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Examinations

FULL EXAMINATION

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Commercial Pilot - Aeroplanes (CPAER) 100 3½ hours 60%

This examination is sectionalized into four mandatory subject areas and requires an overall pass mark of 60%. As well, the candidate must achieve 60% in each of the four mandatory subject areas.
They are:

Mandatory Subjects Related Study and
Reference Guide
Page
AIR LAW Air Law and Procedures – Section 1 5
NAVIGATION Navigation and Radio Aids – Section 2 14
METEOROLOGY Meteorology – Section 3 16
AERONAUTICS AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Airframes, Engines, and Systems – Section 4 18
Theory of Flight – Section 5 19
Flight Instruments – Section 6 20
Flight Operations – Section 7 21
Human Factors – Section 8 23

Applicants who obtain less than 60% on the overall examination will, for licensing purposes, be required to rewrite the complete paper. The rewrite provisions detailed in the CARs, Part IV, apply.

SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS

Applicants who obtain 60% or more on the overall examination (CPAER), but who fail one or more mandatory subject areas will be assessed a partial pass. During one sitting, they will be required to write supplementary examinations for each subject area failed.
Details on the mandatory subject area supplementary examinations are as follows:

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
AIR LAW (CALAW) 20 1 hour 60%
NAVIGATION (CANAV) 25 2 hour 60%
METEOROLOGY (CAMET) 25 1½ hours 60%
AERONAUTICS - GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (CAGEN) 35 1½ hours 60%

NOTE:  When writing more than one supplementary examination, the maximum time allowed shall be the sum of the times indicated for each examination, not to exceed 3½ hours.

Although the overall and supplementary examinations contain questions related mostly to the sections shown under the above four mandatory subject areas, there may be occasions where knowledge from another subject area is required to arrive at the correct response. For example, a practical question on fuel calculations under Navigation and Radio Aids – Section 2 may require knowledge of VFR fuel requirements under Air Law and Procedures – Section 1.

HELICOPTER TO AEROPLANE EXAMINATION

Pilots who hold a valid Canadian Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Licence in the Helicopter Category and who wish to apply for a Commercial Pilot Licence, Aeroplane Category, shall demonstrate their knowledge by writing the following Transport Canada multiple choice examination:

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Rating - Alternate Category (CARAC) 35 1½ hours 60%

The CARAC examination is based on subjects contained in the following sections of this Guide: Air Law and Procedures; Meteorology – Upper Air Charts; Airframes, Engines and Systems; Theory of Flight; Flight Instruments; Flight Operations; and Human Factors.

CANADIAN FORCES PILOTS

Canadian Forces pilots who are qualified to wings standards shall demonstrate their knowledge by writing the following Transport Canada multiple choice examination:

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Air Law, Air Traffic Rules and Procedures (ARPCO) 30 1 hour 60%

The ARPCO examination is based on subjects contained in the following sections of this Guide: Air Law and Procedures; Navigation and Radio Aids – Pre-Flight Preparation; Navigation and Radio Aids – Other Radio and Radar Aids; Flight Operations – General; and Flight Operations – Aircraft Critical Surface Contamination.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PILOT CERTIFICATE TO CANADIAN COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE – AEROPLANE

Pilots who hold a United States of America FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate – Aeroplane, that has not been “Issued on the basis…” of another foreign licence, shall demonstrate their knowledge by writing the following Transport Canada multiple choice examination:

Examination Questions Time Limit Pass Mark
Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane for conversion from a United States of America Pilot Certificate (FAACA) 20 1 hour 60%

The FAACA examination is based on the differences between FAA and TC air law and communication procedures. Candidates should read the recommended references on pages 25 and 26 as they apply to aeroplanes in VFR operations.