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Meet one of the Grads!

BCIT, Western Canada’s largest aviation training school, and Pacific Flying Club, one of Western Canada's premier flight-training schools, have combined their resources and expertise to offer a unique training opportunity for men and women who wish to become airline pilots with a strong skill set of aviation industry knowledge. It is a fully integrated program that combines flight training with industry focused academic training.

Learners receive training required to qualify for a Private Pilot Licence (PPL); Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL); Multi Engine Rating; Instrument Flight Rating; and a Diploma. The Diploma is designed specifically to meet the professional growth needs of an aviator in the exciting aviation business.

The Flying School

Pacific Flying Club (PFC), established in 1965, is the first flight training centre in the Lower Mainland to achieve accreditation with the Private Post-Secondary Education Commission of BC (PPSEC) (now known as Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA)) and is a fully participating member of the Air Transport Association of Canada and the British Columbia Aviation Council. Pacific Flying Club has a large fleet of modern, well-equipped aircraft and is located at Boundary Bay Airport, south of Vancouver, BC.

The Program

The program is 64 weeks long, and operates for four terms. It is one of the fastest ways in Canada to qualify for a commercial pilot's licence while attaining a post-secondary diploma. The Airline and Flight Operations Diploma program follows training standards prescribed by both Transport Canada and the aviation industry. It is delivered at the BCIT Aerospace and Technology Campus and at the Boundary Bay Airport.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted from August 1st* until December 30th.*

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait-list from year to year.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (50%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 11 (50%) or
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (50%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (50%)

  • Aviation Pre-entry Test for abstract reasoning and mechanical reasoning.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

  • Pass a Category One Aviation medical examination (See the Transport Canada website)

  • Valid passport and/or documentation allowing entry into the United States of America is required.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants

All complete applications will be reviewed by the program and shortlisted applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI)

During this process, applicants will be assessed for their suitability for this profession. Final selection into the program will be based on the results of the MMI assessment.

Note: Interviews are usually held the third week of January

In order to prepare for their interview, applicants are advised to conduct their own research on the profession. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Recommended for success

  • Strongly recommended that all applicants attend an Airline and Flight Operation information session prior to applying for this program.
  • Driver's license valid in BC (is an asset but not required)
  • A good understanding of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) computer software is highly recommended.
  • Applicants should also take a familiarization flight at any flying school that offers them.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

  2. Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

May each year


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Additional Fees (subject to change)

  • Examination and licence fees: $1,885.00 plus applicable taxes.

Note: Flying fees have been estimated for an industry average qualifying time. If more flying hours are required for a student to demonstrate competency in flying, then the flying fees increase accordingly. Pacific Flying Club reserves the right to apply an insurance and fuel surcharge should increases exceed a base rate.

Tuition fees for terms two, three and four are to be paid by the first day of the term in order to commence flying.

Applicants must confirm their acceptance into the program by paying a non-refundable, non-transferable commitment fee to secure their seat. The commitment fee for this program is $1,000.00 and is payable within 14 days of acceptance; failure to meet this payment deadline may result in the applicant's acceptance being cancelled and their seat offered to another qualified applicant.

Books and supplies

Terms 1 and 2: $2,000
Terms 3 and 4: $2,000
(general estimated cost, subject to change).

Additional costs such as travel expenses for field trips and cross country flights are the responsibility of the student.

Students are required to supply their own coveralls, if desired. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls appropriate for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0800-1530, Monday through Friday

Flexibility may be required for flight training due to weather and air space restrictions.

Program matrix

Term 1 (16 weeks) Credits
  AIRC 1001 Employability Skills for Aviation Professionals 10.0
  AIRC 1004 Introduction to Airport and Airside Operations 4.0
  AIRC 1005 Air Navigation and Air Traffic Services 3.0
  AIRC 1006 Aviation Meteorology 2.0
  AIRC 1007 Occupational Health and Safety in Aviation 2.0
  AIRC 1008 Introduction to Safety Management Systems 3.0
  AIRC 1009 Introduction to the Airline Industry 4.0
  AVFO 1145 Private Pilot Flight Training 1 4.0
Term 2 (16 weeks) Credits
  AIRC 2126 Aviation Safety and Risk Management 4.0
  AIRC 4420 Community and Public Relations for Aviation 3.0
  AVFO 2010 Airline Ground Handling Procedures 2.0
  AVFO 2030 Meteorology for Private Pilots 1.5
  AVFO 2035 Private Pilot Ground School 4.0
  AVFO 2045 Private Pilot Flight Training 2 5.5
  AVFO 2060 Private Pilot Flight Licencing 1.5
  AVFO 2102 Meteorology for Commercial Pilots 2.0
  AVFO 2106 Air Carrier & Airport Security Systems 2.0
  AVFO 2132 Aircraft Maintenance for Pilots 3.0
  AVFO 2165 Survival Skills 3.0
Term 3 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVFO 3045 Commercial Pilot Flight Training 1 8.0
  AVFO 3116 Crew Resource Management 1: Human Factors for Pilots 3.0
  AVFO 3121 Airline Emergency Management 4.0
  AVFO 3136 Commercial Pilot Ground School 8.0
  AVFO 3145 Commercial Pilot Flight Training 2 9.0
Term 4 (16 weeks) Credits
  AVFO 4035 Multi Engine Ground School 2.0
  AVFO 4116 Crew Resource Management 2: Multicrew 1.0
  AVFO 4125 Instructional Skills for Aviators 3.0
  AVFO 4145 Multi Engine Flight Training and Licencing 6.0
  AVFO 4160 Commercial Pilot Flight Licencing 2.0
  AVFO 4232 Instrument Rating (IFR) Ground School 3.0
  AVFO 4245 Instrument Rating (IFR) Flight Training 6.0
  AVFO 4260 Instrument Rating (IFR) Flight Licencing 2.0
  AVFO 4272 Advanced IFR Procedures 3.0
  AVFO 4305 Aviation Career Planning 1.0
  AVFO 4330 Advanced Licencing 3.0
Total Credits: 127.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

64 weeks, full-time

The program consists of four terms and is delivered over 18 months with scheduled breaks for flying during each term. Each term must be passed to progress to the next term.

The flight training portion of the program is competency based. However, a minimum number of flying hours is required. Most students can expect to qualify for their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in Term 2 after flying between 45 hours (Transport Canada minimum requirement) and 65 hours (the average for most people). Term 1 and 2 costs cover 65 flying hours. The Private Pilot Licence course allows for a maximum 80 flying hours. Any flying to qualify for the Private Pilot Licence that is over 65 hours will be at an additional cost to the student.

Total flying provided within the program is 203.8 hours.


To complete the program, a 70 per cent pass mark is required for each course. Exception to this rule is that minimum 90 per cent is required to qualify for a Student Pilot Permit.

To obtain pilot licences and ratings, students will be required to complete Transport Canada examinations and flight tests. If students do not complete the examinations and flight tests within the hours allotted, they will be involuntarily withdrawn from the program.

Note: Students must achieve a Pass standing in all courses in each term to successfully complete the term. Students who fail or withdraw from one or more courses in a term may be prohibited from continuing in the program, and may be required to apply for re-admission. When students are permitted to continue with the program, it is their responsibility to present evidence of successful completion of the failed course(s) to the Registrar's Office prior to the end of the next term or before the appropriate credential is awarded, whichever condition is specified at the time or subsequent to the failure.

Program location

Aerospace Technology Campus
3800 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC

Pacific Flying Club
Boundary Bay Airport
4 - 4335 Skeena Street
Delta, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Clark Duimel, Chief Flight Instructor, Pacific Flying Club
  • Pat Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Flying Club
  • Tim Kingston, Captain Boeing 737, Westjet
  • John Milligan, Superintendent, Safety Oversight Ops, Transport Canada
  • Blair Nadeau, Airport Operations Practice Leader, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Glenn Oerzen, Manager Line Operations, Air Canada

Contact Us

For more information about the Airline and Flight Operations program, please contact the Chief Instructor, Cheryl Cahill.

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