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Airline and Flight Operations Commercial Pilot (Rotary-Wing Option) Diploma


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  • Location

    Aerospace Technology Campus
    3800 Cessna Drive
    Richmond, BC

    Pacific Flying Club
    Boundary Bay Airport
    4 - 4335 Skeena Street
    Delta, BC

    Rotary-wing ground school and flight training will also take place at:

    Chinook Helicopters
    30720 Rotor Drive
    Abbotsford, BC

  • Length

    57 weeks, full-time

    The program consists of three terms and is delivered over 15 months with scheduled breaks for flying during each term to accommodate possible inclement weather. Each term must be passed to progress to the next term.

    The fixed and rotary wing flight training portions of the program are competency based. However, a minimum number of flying hours is required to qualify for the Transport Canada written exams and flight tests.

    Fixed-wing flight training (Terms 1 and 2)

    Most learners can expect to qualify for their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in Term 2 after flying between 45 hours (Transport Canada minimum requirement) and 65 hours (the average for most people). Cost for Terms 1 and 2 cover 65 flying hours. The Private Pilot Licence course allows for a maximum 80 flying hours. Any flying to qualify for the Private Pilot Licence that is over 65 hours will be at an additional cost to the learner.

    Rotary-wing flight training (Term 3)

    Most learners can expect to qualify for their Commercial Rotary Wing Licence in Term 3 after the completion of 100 hours of training (Transport Canada minimum). Any flying that is over 100 hours will be at an additional cost to the learner.

  • Tuition Levels (approx)

    Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

    Additional Fees (subject to change)

    • Examination and licence fees: $1,885.00 plus applicable taxes.

    Note: Flying fees have been estimated for an industry average qualifying time. If more flying hours are required for a student to demonstrate competency in flying, then the flying fees increase accordingly. Pacific Flying Club reserves the right to apply an insurance and fuel surcharge should increases exceed a base rate.

    Tuition fees for terms two, three and four are to be paid by the first day of the term in order to commence flying.

    Applicants must confirm their acceptance into the program by paying a non-refundable, non-transferable commitment fee to secure their seat. The commitment fee for this program is $1,000.00 and is payable within 14 days of acceptance; failure to meet this payment deadline may result in the applicant's acceptance being cancelled and their seat offered to another qualified applicant.

  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates

    Terms 1 and 2: $2,000
    Term 3: $400
    (general estimated cost, subject to change).

    Additional costs such as travel expenses for field trips and cross country flights are the responsibility of the student.

    Students are required to supply their own coveralls, if desired. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls appropriate for your program.

  • Credentials
    Diploma

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications accepted June 1st* to December 30th*

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Contact Info

For more information about the Airline and Flight Operations program, please contact the Chief Instructor, Cheryl Cahill.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCITâ??s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All complete applications will be reviewed by the program and shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

During this process, applicants will be assessed for their suitability for this profession. Final selection into the program will be based on the results of the MMI assessment.

Note: Interviews are usually held the third week of January.

In order to prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

May each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English-Language Proficiency required for study at BCIT is detailed here.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you can still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience.

To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program.

There is helpful information for Mature students in the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admission & Registration webpage.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

Education Building Options for this program are not available.

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