Advisory Circulars

Commercial & Business Aviation


No. 0197


Chief Pilot Air Taxi CAR 703 Written Examination (CPTAX) Aeroplane


This Commercial and Business Aviation Advisory Circular (CBAAC) is to inform Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) 703 Air Taxi Operators and Civil Aviation Inspectors of the new National Chief Pilot Air Taxi CAR 703 Examination effective January 1, 2002.



Commercial Business Aviation Inspectors screen and approve Chief Pilot applicants. Until now there has not been a national examination for Inspectors to administer. Applicants were required to complete a regional examination followed by an oral interview with the Principal Operations Inspector (POI).

It was brought to the attention of Headquarters that standards varied significantly from region to region. As a result, the CPTAX Examination was developed to establish minimum knowledge for CAR 703 Chief Pilots.


The written CPTAX Examination along with an oral interview shall be required in order to approve Air Taxi Chief Pilot applicants.

Air Operators will nominate Chief Pilot applicants to their (POI) who will verify the applicants' qualifications in accordance with CASS 723.07 (2)(b)(i)(B) or its exemption. The POI shall issue the Chief Pilot applicant a Letter of Recommendation to attempt the examination. Upon completion of the national CPTAX Examination, a copy of the applicant's examination feedback letter shall be sent to the POI.

To undertake the CPTAX Examination, a Chief Pilot applicant shall meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Hold a valid Category 1 medical certificate;
  2. Have another identification document;
  3. Present a Letter of Recommendation from the POI for the air operator; and
  4. Have met 100% of the Commercial Air Service Standard (CASS) 723.07(2)(b) experience requirements.

The CPTAX Examination may be written at any of the Transport Canada Regional Offices or Transport Canada Centres (Civil Aviation) where exams are presently being written. Under special circumstances or because of geographical location, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) may invigilate the examination. Air Operators who wish to use the services of the RCMP are to contact the appropriate Commercial & Business Regional Office to co?ordinate their request.

The successful completion of the written CPTAX Examination will form part of the prerequisite Chief Pilot qualifications for CAR 703 Chief Pilot appointment. The Chief Pilot oral interview with the POI will remain a vital component in the applicant's ability to demonstrate knowledge to the Minister. The POI will ask the applicant to answer questions based upon the type and geographical location of air carrier operation. The successful completion of the oral exam and interview will complete the demonstration of knowledge as required by CASS 723.07(2)(b)(i)(B)(IV).

Those pilots employed as Chief Pilots who were approved prior to January 1, 2002, need not write the new CPTAX Examination. Any Chief Pilot applicant who has not been a Chief Pilot within the previous two years will be required to complete the new CPTAX Examination. The validity period for the examination is two years. Once successfully passed, the applicant will have two years calculated from the first of the next month from when the examination was written to become a Chief Pilot.

Applicants who attempt the Chief Pilot CAR 703 Examination and are unsuccessful may re-write the examination after a 14-day waiting period.


Effective January 1, 2002, all CAR 703 Chief Pilot applicants will be required to successfully complete the Chief Pilot Air Taxi CAR 703 Examination.


The Chief Pilot Air Taxi CAR 703 Examination will remain in effect until further notice.

M.R. Preuss
Commercial & Business Aviation

Commercial & Business Aviation Advisory Circulars (CBAAC) are intended to provide information and guidance regarding operational matters. A CBAAC may describe an acceptable, but not the only, means of demonstrating compliance with existing regulations. CBAACs in and of themselves do not change, create any additional, authorize changes in, or permit deviations from regulatory requirements.

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