JetPro Advanced Qualification Program For Private Pilots - AQP4PP:

For years airlines and corporate aircraft operators have employed Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) to train their pilots. This has yielded impressive results in reduced accident rates, reduced insurance premiums, and an improved perception of the safety of flight.

With a wide variety of aircraft, pilot profiles, and operational requirements, it is difficult to replicate the airline/corporate AQP for those that are not in a corporate or airline environment. While difficult, it is not impossible.

JetPro has developed an AQP for Private Pilots (AQP4PP) designed specifically for those that own and operate aircraft who wish to improve their aviation knowledge and confidence while making their flying safer and perhaps enjoy reduced insurance premiums*.

AQP4PP is a continuous, recurrent training program. Rather than offering a two-week course, the program begins with a two day seminar followed by a single day of training every six months. It is difficult for private aircraft owners to take two weeks off to attend such a course; instead, the material is presented over many years on an incremental basis with the most critical material presented first.

The two day seminar consists of:

  • Human factors
  • Risk assessment
  • Threat error management
  • Aviation law
  • Advanced aviation meteorology
  • Use of automation

The first recurrent session is a one day seminar - JetPro’s Advanced IFR Seminar which provides detailed information and knowledge of instrument flight procedures, how they are designed, and flown with particular emphasis on area navigation (RNAV).

Successive recurrent seminars will explore other topics not covered earlier. These could include survival, accident review, AIM updates, and many other topics.

Industry Leading Instructors:

Captain Colin Bechtel

Experience: Colin has flown general aviation, corporate and airline aircraft for over 40 years. In addition to his diverse flying career, Colin has instructed Human Factors at an aviation college and is a keen student of aviation and aviation safety. Colin retired from Air Canada as a Boeing 787 Captain.

Captain Doug Morris

Experience: Doug began his career flying on the East Coast of Canada where weather is not a trivial issue! Doug then became a certified meteorologist with Environment Canada as a weather forecaster then returned to flying professionally and has accumulated over 26,000 flying hours and is currently a Boeing 787 Captain. Doug literally “wrote the book” about aviation weather in Canada with his book “Canadian Aviation Weather”.

Captain Eric Esdale

Experience: Eric began his flying career in the RCAF and has flown a wide variety of aircraft and retired as a Boeing 777 Captain with Emirates Airlines. Eric has taught human factors and crew resource management at Emirates.

Mr. Patrick Floyd

Experience: Pat has has enjoyed diversified career. Pat is a commercial licensed pilot and has flown tens of aircraft types at various locations around the world. Pat is also a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), sport parachutist, and is now a practising aviation lawyer.

Captain Ed McDonald

Experience: Ed’s aviation background is split between being a professional pilot (having flown the military as a flight instructor, airline flying and now privately) and being a Professional Engineer. Ed is also qualified instrument procedure designer.

Planned two-day AQP4PP Sessions:

Calgary, Alberta

March 22 to 24 (See note below)

Toronto, Ontario

April 18 to 19

Vancouver, British Columbia

May 24 to 25

Note: both the two-day and one-day Advanced IFR Seminars are combined

Ottawa, Ontario

October (TBD)**

Montreal, Quebec

October (TBD)**

Kelowna, British Columbia

November (TBD)**

Edmonton, Alberta

December (TBD)**


Who is the training intended for?

  • Private pilots who own and operate some pretty sophisticated aircraft operating in some challenging environments (IFR, mountainous, high density traffic, etc.).
  • This training is intended for those who do not fly professionally and regularly and who fly:
    • Single Engine, Single Pilot Turbines (TBM, Piper Malibu, etc.)
    • Twin Engine, Single Pilot Turbines (Citation, Embraer, etc.)
    • High Performance Piston Twins (Diamond DA62, Beechcraft Baron, etc.)

Can a pilot not flying these aircraft also take this training?

  • Yes, they would still benefit from these training sessions.

I already take simulator training for my aircraft type. What does this training do that simulator training does not?

  • Most simulator training focuses on specific aircraft and its systems as well as hands and feet skills.
  • This course mainly focuses on the soft skills such as:
    • Risk Management
    • Threat Error Management
    • Aeronautical Decision-Making
    • Cockpit Resource Management (CRM)
    • Etc.

What other topics are covered besides Human Factors?

  • Phase 1 training also includes advanced aviation weather, use of automation.
  • Phase 2 is all about instrument flight with particular emphasis on RNAV.
  • Phase 3 consists of topics not previously covered such as: survival, accident analysis, AIM review, and many others.

Why would I need more training if I already posess the required licenses and ratings?

  • The regulatory training requirements for these licenses and ratings are the minimum required.
  • Flying a single engine, single pilot turbo prop at high altitudes, into mountainous airports is significantly more demanding than flying a Cessna 172 on a clear day.
  • Airline and corporate pilots also hold these same licenses and ratings; yet, they undergo significantly more cyclical training in recognition of the complexity of the aircraft they fly and their operating environments.

Who is teaching this course?

  • All of the instructors are industry experts in their respective fields:
    • Human Factors
    • Aviation Law
    • Instrument Procedure Design
    • Aviation Weather
    • and many other specialties
  • Combined, these professionals have over two centuries of aviation experience and over 100,000 flying hours.

What benefit would I achieve with this training?

  • Firstly, and most importantly, it will make you a safer pilot.
  • Additionally, you may benefit financially with reduced insurance premiums*.

What are the reduced insurance premiums about?

  • JetPro has designed this program with input from from insurance underwriters in Canada. Underwriters are those that evaluate risk and determine insurance premiums.
  • Our discussions with the underwriting community indicate that training like this would lead to reduced insurance premiums much like driver training leads to reduced insurance premiums.

Are reduced insurance premiums guaranteed with the course?

  • No

Why is this training not offered on-line?

    Two major reasons:
  • First, there is value in a seminar environment where interaction with others leverages the learning.
  • Secondly, in order to have any validity with the insurance community that those attending are participating (and not doing other things) personal attendance is necessary.

What is the need for six-month recurrent training?

  • The amount of material that should be covered would take two weeks. Very few private pilots can devote two weeks of full time training for this course thus it is broken down into smaller chunks.
  • The aviation industry is constantly evolving including new accidents that can be reviewed and a biannual training event will allow pilots to keep up with these changes.
  • By doing ground training every six months, the material is constantly being reinforced.

Is this training recognized by Transport Canada as part of the CARS 421.05 (2)(c)?

  • The Advanced IFR Seminar has Transport Canada approval.
  • The Phase 1, two-day seminar has not; however, Transport Canada has been invited to attend and validate that part of the training program.

The March 22 – 24 course in Calgary is a three day course. Why is it not a 2 day course?

  • The inaugural course in Calgary combines Phase 1 and 2.
  • The reason for this is that insurance industry representatives (underwriters and brokers) as well as aircraft dealers are invited to observe the course for their education of what is being offered and how it would be applicable to their clients.

Is Mentor flying being offered with the course?

  • At this time, no.
  • AQP4PP is compiling a roster of experience pilots rated on type to provide this training in the future. We will have the individual instructor pilots make arrangements for the training.

Will Upset and Recovery Training (URT) be offered?

  • Phase 3 will include UPRT in the ground portion. UPRT with an aerobatic aircraft is planned for the future.

For further information and to register, please email

*AQP4PP has been developed in conjunction with insurance brokers and dealers. Please contact your broker to determine what discount insurance premiums would be available with the course.

**Depending on demand for the session in each market