Policy Letter 151


Operations Manager Commuter Subpart 704 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) Written Examination Aeroplane

File Number

AARX 5802-33-2



Policy Statement

Effective April 1, 2003 all Subpart 704 of the CARs Operations Manager applicants will be required to successfully complete the Operations Manager Commuter examination (OMCOM).


This Policy letter is to inform Subpart 704 of the CARs Commuter Operators and Civil Aviation Inspectors of the new National Operations Manager Commuter 704 Examination (OMCOM) effective April 1, 2003.


Commercial and Business Aviation inspectors screen and approve Operations Manager 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 Principle Operations Inspector (POI). It was brought to the attention of Headquarters that standards varied significantly from region to region. As a result, the National OMCOM Examination was developed to establish minimum knowledge for Subpart 704 of the CARs Operations Manager.


The written National OMCOM Examination along with an oral interview shall be required in order to approve Commuter Operations Manager applicants.

Air Operators will nominate Operations Manager applicants to their POI who will verify the applicants' qualifications in accordance with Subpagraph 724.07(2)(a)(i) of the Commercial Air Services Standards (CASS) or its exemption. The POI shall issue the Operations Manager applicant a Letter of Recommendation to attempt the examination. Upon completion of the National OMCOM Examination, a copy of the applicant's examination feedback letter shall be sent to the POI.

To undertake the National OMCOM Examination, a Operations Manager applicant shall meet the following prerequisites:

  1. hold or have held the appropriate licence and ratings for which a pilot-in-command (PIC) is required to hold for one of aeroplanes operated; or have acquired not less than three (3) years related supervisory experience with an operator of a Commercial Air Services whose flight operations are similar in size and scope;
  2. have another identification document; and
  3. present a Letter of Recommendation from the POI for the air operator.

The National OMCOM Examination may be written at any of the Transport Canada Regional Offices or Transport Canada Centres (Civil Aviation) where exams are presently being written. A Operations Manager study and reference guide will be available on the Transport Canada Website. 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 Regional Office to coordinate their request.

The successful completion of the written National OMCOM Examination will form part of the prerequisite for Subpart 704 of the CARs Operations Manager appointment. The Operations Manager oral interview with the POI will remain a vital component in the applicant's ability to demonstrate his knowledge to the Minister. The POI will ask the applicant to answer questions based upon the type and geographical location of air carrier operation. The successful completion of the oral exam and interview will complete the demonstration of knowledge as required by Clause 724.07(2)(a)(i)(B) of the CASS.

Operations Managers who were approved prior to January 1, 2003 need not write the new National OMCOM Examination. Any other Operations Manager applicants who have not been an Operations Manager within the previous two years will be required to complete the new National OMCOM Examination. Once successfully completed, the applicant will have two years, calculated from the first day of the following month from when the examination was written, to become an Operations Manager.

Applicants who are unsuccessful at writing the National OMCOM Examination may re-write after a 14 days waiting period.

Successful completion of the National OMCOM Examination constitutes successful completion of National OMTAX Examination for Operations Managers operating under Subparts 703/704 of the CARs.

Furture Disposition

The Operations Manager Commuter Subpart 704 of the CARs Examination National OMCOM will remain in effect until further notice.

Reference Number

This Policy Letter is designated AARX No 151.

Michel Gaudreau
Commercial &Business Aviation

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