Coastal Pacific Aviation

PPL Ground School

Master the fundamentals of flight with CPA’s Private Pilot Ground School.

Private Pilot Ground School

Students will receive 40 hours of instruction in the following topics:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations,

  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight,

  • Meteorology,

  • Airframes, Engines and Systems,

  • Flight Instruments,

  • Radio and Electronic Theory,

  • Navigation,

  • Flight Operations,

  • Licensing Requirements, and

  • Human Factors, including pilot decision-making.

Private Pilot License Written Requirements

  • Minimum of 40 hours of ground school instruction

    • A Recommendation letter to write the PPAER exam from your ground school instructor (Your CPA ground school instructor will provide you with this

  • Write the PPAER Exam and pass each of the 4 sections with a minimum of 60%

    • Air Law​

    • Navigation

    • Meteorology

    • Aeronautics (General Knowledge)


Ground School FAQs

  • Q: Is Coastal Pacific Aviation’s In-Person Ground School Mandatory?

  • A: It is mandatory for Accelerated Professional Pilot Program students and International students.

  • Q: When does ground school start?

  • A: There are intakes every January, May, and September.

  • Q: How long is ground school?

  • A: The ground school sessions are each 3 hours in duration, and are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. All classes begin at 5:30pm for each intake.

  • Q: What materials will I need for ground school?

  • A: Please contact our office for a full list of materials you will need.

  • Q:Will I get the chance to ask my instructor questions?

  • A:Yes. Instructors often end class a few minutes early to allow for student questions.
  • Q: Is there an online component to the ground school?

  • A: No​

  • Q: Will there be a final exam?

  • A: Yes, there will be a final exam. You will need to pass it with a minimum of 80% in order to get a recommendation letter to write the PPAER exam.

  • Q: Do I have to start flight training at the same time as I start ground school?

  • A: No. You can start flying at any time – before, after, or during your ground school training.


  • Q: How many questions are on the PPAER and CPAER?
  • A: There are 100 Questions on each exam
  • Q: Where Can I write the exam?​
  • A: You can write the exam in the administration building. Call administration to book your exam.
  • Q: What if I do not pass the PPAER or CPAER?
  • A: If you get more than 60% overall on your examination, but get less that 60% on one of the four sections, then you will be given a ‘partial pass’, and will be guided to set up a time and come and re-write the section you did not pass. ​
  • in the case of a first failure, you can re-write the exam in 14 days;
  • in the case of a second failure, you can re-write the exam in 30 days;
  • in the case of a third or subsequent failure, 30 days plus an additional 30 days for each failure in excess of two failures, up to a maximum of 180 days.
  • If you get less than 60% overall, you will need to re-write the full exam (CARs 421.26.)
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