Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation

Two-Year Program (64 Credits))

Combine a passion for adventure with your desire to help the lost, sick and injured by learning to use one of the most effective ministry tools of the modern world.

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). Find a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner. Licence Requirements. Cost Overview

We offer a summer flight camp to youth (ages 14-18), it is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the aviation world before committing to it as a career. Campers will learn some of the basics of flying, understand what’s involved in getting professional licenses and hear about some of the opportunities that currently exist for pilots.

Courses revolve around:

  • Studying and gaining understanding of Scripture and Christianity in today’s world
  • Completing Flight Training Modules to fulfill Transport Canada licensing requirements and ensure students gain experience in different flying environments and aircraft types
  • Developing theoretical aviation knowledge and professionalism to prepare students for a career in aviation

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 Centre) 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.
You will begin your training with Bible classes, building a firm foundation in God’s word. After that you will begin working through our Transport Canada approved flight training and ground school curriculum.

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.

The nature of mission aviation often requires flying over contested areas, rugged mountains, or barren desert to land on small unimproved airstrips all over the world. This demands pilots with a unique skill-set and exceptional training. That is why PATC’s training is directly geared towards teaching pilots the technical skills they need on the field.

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.

Prairie College Mission Aviation offers training in:

  • Private Pilot License
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Night Rating
  • Tailwheel Aircraft
  • Unimproved Airstrips
  • Complex Aircraft
  • Mountain Navigation
  • Multi-day Cross-country Flights
  • Border Crossing and American Airspace
  • Emergency Maneuvers (Aerobatics)
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating

The PATC Advantage

Students at PATC have many unique opportunities that are not offered by many other flight schools. Here are just a few…

  • Cross Countries – Students are given the opportunity to complete “cross-country” flights all over Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Part of their training also includes the chance to do a multi-day cross country to the location of their choosing.
  • Border Crossing – PATC offers students the option of being trained in border crossing, and flying in American airspace. This is often done on a multi-day flight down to a destination such as California or the Grand Canyon.
  • Advanced Aircraft – Every student completes training on complex single engine aircraft (Cessna 182). This prepares students to fly more advanced aircraft in their commercial career.
  • Tail-Wheel Training – Learning to fly tail-wheel aircraft is both challenging and rewarding. Students perfect their “stick and rudder” skills flying our Citabrias.
  • Unimproved Airstrip Experience – All students gain exposure to technically challenging grass airstrips such as Ram Falls in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Mountain Training – As part of PATC’s curriculum every student completes both solo and dual flights beneath the peaks of the Rockies. Not only is the view spectacular, but it is a great exercise in advanced navigation and decision making.
  • Aerobatic Instruction – Get comfortable with the uncomfortable doing spins, hammerheads, “falling leaf”, 60 degree turns, loops, ballistic rolls, and more!
  • Skilled Alumni – Our students have exceptionally high flight test and written exam scores compared to the national average. Many of our graduates have also been blessed with careers working for reputable flight schools, airlines, charters and mission organizations.
  • Experienced Instructors – Not only do we have an average student instructor ratio of 4:1, but our unique relationship with mission organizations has allowed us to provide students with the chance to learn from instructors with actual mission experience.
  • Exceptional Safety Record – PATC is an official Flight Training Unit approved by Transport Canada. Since the school was founded in 1992 there have been no serious safety incidents.
  • Three Hills Airport – The Three Hills airport is a small uncontrolled airport with light air traffic, ideal surrounding terrain, close proximity to larger airports, and dedicated practice areas. This means our students get to fly without delay!
  1. Use effective and clear communication in a team environment, whether in a leadership or support role, in order to complete tasks.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of operating procedures, aircraft systems and operating environment.
  3. Develop confidence and proficiency in flying skills for the purpose of attaining Transport Canada licensing and rating standards suited for a career in aviation.
  4. Possess mature character attributes that assist in prioritizing, delegating and receiving assistance to manage a task.
  5. Be able to identify aviation threats, assess risks, implement action and evaluate safe outcomes.

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!

  • 3 Cessna 172M
  • 2 Citabrias (7GCBC/7ECA)
  • 1 Cessna 182RG
  • 1 Seneca 2 Piper (PA-34)
  • 1 Redbird FMX Full-Motion Simulator

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 they 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.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (18 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts and Sciences Core (18 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
IS 140 World Religions
SC 142 Wilderness Survival
SC 160 Meteorology
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
Arts and Sciences electives

Aviation Courses (32 credits)

AV 100 Private Pilot Ground School
AV 123 Flight Practicum: PPL I
AV 124 Flight Practicum: PPL II
AV 130 Flight Practicum: Initial Time and Experience (2 credits)
AV 131 Flight Practicum: Type Conversion (2 credits)
AV 132 Flight Practicum: Complex (1 credit)
AV 133 Flight Practicum: Mountain (1 credit)
AV 201 IFR Ground School
AV 207 Aircraft Systems for Pilots
AV 208 Commercial Pilot Ground School
AV 230 Flight Practicum: Night (1 credit)
AV 231 Flight Practicum: CPL Flight Test Preparation (1 credit)
AV 234 Flight Practicum: Emergency Manoeuvres Training (.5 credit)
AV 235 Flight Practicum: Multi IFR (2 credits)
AV 236 Flight Practicum: Multi Engine (1.5 credits)
AV 237 Flight Practicum: Advanced Time and Experience (2 credits)

Additional Offered Aviation Courses

AV 312 Flight Instructor Ground School
AV 333 Flight Practicum: Instructor

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

  • Mission Aviation
  • Major or Regional Airline Pilot
  • Agricultural Pilot
  • Cargo Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Flight Instructor