Policy Letter 175

Subject

Pilot self-training for Canadian air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

File Number

RDIMS # 1104406

Date

2005.12.21

Policy Statement

The purpose of this Policy Letter is to advise Transport Canada Inspectors that Canadian air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs are required to provide annual flight training to all pilot(s). The air operator's training program shall include the details of pilot self-training within the Company Operations Manual (COM).

Applicability

This policy applies to all Commercial and Business Aviation Principal Operations Inspectors involved in approving COMs for air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs who employ only one pilot and plan on conducting self-training.

Definitions

  • CARs - Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • CASS - Canadian Air Service Standards
  • COM - Company Operations Manuals
  • ACI - Air Carrier Inspector Manual (TP 3783E)

References

  • Sections 702.76 and 703.98 of the CARs;
  • Sections 722.76 and 723.98 of the CASS.

Background

Air operators and Inspectors need to be aware of the annual technical ground and flight training requirements as it applies to pilot self-training.

Air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs are required to detail there training programs in the COM.

Sections 702.76 and 703.98 of the CARs and Sections 722.76 and 723.98 of the CASS do not address the issue of how the training requirements are to be met by one-pilot air operators.

As specified in the ACI Manual (TP 3783) in chapter 4.3.12 c) "For small operators such as single-person operation, ensure the manual specifies that the person receives training from another type qualified person other than him/herself."

Policy

Technical ground and flight annual training requirements for pilot self-training are as follows:

Subsections 702.76(1), 703.98(1), 702.76(3) and 703.98(3) of the CARs require a detailed

Air operators with only one pilot on staff will be permitted to pilot self-train with respect to technical ground-based training only.

that shall be used to validate competence of the trainee required by Paragraphs 722.76(1)(c) and 723.98 (1)(c) of the CASS.

A pilot is required to receive annual flight training from a training pilot that meets Subsections 722.76(10) and/or 723.98(10) of the CASS. The training pilot(s) shall be qualified as stated in Subsections 722.76(3) and 723.98(3) of the CASS. A pilot employed by another air operator who meets these requirements would be acceptable in this scenario.

Pilot flight self-training shall not be permitted

Air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs with only one pilot on staff will need to coordinate and conduct annual flight training with a qualified training pilot.

Note:  In a single seat aircraft, where it is not possible to receive training from another person, pilots will, in this scenario, conduct their own flight training in accordance with an approved training program detailed in the COM.

Future Disposition

This Policy Letter will remain in effect until further notice.

Reference Number

This Policy Letter is designated AARX No. 175.

Michel Gaudreau
Director
Commercial & Business Aviation

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