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Reach for the skies and become a professional pilot and aviation leader - 2021/2022

Become a leader in the booming aviation industry. Industry dictates that there will be 804,000 global aviation jobs by 2038 and this three-year advanced diploma will provide you with a strong background to take a leadership position. 

Study safety management systems, Canadian air regulations, flight operations and logistics and airline operations, all while completing a Fixed-wing Canadian Private and Commercial Pilot license with Multi Engine and Instrument Ratings. 

  • Learn to fly in modern aircraft;
  • Gain experience in the classroom, hangar and in the cockpit;
  • Train on modern flight simulators.

Professional pilot program in partnership with Diamond Flight Centre London Inc.

The program includes the option to complete a Canadian Private and Commercial Pilot's License, including night, instrument and multi-engine ratings. Graduates can seek opportunities in varied aviation flight operations and business ventures.  The flight training is delivered by Diamond Flight Centre London, located at the London International Airport.

Professional pilot program admission requirements:  

  • You must have achieved a minimum education standard of high school graduation;
  • Students may be required to complete a formal Aviation Language Proficiency test if English is not their first language;
  • Suggested to complete a minimum of 0.5 dual hours flight training experience (introductory flight);
  • Category 1 Aviation Medical is required;
  • Students may be required to complete a formal Aviation Language Proficiency test if English is not their first language.

*Please note:

- An iPad is provided to students in this program via the program specific fees. Students are not required to purchase an iPad for this program. 

- The flight portion of this program, delivered by our partners at DFC London, IS NOT eligible for OSAP funding, while the academic portion of the program IS eligible for OSAP funding. 


Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Core Mathematics
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate AND:
- Minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
- The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520  AND:
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Additional Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program.


Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1032Reason & Writing Business 13
This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MATH-1216Mathematics for Aviation4
This course involves the study of practical math used in Aviation contexts, such as, geometry, vectors, algebra and other specific topics, as directly applied to aviation navigation and flight planning. Emphasis is placed on applied math problems in the service of problem-solving flight planning processes and outcomes.
LAWS-1085Pre-Solo Air Law & Regulations3
The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and radio phraseology are introduced in this course. In this course, students will complete the Transport Canada pre-solo written exam and the requirements for the Industry Canada restricted radio operator certificate.
AVIA-1080Airframes & Engines2.5
This course provides an overview, functionality, and applicability of varied power plants and structures used in general and commercial aviation. In this course, students study weight and balance, power distribution and management, and aircraft performance and stresses as specific applied topics.
AVIA-1082Flight Principles 16
This course delivers the curriculum required for the Private Pilot license, including air law, navigation, meteorology and general aviation knowledge. The course aids in the preparation to write the Transport Canada examination for the Private Pilot license.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This course provides a continuation of meteorological concepts introduced in Flight Principles 1. Focus on weather systems at the macro-and for and micro-levels will be enhanced by comprehensive interpretation of weather reports and forecasts for the purpose of flight planning.
AVIA-1084Navigation Principles & Theory 13
This course is one of two courses focused specifically on applied navigation principles using case studies and in-lab simulation and demonstration of the varied types and uses of navigation ids, including Global Positioning System (GPS), Very High-Frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), Non-directional Beacons (NDB) Flight Director Systems and other scenario-based simulations.
AVIA-1081Airport & Ground Operations3
This course addresses the layouts, procedures and layers of management involved in typical airports, large and small, including organizational structures, management, communication and maintenance. Airport marking, and operating procedures in the control zone and on the active runways and aprons are investigated with a focus on orienting students to this complex environment.
MATH-1217Business Math3
This course involves the study of practical math used in business applications. It provides an overview of basic arithmetic and algebra concepts as well as the mathematical tools that students will need in future study and employment.
HIST-1055Aviation History3
This course provides an overview of the milestones, achievements, icons, and cultural contexts of aviation history in the modern and post-modern eras. In addition, this course aims to provide students with an awareness of the Canadian Aviation Industry's history and its present context.
AVIA-3001Flight Principles 26
This course enhances and builds on the curriculum required for the private pilot licence delivered in Flight Principles 1 with a focus on operational flying and associated activities.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-3020Professional Communication3
This course develops students' literacy and professional communication skills. Students focus on current business issues and convey relevant meaning in oral and written format. The main themes of the course include writing reports and other relevant business documents (e.g. letters, short reports); communicating in groups and meetings; awareness of intercultural communication and diverse audiences; the job search (including resumes and cover letters); business; business rhetoric in speaking and writing; summarizing and evaluating current business-related readings; delivering presentations; researching and documenting reports using APA format; and self-editing skills.
This course delivers a comprehensive overview of avionics systems used in aviation. Students will gain a familiarity with avionics equipment, operation, and application in industry. The course will focus on avionics from a user-oriented perspective and provide students with a firm understanding of how avionics function.
MGMT-1276Project Management3
This course introduces students to the principles of project management according to the Project Management Institute (PMI). Practical assignments are combined with industry-accepted standards for the purpose of developing a logical framework for managing and leading projects.
This introductory Geography course will allow students to investigate world and Canadian geography including topics relating to global magnetics and cartography.
AVIA-3002Flight Principles 36
This course delivers the curriculum required for the commercial pilot licence, including air law, navigation, meteorology, and general aviation knowledge. The course aids in the preparation to write the Transport Canada exam for the commercial pilot licence.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-1140Professional Communication & Comportment4
This course is designed to define professional communication practices for the aviation industry. Professional comportment is modelled and practiced in team settings with a focus on augmenting student awareness of professional conduct and how it is achieved and maintained in aviation. This course is operated as a simulated organizational structure with student participants involved in scenario-based simulations, case- studies, and teamwork exercises.
MGMT-1277Human Factors & Risk Management 13
This course enhances and builds on the Human Factors concepts for the Private and Commercial Pilot licences. Physiological and psychological effects are studied. Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM) and Crew Resource Management (CRM) strategies are practised through simulations and scenarios. Threat and Error Management (TEM) is applied to case studies, all of which provides students a chance to gain skills in workload and stress management.
BSCI-1267Critical Thinking/Decision-Making3
Students will investigate critical thinking and decision-making theories, models, and practices in order to enhance their objective decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students will identify goals, alternatives, and risks in a range of case studies, scenarios, and timed decision-making simulations to practice their skills.
RSCH-1009Research Principles & Practice3
This course will provide an opportunity for students to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. Students will develop a research question, complete a literature review, and analyse secondary research to answer their research question.
AVIA-3003Flight Principles 46
This course delivers the curriculum required for the instrument rating, including air law and procedures, meteorology, instrumentation, navigation and radio aids, and human factors. The course aids in the preparation to write the Transport Canada exam for the instrument rating.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
AVIA-1089Multi-Engine Aircraft Systems2.5
In this course, students will study multi-engine aircraft systems, from the light twin aircraft to transport-category airliners. Aircraft performance, and weight and balance as it applies to multi-engine aircraft will be studied and calculated.
BUSI-1198Aviation Business Organization Studies2
This course offers an overview of the psychology of people in organizations in the aviation industry. Topics will focus on social dynamics in organizations, including employee motivation, influencing others, decision making, cooperation, culture, leadership, and teams. The course will be comprised of lectures, general discussions, and smaller seminar discussions. A specific focus on Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Airline structures, operations and administration will be undertaken.
MGMT-1278Leadership Principles & Practices3
In this course, students will investigate leadership principles and practices. They will be exposed to personality and leadership surveys and assessments to help them explore and define their own leadership styles. Through the use of case studies and simulations, students will practice their leadership skills.
MGMT-1279Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics3
This course will provide an overview of ethical frameworks as they apply to business practices. By examining their own ethical principles, students will identify and apply a range of strategies to resolve problems and make decisions that will support a business organization.
AVIA-3004Navigation Principles & Theory 24
This course is focused on the theory and practical use of advanced navigation aids typically used in VFR (visual flight rules) and IFR (instrument flight rules) flight for both general aviation aircraft and larger, multi-crew aircraft.
AVIA-5004Flight Principles 56
In this course, students will study multi-engine procedures and flight operations for both general aviation aircraft and larger, multi-crew aircraft. Additionally, the course will emphasize the principles and practices of multi-crew co-operation and crew resource management (CRM).

Level 6
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-3096Human Factors & Risk Management 23
In this course, students will study elements and aspects of aviation professionalism, in-flight calculations, and workload management as directly related to in-flight cockpit resource management and teamwork. Case studies, simulations and scenarios will be used to develop Crew Resource Management (CRM) techniques. Threat and Error Management (TEM) techniques will also be practiced.
SFTY-1073Safety Management Systems2.5
In this course, students will research ground, maintenance, and flight safety systems at an organizational level. Students will study the relationship between the individual and the organization, including Human Factors and situational awareness as it relates to the safe conduct of operations.
MGMT-1280Reputation & Brand Management3
This course will introduce students to marketing principles and their design and management. Specific focus will be put on brand theory, data collection, branding, and brand management. Organizational alignment and the design of marketing initiatives will be discussed.
DEVL-1060Aviation Industry Research & Workplace4
In this course, students will research emerging trends, issues, and opportunities in the Canadian aviation industry. Building on their research of the industry, students will examine and define their personal professional goals and prepare a professional portfolio. Additionally, this course will augment the work placement process and focus on business etiquette, networking, and job search, resume writing, and interviewing skills.
AVIA-5005Flight Principles 66
This course is a culmination of previously learned material and a study of advanced concepts. Topics will include air law and procedures, airframes, powerplants and aircraft systems, instruments, navigation, flight operations, theory of flight, human factors, meteorology, flight planning, radio communications, and aids to navigation. This course aids in the preparation to write the Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) examinations.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits - Normally taken in
levels 4 and 6

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 31 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

This program will provide opportunities for employment in aviation environments, including flight operations, scheduling, supply chain management, commercial flight, training and administration.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program

Program Code: CFA1
Campus Code: LCA (LCA - London Campus Airport)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology: 519-452-4430 ext. 6370

Program Description

This three-year Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership Advanced Diploma is designed to prepare domestic and international students for a career in aviation. 

The program includes training in the following areas:

  • Safety management systems
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Flight operations
  • Professional standards and practices

In this program students will complete a Canadian Private and Commercial Pilot license including night, multi-engine and instrument ratings.  Graduates will be able to seek opportunities in Aviation flight operations and business ventures as well as professional flight positions. 

Flight training will be delivered by Diamond Flight Centre London Inc., located at the London International Airport.

Visit the Diamond Flight Center London Inc. website for more information about flight training.

Completion of flight training is not required for graduation from the Advanced Diploma program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Select and use relevant terminology, technologies, and strategies to communicate effectively with all functional divisions within an aerospace industry, airline, or flight operation;
  2. Solve problems and contribute to decision-making processes to support aviation operations by recognizing airport and aircraft component and system characteristics and interpreting aeronautics, navigation, and meteorology concepts and data;
  3. Select and implement Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Threat and Error Management (TEM) techniques to meet the needs of a commercial multi-crew operational environment;
  4. Develop flight plans to address a range of mission conditions;
  5. Select and implement risk management strategies to support the safe and secure operation of an aircraft, airline, or flight organization;
  6. Implement and participate in a Safety Management System (SMS) program to meet regulatory requirements;
  7. Formulate and implement leadership, management, and team building strategies for corporate/business to contribute to a positive work environment;
  8. Plan, implement, and evaluate projects by applying project management principles to support the operation and management of a business from requirements and financial perspectives;
  9. Investigate and monitor relevant trends, emerging technologies, and local and global issues to enhance work performance and guide decision-making;
  10. Develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance, and explore career opportunities;
  11. Perform all work in compliance with Transport Canada commercial pilot proficiency standards and regulations relating to flight preparation, professional conduct, uniform, and on-time performance.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2020 September
Blended Delivery - London
2021 September
London - Airport

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
London - Airport
Program Code
Day Time
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks