Advisory Circular (AC) No. 401-005
Maintaining Instrument Rating Privileges as stipulated in Exemption NCR 040-2015, Exemption from paragraph 401.03(1)(b) and section 401.48 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations
|Issuing Office:||Civil Aviation, Standards||
|File Classification No.:||Z 5000-34||Issue No.:||01|
|RDIMS No.:||10752919-V18||Effective Date:||2016-01-15|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1.0 INTRODUCTION
- 2.0 REFERENCES AND REQUIREMENTS
- 5.0 OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
- 9.0 CONTACT OFFICE
- This Advisory Circular (AC) is provided for information and guidance purposes. It may describe an example of an acceptable means, but not the only means, of demonstrating compliance with regulations and standards. This AC on its own does not change, create, amend or permit deviations from regulatory requirements, nor does it establish minimum standards.
- The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines on meeting the new Instrument Rating recency requirements.
- This document applies to the holder of a Canadian pilot licence endorsed with an Instrument Rating or to which is attached Instrument Rating privileges.
1.3 Description of Changes
- Not applicable.
2.0 REFERENCES AND REQUIREMENTS
2.1 Reference Documents
2.2 Cancelled Documents
- By default, it is understood that the publication of a new issue of a document automatically renders any earlier issues of the same document null and void.
2.3 Definitions and Abbreviations
- In November 2009, a series of notices of proposed amendments (NPAs) were presented at the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Technical Committee. The NPAs (2009-031 to 2009-045, excluding 2009-035) introduced the IPC as a new option for the Instrument Rating recency requirements. The proposed amendments were accepted without dissent by the CARAC Technical Committee and approved in October 2010 by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC).
4.0 PILOT RESPONSIBILITIES
Proof of having met the Instrument Rating recency requirements can be provided in a variety of ways and some examples are listed below.
Note: More information on how the IPC is to be certified can be found in Advisory Circular (AC) 401-004.
5.0 OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
2. There are two parts to the instrument recency requirements:
- (B) Following the first day of the 13th month following the completion of one of the items in (A) above within six months preceding the flight have acquired six hours of instrument time and completed six instrument approaches to minima according to approved instrument approach procedures in an aircraft or Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) as specified in the Exemption.
5.1 Important changes
- The 6- 6- 6 recency requirements referred to in paragraph 5.0(2)(B) of this AC must be completed in the same category of aircraft.
6.0 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Do I have a choice between doing an IPC or an IFR Flight Test to maintain my Instrument Rating recency requirements?
Answer: Yes. Both an IPC and the IFR Flight test can be used to maintain Instrument Rating recency. The conduct of the Instrument Rating Flight Test is slightly different from the conduct of an IPC.
How do I show that I meet recency requirements?
Answer: The pilot is expected to maintain an up to date personal log book (section 401.08 of the CARs). This is where the pilot can provide proof of meeting both the skill event and the 6-6-6 recency requirements. Please refer to 4.0 (1) of this AC for more ways of providing proof of meeting recency requirements. Proof of recency needs only to be provided on request and the pilot will be given reasonable time to provide the evidence. You do not need to carry your personal log book or copies of skill tests with you when you are flying. For flights that are not operating under subpart 604 of the CARs - Private Operators or under Part VII of the CARs - Commercial Air Services it is recommended that the flight crew carry sufficient proof of having met the Instrument Rating recency requirements as listed in Section 4 of this AC. The foreign CAA may ask you to prove that you meet the Instrument Rating recency requirements prior to the next flight.
Flights that are operated under subpart 604 of the CARs - Private Operators or under Part VII of the CARs - Commercial Air Operators already have a system in place and therefore there is NO CHANGE to their current operations.
The Exemption states that the pilot must have completed some type of a skill test or competency check within 24 months preceding the date of the flight? How is this time calculated?
Answer: The time is counted to the exact day. For example:
If today is July 05, 2015 then in order to exercise the privileges of an Instrument Rating, the pilot must have successfully completed a flight test or a proficiency/competency check between July 05, 2013 and July 05, 2015.
My Instrument Rating has been expired for over 10 years. It has been removed from my pilot licence. Do I need to rewrite the Instrument Type Rating written examination (INRAT)?
Answer: No you do not need to rewrite INRAT. The first step is to contact Transport Canada and have the Instrument Rating re-issued. After that you must complete one of the four skill requirements listed in Exemption NCR 040-2015 section 1 (a) to 1(d) inclusive.
I have just completed a foreign Instrument Rating Check Ride. As per the condition in the Exemption, how do I prove that I meet Instrument Rating recency requirements?
Answer: Ensure that your personal log book clearly shows when you completed the latest foreign Instrument Check Ride. This entry can be entered in the personal log book by the pilot or by the foreign check pilot. Whenever possible, the pilot should also retain a copy of their foreign Instrument Check Ride.
Can a foreign Instrument Check Ride be used to obtain my Canadian ATPL or to change Instrument Rating Groups?
Answer: No. A foreign Instrument Check Ride can only be used to maintain Instrument Rating recency.
How does the calculation of time for the new IFR recency requirement affect the 24 month PPC under subpart 704 of the CARs or the 24 month Competency Checks under subpart 604 of the CARs? For example the valid to date for a 24 months PPC is July 01, 2015. The PPC was completed on June 2, 2013. By calculating the time as per the question in (c) above the pilot could only exercise his or her IFR privileges until June 2, 2015. There would be an interruption between June 3 and July 1 2015 where the PPC remains valid but the pilot would not have any IFR privileges.
Answer: The 24 month PPC requirements require that the pilot complete annual training prior to the 1st day of the 13th month following the date of the PPC. As long as the pilot receives the annual training the 24 month PPC remains valid. The IFR recency requirements are also considered valid as long as all conditions of the 24 month PPC are met and the 24 month PPC is valid. There is no interruption.
When the six month PPC or the 12 month PPC expire, can the pilot exercise the privileges of the Instrument Rating for private or recreational flight?
Answer: A PPC is not required for private or recreational flying. As long as the IFR PPC was completed within the 24 months preceding the flight the pilot would be able to exercise the privileges of the Instrument Rating for private flights.
Can the requirement to complete an IPC within the 24 months preceding the flight be extended for unusual circumstances?
Answer: No. IFR recency requirements cannot be extended even for unusual circumstances.
7.0 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
- Not applicable.
8.0 DOCUMENT HISTORY
- Not applicable.
9.0 CONTACT OFFICE
For more information, please contact the:
Chief of Commercial Flight Standards - AARTF
Suggestions for amendment to this document are invited, and should be submitted via the Standards Branch « AARTF Documentation Services » AARTinfodoc@tc.gc.ca.
Original signed on January 26, 2016 by Jean-François Mathieu for
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