Experience the pinnacle of flight instruction at Vancouver Aviation College, where the knowledge and expertise of Airline captains converge to create a truly extraordinary learning environment. With top-rated instructors by your side, you’ll receive unparalleled guidance, preparing you to conquer the skies with confidence and precision. Discover a world-class education that sets new standards for excellence and propels you towards an extraordinary career in aviation.

At Vancouver Aviation College, students are privileged to learn from a faculty of Airline captains, each possessing a wealth of experience accumulated over countless hours in the cockpit. These captains have honed their skills through diverse aviation careers, bringing a wealth of real-world knowledge and insights into the classroom. Their expertise covers a broad spectrum of aviation disciplines, from commercial operations to advanced navigation techniques, ensuring a comprehensive education for aspiring pilots.

The presence of Airline captains as instructors instills a sense of inspiration and motivation among students. These seasoned professionals not only teach the technical aspects of flying but also share their personal experiences and anecdotes from their careers. Their stories of triumph, challenges overcome, and lessons learned in the sky serve as a source of inspiration, fueling the passion and dedication of students. The mentorship provided by Airline captains creates a supportive learning environment where students feel encouraged to pursue their dreams and strive for excellence.

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Flight Instructor Rating Prerequisites

(a) Before commencing flight training for the Class 4 Instructor Rating – Aeroplane, an applicant shall hold a Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Licence – Aeroplane and have completed either:
(i) a minimum of 200 hours total time including 20 hours instrument time, of which a minimum of 10 hours shall be instrument flight time; or
(ii) the commercial pilot licence – aeroplane/instrument rating (CPL(A)/IR) integrated course.
(b) Before commencing ground school instruction for the Class 4 Instructor Rating – Aeroplane, an applicant shall have successfully completed the written examination and flight test for the Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane.

Requirements to obtain Class 4 Flight Instructor rating


(a) An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 25 hours of Instructor Rating ground school instruction which shall include:
(i) practical application of the basic principles of learning and techniques of instruction;
(ii) preparation and use of lesson plans;
(iii) procedures for planning and presenting preparatory ground instruction, pre-flight briefings, in-flight instruction, and post-flight debriefings;
(iv) theory of flight required to teach the air exercises;
(v) aircraft flight manuals and aircraft operating limits;
(vi) presentation of pilot decision-making concepts; and
(vii) the use of the Transport Canada Flight Instructor Guide, Flight Training Manual, Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part IV and the appropriate Flight Test schedules and guides.

(b) An applicant shall obtain a minimum of 70% in the written examination Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplane Class 4 (AIRAF). 


An applicant shall complete in aeroplanes a minimum of 30 hours of dual flight instruction on overall pilot proficiency and the presentation of all exercises set forth in the Flight Instructor Guide and shall include a minimum of 5 hours of training in the teaching of instrument flight skills. A maximum 5 of the 30 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or flight training device.


An applicant shall successfully complete a flight test as pilot-in-command of an aeroplane, in accordance with Schedule 9 “Flight Test for the Issuance or Renewal of a Flight Instructor Rating – Class 4 – Aeroplane” of Standard 428 — Conduct of Flight Tests.

The flight instructor program at Vancouver Aviation College is truly world-class, offering students a unique and exceptional learning experience. What sets our program apart is the emphasis on bridging students to first-hand experience instructors. We firmly believe that learning from airline pilots, who possess extensive real-world knowledge and expertise, adds an unparalleled dimension to the training process.

At Vancouver Aviation College, we have carefully curated a team of instructors who are not only highly qualified but also actively working as airline pilots. This ensures that our students benefit from the latest industry insights, current best practices, and invaluable practical experience. Learning from these seasoned professionals exposes students to the realities of the aviation industry, equipping them with the skills and mindset necessary to excel in their careers.

About Instructors Captain Anthony Kokai-Kuun and Arnaud Sandoval

Anthony and Arnaud are passionate about what they do and they believe that this course is to prepare you to be an excellent Class IV Instructor and to improve your flying skills. As part of the course you will be exposed to difficult flight conditions, actual grass runways, simulated emergencies and limits with respect to navigation and weather.

Anthony and Arnaud have also developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that use industry standard airmanship techniques, call outs, and phraseology to prepare you and your students for flight as Commercial Pilots. There are 3 sets of SOPs; Standard Procedures for Normal and Emergency operations, Instructor SOPs that are your Cole’s notes to each and every lesson plan, and Student SOPs that will assist your students in achieving the best possible results in their learning and for their flight test.

Our course goes far beyond the Transport Canada minimums for the Ground School portion to ensure that you are ready for your role as a Class IV Flight Instructor. The Flight Training portion is usually kept to the minimum because of your preparedness after the ground portion, the fact that you will be able to do “ride alongs” and learn by observation, and Anthony and Arnaud’s highly efficient flight training techniques.

We do our course as a group of 4 to 8 students which also allows you to collaborate on the development of your lesson plans, and learn from others experiences. You might even make a few new friends.

“This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.”