MRU Continuing Education - Section Header - Aviation
MRU Continuing Education - Section Header - Aviation

Aviation Diploma

The Aviation program is more than a flight of fancy for Mount Royal. With nearly 40 years of experience offering aviation training, Mount Royal’s stellar national reputation is well deserved. The unique Aviation Diploma combines the flight training you need to become a commercial pilot with an academic diploma. That means you’ll be fully prepared to handle the role of a pilot both in the air and on the ground. 

* Students require a completed Private Pilot's License by September 1 in order to begin the program.
License to flyYou’ll earn approximately 200 hours of total flying experience in the Mount Royal fleet.  Our fleet, equipped with the latest GPS avionics, is located at the Mount Royal Hangar at the Springbank International Airport (map), just 18 km west of Calgary.

After graduating from the two-year program — which is certified by Transport Canada — students will hold a Canadian Commercial Pilot License, supplemented by both night and multi-engine instrument ratings.
State-of-the-art flight simulatorMount Royal also provides simulator training on a state-of-the-art ALSIM ALX Flight Training, which includes high resolution visuals on a 180° wrap around screen. In the simulator, you can experience take off and landing at any airport in North America, in all forms of weather systems and in engine or aircraft emergencies.
Experience wantedYou will receive more than 420 hours of aviation education, as well as have a foundation in aviation-related studies including:

  • Aviation economics and management
  • Safety management systems
  • Aircraft systems
  • Advanced meteorology
  • GPS and crew management

A future in AviationThe current demand for graduates of this program is very high. Since the average age of Canadian commercial pilots is 57, the demand will continue to grow. In 2017 Boeing predicts that over the next 20 years the North American aviation industry will require an additional 117,000 trained pilots.  Alumni have gone on to fly with Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, KLM, WestJet and even the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Aviation offers many career opportunities:

  • Commercial, charter or corporate pilot — fly jumbo jets for major airlines or smaller planes for corporate travel
  • Airline or airport administrator — ensure the smooth, safe and consistent operation of an airline or airport
  • Medical evacuation pilot — fly in medical evacuation missions

You could also find yourself working for courier companies, delivery, and equipment or helping fight forest fires.


Rates and type of employment of graduates

Aviation Alumni Stats

Additional optionsSome courses in the Aviation Diploma are transferable to the prestigious degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States, the only aviation-oriented university in the world.
Private Pilot ProgramMount Royal offers non-credit private pilot training that is focused on preparing students for the Aviation Diploma program. The program commences in April. In a minimum of 45 hours of flight training, you can become a licensed private pilot able to command an aircraft. The PPL program is not being offered in 2018. 
Hands-on studyPractical flying experience is accumulated on Mount Royal's fleet of six aircraft consisting of Cessna single-engine aircraft and Seneca multi-engine aircraft. Our fleet is equipped with the latest GPS avionics, and is located at our Springbank Hangar at the nearby Springbank Airport (CYBW) just west of the Calgary city limits. While making flights across Western Canada, students will earn more than 200 hours of total flying experience.

Jazz Aviation Pathways Program

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Jazz’s Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP) is the premiere education and training pathway for pilots in Canada. Through the Jazz APP, aviation students are provided an industry-leading education experience based on:

  • Collaborative training and curriculum development,
  • Prestigious scholarship awards,
  • The continued opportunity for top-performing graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.

As a partner institution, every qualified Mount Royal University graduate of the Aviation Diploma receives an opportunity to interview for a job at Jazz.


WestJet Encore's Flightpath Partner Program

Mount Royal University has partnered with WesJet's Encore's Flightpath Partner Program which provides mentorship and professional development opportunities through the use of company’s facilities and access to resources such as training manuals. The partnership also provides the opportunity to qualified graduates of the Aviation Diploma who have successfully acquired their commercial license, MIFR and IATRA or SAMRA/SARON written exams to obtain a job interview. Following a successful interview, graduates will be placed in a first officer hiring pool and considered for a future ground school after meeting the first officer qualifications (see WestJet's Encore's Flightpath Partner Program website for full details).AABI International MRU Aviation is proud to be a professional program with high standards for aviation education. One way in which we ensure these standards are met is to be an AABI accredited program. For more information on what this means, see http://www.aabi.aero/about-aabi/faq/ 

On January 2018 MRU complies with AABI Policy 3.4.2

Objectives of the programAviation Goals AABI


Graduation rates
All students that enter the second year of the MRU Aviation program go on to graduate. 

 Aviation Working Industry