Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Most of the information is available on our website. If you still can’t find the answers to your queries or have other questions, feel free to contact us!

We used to be Interlake Aviation Flight Training Centre, Lakeside Aviation, which provides charter, freight and regular flight service and Bennett Lake Lodge. We are in the process of rebranding and combining our companies for improved management and operational control.

The flight training centre has been renamed Lakeside Flight School. During the transition phase, there may be documents and forms still bearing the old name but eventually we will be using the Lakeside Flight School name. All business is as usual during transition.

Foreign licences issued by ICAO member states are recognised in Canada and you can get a conversion provided that you are current and hold a valid medical in your home country. Conversion can be then done by getting the respective class of Canadian Medical Certificate, completing the respective written exams as well as flight tests with a Transport Canada examiner, on top of submitting your logbook for verification of your experience and hours.

More information can be obtained on the Transport Canada website:

You may get a Foreign Licence Verification Certificate (FLVC) and that will allow you fly recreationally in Canada. For continuation of training, most ICAO member state licences should allow you to continue your training after verification provided that you write the PSTAR and Radio exams, get a Canadian medical and have 5 take-offs and landings in the past 6 months. To make sure your licence is accepted, speak to us and we will contact Transport Canada and give you a more definite answer.

More information can be obtained on the Transport Canada website:

In Canada, From the Ground Up (FTGU) and the Flight Training Manual (FTM) are widely used and they are what we use as well. There are additional examination preparation guides available commercially and we can give you some recommendations if you do want to have additional resources, but FTGU and FTM will be provided as part of the Pilot Starting Kit that we provide all our students with.

Please see our ‘Rates’ and ‘What We Do’ pages for the prices of the various courses.

Please note that the costs reflected are based on the Transport Canada minima and seldom do students acquire their licences and ratings based on them. It would be wise to budget more but we cannot give you a definite answer because everything depends on your personal aptitude and attitude towards flying.

The time required to complete your training is very much dependent on your personal attitude and aptitude. Of course weather also plays a part.

According to Transport Canada mimima, and assuming a student flies on average a 1.5 hours session every day, 5 days a week, it will take 6 weeks to complete the Private Pilot Licence training.

To reach the 200-hour mark for the Commercial Pilot Licence, and based on the same 1.5 hours a day assumption, a student can complete his CPL training in 26 weeks.

With that said, very few people actually finish in the minimum hours so plan for more time. On the other hand, we have seen students finish PPL in 4 weeks and CPL in 12 weeks and less!

Under the Canadian rules, Instrument Rating is grouped into four different categories. Group 1 is Multi-IFR and Group 3 is Single-IFR.

A student can choose to do a Multi-Engine Rating and proceed to get his IFR rating in a single-engine aircraft. In this case, he/she would have Multi + Single IFR.

However, if he/she continues to train for the Instrument Rating using the multi-engine plane, his Instrument Rating will be Group 1, which is Multi-IFR.

Yes, we do. Our CFI is a Class 1 Instructor and she is able to conduct Instructor Rating training.

Lakeside Flight School is part of Lakeside Aviation which also operates a charter service based mainly out of Pine Dock Airport as well as Bennett Lake Lodge which provides fishing and hunting facilities.

All three companies need pilots and the school needs instructors as we continue to expand. While no flight school can guarantee employment, and don’t believe any schools who say they can, we do have a high chance of giving you employment because we don’t just operate a flight school.

We like to hire from among our students because we believe in the quality of the training we provide and through the time we spend together we would already know if you would fit well into the team.

Depending on company needs and your attitude and personality, speak to our staff as you near the completion of your training and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Check out our ‘Work for Us’ page for more details.

Students from visa-exempted countries are able to train with us without a student permit if your training lasts for less than six months. For training longer than six months, you will need a student permit.

All students who are not from visa-exempted countries will need to apply for a student permit regardless of the length of your training. As of 2014, only Designated Learning Institutes (DLI) are able to issue student permits and we are happy to inform you that Lakeside Flight School is an accredited DLI.

For more information, check out our ‘Visa Requirements’ page.

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If you plan to live and work in Canada after your training, we suggest you apply for a student permit no matter the length of your training and your country of origin. This will allow you to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which allows students whose training is more than 8 months to work here for the length of their training up to a period of 3 years. Subsequently, you will be able to apply for Permanent Residency after working for 6 months or more under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Programme (MPNP).

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We are able to arrange accommodation five minutes walk from the school. The rent is 600 CAD per month with no minimum lease. A damage deposit of 300 CAD is also required during check-in. The accommodation comes with satellite TV, WiFi and coin-operated laundry and dryer. Each room comes with an ensuite bathroom, two queen-size beds, a small living room and kitchenette, and pets and cooking are allowed in the rooms.

Please also note that in order to get the keys for you, the dormitory management will require the first month’s rent and damage deposit be paid. Therefore, you may need to transfer 900 CAD to us before your arrival to secure the room so that it is ready for you to move in once you arrive. We accept money through Paypal, credit card and bank transfers. Speak to our staff to discuss what works best for you.

Check out our ‘Accommodation’ page for more information and pictures.

Both Lakeside Flight School and the accommodation have the advantage of being near Gimli, which is only a 5-minute drive away. Gimli town has everything you will need to make your life here in Canada enjoyable and fruitful.

Check out our ‘Why Gimli?’ page for more details.

The province of Manitoba is one of the cheapest to live in in Canada. We are able to arrange your accommodation right here on the airport grounds. We can also help you with mobile phone services application once you arrive. If you cook, food expenses can be brought down to a minimum and Sobey’s supermarket in Gimli has a wide range of food items at reasonable prices.

All in all, students will be able to live in Canada on 1000 CAD or less. Immigration Canada estimates living expenses in Manitoba to be 10000 CAD annually. One of our international students has been living in Canada for 800 CAD a month: food, rent, mobile plan and the occasional entertainment all included!

Explore the various links under ‘International Students’ for more details.

We will help you set up an appointment with the CIBC bank in Gimli once you confirm your date of arrival with us. Your bank account will be active immediately and you will be able to transfer money over without delay.

Canada has a modern and effective banking system and international wire transfers should take only a couple of days, depending on your home country’s banking system. You should also find out more regarding commission and applicable fees imposed by the banks in your home country.

For the initial arrival, we suggest you bring three to four thousand dollars in cash with you. This will help you with the training fees, and daily expenses before the rest of your money arrives. Also, bringing more than 10000CAD in various forms (cash, bank draft, traveller’s checks and so on) through customs will require you to make a declaration and talk to customs officers. You may choose to do that but it just means more paperwork and admin time after your long flight. Discuss with our staff what works best for you.

Flight training is exempted from PST in Manitoba. However, GST does apply to certain training.

GST is applicable to Recreational Pilot Licence and Private Pilot Licence.

Solo rental of planes beyond Transport Canada experience requirement minima for time-building is not considered part of training and thus both GST and PST apply.

Congrats on your new rating! We welcome you to come fly our seaplane and multi-engine aircraft.

However, due to insurance requirements, our seaplane rating is only available for solo rental if you are current, have more than 10 hours float time after acquiring your licence and completed a check-out ride with one of our instructors.

Our multi-engine aircraft is available for rent with a safety pilot only.

Our seaplane (float) training base is located at Norris Lake, which is along Highway 17. For first time students, you will meet the instructor either in Gimli or Teulon before proceeding to Norris Lake.