International Students

Thank you for visiting the Langley Flying School website. We appreciate your interest in our School, and we hope be able to welcome you one day as one of our International Students.

One of the great pleasures we have as Flight Instructors is the opportunity to teach students from all over the world who come to Canada to learn to fly; some of them—perhaps yourself—land at our School, and it is with great pride that we get to send them back to their homes and families and as fully qualified professional pilots.

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Canada's pilot licences and ratings—and especially the Canadian Commercial Licence—are top ranked throughout the world, owing to its reputation of the licence holders for solid pilot skills, thorough yet practical pilot knowledge and safe and effective pilot decision-making. The history of international flight training in Canada goes back to the 1940s with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and it is pride and conviction that we—like many other private flying schools located throughout Canada—are able to continue with the tradition of providing effective and proven pilot training programs for international students.

Policy of Non-affiliation—Equal treatment of All International Students

Langley Flying School is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all of its International Student and does not maintain affiliation with any business/recruiting agents or special interest groups in other countries that could lead to unfair recruitment fees levied against students, and preferential access to flight training resources. All International Students are treated fairly and equally, and Langley Flying School seeks to minimize the cost of training in all cases. International Students are fully integrated with Langley Flying School's domestic students.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization, all pilots must demonstrate speaking and listening comprehension in English.  Transport Canada's Aviation-Language Proficiency Test, as well as description of the required standards, are described at the following link:  ALPT.  Because Tranport Canada requires that the ALPT be administered face-to-face in Canada with a designated examiner, International students must make special effort to ensure they meet the requirements of this examination before they commit time, energy, and money to pilot training.

In order to assist International students in establishing early English language proficiency feedback, and to enable Langley Flying School to make its own determination of language skills, the school administers its own English proficiency test free of charge.  While the Langley Flying School English proficiency test is not the same as Transport Canada's ALPT, it is administered by Flight Instructors and must be successfully completed by all Langley Flying School students for whom English is a second language prior to completing their fifth flight lesson.  

International students seeking feedback on their English proficiency skills prior to making application for a Canadian student visa make take the test over the telephone.  Student who wish to do the telephone test must have access to a stable telephone line, and access to Langley Fying School's website while the test is administered.  The test will require approximately five minutes to administer.  It is suggested that students contact the Chief Flying Instructor, David Parry, in advance via email to arrange a date and time for the telephone test, but students may attempt to contact the school directly during the hours of 9am through 3pm, Canadian Pacific Time, and a Flight Instuctor may be free to administer the test at that time. 

Time Required for Pilot Training

With respect to time-line, you should know that the Private Pilot Licence—pursued on a full-time basis—can be completed in as little as six weeks, but normally requires between three and six months, depending on student performance (time required before students' first solo flight commonly varies between 10 and 30 hours, depending on performance skills).   Commercial Pilot Licence requires an additional six to eight months. To complete these licences along these time-lines, International Students will have to fly daily. The same programs will take a year or more if the training pace is less than full-time.

While completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence requires the longest time, the Multi-engine Rating and the Instrument Rating are the shortest—the Multi-engine Rating requires only about three weeks, and the Instrument Rating is just a little longer—about four weeks.  

The Pace of Pilot Training

Students can pursue their ground studies as independent students (moving through the training one-on-one with a Flight Instructor), or they can join the full-time 8 to 10-Month Professional Pilot Program where, upon completion, student are qualified as Commercial Pilots with Multi-engine and Instrument Ratings.  The 8 to 10-month course is based on flight training in the morning and groundschool in the afternoon, and students are going at it 5 days a week.

The Real Cost of Pilot Training

It would be great if we could predict with accuracy just how long (and therefore how much money) the Private Pilot Licence will take, but unfortunately, student performance varies considerably, especially during the Private Pilot phase of training, and we cannot recommend students for flight tests until they meet the standards established by Transport Canada.  Full-time students, however, usually complete their Private Pilot Licence at or near the minimum hours required—they are at it daily, and they get good really fast.  Please read the Private Pilot Licence course outline carefully regarding performance variations.  In contrast, the Commercial Pilot Licence, Multi-engine Rating, and Instrument Rating are reasonably predictable with respect to costs, as student proficiency, at this higher level, does not vary greatly.

All students are advised to keep "cash in reserve" just in case of need for additional pilot proficiency training, especially for the Private Pilot Program. Becoming a pilot is a process of reaching the standards of proficiency and knowledge required by Transport Canada and the ICAO, and is not a matter of simply "accumulating flight time." Please check the cost section of the individual Pilot Training Programs for additional information and our recommendations regarding this. Student pilots do not need the additional pressure of financial worries as they complete their training.

Also, note that students are responsible for the costs of housing and food during training; the "housing" costs estimate provided below is based on what appears to be the average cost of homestay at the date indicated

For setting up a Canadian bank account, information is available from the Royal Bank of Canada.

It goes without saying that all costs are quoted by us in Canadian Dollars, and you can visit the following link to calculate your currency's conversion: Bank of Canada.

Estimated Costs for International Students
(Based on training in Cessna aircraft and effective on January 01,2017)

Private Pilot Training


Commercial Pilot Training


Multi-engine Class Rating Training


Instrument Rating Training (Multi-engine)


Pilot-in-Command Time Building (50 hours solo flying)


 Approximate Living Costs  ($700 per month for 8 months)


Letter of Acceptance (courier and admin)


Medical Insurance ($85 per month for 8 months)


Total Cost 


The above pricing is a limited-time offer and is subject to change without notice.  Pre-payment of Private Pilot Training fees is no required. Students pay tuition and aircraft utilization costs at the conclusion of training flights, and pay groundschool tuition at the beginning of the session.   All flight schools in British Columbia are required by law to charge the GST (5%).  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Debit Cards are accepted.

Processing Application Fee

For International students, our admissions process requires that you send a $1000 administrative fee, payable to the School, which will be used to pay our administrative and courier costs.  This administrave fee is refunded to students when they complete their Private Pilot Licence.  International students are also required to deposit on their student account with Langley Flying School a prepayment of $9316, equivalent to the estimated Private Pilot Licence tuition.  This Private Pilot Licence tuition prepayment will be refunded to student who are unsuccessful in obtaining their study visa, or are required to change their training schedule   Payments by International students must be made by Wire Transfer—please contact contact Langley Flying School's Administrative Officer, Brandee Rudd, via email to obtain detailed information on how to pay with Wired Transfer.

Once this administrative fee and Private Pilot Licence tuition prepayment is paid, we begin by sending you a Letter of Acceptance, and this, in turn, is presented to the Canadian Consulate or Embassy in support of an application for the student visa. 

How to Begin the Application Process

If you have any questions regarding training, contact David Parry via email, and we do our best to provide you with the necessary information.  If you already decided that you wish to join Langley Flying School as a student, contact Brandee Rudd and provide the information listed below.  PLEASE NOTE that it is crucial that you insure this information is accurate and correct because it is used to complete your Letter of Acceptance, which in turn is used to support your application for your student visa—it must be accurate and correct:

  1. Your family name (exactly as it appears on your passport).
  2. Your first name and middle name(s) (exactly as it appears on your passport).
  3. Your date of birth.
  4. Your full mailing address (including postal code).
  5. Your telephone contact number.
  6. Your proposed starting date.
  7. The programs you wish to take (e.g., PPL, CPL, IFR, MER).

E-mail Communication

The volume of international e-mail inquiries is considerably high at the present; we will try replying to each inqury as soon as possible. To expedite the application process, review the information carefully on this website and follow the suggestions contained on this page. Students who are able to make an independent decision to begin training at Langley Flying School will be processed with little delay.

Admission to Canada

All information related to Canadian student visas can be accessed from a link found on our website (first page under "foreign students") or by visiting the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website:

It is very important that you become familiar with student visa requirements, and you should know that many students are turned down in their applications owing to insufficient funds.  The following information related to student qualification appears on the CIC website:

To be eligible to study in Canada:

  1. You must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
  2. You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
    • tuition fees;
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada; and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  3. You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada.
  4. You may have to provide a police certificate.
  5. You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
  6. You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.


Working in Canada while you Study

Study permit holders in Canada may gain work experience by working off campus while completing their studies.

Because Langley Flying School is a designated learning institution, our international student qualify to work off campus up to 20 hours per week while completing their studies, subject to the following conditions:

  1. They work during regular academic sessions or full-time during scheduled breaks;
  2. They have valid study permits,
  3. They are full-time students.

For more information, see Langley Flying School Students Working Off-campus.

Mandatory Medical Insurance

Canada has a government health plan and all medical services are provided to Canadians by the government.  Students coming to Canada to study must therefore have private insurance, which must be in place prior to arriving in Canada.  We suggest Langley Flying School students purchase medical insurance from Ms. Katherine—she can provide private medical insurance to international students,  which will protect you against the cost of both emergency and non-emergercy medical expenses. 

To initiate insurance coverage, contact Ms. Katherine, who will require the following information for each student to trigger coverage:

  1. Last name
  2. First name
  3. Gender
  4. Country of origin
  5. Date of birth
  6. Coverage start date
  7. Length of coverage required
  8. Mailing address for mailing out the policy documents.
  9. Credit card information (both the card numbers and the expiry date)
  • General information regarding the medical insurance requirements can be obtained the following government website:

  • Do we have to wear a uniform?

    No, of course not. The dress code of Langley Flying School students and staff are just like any modern Western university or college--casual and comfortable. Our focus as Flight Instructors is teaching student pilots how to fly—we are not interested in teaching student pilots how to wear a tie—we'll leave that to Mums and Dads. All students are encouraged to wear functional flight suits during flight operations, which can be purchased locally for approximately $200 (contact Flight Line)

    Questions regarding Pilot Training

    After you have reviewed the information on this website concerning the training program and facilities, please contact me with any questions you may have—if I can't personally respond, I will pass your message on to one of our Flight Instructors.

    Best Regards,

    David Parry,
  • Chief Flying Instructor,
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • Canada