General

The conditions of issue of all flight crew licenses are stated in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Examinations

The examinations are as follows:

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Aviation Regulations and Air Traffic Procedures, Aeroplane Operations and General Navigation, Radio aids and Flight Planning 80 3½ hours 70%
Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Meteorology 100 3½ hours 70%

Knowledge Requirements

Generic training consists of the common body of knowledge required by all flight dispatchers. In order for a flight dispatcher candidate to commence on-the-job training at the air operator of employment, he or she must have passed both Transport Canada's generic examinations, one of which will test the meteorology-related subjects and the other the remaining subjects in this publication.

The proficiency levels used in this document are defined as follows:

  1. Denotes a basic knowledge of the subject:

    • The learner will be involved in learning facts.
    • Verbs such as list, recall, name etc. will be used to describe the student's performance.
    • Example: list the conditions for the withdrawal of an Air Operator's Certification.

  2. Denotes an understanding of the principle:

    • The learner will be required to remember and explain principles.
    • Verbs such as explain, define, write etc. will be used to describe the students performance.
    • Example: explain how a dispatcher uses the Air Almanac on the job.

  3. Denotes knowledge of the subject and the ability to apply it practically:

    • The learner will show an understanding of the principle by explaining the procedure used to apply it.
    • Words such as list the steps, put in order, flow chart, will be used to describe the student's performance.
    • Example: explain the dispatcher procedures for handling an aircraft experiencing icing.

  4. Denotes a thorough knowledge of the subject and the ability to apply it with speed and accuracy:

    • The student will be able to apply procedures to a problem efficiently and accurately.
    • Verbs such as select, distinguish, demonstrate, will be used to describe the student's performance.
    • Example: Given a variety of conditions select an appropriate route of flight for a defined aircraft.

  5. Denotes extensive knowledge of the subject and the ability to apply procedures derived from it with judgment in light of the circumstances:

    • Given a problem with a variety of different solutions the learner will select and apply the most efficient procedures to handle the problem.
    • Verbs such as analyze, demonstrate, manipulate, assemble will be used to describe the student's performance.
    • Example: Given an observed weather condition on an aircraft's performance the student will quickly and accurately amend the take off data for the aircraft.

NOTE: Times stated (time 8 - 10 hrs.) is a suggested minimum to maximum required for study and is for general guidance only.

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