Policy Letter 162
Interpretation of Paragraph 700.15(1)(f) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) – Single Pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) - Flight Time Limitation.
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Where the flight crew member conducts single-pilot IFR flights, the flight crew member's total flight time, in all flights conducted by the flight crew member, will not exceed 8 hours in any 24 consecutive hours.
This policy applies to all air operators and pilots conducting single pilot IFR operations
Paragraph 700.15 (1)(f) of the CARs:
“Subject to Subsection (2), no air operator shall assign a flight crew member for flight time, and no flight crew member shall accept such an assignment, if the flight crew member's total flight time in all flights conducted by the flight crew member will, as a result, exceed:
f) where the flight crew member conducts single-pilot IFR flights, 8 hours in any 24 consecutive hours.”
In some instances, this flight time limitation has been incorrectly interpreted. It has been thought that if the flight crew member has flown less than 8 hours of single-pilot IFR flight time, the flight crew member would then be able to fly over 8 hours of flight time in a 24 hour period as part of a crew of 2 pilots. This is not correct.
This question must be asked – did the flight crew member conduct single-pilot IFR flights? Yes or no.
If the answer is yes, the flight crew member is limited to 8 hours of flight time in any 24 consecutive hours. The length of time spent conducting single-pilot IFR flights is not relevant. If the pilot flew a departure under IFR and then cancelled IFR and flew the rest of the day under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) – the answer is still yes and the 8 hour limit applies.
This Policy Letter will remain in effect until the guidances material can be updated.
This Policy Letter is designated AARX No 162.
Commercial & Business Aviation
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