Policy Letters 140R


Chief Pilot Air Taxi Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) Subpart 703 written examination

CAR 703 Chief Pilot Exam IFR Operations (CPTAX) aeroplane instrument flight rules (IFR) operations

CAR 703 Chief Pilot Examination VFR Operations (CPTXV) aeroplane visual flight rules (VFR) and night VFR operations

File Number

AARX A2204-9928




Commercial Air Service Standards (CASS) clause 723.07(2)(b)(i)(B)

Chief Pilot Air Taxi - CAR 703 Study and Reference Guide TP13834E (IFR and VFR Operations)

Internet:  http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/general-exams-guides-menu-2014.htm

Policy Statement

Effective January 1, 2003, all IFR Operations Subpart 703 of the CARs Chief Pilot aeroplane applicants will be required to successfully complete the CPTAX. All VFR Operations CAR 703 Chief Pilot applicants will be required to successfully complete the CPTXV.

The successful completion of the 704 Chief Pilot Examination (CPCOM) CAR 704 Examination constitutes the successful completion of the CPTAX/CPTXV CAR 703 Examination. The successful completion of the CPTAX CAR 703 constitutes the successful completion of the CPTXV CAR 703 Examination.


Commercial &Business Aviation Inspectors screen and approve Chief Pilot applicants. Until now there has not been a national examination for Inspectors to administer. Applicants were required to complete a regional examination followed by an oral interview with the Principal Operations Inspector (POI).

It was brought to the attention of Headquarters that standards varied significantly from region to region. As a result, the CPTAX / CPTXV Examination was developed to establish minimum knowledge requirements for CAR 703 Chief Pilots.


The written CPTAX or CPTXV Examination along with an oral interview shall be required in order to approve Chief Pilot applicants.

Air operators will nominate Chief Pilot applicants to their POI who will verify the applicants' qualifications in accordance with Clause 723.07(2)(b)(i)(B) of CASS or its exemption. The POI shall issue the Chief Pilot applicant a Letter of Recommendation to attempt the examination. A sample letter of recommendation is attached at Appendix A. Upon completion of the national CPTAX / CPTXV examination, a copy of the applicant's examination feedback letter shall be sent to the POI.

To undertake the CPTAX / CPTXV Examination, a Chief Pilot applicant shall meet the following prerequisites:

  1. hold a valid Category 1 medical certificate;
  2. have another identification document;
  3. present a Letter of Recommendation from the POI for the air operator; and
  4. have met 100% of the Clause 723.07(2)(b)(i)(B) of CASS experience requirements.

The CPTAX / CPTXV Examination may be written at any of the Transport Canada Regional Offices or Transport Canada Centres (Civil Aviation) where exams are presently being written. Under special circumstances or because of geographical location, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) may invigilate the examination. Air operators who wish to use the services of the RCMP are to contact the appropriate Commercial &Business Aviation Regional Office to co?ordinate their request.

The successful completion of the written CPTAX / CPTXV Examination will form part of the prerequisite Chief Pilot qualifications for CAR 703 Chief Pilot appointment. The Chief Pilot oral interview with the POI will remain a vital component in the applicant's ability to demonstrate knowledge to the Minister. The POI will ask the applicant to answer questions based upon the type and geographical location of the operation. The successful completion of the oral exam and interview will complete the demonstration of knowledge as required by Clause 723.07(2)(b)(i)(B)(IV) of the CASS.

Those pilots employed as Chief Pilots who were approved prior to January 1, 2003, need not write the new CPTAX / CPTXV Examination. Any Chief Pilot applicant who has not been a Chief Pilot within the previous two years will be required to complete the new CPTAX / CPTXV Examination. The validity period for the examination is two years. Once successfully passed, the applicant will have two years calculated from the first of the next month from when the examination was written, to become a Chief Pilot.

Applicants who attempt the CPTAX / CPTXV Examination and are unsuccessful may re-write the examination after a 14 day waiting period.

Future Disposition

The Chief Pilot Air Taxi - CAR 703 Examination IFR and VFR Operations will remain in effect until further notice.

Reference Number

This Policy Letter is designated AARX No. 140R and supersedes Policy Letter 140.

Michel Gaudreau
Commercial &Business Aviation

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