Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q. What is the reputation of the program?
A. This program is very well known in the aviation industry and is recognized as one of the best of its kind. Aviation Flight Management has been running at Confederation since 1973. We have a demanding academic program and flight standards that are rigorous throughout the program resulting in highly qualified, competent graduates who do well in industry.

Q. What resources are available?
A. In addition to 19 Cessna aircraft, our school has advanced Flight Training devices (Simulators) to assist in training our students effectively. The Frasca 142 is a Transport Canada certified level 2 device that can operate in either a single or twin engine configuration. The other flight training device is our Level 6 Baron, also by Frasca. The Baron FTD simulates the B58 Beech Baron twin engine aircraft in every detail, from cockpit configuration to it’s handling, de-icing capabilities, and engine sounds. Its visual system is an 11 foot tall, 220 degree wrap-around screen.

These resources are housed in our Aviation Centre of Excellence at the Thunder Bay International Airport (CYQT, apron 9).

Q. Who maintains your aircraft?
A. We have our own in-house Approved Maintenance Organization, staffed with highly qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and support staff.

Q. How many flight hours will be provided in total?
Your flight hours are included in the tuition that you pay for that particular semester. Any Transport Canada fees are extra. 

Students that graduate from the program will complete their Commercial Pilot License requirements which is currently set at 200 hrs.

Q. Do I need previous flight training? What if I have previous flying hours?
We get a large number of applicants with a broad range of experience and students at different levels of flight training. No preference is given in the selection to students with previous flight training, however having previous flight training may be an advantage once you are selected for the program.

Q. How many people get to continue to second year?
Confederation College does not have a quota system. As long as a student meets the required academic, flight and medical standards, they can progress to the next step in the program.

Q. What does the training lead to?
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will obtain a Commercial Pilot License. This license and the Group 3 IFR may be qualified for and the successful candidate may attempt the Transport Canada flight test once recommended by an instructor.

Our program prepares the graduate for entry level work with a small air carrier, tourist outfitter, or other support entry level positions. From these, the graduate pilots may progress to flying larger aircraft for various operators.

A large percentage of our graduates have progressed to employment with major carriers as well as the Canadian Forces. We have graduates flying for Bearskin Airlines, Wasaya Airways, Jazz, Calm Air, WestJet, Air Canada, Air Bravo, Transport Canada, and several international airlines.

Due to the recent shortage of qualified pilots in the industry, there has probably never been a better time to become a licensed pilot. There are plenty of great career options for graduates.

Q. Will I get my multi-IFR rating?
A. No. 
At the present time we offer Group 3 IFR (Single Engine) flight training in the program. Students will need to complete multi-IFR training at a flight school of their choice if they wish to achieve this rating after graduation.


Specific questions on program content can be answered by contacting the program coordinator, Ryan Kelly, at or 807-473-2414.