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Integrated ATPL & Cadet Pilot Program – Canada

HATS (India) and AEROCADET (USA) have worked out one of the quickest and most affordable cadet pilot programs specially designed for Indian candidates. This is also the first program to be introduced in India which provides an opportunity to not only achieve dual Commercial Pilot License (CPL) but also Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The total duration of the ground training, flight training and the initial flight instructor internship is approximately 3 years during which the student gets to build 1500 hours of flight time.

After achieving 1500 hours of total flight time, students will be able to obtain their Transport Canada (ICAO-Canada) ATPL and apply for either airline pilot or ferry pilot internships. At the last stage, graduates will be provided permanent airline employment placement assistance service by our company with airlines such as Air India, Fly Dubai, Emirates, Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia, Lion Air, Singapore Airlines, Air China, Chinese Airlines, Air Hong Kong, Malaysian Airlines, Jet Star, Tiger Air and many more.

Key Features

• One and only program in India to offer Integrated ATPL.
• The modular structure of the program reduces the cost of training by 50% as compared to traditional Cadet Pilot Programs.
• Guaranteed employment for course graduates as per the terms of training.
• Opportunity to earn during the internship.
• Over 2500 hours total time with 1000 hours of jet time.
• Flight Instructor rating.


• Age – At least 16 years at the time of enrollment or by the commencement of the program.
• Secondary school certificate or equivalent diploma.
• Indian international passport, with at least 3 years remaining until expiration.
• Candidates must have cleared the IELTS Academic within the last two years with a minimum average score of 6.0 and no individual test score below 5.5.
• Candidates must qualify for the Transport Canada Category 1 medical. For the complete list of medical criteria and disqualifying conditions please refer here.
• Candidates must be free of any criminal record. In case of any previous travels to the US or Canada, candidates must be free of any visa violations, like illegal employment record or overstay.

License & Privileges

• Full and unrestricted Transport Canada and DGCA CPL & ATPL.
• Certified Flight Instructor Rating.
• Instrument Rating, single-engine & multi-engine.

Program Structure


Stages Duration Location
1 Enrollment Process/td> 1 week India
2 DGCA Ground School 3 months India
3 CPL and CFI Training 12-18 months Canada
4 Flight Instructor Internship 12-18 months Canada
5-A Canadian ATPL Exams 1 week Canada
5-B Optional DGCA License Conversion 3 weeks India
6-A Airline Pilot Internship 12-18 months Canada
6-B Ferry Pilot Internship 12-18 Months Hong Kong
7 Airline Placement India / World


1A. The enrollment process begins by registering for the Online Entrance Test designed to carry out a psychometric, cognitive and aptitude assessment. No separate preparation is required for the exam. Candidates will receive instructions over email within 48 hours of enrolling for the entrance examination.

FPAP-IND-C Entrance Exam Registration

1B. Once candidates successfully qualify for the stage 1A, they will be interviewed either via Video call or at one of our centers at Mumbai, Hyderabad or Delhi.

1C. After the interview recommended candidates will be required to complete the enrollment application and provide necessary documents for initial consideration. Once all the requirements are satisfactorily met, the candidate will be provided with the training Agreement for acceptance and allocated a date, to begin with ground classes.


To ensure that candidates have a varied spectrum of domestic and international airline employment opportunities, they are required to appear and clear DGCA (ICAO India) theoretical CPL exams before proceeding for flight training. Classes will be conducted by Hercules Aviation Training School (HATS). The same classes will suffice for appearing for DGCA ATPL exams. However, additional assistance will be provided to enrolled candidates, after completion of flying training in Canada.


Upon clearing DGCA examinations, the candidate will receive a Canadian Student Visa. The total duration of the flight training and the initial flight instructor internship is approximately 3 years. All stages of flight training are conducted in Canada maintaining the same high standards exclusive to HATS by an accredited flight academy. After the completion of the flight training phase, all students will be offered an opportunity to apply for an internship as flight instructors, which, in turn, will give them an opportunity to build additional flight time.

Students will progress from zero experience level to CAA (ICAO-Canada) Private, Commercial and Flight Instructor licenses. All licenses will have Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings. Training will be conducted by Toronto Airways Canadian Flight Academy.

Note: Students are required to convert the Canadian CPL to DGCA CPL. Candidates can do so at any given point after acquiring the Canadian CPL.


As a fully qualified Transport Canada (ICAO) Flight Instructor, the student will be offered the opportunity to apply for an internship as a Flight Instructor with a Canadian FTP under the Intern Abroad Program. As a Flight Instructor, students can gain approximately 1500 hours of flight time. Consecutively, Flight Instructors will be issued a work permit as per the C-43 Provision upon fulfilling either one of the following criteria:

The applicant has completed a flight training course from a recognized Canadian flying academy and successfully obtained a Canadian CPL.
The applicant is in the process of obtaining or has obtained an Instructor rating and has been offered employment as a Flight Instructor from a flying training school.
Applicants while awaiting work permit approval are permitted to work full time (i.e. more than 30 hours a week) under the separate provision.

After graduating from the flight training program, pilots will be able to apply for the Flight Instructor employment with the Flight Academy. They can expect to fly 80 hours per month until they achieve 1500 hours of total flight time. They can expect to earn double the minimum wage salary (approx. $22-28 CAN) during this time period, resulting in a salary of approximately $1760 CAN ($1335 USD) per month.

In the rare event that a student does not fulfill the required minimum academic performance standards, or violates minimum safety standards, the student will skip stages 4 & 5, and proceed directly to stage 6B.

5A. Canadian ATPL

Aerocadet will provide students with the necessary opportunity to fulfill the criteria for obtaining a full Canadian (ICAO) ATPL. Following are the criteria:

1500 total Flight Hours, including 250 PIC, 100 PIC Cross Country, 100 Night, and 25 Night Cross Country PIC, and 75 Hours of Instrument Flying.
Successful clearance of a 2 Part Written Exam.
No practical exam (check-rides) required for the issue of TC ATPL.

5B. Indian ATPL

Upon reaching this stage, students have the option of converting their Canadian license to Indian flying license. The conversion process becomes much easier for students who have already attended Ground Classes with Hercules Aviation Training School (HATS). The student is required to clear DGCA ATPL theoretical exams and complete the flying check rides in India in order to convert the TC ATPL to DGCA ATPL.

6A. Airline Pilot Internship

Under the Canadian Experience Class immigration program, Qualified pilots will be given the opportunity to obtain employment permit in Canada and apply for employment as First Officers in regional Canadian Airlines, like Jazz and Westjet. As the required documentation is minimal, Canadian Experience Class applications are processed quickly, often within three to four months.

6B. International Ferry Pilot Internship

In the unlikely event that a student fails to obtain a work permit in Canada, employment is offered with our Honk Kong partner Global Air Holdings as an international ferry pilot. As a charter pilot, the position requires repositioning 1-2 aircraft flights per month from various destinations around the world to the United States using the D-type crew visa. The company will provide all the necessary training and visa support. Applicants will be able to build over 500 hours of valuable international cross-country flight time on various types of light piston and turbine aircraft with MTOW below 7500kg.


This opportunity is offered to graduates of the FPAP-IND program who have completed at least 2 years of employment with a regional Canadian airline flying either CRJ-200 or Q-400 aircrafts as first officers (refer to 6A). At this point, Aerocadet will continue fostering your pilot career by offering comprehensive airline employment support with the leading airlines in most Asian and Middle Eastern countries. HATS will support graduates with placement opportunities exclusively in India. HATS will commence with their placement support immediately and only after conversion to DGCA ATPL.

Note: This, of course, is conditional upon the graduate’s passing the airline employment interview.


Accommodation in India

HATS will provide accommodation in India to enrolled students for the period of completing Ground Classes. The cost of accommodation will vary depending upon single occupancy or double sharing or triple sharing.

Accommodation in Canada

Cost of 6 Months of shared campus accommodation is included in the base program cost as students are mandatorily required to stay at the FTP campus. Additionally, Aerocadet will provide standard shared accommodation for the rest of the 12 months at an additional cost of $375 USD per month.

Fee Structure

The base cost of the FPAP-IND-C Program is $60045 USD which includes a Refundable registration fee of $3050 USD. The overall cost of the course including the optional services listed below would be $ 70545.



Base cost Itemization Cost
Registration Fees $3050
Training Cost $56995
Total $60045

Students can choose additional services as listed below. The base cost is a price estimate based on the minimum required flight and ground hours, minimum accommodation term (6 months) and basic flight equipment. It includes Flight Test Fees, Written Exams (Canada), License Application Fees, Canadian Aviation Medical. Additional costs of different services are listed below.



Additional Services (Optional) Provider Cost
India Accommodation (03 months) HATS, India $ 550
Canadian visa preparation and consulting HATS, India $ 950
International ferry pilot Internship (see option 6-B) External agent, Hong Kong $ 1750
Indian ATPL Conversion HATS, India $ 2750
Canada Accommodation (Additional 12 months) Aerocadet, USA $ 4500
TOTAL Additional Cost $ 10500


Holder of current and valid ICAO PPL can avail a flat discount of $ 10000.Discount

Note: Fee structure is subjected to change if the student exceeds the training hours or due to operational requirements.

Payment Schedule

Students are not required to pay for the entire flight training program in advance. However, they need to adhere to the pre-structured payment schedule:



Enrollment deposit, includes registration fees (USD 3050), a minimum of 5% of the base training cost (USD 2850) plus academic transcripts validation and certification fees, plus any other additional services requested by the student, such as HK Ferry Pilot employment support (USD 1750), VISA consultation fees (USD 950), Indian ATPL Conversion (USD 2750). This deposit is included in the total flight training program estimated cost and is required for reservation of student’s place in campus, classes, as well as fees for processing of paperwork. $ 11350
First installment after arrival in Canada $10000.00
Estimated Monthly Installment till completion of Course Fee.
After the first Installment, students must maintain a balance of $5000 in their student account maintained with the Training Provider. The balance must be replenished monthly.

Program Partners


• DGCA Computer Number
• VISA consultation
• Indian Medical Examination
• Accommodation
• License Conversion
• Loan


Q. I studied in an English medium school throughout. Do I still need to take TOEFL or IELTS?

A. Yes, if you are an Indian citizen, you need to. Even if you have spent all your life speaking English and studying in an English medium school.

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree. Do I still need to show my certificate of secondary education?

A. Yes, you do. Certificate of secondary education is mandatory.

Q. Can I enroll with a high school diploma even if I have low grades in Physics and Mathematics?

A. Yes. You do not require high grades, just a completion certificate of secondary education.

Q. I have an ICAO-4 certificate. Do I still need to take an English test, such as TOEFL or IELTS?

A. Yes, it is required. As you are enrolling for an ACADEMIC program, it is mandatory to clear an academic English test. Just an ICAO certification is not sufficient to enroll in this program.