Aviation Management – General Arts and Science

The Aviation Management – General Arts and Science program at Algonquin College teaches theory and 250 hours of flight time, in partnership with the Ottawa Flying Club and Ottawa Aviation Services, to prepare students to become commercial pilots.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Algonquin has expanded the use of learning technology by adopting digital textbooks. Effective Fall 2013, the required text and digital resources in all your courses (with the exception of general education electives) will be provided to you at the beginning of each term.

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Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0438K01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program, through a series of classroom-based courses and hands-on practical labs, provides students with the opportunity to develop the required level of proficiency to complete the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot Licence written examination (CPAER) and practical flight test.

Algonquin College has contracted the Ottawa Flying Club and Ottawa Aviation Services to provide up to 250 hours of flight time experience. During the final term, students can select one of the following areas of specialization: flight instructor, Initial Airplane Type Rating (IATRA) or seaplane rating. Each of these options may offer students numerous opportunities for direct-entry jobs with aviation employers. Flight Training is a non-funded activity and is an additional cost to complete this program of study.

In response to the aviation industry`s desire to employ graduates with a strong background in business and management education, students receive a solid foundation in business management, which allows Algonquin graduates to obtain work in various facets of the aviation industry including entry-level management positions.

As part of the College`s commitment to training highly-qualified graduates, the program also offers practical skills that enhance employment opportunities, such as first aid, fuel handling, aircraft handling, winter operations, cockpit resource management, maintenance skills and dispatching.

First year courses run from September to June and Flight Training continues throughout the Spring/Summer term. Please refer to fees and expenses for a full breakdown of tuition and flight Training costs.

Upon graduation students receive an Ontario College Diploma in General Arts and Science, with concentration in Aviation Management.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.



This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are organized in their work and pay attention to detail.
  • Want to work in a challenging environment.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Are highly motivated and committed to attaining goals.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment with charter service companies as line pilots flying passengers and freight, land or sea-based and single or multi-engine airplanes. Graduates who choose an Instructor rating may begin teaching ab-initio students on the principles of safe aircraft operations. Flight instruction is an entry-level position and one that is currently in demand worldwide. Due to the recent increase in hiring within the airline industry many instructors have moved into the airlines leaving employment opportunities for graduates.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).
  6. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
AVI8810 Private Pilot Ground School Students prepare for the Transport Canada Private Pilot Licence written exam (PPAER). Subjects covered include: (i) Canadian aviation regulations (ii) Aerodynamics and theory of flight (iii) Meteorology (iv) Airframes, engines and systems (v) Flight instruments (vi) Radio and electronic theory (vii) Navigation (viii) Flight operations (ix) Licensing requirements (x) Human factors, including pilot decision-making.

Co-requisites: AVI8811
AVI8811 Flight Training I Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to operate an airplane at the level of proficiency required to complete all training up to the dual cross country phase including solo flight. Students plan and execute a cross country flight. Students also study and practise all exercises. 40.0
AVI8812 Practical Skills Training I Through opportunities to examine concepts that may qualify for industry certification, students begin work on their practical skills. Consideration of topics like first aid, winter operations, de-icing and pre-heating, fuel handling, loading passengers and cargo, extends the students capabilities beyond proficiency in operating an aircraft. 30.0
AVI8842 Safety Management Systems The principles and processes used to establish and function within a safety system are integral to all aspects of practical skills training in aviation. Students learn the principles of a safety management system as they relate to all aviation operators ranging from small charter services through to major airlines. 30.0
DAT8810 Computer Business Applications Students learn a variety of business software applications. Students produce assignments using the Microsoft Office suite of products. Blackboard and other computer-based training products are tools used to support and enrich the classroom learning and to familiarize the learner with this educational software. It is recommended that for the online component, students should have MS OFFICE on their laptop. 45.0
ENL1813T Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT8810 Mathematics Essentials I Technical calculations are essential skills in the aviation field. Students first study the manipulation of numerical and algebraic expressions and solve a variety of measurement problems. Students study lines and angles, basic geometric and solid geometric figures. Students also manipulate trigonometric functions and solve problems involving the trigonometry of right triangles and vectors. Students solve related applied problems drawn from their field of study. 60.0
Level: 02 Hours
AVI8820 Commercial Pilot Ground School Students develop the knowledge and skills required by a commercial pilot. Classes prepare students for completion of the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot Licence written exam (CPAER). Subjects include: (i) Canadian aviation regulations (ii) Aerodynamics and theory of flight (iii) Meterology (iv) Airframes, engines and systems (v) Flight instruments (vi) Radio and electronic theory (vii) Navigation (viii) Flight operations (ix) Licensing requirements, and (x) Human factors including pilot decision making.

Prerequisites: AVI8810

Co-requisites: AVI8821
AVI8821 Flight Training II Students develop the advanced skills necessary to fly a fixed wing single engine aircraft to the level of proficiency of a Commercial Pilot Licence. Specific skill areas addressed include dual flight instruction, solo flight, a 300nm cross-country, instrument flying and a night rating.

Prerequisites: AVI8811
AVI8823 Aircraft Engines and Systems Students examine the operating principles involved in the functions of an aircraft and its systems. Principles of physics, aerodynamics, electricity and electrical systems form the basis of the knowledge that students explore. In addition to a consideration of aircraft maintenance requirements, students become familiar with routine maintenance and servicing operations. Practical examples and hands-on experience are emphasized. 60.0
AVI8843 Human Factors and Crew Resource Management Effective and efficient functioning of a flight crew in the cockpit of a large aircraft requires important skills. Students consider the multi-crew environment and develop the skills to manage people and tasks in a highly complex and challenging environment. Students also review the environmental impact on the human body during flight as part of human factors training. 30.0
ENL8830 Communications II Clarity, concision and comprehensibility are fundamental features of workplace communication. Through a combination of writing assignments and oral presentations, students develop their abilities in creating detailed, succinct and coherent communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
MGT8813 Management Students explore the development and principles of modern management practices. Class discussions and activities consider the roles and functions, critical tasks and emerging issues facing today's managers. Emphasis is placed on the changing workplace, work teams and the role of technology in organizations. Throughout, students are encouraged to be effective problem solvers, strong leaders and valuable decision makers. These are skills that make them an invaluable asset to any business. 60.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0438K General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or PSI0003
Level: 03 Hours
AVI8822 Practical Skills Training II To enhance their value to potential employers, students continue the expansion of their knowledge and skills through wilderness survival training and emergency First Aid. Students also examine the requirements of healthy lifestyles for pilots and importance to maintain category 1 Aviation Medical Certificate. 30.0
AVI8830 Instrument Rating Ground School Students undertake the in depth training required for an advanced rating. Topics to be covered include Multi-Engine Flying, Canadian Aviation Regulations, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Procedures, Meteorology III, Instruments, and Radio and Radar Systems.

Prerequisites: AVI8820

Co-requisites: AVI8831
AVI8831 Flight Training III Building on previous flight training, students accumulate the knowledge, skills and flying time with a focus on instrument procedures and multi-engine aircraft operations. Students log a minimum of 50 hours total flight time during this term. 50.0
AVI8833 Applied Aircraft Maintenance Building on knowledge and skills acquired earlier in the program, students work with actual aircraft components and systems. Practical examples and hands-on experience are emphasized. Classes may be scheduled off campus at the Canada Aviation and Aerospace Museum.

Prerequisites: AVI8823
MAT8820 Mathematics Essentials II Technical calculations are essential skills in the aviation field. Students first review the manipulation of algebraic expressions; solve systems of linear equations, quadratic equations and equations involving fractions. Students manipulate radicals and algebraic expressions with fractional exponents. Students study exponential and logarithmic functions and solve exponential and logarithmic equations. Students depict data using Bar Graphs, Histograms, Pie charts and Scatter plots. 60.0
MGT8824 Marketing and Customer Service Students explore the principles of marketing, market research, product pricing and costing, service as a primary product to the concepts, advertising methods, target marketing, factors in consumer preference and assessment of guest satisfaction. Students work on team projects that offer experience in learning customer service concepts and principles. 45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0438K General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or PSI0003
Level: 04 Hours
AVI8832 Flight Dispatcher Students develop the practical skills and knowledge required to be employed as a flight dispatcher. Education as a flight dispatcher enhances graduating students' value to potential employers by broadening their capabilities beyond proficiency in operating an aircraft. 30.0
AVI8841 Flight Training IV Student's choice of Aviation Electives determines the training environment. In any of the chosen options the practical training requires approximately 50 hours of flying either as an instructor candidate, on floats or Advanced Multi-IFR. 50.0
AVI8844 Aviation Automation Technology New generation aircraft are better equipped and can provide the pilot with a great deal of useful information that can enhance safety and situational awareness. Students explore the technology used in today's modern aircraft cockpit, such as Flight Management Systems, Auto Pilot/land systems and GPS Technology. 30.0
MGT8834 Business Essentials Students develop the basic skills required to operate or work in a small business. The economy and its impact, business finance and various business organizations (sole proprietorship, corporations) are discussed. Students receive job readiness training and resume assistance. 60.0
SSC8810 Ethics and Environmental Sustainability Through examination of the basic components of ethical thought and moral decision making, students learn to identify areas of ethical concern, discuss those areas with respect and sensitivity to divergent views and make decisions on ethical issues using these components. This process increases and enlivens the moral sense and sensitivity of the students, enabling them to conduct themselves with integrity in their professional and personal lives. In addition, students examine the impact on the environment and seek opportunities to reduce the human impact on climate change. 45.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
AVI8840A Instructor Rating Students complete all of the training required to become a Transport Canada certified flight training instructor. Thirty hours entail one-on-one instruction with a class I Flight Instructor outside of classroom hours, and are an additional cost based on ground instruction rates. Twenty hours are in class group work focusing on instructional design and techniques.

Prerequisites: AVI8820

Co-requisites: AVI8841
AVI8840B Float Rating Students complete the required training for the Float (Seaplane) endorsement that opens up opportunities as a bush pilot in commercial freight and passenger charter services in remote areas and Northern Canada.

Prerequisites: AVI8820

Co-requisites: AVI8841
AVI8840C Initial Aeroplane Type Rating (Iatra) Students prepare to complete the Transport Canada practical flight test for a group 1 multi-engine instrument rating. During this ground school students are exposed to flight planning in an IFR environment for complex aircraft including turboprop and multi-crew aircraft. Students experience hands-on training in multi-engine aircraft and in simulation trainers.

Prerequisites: AVI8820

Co-requisites: AVI8841

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,172.29. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $14,698.33. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses.

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts.

Flying Costs: $55,000 plus tax for two years are paid on a pay as you go basis. Supplies: $1,000 textbooks and incidental fees. eTextbooks: See www3.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks Exam Costs: $2,000 Note: Flying costs are not a fundable activity and are subject to change without notice.

Flight Training costs are paid separately and are estimated to be approximately $55,000 plus tax for the two year program. (Please note that Flight Training costs are subject to change without notice.) Contact the program coordinator for complete details.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, (Grade 12 MAP4C with a grade of 60% or higher) or (Grade 11 MCF3M with a grade of 50% or higher) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Applicants are required to complete a Category 1 Aviation Medical Exam prior to the start of the first term of this program.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at www.ontariocolleges.ca. Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

NOTE: Students are REQUIRED to complete a Category 1 Aviation Medical Exam prior to the start of the first term of this program. Some classes are scheduled off campus at the Ottawa Flying Club, Ottawa Aviation Services or Canada Aviation and Space Museum locations. Students are responsible for their own transportation and any associated cost.

Student commitment: Acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of this program demands a serious effort and focus by students. A strong commitment of dedication and discipline, as well as time and energy over-and-above classroom hours is required for students to successfully complete the program.

Note: Elective courses are subject to minimum enrolment. For details, consult with coordinator.

For more information, contact Bruce Dwyer, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3309 or bruce.dwyer@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time