Spectrum Airways

Spectrum Airways

In this post, we examine a flight school which is situated on the west side of the Greater Toronto Area known as Spectrum Airways. Spectrum Airways is located at the Burlington Executive Airfield and is a flight school in Ontario Canada. The flight school started as, and still continues to operate as a family run business by the Kovachik family.

Student does a walk around and fuel inspection of a Spectrum Airways aircraft.
A pilot does a walk around inspection of a Cessna 152 at Burlington Airpark

Spectrum Airways and Canadian Flight Trainers

Students will travel from almost anywhere in the western part of the greater Toronto area to conduct some flight training at Spectrum Airways. With fuel prices on the rise and with students valuing their time, we have seen an uptick in students enrolling in our Private and Commercial Pilot ground school courses. Recently, Spectrum Airways ground school has taken a greater presence online.

The cost of their individual ground school is upwards of $1,999 + tax and their online group ground school is still a very high $395 + tax or $675 for a Commercial pilot groundschool. If a student misses any class, they are required to make it up with a flight instructor at the high rate of $80 per hour.

In our experience, most Private Pilot Ground Schools are taught by inexperiences Class 4 and Class 3 instructors who may lack real world practical knowledge. Some of these instructors may be well versed in their knowledge and flying ability, but may lack real world familiarity with the knowledge.

With Canadian Flight Trainers, students are taught by active airline pilots, scholars, and flight instructors, and all at a lower cost with greater support.

Spectrum Airways Fleet

According to the flight school’s website, Kovachik Aircraft Service maintains a fleet of 13 aircraft for them and one Red Bird flight simulator.

  • 3 Cessna 152’s
  • 4 Cessna 172 L/M/N’s
  • 4 Piper Warrior PA28’s
  • 1 Piper Seneca PA34

Spectrum Airways Reviews

Reviews on the flight school tend to be positive overall. Some of the students enrolled in our courses who are also students at Spectrum have reported mixed reviews about the flight school, with one leaving the flight school all together in favour of another flight school which has since closed. The staff at Canadian Flight Trainers always recommend that students conduct research into their future flight schools by visiting the locations, speaking to flight instructors, examining the fleet, and inquiring about scheduling difficulties. Spectrum Airways is no exception to our recommendations.

We will call attention to a questionable business practice which we see as a pure money grab by the company. According to the flight school’s website, in order to fly at Spectrum Airways, future students must apply and pay an application fee of $30 prior to starting training. Students then may be accepted into the program and potentially risk not being accepted. We also acknowledge that this may also be a sign that Spectrum Airways is quite busy and full of students and renters. Historically, if a local student wished to begin flight training, they would simply call or walk into the flight school and begin training.

In addition to this, the website claims that they will assign you a flight instructor for training, which is traditionally not the status-quo in a “pay-as-you-go” flight school system. Generally speaking, when students are spending at least $17,000 on a private pilot license in Canada, they will have a voice in choosing their flight instructor.

This analysis is limited to the information which is found on the Spectrum Airways website and is subject to inaccuracies.

Spectrum Airways Hourly Rates

Hourly rates are subject to change. Here are the rates as of June 6th.

Cessna 152

Flight Training: $166.00

Rental: $171.00

Cessna 172 M/N/L

Flight Training: $187.00

Rental: $192.00

Piper Warrior

Flight Training: $198.00

Rental: $203.00

Piper Seneca

Flight Training: $336.00

Redbird FMX100

Flight Training: $104.00

Rental: $104.00

Instructor Airtime & PGI Rates:

Class 3&4: $84.00

Class 1&2: $95.00

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