School of Business

Earn your pilot wings

Earn your pilot wings

Aviation is a dynamic industry with exciting growth opportunities for people with the right technical and business skills.

In partnership with renowned flight training companies, UFV offers a two-year Aviation diploma to help you kick start your career in this expanding industry.

UFV's Aviation diploma mixes classroom studies, in-air flight training, and simulator training. You earn your commercial pilot license certified by Transport Canada and undergo multi-engine and instrument training.

Once you graduate, you have both the technical skills and business background required to attract the attention of potential airplane employers or on-demand aviation service providers, both in Canada and worldwide. Or you may decide to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation to increase your potential for career advancement, if you wish to become an operations manager or a senior airline or airport administrator.

Career outlook in Aviation

According to Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2038, demand for pilots will grow, as airlines across the globe expand their fleets and older pilots retire. The largest growth in pilot demand is projected in the Asia Pacific region, with a need for 266,000 new pilots. Europe will need 148,000 pilots, North America 212,000, Latin America 54,000, the Middle East 68,000, Africa 29,000, and Russia/Central Asia 27,000.

After you graduate, you could become a bush pilot, work for a tourism business, or venture into flight instruction. When you accumulate enough flight hours, you may fly jumbo jets or become an aerial fire ranger.

Graduates of the two-year diploma can pursue further studies at UFV and complete a Bachelor of Integrated Studies or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation to diversify their employment opportunities.