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Type: Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Length: 3 Years

Partner: Canadore College

Delivery: Full-Time

Intake(s): To Be Determined

Tuition: $4,685* first year, $4,540* second year, $4,210-$5,245* third year (depending on stream)

*subject to change

OverviewCurriculumCareer OpportunitiesCoursesAdmission RequirementsRequired Documentation


NOTICE: FNTI suffered a devastating loss on the evening of February 24. Our historic hangar at our Aviation Campus became involved in a massive structural fire that resulted in the total loss of the building, and all of its contents, including 13 aircraft.  

Applications to the program are closed. FNTI is rebuilding. Information will be shared as it becomes available.




Become a qualified, professional pilot in a unique learning environment, the Tyendinaga Aerodrome.  

This program is the only post-secondary Indigenous aviation program of its kind in Canada and provides hands-on flight training for students interested in pursuing a pilot’s licence or working in the aviation industry.  

Graduates will hold a commercial licence with their rating of choice and will also meet the eligibility criteria to obtain a Flight Dispatcher designation and a Two-Crew and Cruise Relief Pilot (IATRA) certification. The curriculum meets the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements for post-secondary studies, as well as Transport Canada regulations and standards for flight training. 

The Tyendinaga Aerodrome is a one-of-a-kind facility, including hangars, classrooms and student residence. The Aerodrome was originally built in 1916 as a training school for pilots during World War I. It continued its tradition during World War II as an advanced instrument-navigation training base for air crews of the British Commonwealth. 


  • Flight training 
  • Navigation 
  • Radio operation 
  • Flight and simulator training 
  • Private and commercial pilot licence requirements


  • Commercial pilot 
  • Charter/bush pilot 
  • Flight dispatcher 
  • Air traffic control 
  • Airport manager


Click here for a list of INDIGENOUS AVIATION COURSES

student testimonial


Applicants must identify as having First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry.  

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including Grade 12 English (ENG4C), Grade 12 Math for College (MCT4C or MAP4C) or University Math (MHF4U or MCV4U). Grade 11 or 12 Physics is strongly recommended. 

Applicants must submit a "Letter of Intent" outlining their reasons for applying to the aviation program. This letter may outline their professional goals, commitment to their community/Nation, and/or personal aspirations. This letter should be no longer than 500 words and can be submitted directly to Sarah Mignault, Registrar (sarahm@fnti.net). 

Please Note: Applications for this program are currently closed. 


  1. Official transcript - secondary or post-secondary 

  1. Birth/Baptismal certificate or valid passport 

  1. Marriage certificate or court document (if legal name change) 

  1. Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate (contact us to determine your local Certified Aviation Medical Examiner) 

  1. Criminal Record Check (must be completed no more than three months prior to the date of admission) 

  1. Letter of intent (see "Admission Requirements" above)  


For more information contact our Recruitment Office at 1.800.267.0637, ext. 156 or email us at recruitment@fnti.net