Policy Letter 154


Approval of Air Operator Training Programs

File Number

AARX 5200-1
RDIMS - 126351



Policy Statement

This Policy Letter is intended to clarify inspectors' responsibilities for approving an air operator's training program when the air operator chooses to incorporate a training vendor's aircraft training course as part of the air operator's training program.


Section 624.73 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Sections 723.98, 724.115 and 725.124 of the Commercial Air Services Standards (CASS).


Training vendors (such as Bombardier, CAE Simuflite, or FlightSafety International) tailor their courses to the majority of their customers who are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, or national agencies that accept the Federal Aviation Regulations as a common standard. These standards are not necessarily consistent with the CARs.

The assumption that the course offered by the training vendor meets the CARs requirements must be avoided.

Transport Canada does not have a mechanism for approving the courses supplied by training vendors.

Transport Canada does approve the air operator's training program, which may incorporate a training vendor's course.


When approving an air operator's training program, which incorporates a training vendor's course, inspectors must follow the same process as if the air operator was conducting the course.

The process should be similar to the following:

  1. The air operator submits the training program, including ground technical training and flight training syllabus and material from the training vendor to the Principal Operations Inspector (POI).
  2. The POI reviews the submission against the applicable CASS, ensuring all requirements are covered, and the proposed classroom/flight/simulator hours meet the minimum requirements contained in the training hours tables (Subparts 703/704 of the CARs), or are based on courses already approved for aircraft of similar size/complexity (Subpart 705 of the CARs). Unless the air operator plans to run its own catch-up ground technical training, the syllabus must cover such things as emergency equipment, emergency procedures, crew resource management, etc., specific to the CARs in question.
  3. The POI advises the air operator of deficiencies. The air operator will work with the vendor to correct the deficiencies or the air operator will develop additional training to correct the deficiencies of the training vendor's course, re-submitting the program as necessary.
  4. When the POI has given the program approval, its effectiveness is verified by monitoring training in progress and conducting pilot proficiency checks.

Furture Disposition

This Policy Letter shall remain in effect until an appropriate amendment is made to the part VII advisory material.

Reference Number

This Policy Letter is designated AARX No 154.

Michel Gaudreau
Commercial &Business Aviation

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