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The Ascension Academy with Air Transat is a direct pathway to an international Canadian airline.

This programme is designed for people with little or no flight experience. Applicants without any previous flight experience are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates are provided with a Conditional Letter of Employment by Air Transat before commencing their training.

The training programme takes place at CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy, before returning to Montreal, Canada, to complete an A321 type rating.

Upon successful completion of the training programme and subject to certain conditions, the graduates of the Ascension Academy will join Air Transat in the position of Second-in-Command.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum age: 18 years old at the start of training
  • Minimum education requirement: completion of High School diploma
  • Minimum language requirements: English - ICAO level 4 equivalent / French proficiency is preferred
  • Must be able to obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate issued by Transport Canada
  • Must be able to pass a medical exam by Air Transat
Assessment and Selection
  1. Initial application: Submit application by clicking the 'Apply Now' button on this page
  2. ADAPT aptitude assessment (virtual; fee of USD 200)
  3. Interview and additional assessment with Air Transat
  4. If selected: Conditional Letter of Employment will be provided
  5. Enrollment (sign agreement, pay deposit, secure financing, etc.)
  6. Begin training at CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy
Course Fees
Training Programme - CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy USD 117,450*
Canadian Ground School - Cygnet Aviation Academy CAD 5,000
Price does not include taxes

*The investment amount is subject to periodic review and might be adjusted accordingly.

What's included?

  • FAA ground school for Private Pilot License (PPL), Instrument Rating (IR) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL) phases of training
  • Flight training, landing fees and fuel
  • Course materials, equipment and required charts and manuals
  • FAA flight and written examinations – first attempt only
  • Virtual ground school for Canadian license conversion & Canadian exams

Programme add-ons (optional)

  • Accommodation in Phoenix: USD 15,000 

Financing is available to cadets accepted into the Air Transat Ascension Academy programme through CIBC and Scotiabank. Financing up to CAD 200,000 is available, subject to the terms and conditions of the financial institutions.

For information on CAE’s financing options, please click here.

Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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