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2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

Aviation, Diploma

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General Information

The Aviation Diploma program is designed to prepare students to succeed in Canada’s aviation industry. In addition to providing students the opportunity to complete the training required for a Commercial Pilot’s Licence 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 complete Flight Training 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 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.

Program Continuance

In addition to the general graduation requirements, students must achieve the following:

  1. A minimum grade of C is required in all Air Flight Training (AIRF) courses.

  2. Students engaged in FLTR courses will receive a pass or fail. Students may repeat FLTR courses only once. Students must achieve a passing grade in FLTR courses to register for further FLTR courses.

  3. Students must follow the policies and procedures as stated in the current version of the Student Handbook and Standard Operating Procedures 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 Licence (cost approximately $18,000 to $22,000) must be completed prior to registering for any Flight Training (FLTR) coursework. Flight training fees are subject to change depending on operating costs for aircraft and related services.

Financial Assistance

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.

Operational Procedures

Mount Royal University Aviation’s operational procedures are outlined in the Student Handbook, the Standard 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 or the Program Chair.

General Admission Requirments

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 or Mathematics 30-2 - 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.

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:

  1. self-identify as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
  2. meet the definition of an Indigenous Applicant
  3. 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 15 to students applying under the General Admission requirements.

See general admission requirements in the Admissions section of this calendar for further information.


Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum overall Grade Point Average of 2.00 on all courses included in the program.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in all Air Flight Training courses.

Please consult the University Calendar for information concerning the University’s General Education requirement.

Flight Training

Students in the Aviation Diploma have the opportunity to participate in training towards a Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating. The information below pertains to students planning to participate in flight training.


Students who intend to register in FLTR courses must have a Category 1 Aviation Medical issued by Transport Canada and hold a Class 1 Medical for the entire period of their training. A Canadian Private Pilot Licence is also required.

Students registered in FLTR courses must take each course in the appropriate sequence, only registering in subsequent FLTR courses when given the appropriate registration form. Students who wish to have credit for previous flight training must contact the Chief Flight Instructor to discuss a plan for determining what credit may be received. Flight training, simulator training, or ground briefing may be part of the process to determine the appropriate FLTR placement of the student.

Flight Training Requirements

Students should be aware that Transport Canada requires that all of the licensing requirements for the Commercial Licence 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.

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