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Frequently asked questions

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people for the tours?

Wheeled plane tours are done with our 4-seat Cessna 172 with a maximum of 3 passengers and a minimum of 2 people for the flights.

The seaplane tours are done with our amphibious Cessna 172 of 2 seats with the possibility of a single passenger.

Is there a limited period of validity for gift certificates?

There is no expiration date on your personalized gift certificate. We will send it to you by email along with the invoice for payment. You can choose the season in which you want to fly over the region, knowing that a touch of magic comes with each one.

Waiting times for reservations

Waiting times vary depending on the season. Ideally, you should book with a week’s notice. However, nothing prevents you from contacting us to check our availability at shorter notice.

I dream of flying, but how do I know if it’s right for me?

The only way to find out is to try it. Start by sitting in the left front seat for a first familiarization flight. Take control of the aircraft to experience the thrill of flying a Cessna 172 in the air. You will be accompanied by an experienced instructor to guide and assist you. This flight will be the deciding factor in whether or not this is for you.

Minimum age to start flight training

Although there is no set age to start flying, the youngest reasonable age for training is 12 years old. To parents who ask us about the interest of registering their child for a summer activity, we advise them that it all depends on the maturity level of the child.

  • The minimum age to obtain a student pilot permit is 14 years old
  • The minimum age to obtain a Recreational license is 16 years old
  • The minimum age for a Private Pilot License is 17 years old
  • The minimum age to obtain a Commercial License is 18 years old
When does the seaplane season start?

In Quebec, more specifically in the Laurentians, the floatplane season starts around mid-May and extends until the end of October. Due to the now unpredictable and changing seasonal temperatures, our only guide is to tell you that the season begins when the lakes in the Laurentians thaw. Ending when the freezing temperature is at ground level, risking freezing of the water on the floats.

Do we fly in winter?

Winter in Quebec starts on December 21st and extends to March 20th. Our operating limits to preserve the good condition and longevity of our engines is -15 degrees C for flight exercises or -20 degrees C for travel flights. For this reason, we usually close in mid-December and reopen the first week of February, depending on the unpredictable and changing winter temperatures.

Otherwise, in winter, we do not miss any opportunity to fly and enjoy the charm and magic of the snow covered Quebec landscape. Nor any opportunity to educate our pilots in training on the particularities of winter flight operations.

Is there any funding available for the training courses?

We are proud of our partnership with the Caisses Desjardins de la Rouge to finance your private and commercial pilot training. Certain conditions apply. Contact us for the contact information of the Desjardins financing program.

Is there accommodation near the airport?

We have two lodging partnerships; with the Pourvoirie Cécaurel located at the Kiamika Reservoir and with the Auberge Bellerive at Grand Lac Nominingue.

Many other options are available to you in the region. It will be our pleasure to help you with your lodging needs.

How are the payments for the training courses made?

Have you requested the training estimate? You will find that it outlines the costs of obtaining your license. This includes the aviation doctor’s fee to be paid to the doctor at your visit, the examination fee and the Transport Canada examiner’s fee when the time comes. There is no registration fee and the flight and training hours will be paid when completed. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Are these training courses tax deductible?

Training that takes place in a professional setting is eligible for tax deductions. In this case, we issue tax receipts for tuition fees no later than February, the Revenue Canada deadline being February 28. Be sure to let us know if you are pursuing professional training. The tax return can be significant and help you finance your training.

At what time of the year are the theoretical courses given?

Group theory courses are given each fall. The schedule of sessions is determined with the students. Usually 2 to 3 sessions are given to meet the needs. An evening session, with one 3-hour class per week; an intensive day session, with three 3-hour classes before noon per week; and a flexible day session for students with variable schedules.

How long do the courses last?

The length of your training will depend on several overriding factors; the frequency of your flights, your discipline of study and review in preparation for your courses, your load of responsibilities in the spheres of your personal, family and professional life. The training can be as short as 8-10 weeks and as long as 1 year or more.

The course is personal to each individual. By communicating with a member of our team, we can evaluate your situation and give you an estimate of a reasonable duration representative of your profile.

What is the first step in starting my course?

We offer an orientation meeting at our premises for a tour of the premises, presentation of the classrooms and our fleet. This meeting in person allows you to grasp the atmosphere of our school and the airport. It is the opportunity to establish jointly with you, a training program tailored to your motivations and availability. You will be able to buy the training manuals on site. From this day on, you will know the details of the next steps, knowing that we will be there to guide you until the end.

If time and weather permit, why not conclude this first meeting with a familiarization flight provided for in the training program.