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Air Cadets offers two Transport Canada Pilot licenses, the Glider Pilot License (GPL) and the Private Pilot License (PPL). Scholarships are offered to air cadets in order for them to get their pilot licenses at various flight schools around the province. The licenses are free through Air Cadets (the GPL normally costs $2000, while PPL normally costs around $10 000), cadets just have to pay with their dedication and hard work in the squadron.

During the year, cadets with a glider license can fly at various cadet gliding centres around the province during weekends, and scholarships are offered to pay for continued flying when some cadets retire. Air cadets is one of the largest youth flight training programs in the world, and in fact, over 60 percent of Canada's airline pilots got their start in Air Cadets. 

Cadets need to be 16 years of age to hold a Glider Pilot Licence and 17 years of age to hold a Private Pilot License. To qualify for gliding and flying scholarships, each cadet needs to complete a qualifying exam.

Weekly flying scholarship ground school runs from September to December to prepare cadets for the exam. During ground school, cadets are introduced to topics including:

  • Aeronautical Rules and Facilities
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Airmanship
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio
  • Aero Engines

Successful Air Cadets who have obtain his or her pilot's licence have gone on to fly with commercial airlines, with Canadian Forces, courier and charter companies, as instructors at flight schools, or simply continue flying for their own pleasure. 

The opportunity to earn a private pilots licence through our program at no cost – valued at $2,000 to $10,000 – remains one of the most attractive benefits available to young people who join Air Cadets.