Applicants who apply for a Student Pilot Permit, except for gliders or ultra-light aeroplanes, shall pass a Transport Canada written examination on Aviation Regulations and Air Traffic Control Procedures. As well, military and certain foreign licenced applicants seeking a Canadian Private Pilot Licence shall pass the same examination. This examination is called the Student Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence for Foreign and Military Applicants, Aviation Regulation Examination, the computer code for which is PSTAR.

Details on PSTAR and licensing requirements are available in Part 4 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

The subject areas examined by PSTAR are:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)
  • Air Traffic Control Clearances and Instructions
  • Air Traffic Control procedures as they apply to the control of VFR traffic at controlled airports
  • Air Traffic procedures at uncontrolled airports and aerodromes
  • Special VFR Regulations
  • Aeronautical Information Circulars
  • NOTAMs

This study and reference guide is designed to assist applicants in preparing for PSTAR. The guide is divided into 14 sections and contains some 200 questions.

Applicants should research the references provided to determine the correct response to questions relevant to their aircraft type rather than being provided with the answers and resorting to rote learning.

Certain flight training units will be authorized by Transport Canada to develop and administer the PSTAR examination for Student Pilot Permit applicants, and military and foreign applicants for the Private Pilot Licence. The examination may also be written at Transport Canada Regional offices.

PSTAR consists of 50 questions selected from this guide. The pass mark is 90% and the examination will be corrected to 100% by the training unit or, where the examination is written in a Transport Canada facility, by a feedback letter keyed to the questions in this guide. In the interest of flight safety, it is very important that you thoroughly review your weak knowledge areas.

The questions in this guide may also be used in other Transport Canada written examinations.

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