce the history of aviation marketing and its changes throughout the years. Students will also explore marketing principles and their application to the aviation industry.
ENGLISH – PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS & RADIO COMMUNICATIONS This course will provide students with a study in aviation English communication. This includes radio communication techniques, reading, writing and interpreting aviation documents and reports.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL AND FIRST AID This course will explore first aid and survival techniques to help students prepare for emergencies in the Canadian wilderness. A 2-day survival trip will serve as practical training.
INTRO TO NIGHT FLYING This course will introduce some of the hazards and techniques required to prepare students for the night portion of their flight training.
INTRO TO MOUNTAIN FLYING This course will introduce some of the hazards and techniques required to prepare students for the mountain flying portion of their flight training.
INTRO TO GARMIN G1000 SYSTEM This course will explore the capabilities and operation of the Garmin G1000 FMS system. Students will also be introduced to GPS navigation and the operation of a 2-Axis autopilot system.
ELEMENTARY MAINTENANCE This course will provide students with hands-on experience in basic aircraft maintenance that may be performed by pilots without the approval of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME).
PSTAR PREP This course will prepare students for the PSTAR exam towards the issuance of a Student Pilot Permit.
RADIOTELEPHONE EXAM PREP This course will prepare students for the Radio Exam towards the issuance of a Restricted Radio Operator’s License.
PPAER PREP This course will prepare students for the PPAER exam towards the issuance of the Private Pilot’s License.
INITIAL FLIGHT TRAINING This course will consist of the practical in aircraft training towards the issuance of a flight crew license.

Year 2 Courses

ADVANCED CANADIAN AVIATION REGULATIONS This course will help students develop an understanding of the rules and regulations of commercial and airline operations.
ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS & THEORY OF FLIGHT This course will introduce students to advanced aerodynamic theories associated with large and high performance aircraft.
ADVANCED METEOROLOGY This course will explore the high altitude properties of the atmosphere. Students will also focus on thunderstorms, jetstreams and other weather phenomena.
ADVANCED AIRFRAMES, ENGINES AND SYSTEMS This course will explore advanced wing designs and construction materials. Students will also be introduced to turbine engine theory and operations.
ADVANCED FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS This course will help students develop competency in utilizing flight instruments for IFR operations, including the use of the HSI, RMI and FMS systems.
ADVANCED RADIO AND ELECTRONIC THEORY (IFR USE) This course will review the theory of VOR and ADF for the purpose of IFR navigation. Students will also be introduced to ILS, GNSS, RNAV and WAAS systems theory and their applications in IFR navigation.
ADVANCED AVIATION NAVIGATION This course will prepare students for IFR flight planning. Students will explore the utilization LO charts and the use of airways and air routes to IFR navigation. Furthermore, fuel planning, route selection, speed, time and distance calculations will be discussed in the context of IFR navigation.
ADVANCED FLIGHT OPERATIONS This course will introduce students to commercial flight operations. This includes the calculations of weight and balance and the use of performance charts for advanced aircraft.
ADVANCED LICENSING REQUIREMENTS This course will guide students through the requirements and licensing process for the commercial license, multi-, IFR and two-crew ratings.
ADVANCED HUMAN FACTORS This course will examine the safety issues in the aviation. It will focus on the human physiology and how it is affected while operating aircraft in commercial and airline multi-crew operations.
ADVANCED PILOT DECISION MAKING This course will introduce students to some of the decision making scenarios that face pilots within the context of commercial and airline operations.
CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT This course will explore the theory of CRM in the cockpit environment. Students will practice the use of effective communication between all crew members to ensure safe operation of aircraft through all phases of flight.
SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS This course will introduce students to common SMS programs with commercial operators. Students will be familiarized with the process of recognizing and reporting safety hazards in the workplace.
OPERATIONS IN ICING CONDITIONS This course will explore the hazards of flight operations in icing conditions and the importance of recognizing its effect on aircraft performance.
IFR OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES This course will introduce the rules and procedures of operating IFR. Students will read and interpret IFR charts and plates.
INTRO TO ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR This course will introduce the basic study of how people act within formal and informal groups. Students will learn how to maximize efficiency and performance within a flight crew or organization.
MULTI-ENGINE OPERATIONS This course will help transition students into multi-engine aircraft operations. Students will explore multi-engine flight theory and emergency procedures associated with single engine failures.
HIGH ALTITUDE TRAINING AND OPERATIONS This course will introduce operation procedures in high level airspace and explore hazards associated with hypoxia and high level weather phenomena.
MULTI CREW AND AIRLINE OPERATIONS This course will introduce students to CARs 705 procedures and the use of SOPs in a multi-crew setting to effectively conduct line flying operations.
AVIATION GPS & FMS OPERATIONS This course will further explore the usage of FMS and GPS systems and their application in IFR operations and procedures.
HIGH PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT AND OPERATIONS This course will introduce students to performance charts and calculations for high performance aircraft.
CPAER PREP This course will prepare students for the CPAER exam towards the issuance of a Commercial Pilot’s License
INRAT PREP This course will prepare students for the INRAT exam towards the issuance of a Group 1 IFR rating
IATRA PREP This course will prepare students for the INRAT exam towards the issuance of a Two-Crew rating.
ADVANCED FLIGHT TRAINING This course will consist of practical flight training including complex and multi engine aircraft.

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  • Tuition Fees, including the cost of books, uniforms, licensing fees and other material fees will be $88,000 for the entire program. Students shall pay $54,400 on the first day of the first semester and $33,100 on the first day of the second semester.
  • Tuition Fees include 200 hours of  aircraft rental, fuel, and flight instructor costs. Academic courses, ground school, Transport Canada exam and licensing fees, Industry Canada exam fees, and Solomon College exam fees are also fully covered. Students will only have to pay for their Category 1 Medical out of pocket, as well as any exam re-takes that may be incurred.
  • Supplies/Kit will provide students with all in-aircraft materials required, including Pilot Operating Handbooks, Navigation tools, Pilot Headset and iPad Mini with ForeFlight and AvCanada publications installed. All materials are for the students to keep.
  • A $500 registration fee (non-refundable) and a $500 Textbook deposit (refundable) will be collected when the student enrolls into the program.

See our refund policy

  • *RROC - Restricted Radio Operator Certificate
  • *PPAER - Private Pilot Aeroplane Examination
  • *CPAER - Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Examination
  • *INRAT - Instrument Rating Examination