Cadets wishing to apply for the Glider Pilot Training Course (GPTC) or the Power Pilot Training Course (PPTC) must complete a course of instruction to prepare themselves for the Qualifying Examination that is held in January of every year. This course, referred to as Ground School, is where the cadets learn subjects related to flying. Success in the Ground School program is directly proportional to the effort the cadet puts into studying the course material.
It is expected that Ground School will be delivered through a standardized online course administered nationally. However, resources will also be available at the squadron level. For any questions regarding coursework, cadets can ask for help on parade nights or through various online channels.
To participate in Ground School, cadets must:
Be at least 16 years old by the start of the next training year (September 1)
Have completed Grade 9
Be in Level 3, 4, or 5
Theory of Flight
Propulsion (for Power candidates)
If Ground School is being taught online, the following materials are all optional. If you are selected for a summer camp, the required materials should be loaned to you at no extra cost.
Ground School cadets may want to purchase a copy of From the Ground Up (retail price $80). The edition of the book does not matter. Power candidates may need an E6B Flight Computer. Either the metal (retail price $40) or cardboard (retail price $15) versions are fine.