Welcome to Silverwing Aviation! We are laser focused on providing ultra-light flight training as efficiently as possible while providing the highest level of 'stick and rudder' skills possible with safety being the bedrock foundation of everything we do.
Below you will find many resources and a great deal of information on what is required to obtain your Ultralight Pilot Permit.
In this section you will find answers to questions regarding the requirements and generally used syllabus for ab-initio student pilots. While there are certain milestones and prerequisites throughout your training; many of the procedures can be reorganized chronologically to be tailored to your specific circumstances.
The introductory flight is a 1 hour laid back and enjoyable flight to introduce you to the joys of flying while offering stunning sight-seeing opportunities and the exhilaration of doing a "Touch and Go" landing at a SECOND airport which ALSO happens to have a grass runway.
On this flight you will fly from the pilot seat with the instructor sitting in the right seat - throughout the flight you will have plenty of opportunity control the aircraft and get a feel for how the aircraft responds to the controls. But don't worry - the instructor has a full set of controls on his side from which to fly the aircraft and will usually do the takeoff and landing for you; letting you fly when it is safe to do so.
This flight is designed to give you a relaxed introduction to the thrill of flight while offering breathtaking views of cities, mountains, rivers, fields and oceans!
You can do the introductory flight at any time before you commence the official flight training; however, you should ensure you complete the introductory flight by the time you have completed two groundschool sessions.
Transport Canada requires a minimum of 20 hours of groundschool following a defined collection of topics required for the basic ultra-light pilot permit (UPP). Our basic groundschool course is 25 hours.
To carry passengers requires covering some more advanced topics. While there is no specific course requirements for the passenger carry endorsement, we have designed an advanced course tailored to ensure these additional topics are covered. This advanced course is a much more economical alternative to one on one ground instruction. The advanced course is also 25 hours.
It is greatly encouraged to conduct your flight training concurrently with the groundschool course.
To fly ultralight aircraft solo or as Pilot in Command requires a Class IV Medical Certificate. This is a self declared document which you complete, sign and submit to Transport Canada.
To be eligile to carry passengers the form must be endorsed (signed) by a Canadian medical physician. It need not be completed by a Transport Canada designated Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner.
The validity period is dependant on your age.
This is why we do it, right! Transport Canada requires a minimum of 10 hours of flight time, of which a minimum of 5 hours must be dual instruction, and a minimum of 2 hours must be solo flight. A minimum of 30 takeoffs and landings is also required, a minimum 10 of which shall be solo.
You can start your flight training at anytime. You will be flying with a fully qualified flight instructor, and therefore can start your flight training anytime you want. You can fly as much as you want. In fact you do not need any prior training, groundschool, etc. in order to fly with a qualified flight instructor.
While it is helpful and beneficial to either have some prerequisite knowledge or some formal groundschool training, it is not necessary to start your flight training.
The best option is to fly early, and fly often! There is no better way to get your flying done as cost effectively, and quickly as possible.
To start the flight training you really need nothing other than a desire to fly! You do not need to have completed any classes, you need no license nor permit, you do not need a medical certificate, nor are there any other documents or requirements. An aircraft and qualified instructor are all that's needed!
The biggest regret of almost every pilot is not starting their flying sooner.
A pre-solo written test is one of two written tests you must complete to obtain your Ultra-Light Pilot Permit. Covering predominantly air regulations, with other topics such as basic aerodynamics, emergency procedures and human factors; it is required that you write the pre-solo knowledge exam before you are eligible to fly solo.
Prior to flying solo from an aerodrome with a Mandatory Frequency (MF) you must obtain a Radio Operator's Certificate (Restricted - Aviation). This is done by completing a written test with an Industry Canada test invigilator.
Contact us, and we can set you up with a local Industry Canada invigilator for the Aviation Radio Operator's Certificate exam.
The final item you will need prior to flying solo is obtaining your Student Pilot Permit - UPP.
The items you will need to obtain the student pilot permit are: two pieces of government issued id; a valid medical; proof of groundschool completion; and a copy of your pre-solo knowledge test results.
Once you have completed your Student Pilot Permit, you are almost there! You just need the 10 takeoffs and landings (with a one or more supervisory flights interspersed) and you'll have completed the requirements of the Ultra-Light Pilot Permit (UPP).
The Transport Canada written test (ULTRA) is written at a Transport Canada examination centre. Prior to writing the exam you must have completed a minimum of: 5 hours dual; 1 hour solo; 15 landings - 5 of which must be solo and have completed all the requirements laid out above.
Once you have satisfied ALL of the above requirements and have consistently demonstrated good pilot decision making and safe and competent flying skills, you will be eligible to apply for your Ultra-light Pilot Permit.
You will need all of the previously mentioned documentation (Ultra-light Student Pilot Permit, Valid medical, two pieces of government issue ID (to confirm age and citizenship)) as well as a letter of recommendation from your instructor; your Pilot Training Record; a passport style photo and your logbook.
CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a qualified pilot with the privileges of being able to fly basic and advanced ultra-lights!
Passenger Carry Endorsement
In order to be obtain your Passenger Carry Endorsement you need the following additional skills, training, experience and qualifications:
You need a Class 1, Class 3, or Class 4 medical. If a holder of a Class 4 medical it must be endorsed by a general practitioner medical doctor (family doctor). It need not be a Certified Aviation Medical Examiner.
You will need to have a minimum of a total of 25 hours of flight training. This can include the training received towards your Basic Ultra-Light Pilot Permit.
A minimum 15 of the 25 hours must be dual instruction (including a 2 hour cross-country flight); and a minimum of 5 hours of supervised solo flight time.
You must complete a flight test with a Transport Canada designated Flight Test Examiner.
The flight test shall consist of basic flight skills, navigation, emergency procedures, and diversion procedures.
Fly anywhere, anytime! Ultra-light flying has almost NONE of the restrictions you might have imagined.
Ultra-Light aircraft can carry a maximum of two people, and may fly anywhere any other certified or general aviation aircraft can go. As long the flight is conducted during the day in VFR conditions there are NO restrictions on when -or WHERE- you may fly.
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