All national courses have special requirements for both application and selection. See the National Courses Handbook for Cadets & Parents for the current training year for instructions.

Links to support materials and information are provided below:

National Courses Handbook and preparatory advice

Note: All national courses selection criteria must conform to the requirements in the most current OPC National Courses Handbook.


Important dates from National Courses Handbook:

  • Mid-December 2018:
    • Power Pilot and Glider Pilot Scholarship candidates without a valid Category 3 Transport Canada Medical Certificate should book a March appointment with a TC-certified Civil Aviation Medical Examiner for no later than March.
  • Nov 30, 2018:
    • COs must advise the J3 Z Trg O of the names of the cadets writing flying scholarship exams.
  • Dec 7, 2018:
    • Deadline for full and accurately completed applications to arrive at RSCU Area Office.
    • Deadline for inputting data into FORTRESS and to submit to RCSU.
  • Jan. 12, 2019:
    • Qualifying examination for Pilot Scholarships written by candidates at times and locations designated by Area offices.
  • Jan. 14-15, 2019
    • Interview schedules to be distributed via e-mail to COs, SSC Chairpersons, OPC Directors and Area offices. Cadets who failed the GPS or PPS exam will be removed from the schedules prior to the interview dates.
  • Jan. 26, 2019:
    • Interview Boards, arranged by OPC, are conducted throughout Ontario for IACE, PPS, GPS, AATC-AO, AATC-AM and AASC candidates.
  • March 2019:
    • Selections usually announced by the end of March.
  • Jun. 1, 2019:
    • Last day for TC Cat 3 MC to be received at RCSU (Central) [TBC in CRCSO]. Standby candidates with valid MCs will be chosen to replace those without. Height/weight of GPS candidates must be verified to ensure compliance with limitations.

Aviation Medicals

In mid-December Glider and Power Pilot scholarship candidates should find a Canadian Aviation Medical Examiners (CAME) in their area and book an appointment for a day no later than March 31st, 2017. Ask what the doctor charges for the examination and what acceptable forms of payment will be. Keep the receipt as the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) may reimburse the cost.

You can search for CAMEs at this Transport Canada website:

Due to aircraft size, the Glider and Power Pilot scholarship programs have height and weight restrictions:

Air Studies

Important note: Air studies instructional material has transitioned to using Google Classrooms. Cadets may obtain access by contacting the CO, Trg O or one of the instructors.

2017 National Flying Scholarship PIP

The Flying Scholarship Program Instructional Package (PIP) contains the information you’ll need to know for the national flying scholarship glider and power pilot examinations.


To use the PIP

  1. If you don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer, see View a presentation without PowerPoint.
  2. Download the National Flying Scholarship PIP 2017 (200 MB file) to your hard drive.
  3. Open the National Flying Scholarship PIP 2017 file folder.
  4. Double-click the START.ppsx file to open the PIP welcome screen.


DO NOT start clicking buttons immediately. Ensure you read the screen and then follow the instructions. This PIP was designed to be user friendly, but you must take your time at first until you are familiar with the package. It will require approximately 40 hours to complete the PIP. Take your time and don’t wait until the last minute to start it.

Good Luck!


2018 Air Studies Program Schedule


Supplementary information

Additional Air Studies resources and practice tests