Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018


Aviation diploma (two-year program)

Note: Effective Fall 2017, Aviation (AV) courses listed in this calendar are offered by third party educational providers which have course articulation agreements with UFV. Students entering the program in Fall 2017 or later will register only in the non-Aviation courses through the UFV online course registration system and directly through their third party provider for their Aviation (AV) courses. Students who began their program prior to Fall 2017 will register for all their courses through the UFV online course registration system.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent. Students who have completed a high school equivalency program will also be considered but may have to complete the specific entrance requirements below.
  2. Prerequisites for CMNS 125.
  3. Prerequisites for MATH 140. (Math 12 is recommended.)
  4. C+ or better in Physics 11 and English 12 (see Note 2). (Physics 12 is recommended.)
    1. Note 1: Students with minor academic deficiencies may still be considered but may be required to complete preparatory courses in addition to the Aviation program.
    2. Note 2: English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).
  5. Students must have completed the private pilot flight test within six months prior to entering the program, or have completed the private pilot flight test within one year with a minimum of 10 hours flying time within the six months preceding the first day of classes. Students who do not meet these requirements must complete a flight evaluation with Coastal Pacific Aviation or designate. Students must also have completed the private pilot written examination within the 12 months preceding the first day of classes or be required to achieve a minimum of 60% on an entrance exam equivalent to the private pilot written exam.
  6. Current Transport Canada Category 1 medical certification.
  7. Applicants must also satisfy an entrance evaluation which includes an interview(s), a qualifying exam, and an assessment of references.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

The two-year program starts in September. As seats in the program are limited, students should apply as early as possible. Applications should be completed prior to March 30 for enrolment in September. Late applications will be considered if space permits.

1. Apply online at International students pay higher application fees and should contact UFV International.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

Proof of B.C. secondary school completion or equivalent, and transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade achievement as per entrance requirements.

  1. Transcripts showing grade achievement for any post-secondary study.
  2. A medical certificate showing a Transport Canada Category 1 Medical.
  3. Apply to Coastal Pacific Aviation at A separate $150 application fee will be required.
  4. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by Coastal Pacific during February or March for September enrolment.
  5. After evaluations have been made, interviewed candidates will receive a letter stating the results. Candidates being offered a seat will receive a confirming letter, outlining registration details, starting dates, aviation supplies required, and an enrolment agreement. Prior to acceptance the candidate may be required to provide proof of financial ability to pay for educational expenses.
  6. Any requests for transfer of academic course equivalencies should be made to the Office of the Registrar.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Location and scheduling

Academic courses may be held on all UFV campuses, including Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack. Aviation classroom instruction, flight training and simulator training will be conducted at Coastal Pacific Aviation, Abbotsford Airport. Please note that there is no public transportation available to the airport and between some campuses. Students are expected to be available for flight training seven days a week.

Instruction at Coastal Pacific and UFV begins in September. UFV courses will normally be completed by mid-April and flight instruction and flight time may continue through May. Coastal Pacific's summer program for students who need to complete their private pilot license is offered during the months of July and August and must be completed prior to program commencement.

Note: The aviation portion of the two-year Aviation diploma program must be completed within four years. All other graduation requirements must be completed within seven years.

For any aviation program, all of the aviation courses shown for a semester must be taken concurrently.

Residency requirement

Students enrolled in UFV/CPA aviation programs are required to complete all subsequent flight and simulator training in residence at UFV/CPA. Flight training at other schools while enrolled at UFV/CPA is not permitted.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Course repeats

A course may be repeated in order to improve the cumulative GPA. However, you may not register for the same aviation course more than twice.


To qualify for an aviation diploma, students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (a C grade) in each semester as well as cumulatively.

Fees and other costs

Fee estimates are in effect for 2016/17 and are subject to change for the next calendar year. Approximate total fees for the two-year diploma program are $68,000. Contact the aviation coordinator at Coastal Pacific to obtain a current fee summary.

Note: There are two fee structures.

UFV fee summary

UFV course fees will be paid at the university. See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Coastal Pacific Aviation fee summary

Coastal Pacific fees will be paid at the Abbotsford Airport to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Flight training fees are subject to change and vary for each individual.

Students accepted to the program are required to wear a uniform. The initial cost for shirts, slacks, sweater, jacket, and ties is approximately $425. Additional items may be required throughout the course.

Program outline

Semester I

Course Title Credits
AV 151 Fitness I 1
AV 201 Aviation Theory I 3
AV 211 Simulation - Instrument Procedures I 1
AV 221 Aircraft - Commercial I 1.5
AV 231 Human Factors I 1
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
MATH One of STAT 104, STAT 106, MATH 110, MATH 111, or MATH 141 (see Note 2) 3-4

Semester II

Course Title Credits
AV 152 Fitness II 1
AV 302 Aviation Theory II 3
AV 312 Simulation - Instrument Procedures II 1
AV 322 Aircraft - Commercial II 1.5
AV 332 Human Factors II 1
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing (see Note 2) 3
CIS 100 Introduction to Computers and Digital Technologies (see Note 2) 3
BUS 203 Organizational Behaviour 3

Semesters III and IV

Course Title Credits
AV 251 Fitness III 1
and AV 252 Fitness IV 1
AV 401 Aviation Theory III 3
AV 402 Aviation Theory IV 3
AV 411 Simulation - Multi-Engine 1
AV 412 Simulation — Crew Operations 1
AV 421 Aircraft - Multi-Engine (see Note 1) 1.5
AV 422 Aircraft — Instrument/Multi-Engine (see Note 1) 1.5
AV 431 Advanced Airmanship I 1
AV 432 Advanced Airmanship II 1
PHYS 101 Introductory General Physics I
or ASTR 103 Astronomy: The Solar System 4-5
Electives Five university-level courses (100-level or above), totalling at least 15 credits 15

Note 1: Students who select the instructor option complete AV 451A and B: Theory - Instructor, and AV 452A and B: Flight Instructor Practicum, instead of AV 421 and AV 422.

Note 2: Students intending to complete the BBA (Aviation) should take BUS 160, STAT 106, and ENGL 105.

Alternate core courses are available for students interested in continuing on for a degree after completing the diploma program.

Students who plan on laddering into the BBA Aviation degree after completion of the two-year Aviation diploma are advised that they will be required to complete all the requirements of the BBA Aviation as outlined in the four-year Aviation degree program. Students are advised to consult the aviation coordinator to determine their course schedule.

Second-year course selection for the two-year program (a total of six including Physics) will require aviation coordinator approval. Students are expected to pursue subjects of interest and to broaden their academic development in preparation for non-flying responsibilities they may face. Elective choices may be limited each semester by ground school, aircraft, and simulator scheduling.

Students who have completed college or university courses similar to those listed above may be able to transfer credits. Refer to the Transfer credit section of the calendar.

Although program requirements are shown in four semesters they do not have to be taken consecutively. It is necessary, however, to take each semester's aviation theory concurrently with that semester's flying and simulator sessions.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students