Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation
Two Year Program (64 Credits)
Courses revolve around:
Flight training in a Christian environment as part of our accredited college program, you will gain the knowledge, experience and technical proficiency you need to pursue a career as a Commercial Pilot.
We accept up to 25 students per year. Applicants must have a Transport Canada Medical Certificate (Category 1).
Aviation: In Depth
Interested in an exciting, fast-paced career in aviation? We can help you go from little, or no flight experience to a qualified, capable commercial pilot in only two years!
At PATC (Prairie Aviation Training Center) we are dedicated to training students to be exceptionally skilled pilots, and to take our motto to heart, “To Know Christ and Make Him Known.” Through our Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation program you will learn how to use aviation as a ministry tool; enabling God’s message of hope to reach the most remote corners of the earth.
All over the world mission pilots are flying to unreached and isolated people, who are otherwise inaccessible; using aircraft to bring missionaries, doctors, humanitarian aid, supplies and the gospel to the people who need it the most.
While airplanes are readily available, capable and willing personnel are becoming increasingly scarce. Our Mission Aviation program directly addresses this need and offers specialized flight, cross-cultural and ministry training not utilized in most other flight programs.
Upon completion of your degree you will have received a Commercial Pilot License, Multi-Engine and Multi IFR Ratings, Remote Responder First Aid Certificate, and Wilderness Survival Training. We also offer the option of a Flight Instructor Rating after completion of the program.
However, the specialized training offered at PATC also goes above and beyond to equip students for any career in commercial aviation. Graduates of PATC's program have used the training they received to excel in many avenues of life. We have alumni working everywhere from flight schools like Moncton Flight College, to charters and airlines like Integra Air or WestJet.
Whether you are flying small charters through the Canadian Rockies, piloting airliners over North America, or flying for a mission organization through the plains of Africa, PATC's training will help you excel as a skilled, confident and safe commercial pilot.
The PATC Advantage
Our diverse fleet provides students with valuable experience on more challenging aircraft not available at many other flight schools. This not only helps students gain flying proficiency so they can excel in their careers, but it gives them a distinct advantage as transition to their first few flying jobs.
Aircraft handling skills are learned in traditional training aircraft such as the Cessna 172 or the more challenging Citabrias. As training progresses, the more powerful and faster retractable-geared Cessna 182 is utilized for long cross countries and commercial flight test preparation. Finally, students progress to the twin-engined Seneca II for multi-engine and instrument training. In addition, skills are learned in the Redbird FMX full-motion simulator (the first in Canada), which is a highly utilized piece of equipment that helps acclimatize students to instrumentation and procedures before even leaving the ground.
Curriculum and Courses
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible & Theology (18 credits)
Arts & Sciences (18 credits)
Aviation (32 credits)
Additional Offered Aviation Courses
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
Intro Flights and Tours
Not sure if flying is for you? Or are you just eager to get your feet off the ground?
In addition to Preview days and campus tours provided by Prairie College Admissions, PATC offers the opportunity to come to Three Hills for a short introductory flight or tour!
Under the care of one of our qualified flight instructors, you will have the chance to take one of our Cessna 172s on a half hour flight around the Three Hills and Red Deer River area. After the flight, you can tour the hangar, meet our current students and staff, and learn more about Prairie’s Aviation program, facilities, and equipment.
While you can come to our hangar anytime for a free tour, a fee of $100CAD is required to help us cover costs for introductory flights. If you are interested in booking a hangar tour or intro flight give us a call at 403-443-2349. We would love to hear from you!
Kalvin Hildebrant Flight Instructor
I graduated from Prairie's Mission Aviation Program in the mid- 90's and appreciated so much how it prepared me for ministry. Over the 11 years I spent flying with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Northern Africa I often remembered the great lessons I learned while flying here in Three Hills. It's a privilege now to be back at Prairie helping train the next generation of pilots for ministry. Whether they end up flying in remote parts of the world or here in Canada, it is PATC's desire that students use their flying skills as an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they go.
I can honestly say my time at Prairie College has been the best time of my life. The community of other students, and the team of supportive staff and instructors have allowed me to grow immensely in my personal, professional, academic and spiritual life.