You'll be inspired, challenged, and entertained while earning the much-sought-after Air Time Canada Co-Pilot's License. There's group-work, games, outdoor exercises, a field trip (optional), and simulations. You’ll be up and moving, indoors and out, working in teams, in pairs, and individually, because the best co-pilots in the world are those who are grinning ear to ear.
Yes, but it doesn't mean that you can then run out and get a job flying jets for Air Canada. It does mean, however, that you are eligible for a Free Flight where you can put your co-pilot's license to use flying a plane, talking with air traffic control, and following airport and cockpit procedures.
A Free Flight? Tell me more.
We operate a 'registry' that matches Air Time Canada grads with pilots and organizations that can offer the free flight. These flights are typically around 30 minutes and are paid for entirely by the volunteer pilots and non-profit organizations that run them.
The free flights are optional, of course, and are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis from the registry. We cannot guarantee how quickly your name will come up - especially considering how often Vancouver weather results in rescheduling. But if you're patient, and willing to be flexible with your schedule, you will get your chance at the controls.
Is it safe?
Aviation Safety is what Air Time Canada is about, and we take it very seriously. We make sure our volunteer pilots are well trained and regularly reviewed. All aircraft are certified and maintained to the highest standards. And flights are operated with full support from Transport Canada Air Traffic Services.
However, if you split a gut from laughing too hard during the class .. well, you take your chances.
Can anyone participate?
We generally restrict the co-pilot program to those aged 13 or older. Some of our other courses are available to kids as young as 8.
Some Co-Pilot Classes are organized by specific groups and are not open to the general public.
Tell me more about the class.
It's an 8-hour course - held either in a single day (with breaks) or over four 2-hour sessions. We'll cover: aviation basics, airport procedures, radio communications, and the low-down on operating some of the aircraft instruments.
What kind of aircraft do we fly?
It depends on which organization or pilot offers you your free flight. Most operate the ubiquitous Cessna 172 (also known as a Skyhawk).
It is a 4-place high-wing piston-powered aircraft with one of the best safety records of any civil aviation aircraft in the world.
It cruises at almost 200 KPH, at altitudes up to 4000 meters, and has a range (with reserves) of over 800 KM.
How much does it cost?
The Co-Pilot Class is $39 / person.
That includes the classroom instruction, supplies, your "Co-Pilot Kit", and all taxes.
The flights, of course, are free.