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Aviation diploma (one-year program)

Entrance requirements

1. C+ or better in Math 11 or Principles of Math 11, Physics 11, and English 12. (Math 12, Physics 12, Computer Science, and French or other second language are recommended.)

2. Completion of 10 appropriate university-level courses with a minimum C average, including at least one course in each of the following subject areas: Math, Physics, and English or Communications. One or more of these courses may be taken as part of the one-year program.

3. Students must have completed the private pilot flight test within six months prior to entering the program, or have completed the private pilot flight test within one year with a minimum of 10 hours flying time within the six months preceding the first day of classes. Students who do not meet these requirements must complete a flight evaluation with Coastal Pacific Aviation or designate. Students must also have completed the private pilot written examination within the 12 months preceding the first day of classes or be required to achieve a minimum of 60% on an entrance exam equivalent to the private pilot written exam.

4. Current Transport Canada Category 1 medical certification.

5. Applicants must satisfy an entrance evaluation which includes an interview(s), and an assessment of references.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

The one-year program starts in January. As seats in the program are limited, students should apply as early as possible. Initial applications should be sent to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Applications should be completed prior to September 30 for enrolment in January. Late applications will be considered if space permits.

1. Apply to UFV; include $75* payable to Coastal Pacific Aviation, and a separate cheque for the $45 application fee payable to UFV. International students pay higher application fees and should contact UFV International.

* Fees stated are in effect for 2008/09 and are subject to change for 2009/10.

Application forms are available from Student Services and Coastal Pacific Aviation.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school completion or equivalent, and transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade achievement as per entrance requirements
• transcripts showing grade achievement for any post-secondary study
• a medical certificate showing a Transport Canada Category 1 Medical.
• applicants for the one-year program must also submit proof of completion of 10 university-level courses or interim transcript reflecting the above.

2. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by Coastal Pacific during September or October for the January enrolment.

3. After evaluations have been made, interviewed candidates will receive a letter stating the results. Candidates being offered a seat will receive a confirming letter, outlining registration details, starting dates, and aviation supplies required and an enrolment agreement. Prior to acceptance the candidate may be required to provide proof of financial ability to pay for educational expenses.

4. Any requests for transfer of academic course equivalencies should be made to the Admissions and Records office; requests for transfer of aviation- or flight-related courses should be made directly to Coastal Pacific Aviation.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Location and scheduling

Academic courses will be held on all UFV campuses, including Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack. Aviation classroom instruction, flight training and simulator training will be conducted at Coastal Pacific Aviation, Abbotsford Airport. Please note that there is no public transportation available to the airport and between some campuses. Students are expected to be available for flight training seven days a week.

Instruction at Coastal Pacific and UFV begins in January. UFV academic courses will be taken January to mid-April and September to mid-December. Aviation theory and flight instruction will continue throughout the year.

For any aviation program, all of the aviation courses shown for a semester must be taken concurrently. AV 201, 211, 221, and 231 must be taken in one semester; AV 302, 312, 322, and 332 must be taken in one semester; AV 401, 411, 421, and 431 must be taken in one semester; AV 402, 412, 422, and 432 must be taken in one semester.

Residency requirement

Students enrolled in UFV/CPA aviation programs are required to complete all subsequent flight and simulator training in residence at UFV/CPA. Flight training at other schools while enrolled at UFV/CPA is not permitted.

Academic performance

To qualify for an aviation diploma, students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (a C grade) in each semester as well as cumulatively. Students whose cumulative GPA and/or semester GPA falls below 2.0 during their program are subject to academic warning.

Course repeats

A course may be repeated in order to improve the cumulative GPA. However, you may not register for the same course more than twice. No more than five repeated courses will be permitted.


Fee estimates are in effect for 2008/09 and are subject to change for 2009/10. Approximate total fees for the diploma programs are $55,000 and approximate total fees for the degree program are $89,000. Contact the program coordinator at Coastal Pacific to obtain a current fee summary.

Note: There are two fee structures.

UFV fee summary

UFV course fees will be paid at the university, and are approximately $1,150 per semester (three courses or nine credits). See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Coastal Pacific Aviation fee summary

Coastal Pacific fees will be paid at the Abbotsford Airport to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Flight training fees are subject to change and vary for each individual.

Students accepted to the program are required to wear a uniform. The initial cost for shirts, slacks, sweater, jacket, and ties is approximately $425. Additional items may be required throughout the course.

Program requirements

Semester I

Course Title Credits
AV 201 Aviation Theory I 3
AV 211 Simulation — Instrument Procedures I 1
AV 221 Aircraft — Commercial I 1.5
AV 231 Human Factors I 1
AV 151 Fitness I 1
Elective any university-level course 3 or 4

Semester II

Course Title Credits
AV 302 Aviation Theory II 3
AV 312 Simulation — Instrument Procedures II 1
AV 322 Aircraft Commercial II 1.5
AV 332 Human Factors II 1
AV 152 Fitness II 1

Semester III

Course Title Credits
AV 401 Aviation Theory III 3
AV 411 Simulation — Multi-Engine 1
AV 421 Aircraft — Multi-Engine 1.5
AV 431 Advanced Airmanship I 1
AV 251 Fitness III 1

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
AV 252 Fitness IV 1
AV 402 Aviation Theory IV 3
AV 412 Simulation — Crew Operations 1
AV 432 Advanced Airmanship II 1
AV 422 Aircraft — Instrument/Multi-Engine 1.5
 AV 451A & B Theory — Instructor  
 AV 452A & B Flight Instructor Practicum (see Note1) 1
Elective any university-level course 3 or 4

Alternate core courses are available for students interested in continuing on for a degree after completing the diploma program.

Students who have completed college or university courses similar to those listed above may be able to transfer credits. Contact the aviation coordinator for more information and refer to the UFV’s transfer credit policy in the calendar.

Although program requirements are shown in four semesters they do not have to be taken consecutively. It is necessary, however, to take each semester’s aviation theory concurrently with that semester’s flying and simulator sessions.


Contact the department for appropriate elective selection.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.