Commercial Aviation

Two male commercial aviation students leaning on either side of a small propeller plane.

The Commercial Aviation diploma program is for men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in aviation. The program provides students with business experience along with the aviation training required by Transport Canada. In addition to receiving aviation experience, graduates are prepared to enter into the field of commercial aviation.

Program spotlight

The Commercial Aviation Diploma is offered in partnership with Southern Interior Flight Centre (SIFC). This two-year program integrates the flight training required by Transport Canada with business administration courses applicable to the aviation industry.

Fall start

If you already have your Canadian Private Pilot Licence, you can begin the four-semester Commercial Aviation Diploma program in September.

Winter start

If you do not have your Canadian Private Pilot Licence (PPL), you will start the Commercial Aviation Diploma program in January, in order to acquire the PPL during the months of January through August.

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Partnerships

The Commercial Aviation Diploma is offered in partnership with Southern Interior Flight Centre (SIFC). This two-year program integrates the flight training required by Transport Canada with business administration courses applicable to the aviation industry. The diverse terrain and weather in the Okanagan Valley provides a challenging and unrivalled training environment. Okanagan College and SIFC continue to strengthen ties with industry

partners to create the best possible opportunities for students, such as:

Carson Air

Carson Air provides instructor training opportunities, as well as employment opportunities on freight, charter and air ambulance aircraft based in Alberta and British Columbia.

 

Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (APP)

Jazz APP helps graduating pilots land careers with the national airline, either directly after graduation, or later when application requirements are met.

 

Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines offers interview and mentorship awards, to help successful candidates reach their goals of working for Porter Airlines, or reaching other employment destinations they may have.

 

Westjet and Encore

Westjet and Encore provide employment interviews as well as student ambassador opportunities to successful candidates in the program.

 

Career pathways

Graduates of the Commercial Aviation Diploma are prepared for careers as pilots with charter companies, regional carriers and private corporations as well as additional job opportunities with major airline companies.  Southern Interior Flight School offers graduating students the opportunity to become flight school instructors and Carson Air hires pilots on their Charter, Courier and Air Ambulance operations.

Our grads have been hired by the following companies

 • Adventure Aviation 
• ConAir
• Northern Air Charter 
• Air Bravo
• Dax Air
• Pacific Sun
• Air Canada
• DHL
• Perimeter
• Air Jasper Inc.
• Flair Airlines
• Pilatus Canada
• Air Sprint
• Great Slave Helicopters
• Porter Airlines
• Air Tindi
• Hawk Air
• Purolator Courier Ltd.
• Alberta Central Airways
• Japan Airlines
• Southern Interior Flight Centre
• Alpha Helicopters Inc.
• Jazz
• Sugar Valley Outfitters Ltd.
• Alpine Helicopters Ltd.
• Kelner Group
• Summit Air
• Arctic Sunwest
• Kelowna Flightcraft
• Sunwest
• Buffalo Airways
• Kenn Borek Air
• Swanberg Air Inc.
• Canadian Helicopters
• Lion Air
• Swiss Air Ambulance/Rega
• Canadian North
• Mike's Hard Lemonade
• Transport Canada
• Carson Air
• NL Government Airservice
• Transwest
• Cathay Pacific
• Nor-Alta Aviation
• WestJet
• Central Mountain Air
• North Wright Airways
• 4Westwind Aviation

Student for a day

Want to be a pilot for a day?

Okanagan College School of Business welcomes you to:

  • Attend a class
  • Try the simulator
  • Fly with an instructor

Call today to learn more. 
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