learn to fly with us

The Kingston Flying Club has been providing excellence in aviation since 1929. We offer a professional and customized training experience that sets us apart from our competitors.

The Kingston Flying Club offers an introductory flight package. This includes a pre-flight briefing, preparing the aircraft for flight, 30 exhilarating minutes in the air, then a de-brief on the ground to answer any questions you may have. You will realize that learning how to fly isn’t as hard as you might have thought it to be.

Whether you are looking to start a career in aviation, or just want to start a new hobby, the Kingston Flying Club provides a professional yet relaxing environment and can work with you, at your own pace.

Below are some of the paths that you could take in your training. Click on a heading to view a detailed description of the training and approximate costs of each.

If you are looking to fly solely for pleasure, obtaining a Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP) is a less expensive alternative to obtaining a Private Pilot Licence. A RPP allows you to fly single engine aircraft, like our club’s Cessna 172, and carry one passenger. Holders of a RPP may fly during the day and in fair weather conditions. It’s a great option for those wanting to start in aviation. Plus, you can upgrade your RPP to a full Private Pilot Licence whenever you want.

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is for those who want more flexibility than a RPP, or who are thinking of making aviation a career.

A Private Pilot Licence affords you with more privileges than the Recreational Pilot Permit. For example, you can carry as many passengers as the plane can fit, and you can get add-on qualifications so you can fly floatplanes, fly at night, fly above a layer of clouds, or fly planes with more than one engine.

If you intend on pursuing a career as a pilot, obtaining your PPL will be your first step. After obtaining a PPL, you can work on getting your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), which allows you to get paid for flying.

A rating is an add-on to a Licence – you can’t add ratings onto a Recreational Permit. Different ratings afford you with more privileges than a basic Private or Commercial Pilot Licence. The Kingston Flying Club conducts training for the following ratings:

Night Rating – A Night Rating allows you to fly aircraft at night. Your plans will no longer be restricted by the time of sunset.

Multi-Engine Rating – A Multi-Engine Rating allows you to fly aircraft with more than one engine. This is a first step towards flying larger aircraft.

Instrument Rating – An Instrument Rating allows you to fly through and above cloud layers. Great for those who tend to fly for business, you will have greater flexibility to fly in various weather conditions. You can use this rating to go flying on days when the clouds are too low for visual (VFR) flying.

VFR Over-The-Top Rating – this rating allows you to fly over clouds or between two layers of clouds, as long as the weather is good at your departure and destination airports. Think of it as the “Light” version of an Instrument Rating.