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Type: Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Length: 3 Years

Partner: Canadore College

Delivery: Full-Time, Blend - Virtual and Tyendinaga

Intake(s): Fall 2022

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

*subject to change


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 or equivalent, including Grade 12 English (ENG4C), Grade 12 Math for College Technology (MCT4C) or University Math (MHF4U or MCV4U or equivalent), 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: The Equal Consideration Date for this program is February 1, 2022. Applications received after this date will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.


  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