Program Description

Aviation Business Program 

Aviation school takes off

With a nationwide pilot shortage looming, a small airline in Fort Smith Northwest Territories took matters into their own hands.They launched their own aviation school.

Posted by CBC North on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Aviation Business Program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for active flying careers in the aviation industry. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop knowledge and skills that are appropriate for the unique aviation business environment in the NWT. The Aviation Business Program provides students with an opportunity to acquire a two-year Diploma.

The Aviation Business Diploma is composed of two distinct segments. One segment consists of the ground school and flight training component to achieve a Commercial Pilot’s Licence that include the wished ratings. The other segment is relevant business courses delivered by Aurora College. Tuition fees and costs related to obtaining the pilot’s licences are paid directly to the Flight School, and are in addition to Aurora College’s tuition and student fees.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment with small or medium sized air carriers flying wheel, float, or ski equipped planes. Graduates will be qualified to act as first officers in small to medium sized twin engine aircraft, and pilot in command on a single engine aircraft.

Program Eligibility
Applicants to this program must meet the following criteria;

  • Be 17 years of age or older; Math 30-2 and English 30-2.
  • Applicants will be eligible if they have the ALBE equivalents, ALBE English 150 and ALBE Math 150.
  • Mature students who do not have the required academic background will be considered individually. In the absence of the above listed entrance requirements, the Aurora College academic placement test will be required.
  • Applicants must obtain a Class I Medical administered by a Transport Canada approved physician
  • Priority will be given to Indigenous and NWT residents.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with knowledge and skills in the subject areas of the Aviation Business Program.
  • To help students prepare for employment in business and government aviation positions in the NWT.
  • To provide students with a sound educational base so that they can continue their education after graduating and obtain additional educational or professional credentials.

Program Output:

  • Commercial license with the desired rating
  • One of the few programs in Canada where you can have ski experience
  • A diploma in Aviation Business

To apply, see more information on the Aurora College page.