Coastal Pacific Aviation

Accelerated Pilot Training

Fast-track your pilot journey with CPA’s Accelerated Pilot Training program.



Our Accelerated Professional Pilot Program is meticulously designed to expedite your journey to becoming a professional pilot. We aim to equip you with all the essential pilot credentials required for a rewarding career, including the Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-engine Class Rating, and the Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating. All of these achievements are compacted into an intensive 1-year cycle.

It’s important to note that the program’s duration does not mandate completion within a year. While it is indeed a challenging proposition that only around 20% of students can accomplish within the set time frame, the program offers you unparalleled access to daily aircraft flight training and full-time ground school cycles.

Please be aware that participation in Coastal Pacific Aviation Ground School is mandatory for this program. This comprehensive approach ensures that you receive the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful aviation career.

For information on the individual training programs that make up the accelerated series, including program achievements, prerequisites for enrollment, Transport Canada minimum requirements, and estimated training costs, see the following links: 

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Multi-engine Class Rating
  • Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating (optional)


Program Organization

Initial Training

When you enroll in our program, your journey begins with the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) ground school. You’ll engage in daily classes from Monday through Friday, and concurrently, you’ll kickstart your air training with daily aircraft bookings alongside our expert instructors. This intensive ground school phase spans six weeks, after which there’s approximately a two-month break before the subsequent level of ground school—the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) ground school—commences.

Meanwhile, your daily aircraft bookings and instructor sessions continue uninterrupted, providing a seamless transition to the next phase of your training. The goal is to successfully complete your PPL qualifications before the commencement of the CPL ground school cycle. However, it’s crucial to note an important detail: your CPL air training cannot begin until you have attained your PPL qualification and hold the license in your possession. Nonetheless, you can proceed with the CPL ground school during this period.

Advanced Training

Following the completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) ground school, your flight training intensifies with a daily regimen. This phase is dedicated to accumulating Pilot-in-command time, CPL flight test readiness, and building cross-country flight experience in preparation for the 50-hour cross-country requirement for the Instrument Rating (IFR).

Advancing to Multi-engine Class Rating (MER) and Group 1 Instrument Rating (IFR)

Upon successfully completing your CPL flight test, you’ll shift your focus to advanced training, which encompasses the Multi-engine Class Rating (MER) and Group 1 Instrument Rating (IFR). While continuing to accumulate Pilot-in-command hours in single-engine aircraft, your training will initially shift to simulators, emphasizing IFR procedures.

Your Instructor will introduce you to these intricate IFR procedures before progressing to the MER training, which covers a comprehensive range of engine-failure control and management techniques. After completing the MER flight, the final phase centers on preparing for the IFR qualification flight test.

Ground School for MER and IFR

Ground school for the Multi-engine Class Rating (MER) spans a few days, while the Group 1 Instrument Rating (IFR) ground school extends over several weeks. During these phases, you can readily enroll in the MER and IFR ground schools as you advance through this accelerated training program.

Starting Dates

When Can You Begin Your Flight Training?

At Coastal Pacific Aviation, your journey to becoming a pilot starts the moment you step onto our campus. As soon as you’re registered as a student, you’ll be paired with a dedicated Flight Instructor who will guide you through the initial steps of your training, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the skies.

When Do Groundschool Classes Commence?

Groundschool classes are scheduled to align with specific start dates, which occur at the beginning of January, May, and September. You have the option to kickstart your flight training right alongside your groundschool classes on any of these start dates, making for a comprehensive and efficient training experience.

How Quickly Can I Complete My Pilot Training?

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL), when pursued full-time, typically spans a duration of three to six months. However, the most significant variability in training time for Private Pilot students tends to occur during the “pre-solo” phase of the PPL. On average, students require approximately 15 hours of flight training before their first solo flight. It’s worth noting that this pre-solo phase can vary significantly, ranging from 10 to 30 hours, depending on individual performance.

Importantly, the time taken to reach the first solo flight is not indicative of the final performance quality. There is no direct correlation between the time taken to solo and the performance on the Private Pilot Flight Test. Once students complete their first solo flight, their progress tends to proceed at a uniform rate.

Training durations for students in the Commercial Pilot Program are notably consistent, typically spanning six to eight months. Furthermore, both the Multi-engine Class Rating and the Instrument Rating require approximately two months to complete. The primary factor contributing to these variations is the frequency of training flights—specifically, how many training flights a student can accomplish in a week.

Accelerated Pilot Training Program13 Months 

For International Students enrolling in the Accelerated Pilot Training Program, the expected timeframe to progress from the first flight to the final flight, obtaining a Commercial Pilot Licence endorsed with a Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating, is approximately 13 months. With this qualification, you will meet the requirements for many pilot job opportunities.

It’s crucial to understand that to complete these licenses within the specified timelines, International Students will need to engage in daily flight training, five days a week. The same programs may take a year or longer if the training pace is less than full-time. Students who find it challenging to maintain the pace of the Accelerated Program will automatically transition to the modular training programs, which offer a more flexible training pace that can be tailored to the student’s needs and availability.

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program—13 Months *CPA is currently not offering this course due to decreased demand*

The Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program is designed to be completed within 13 months and includes Multi-crew and Airline Transport Pilot Training components that are not part of the Accelerated Program. Similar to the Accelerated Program, successful completion of this course demands a full-time commitment from students. Additionally, students who struggle to keep up with the pace of the Integrated ATPL program will transition back into the modular accelerated programs, allowing for a more flexible training pace that suits their needs and schedule.

Business Administration (Aviation) Diploma and Degree24 Months and 4 Years

For more detailed information regarding the diploma or degree program, please get in touch with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). You will need to enroll directly at UFV for their academic programs and separately enroll at Coastal Pacific Aviation for your flight training, simulator sessions, and ground school instruction.

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