First Time in The Canadian Sky: The Flight Instructor Course

As I have already mentioned, I finally converted my FAA license to the Canadian one and received my aviation booklet in the mail. Now, I am a certified commercial pilot in Canada, which allows me to fly here and even get paid for it.

However, finding a job is a different story as I have slightly more flight hours than a typical local flight school graduate but no experience in Canadian airspace.

Nonetheless, I am sending my CV to every place I can find, and in the meantime, I have decided to sign up for a flight instructor course. This will give me some local flight experience and make me more attractive to prospective employers.

Today was my first flight in a Canadian-registered aircraft from a Canadian aerodrome and, consequently, the first logbook entry in Canada. I am so excited about it! It is the beginning of a new journey, and I am a student again, familiarizing myself with flying from the right seat.

This guy is definitely a flight instructor driving to work

Have you ever tried to drive a right-hand-drive car in a right-hand traffic country like the US or Canada? Then you will probably understand how it feels. Almost all the instruments are to the left, and I have an almost blank panel in front of me. The airplane cowling is also in the wrong place. And now, not only do I have to fly, but I also have to learn how to teach and explain.

Anyway, I am happy to be back in the air!


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada