The Aviation Diploma program is designed to prepare students to succeed in Canada’s aviation industry. In addition to the training required for a Commercial Pilot’s License and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, the program provides students with a strong business background, the aeronautical subjects associated with flight in modern aircraft and an understanding of the expectations of the industry. Students who pursue a degree after completion of an Aviation diploma are encouraged to take appropriate university transfer courses.
Student success rates in Air Flight Training courses are significantly increased for those students successfully completing Physics 30. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students planning to apply to the Aviation Diploma Program include Physics 30 in their selection of high school courses.
The program is certified by Transport Canada and a candidate school under the auspices of the Aviation Accreditation Board International. Mount Royal University is also an active member of Collegiate Aviation Canada, Aviation Alberta, and the Air Transport Association of Canada’s Flight Training Committee. The instructors include Airline Transport rated Pilots with upper-class instructional classifications or graduates of Mount Royal University’s Aviation Program.
In addition to the flight and academic requirements, students in this program will be required to meet the expectations of the aviation profession in terms of dress, deportment and professional conduct at all times.
Continuance in the Program
In addition to the general graduation requirements students must achieve the following:
- A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Air Flight Training (AIRF) courses.
- All FLTR courses are graded as a pass or fail. Students may repeat FLTR courses only once. Students must achieve a passing grade on FLTR courses to continue in the program.
- Students must follow the policies and procedures as stated in the current version of the Student Information Manual or they may be subject to removal from the program.
Special Program Fees
In addition to regular tuition and general fees, flight training fees are approximately $65,000 for a student in the two-year Aviation Diploma. A Private Pilot License (cost approximately $15,000) must be completed prior to entering the Diploma program. Flight training fees are subject to change depending on operating costs for aircraft and related services.
Due to the cost of this program, students may be eligible for the maximum Canada Student Loan and Government of Alberta Loan. Please refer to the section on Financial Aid for further information.
Advance savings to complement the loan funds are essential. All fees for the program are to be paid to Mount Royal University.
Mount Royal University Aviation operational procedures are outlined in the Student Information Manual, the Company Operating Procedures and other manuals produced by the department. Students are required to make themselves familiar with these documents and all of the policies and procedures contained therein. In exceptional and legitimate circumstances, extensions or exemptions may be granted by the Chief Flight Instructor (CFI) or Program Chair. Procedures for applying for an exception or exemption are available from either the CFI of the Program Chair.
General Admission Requirements
All students must meet the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:
Academic Course Requirements
The following specific courses (or equivalencies) with the specified minimum grades are required for admission into the Aviation Diploma program:
- English Language Arts 30-1 - 60%
- Mathematics 30-1 - 60%
Although Conditional Admission may be granted in advance of receipt of final/official transcripts, confirmation of the achievement of specified minimum grades will take place after all final/official transcripts have been received by the University. Applicants who do not meet these minimum grade requirements will be denied admission.
In addition to meeting all academic admission requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Physical - Applicants must hold an unrestricted Class I Aviation Medical issued by Transport Canada valid as of September 1 for the Fall Semester to which they are applying and must continue to hold a Class I Medical for the entire period of their training. Applicants should be aware that the major airlines may have vision restrictions that are more stringent than the basic Transport Canada requirements.
- Private Pilot’s License - Applicants must possess an unrestricted Canadian Private Pilot’s License by September 1 for the Fall Semester to which they are applying. Possession of a Private Pilot’s Licence is not essential prior to being accepted.
Indigenous Student Admission
Each year 7% of the admission seats in the Aviation diploma program will be reserved for Indigenous students through an Indigenous admission target.
To be considered for admission under the Indigenous admission target, the applicant must:
- self-identify as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
- meet the definition of an Indigenous Applicant
- meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the General Admission requirements for Mount Royal University as well as the specific admission requirements for the Aviation diploma
Designated seats for this special consideration target will be filled by Indigenous applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during the Early Admissions period. Any unfilled designated seats will be released on June 1 to students applying under the General Admission requirements.
See general admission requirements in the Admissions section of this calendar for further information.
Flight Training Requirements
- All published syllabus flights must be completed in Mount Royal University aircraft under the supervision of Mount Royal university instructors*.
- Students must complete all of the published syllabus flights and simulator training for Year 1 by the end of the first year.
- Students must complete all of the published syllabus flights and simulator training for Years 1 and 2 in order to graduate.
- Students must successfully complete the following Transport Canada requirements in order to graduate:
- Commercial Pilot License
- Night Rating
- Multi-Engine Rating
- Group I Instrument Rating
* The only exception to number 1 is that students who are admitted to the program with complete advanced training (Night Rating or ME). They may receive credit at the discretion of the CFI for that training.
Students should be aware that Transport Canada requires that all of the licensing requirements for the Commercial License must be completed within one year of the date of the flight test. As a result, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the timing of their flight test is planned accordingly, in order to ensure they will not have to retake the flight test.
Students should also be aware that they require 50hrs Pilot-in-command Cross-Country experience prior to commencing the Multi-Engine/instrument (MI) phase of training. As a result, students should have completed a sufficient number of Navigation exercises to ensure this requirement is met in a timely manner prior to beginning the MI training.