Getting Started

  1. Try a Discovery Flight

  2. Fill out a Self-Declared Medical

  3. Sign up for Ground School

  4. Flight Training

  5. Get Your Permit

  6. Go Fly!!

Pilot Permit - Ultralight

Privileges - An ultralight pilot may fly any Basic or Advanced Ultralight Aeroplane, or any aeroplane that has a 1200 lb max take-off weight or less with a stall speed of 45 mph or less, regardless of how the plane is registered.

  • Age: 16 yrs

  • Medical: Category 4 declaration (self-declared in most cases).

  • Knowledge: Ground school course and Transport Canada multiple-choice written exam.

  • Experience: Transport Canada requires a minimum of 10 hrs flight time, including 5 hrs dual and 2 hrs solo with 30 take-offs and landings including 10 solo.  Note, to become a safe Advanced Ultralight pilot we would expect the training to consist of 15 to 25 hrs of dual and 2 to 5 hrs of solo flight time.

  • Skill: Your instructor determines that you are competent to safely operate the ultralight in normal and emergency maneuvers.

  • Transport Canada reference CAR 421.21

  • The average cost of obtaining an ultralight pilot permit is $5830+HST.

Passenger Carrying Rating

Two pilots may fly together in any ultralight aeroplane, but an ultralight pilot may not carry a passenger unless he/she has a passenger carrying rating and the plane is allowed to have a passenger carried in it.

  • Age: 16 yrs

  • Medical: Category 4 signed by a medical doctor.

  • Knowledge: There is not an additional knowledge requirement.

  • Experience: Transport Canada requires a minimum of 25 hrs flight time, including 15 hrs dual (with 2 hours cross country) and 5 hrs solo.

  • Skill: Flight test with a Transport Canada Pilot Examiner.

  • Transport Canada reference CAR 421.55