Welcome to the Cygnet Aviation Academy’s Free Agent Program – your gateway to the skies! In partnership with CAE, our Free Agent Program is designed to provide cadets with their Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License without being attached to a specific airline training program.

Your Gateway to the Skies

Our Free Agent Program is a comprehensive training course that equips you with the skills and knowledge to become a professional pilot. The program includes ground school, flight training, and simulator sessions, all aimed at preparing you for a successful aviation career through completing the Integrated Airline Pilot License program (the program).

WHY CHOOSE CYGNET?


Flexibility

As a free agent, you have the freedom to choose your career path. You’re not committed to any specific airline, giving you the flexibility to apply to any airline of your choice upon completion of the Integrated Airline Pilot License program.

Comprehensive Training

Our program covers all aspects of flight training, from basic flying skills to advanced flight procedures. You’ll be trained on state-of-the-art flight simulators and aircraft, ensuring you’re ready for any situation in the flight deck.

Experienced Instructors

Our team of experienced instructors provides you with the best training possible. They’ll guide you every step of the way, ensuring you gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed as a pilot.

APPLICATION PROCESS


In partnership with Cygnet, CAE administers the admission process into our cadet programs. 

As part of the application process, you will be required to provide personal information including:

  • Passport
  • A Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) card if applicable 
  • Complete Resume
  • A copy of your secondary school unofficial transcript OR a copy of your secondary school diploma 

Please note that only fully completed applications will be reviewed. 

Eligible applicants can expect contact from CAE within two weeks for assessment details, including a link for an online evaluation. The digital handbook will guide you through the personality and aptitude tests.


To be eligible for Cygnet’s Free Agent Cadet Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Citizenship: Legally entitled to work in Canada, and a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. In the latter case, the Trainee must be able to obtain and maintain crew visa documentation required to operate aircraft within the USA.
  • Minimum Education: Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old.
  • Physical & Medical Requirements: Must be able to obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate issued by Transport Canada.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English, both written and spoken; a minimum of operational level (ICAO) level 4 English Language proficiency.

Application Process

What are the prerequisites for the Free Agent Program?

To be eligible for Cygnet’s Free Agent Cadet Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Citizenship: Legally entitled to work in Canada, and a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. In the latter case, the Trainee must be able to obtain and maintain crew visa documentation required to operate aircraft within the USA.
  • Minimum Education: Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old.
  • Physical & Medical Requirements: Must be able to obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate issued by Transport Canada.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English, both written and spoken; a minimum of operational level (ICAO) level 4 English Language proficiency.
How do I apply for the Free Agent Program?

You can submit your application online, through the “Apply Now” button. To complete the application process, you will be required to enter your personal information and submit the following items:

  • A Canadian passport and a Canadian Permanent Residency card, if applicable.
  • Resumé
  • A copy of your Secondary School Graduation Diploma

Please be advised that Cygnet will only review applications that are completed in full. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be contacted by CAE within two weeks of their application with assessment instructions. 

I have already started flight training; can I still apply for the Cygnet Integrated Airline Pilot License Program?

You can apply with a Private Pilots License. 

We consider those working towards their Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) and those with their CPL or higher to be overqualified. 

Applicants who already possess a CPL are encouraged to apply directly to their airline of choice once they meet the minimum hour requirements.

Program Cost, Financing, and Payment

How much does the Cygnet Free Agent Program cost?

The full course price is expected to be approximately CAD 110,000, before taxes. This price includes your Integrated Airline Pilots License and includes the jet transition program. 

In addition to the course price, you should budget housing costs in Kingston, Ontario. Please note Cygnet Aviation Academy does not provide student housing.

Remedial training, headset(s), uniforms, laptops, and books are not included.

Is there financing available for the program and what payment methods are accepted?

Financing solutions are available to cadets. Instructions for how to apply for your student loan will be provided to accepted cadets.

Please see the attached link for current financing opportunities:

https://www.cae.com/civil-aviation/become-a-pilot/how-to-become-a-pilot/funding/

How can I make payments, or can the program be paid for in installments? 

Program fees are paid in phases throughout the 18-month program and can be made in installments. 

Accepted cadets will be provided with an enrollment agreement, which outlines the payment plan for the program.

Payment is accepted in the form of e-transfers, wire transfers, cheques, and bank drafts. Credit cards cannot be used for payment at this time.

About the Free Agent Program

What is an Integrated Airlines Pilots License (iATPL)?

An Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for a career as a professional pilot.

The program equips students with the necessary skills to operate as flight crew in advanced, multi-crew aircraft. The program comprises ground school training and flight training with the use of various simulators and aircraft.

The purpose of the integrated program is to train individuals who have no prior experience in flying and equip them to pursue a career as an airline pilot. This program is organized in a very structured and intensive manner, allowing you to complete both ground school and flight training activities concurrently.

What aircraft will I train on?

Cygnet trains pilots on a fleet of Diamond aircraft (DA-20s, DA40s, and DA-42s), as well as simulators.

How many flight hours will I graduate from the program with?

The Cygnet Integrated Airline Transport License program follows a Transport Canada-approved training program.

You will graduate from the program with more flight and flight simulation training hours than are required under the regulatory minimums.

When do classes start?

The application process is ongoing, with new cadet classes starting in January, May, and August.

About Cygnet Aviation Academy

Where is Cygnet Aviation Academy located?

Ground School and simulator training takes place at Cygnet Aviation Academy’s facility at Gardiners Road in Kingston. 

Flight training takes place at the Kingston Airport (CYGK). 

Can I arrange a tour of Cygnet Aviation Academy?

Tours of Cygnet Aviation Academy can be arranged upon request. Please email info@cygnetaviation.com to schedule a tour.