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Flying in Canada

By all accounts, Canadians are one of the most avid aviators in the world. Not only does their country permit all kinds of flight environments that others would truly envy, theirs is a nation dedicated largely to an aviation industry. They are absolutely crazy about anything that has to do with being airborne, which explains why skydiving in Canada is one of the most popular extreme sports in the country. And yes, bungee jumping in Canada has been on the rise too. We can fairly say that Canadians are becoming natural-born air fanatics. This explains why there are numerous Canadian flights schools—and with the kind of sky and atmosphere in that country, they even have their own Canadian flying lessons. That’s why it is best to learn to fly in Canada and that’s also the reason why Canadian pilots are the best in the world.

Canada offers the kind of optimum weather for those who want to learn to fly. There are many sunny days and many spots for a clear weather to initially earn your pilot licenses. Sometimes a good weather beats a flight simulator. Later in your Canadian flight school training, you will have to undergo an advanced lesson with instruments alone. With this, some Canadian flying lessons will take you to parts in the country where there are cloudy skies, in snow showers, and in rain.

Canadian aviation delivers a wide array of services: linking communication between remote regions of the artic, food delivery, private airplanes for hire for company executive flights, and many others. When it comes to bringing services on the sky, you name it, there’s a Canadian pilot ready for it.

Canadian aviation is actually as old as aviation history itself. 1909 marks the first time Canada takes flight, with J.A.D. McCurdy flyers piloting a biplane over the frosted Baddeck bay. It was the first flight by a heavier-than-air machine in Canada. In 1912, Charles Saunders jumps out from an airplane over Vancouver, marking the first parachute jump in Canada. The following year, H.W. Blakeley makes history as the first man to fly in Canada at night. In that same year, Alys McKey impressed feminists by becoming the first woman to fly a biplane in Vancouver. And the list goes on with Canadian women in aviation. Of course, there’s Elsie MacGill, who was an aeronautical engineer famous for designing the Hawker Hurricane. There’s also Rosella Bjornson who, in 1990, became Captain in a Canadian Airline. And there was the great Deanna Brasseur who was one of two women to pilot the F-18 fighter.

Canada has an extraordinary fascination with flying, which is why it is one of the most popular recreational activities in the country. Although Canadian flight schools don’t necessarily cater to clienteles who want flying only as a hobby, the market is still huge. The Recreational Aircraft Association (RAA) has tapped on this growing market. Essentially, it is a volunteer group among Canadian aviation enthusiasts. By working together and sharing information, not only does an RAA member get free Canadian flying lessons, he or she also gets to promote flying as a recreation and advance the science and industry of amateur aircrafts. For beginning enthusiasts, Canadian flying lessons in the RAA are one of the best introductions they can get. By some accounts, it is even better than actually enrolling to Canadian flight schools because RAA focuses on the hobby and theory of flight itself, which includes designing your own aircrafts, promoting aviation history, rebuilding classics, and sometimes attaining a voice in convincing government to amend existing flying regulations. Basically, RAA is like a Canadian flight school itself focused on a grassroots level of aviation.

One of the most important objectives of the RAA is to create a learning environment equal to usual Canadian flight schools, but with unique learn-at-your-own pace Canadian flying lessons, which are its specialty. As a complement, RAA also published a bi-monthly magazine Recreational Flyer that deals with some technical know-how on building your own aircraft, special interests in aviation, and other features. Some issues even offer helicopter flight training. The RAA is also useful for those who want to get to feel the life of flying. Members know where the best Canadian flight schools are, and they can point to you the latest flight simulator around, where a beginner or a mere enthusiast can take a "discovery flight" ride.

For enthusiasts and recreational flyer, the current craze is those ultralight planes—single seat 115kg aircrafts—and experimental built-from-scratch airplanes. To fly these planes, a pilot doesn’t need to attend a single Canadian flight school. And it’s relatively cheaper to fly ultralights and less a hassle, since there’s no need to acquire a pilot’s certificate.

However, if you’re really serious to make it in the air, then off to Canadian flight school you go. Again, before getting into one, you’d be required to a discovery flight—a flight simulator that has everything in it—the sound of the engine, the gust of the air, the view of the sky. Basically, for 30 minutes, you get your Canadian flying lessons right there. If you’ve been hooked, the next step is getting your pilot medical. Once you pass, you can go start training in a Canadian flight school to earn your first private pilot training. The average flight hours for a typical Canadian flying lesson are 45-80 hours. Afterwards, you would be required to take both a written and practical exam. If you pass, you get your first license and your first permit to fly a private airplane, though you can’t be paid as a pilot yet. You get that when you pass screening for a Commercial pilot license. If you still want to move on, there are more options. Some Canadian flying lessons include helicopter flight training. Some offer training to win a floatplane endorsement. Some even offer Canadian flying lessons that extend to such a degree that you can become a Class 4 Flight Instructor.

With a sprawling aviation industry and with world-class pilots in Canada, it’s no wonder why aviation has become a form of entertainment and sports. There are aerial racing, aerobatic competition, and airplane design contests. Even aviators of this sector have particular levels to attain and compete for. The most sought-after are levels that place flyers in Sportman, Advanced, and Unlimited stages, with the last as the highest competitive level.
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