Hamilton International Airport (CYHM)
Private, Commercial, Recreational
GHA provides Pilot Flight Training including Recreational Pilot Training and Private Pilot Training. You may also build hours towards your Commercial Pilot License. GHA’s team of experienced instructors train students on a fleet of late model airplanes equipped with modern avionics including integrated GPS and autopilot.
GHA caters to students pilots and pilots in the Golden Horseshoe Area, and they offer a wide range of Flight Training services.
JETPORT Flight Centre
Golden Horseshoe Aviation students are treated to an Executive Class surrounding. Classrooms and training are provided in an upscale environment inside the JETPORT Flight Center located at the Hamilton International Airport.
The GHA Fleet includes a Cessna 172 SkyHawk, a Cessna 172R and RedBird FMX Flight Simulator.
REDBIRD FMX Flight Simulator
The Redbird Sim is a state of the art, full motion flight simulator that can be used during your flight training for realistic and cost effective pilot training.
The REDBIRD FMX is Transport Canada certified as a Level 2 Flight Training Device (FTD). With the FMX simulator, students can receive flight training credits towards their Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Instrument Flight Rating (IFR), and Flight Instructor Rating. The REDBIRD FMX FTD is also approved by Transport Canada as an FTD to conduct IFR renewal flight tests.
Student Pilots may choose from three Pilot Training Streams including Recreational Pilot Permit, Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot License.
Recreational Pilot Permit
With a Recreational Pilot licence, you may fly with a maximum of one passenger during the daylight hours in fair weather conditions, and within Canada. Flying must be VFR (Visual Flight Rules), and the Rec. Permit does not allow for additional endorsements such as Night Rating or Instrument Rating. However, a Float Endorsement is allowed with the Recreational Pilot Permit.
Your flight training and hours logged to obtain your Recreational Pilot Permit may also be used if you plan to upgrade to a Private Pilot License in the future.
A category 4 or higher medical is required for a Recreational Pilot license. Transport Canada requires that you complete a minimum of 25 hours of flight training before obtaining a Recreational Pilot Permit. This training must include a minimum of 5 hours of solo flying and a minimum of 15 hours of dual flight experience.
Private Pilot License
The Private Pilot License allows you to take more than one passenger, and your licence is valid all around the world. You are still limited to fair weather conditions (i.e. VFR), but you may build on your license by adding on endorsements such as an IFR Rating (Instrument Flight Rules) and Night Rating or Multi-Engine Rating, etc.
A category 3 or higher medical is required to obtain a Private Pilot licence. Transport Canada requires that you complete a minimum of 45 hours of flight training before obtaining a Private Pilot License. This training must include a minimum of 12 hours of solo flying and a minimum of 17 hours of dual flight experience.
Commercial Pilot License
At GHA you can build hours towards your Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Transport Canada requires a minimum of 200 hours of flight time including a minimum of 100 hours of Pilot in Command to obtain a CPL. A Commercial Pilot licence will allow you to fly for “hire or reward” and work for a Commercial Air Service.
Golden Horseshoe Aviation (GHA) also offers Sightseeing Packages to the public in the Golden Horseshoe area. Enjoy a spectacular aerial view of Niagara Falls or the Toronto Skyline.
GHA sightseening packages provide great aerial tours of scenic landmarks in the Golden Horseshoe area, and it makes for a fun and memorable event.
Aviation Camp for Kids!
GHA has an awesome program for future aviators. Young kids, ages 12 – 14 years, can enjoy an exciting and rewarding one week day camp (Monday – Friday) where they can experience aviation first hand.
The GHA Aviation Camp for Kids is an excellent opportunity for young aviation enthusiasts to learn about airplanes and flying.
GHA Aviation Camp for Kids – Program Highlights
- Three hours of flight time: Includes one hour at the controls of a Cessna 172R Airplane
- Two hours of flight time in a REDBIRD FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator
- Ground School Classes: Topics include Theory of Flight, Navigation and Weather
- Tour of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower at the Hamilton International Airport
- Tour of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM)
- Tour of the JETPORT Executive Jet Facility
- Radio Communications Training: Students earn their Industry Canada Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate
- The Airplane and Simulator Time counts towards earning a Private Pilot License!
Book a Discovery Flight with Golden Horseshoe Aviation to find out more about Learning to Fly! During your introductory flight, you will meet with a GHA Flight Instructor and take a tour of the GHA facilities. Your Flight Instructor will answer all your questions about flight training at GHA.
You and your flight instructor will pre-flight the airplane, and you will be given a chance to fly the airplane under the supervision of the instructor.
A Discovery Flight is a great way to familiarize yourself with GHA and to find out what is involved in getting your Pilot License.
GHA utilizes a convenient cloud based flight reservation system. This allows student pilots to access GHA’s online booking to reserve an aircraft and schedule their next flight training lesson. Students can book their next lesson online, via their PC, Notebook Computer, Tablet or even their Smart Phone.
Golden Horseshoe Aviation (GHA)
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
9300 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
Telephone: (289) 280-0172 (Easy to remember telephone! You will be training in a Cessna 172)
CFI: John Maxwell
Learn to Fly at Golden Horseshoe Aviation (GHA) located at the Hamilton International Airport.