Advisory Circulars

Commercial & Business Aviation

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS AVIATION ADVISORY CIRCULAR


No. 0249
2005.12.21

PILOT SELF-TRAINING FOR CANADIAN AIR OPERATORS OPERATING UNDER SUBPARTS 702 AND 703 OF THE CANADIAN AVIATION REGULATIONS


INTRODUCTION

This Commercial & Business Aviation Advisory Circular (CBAAC) is to inform Canadian air operators of the requirements to include the details of pilot self-training within the Company Operation Manual (COM).

APPLICABILITY

This CBAAC is applicable to Canadian air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) who employ only one pilot and conduct pilot self-training.

REFERENCES

Section 702.76 of the CARs and Section 722.76 of the Commercial Air Services Standards (CASS);Section 703.98 of the CARs and Section 723.98 of the CASS.

BACKGROUND

Air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs are required to detail their training programs in their COM.

Sections 702.76 and 703.98 of the CARs and Sections 722.76 and 723.98 of the CASS do not address the issue of how the training requirements are to be met by one-pilot air operators. The intent is that a pilot receives his/her training from a person other than himself or herself. Air operators need to be aware of the annual training requirements as they apply to pilot self-training.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Technical ground and flight annual training requirements for pilot training are as follows:

Subsections 702.76(1) and 703.98(1) of the CARs states, “Every air operator shall establish and maintain a ground and flight training program that is:

a)
designed to ensure that each person who receives training acquires the competence to perform the person's assigned duties; and

b) approved by the Minister in accordance with the Commercial Air Service Standards.”

Subsections 702.76(3) and 703.98(3) of the CARs states, “An air operator shall

a) include a detailed syllabus of its ground and flight training program in its company operations manual;

b) ensure that qualified personnel are provided for its ground and flight training program, in accordance with the Commercial Air Service Standards”.

Transport Canada recognizes that it may be difficult for a one pilot company to find qualified personnel to provide the required training.

The following will detail the requirements:

An air operator with only one pilot on staff may complete pilot self-training with respect to technical ground-based training only.

The air operator must ensure that the technical ground based training program includes comprehensive examinations that shall be used to validate competence of the trainee required as by Paragraphs 722.76(1)(c) and 723.98 (1)(c) of the CASS.

Pilot flight self-training shall not be permitted

A pilot is required to receive annual flight training from a pilot who meets requirements from Subsections 722.76(10) and/or 723.98(10) of the CASS. The training pilot(s) shall be qualified as stated in Subsections 722.76(3) and 723.98(3) of the CASS. A pilot employed by another air operator who meets these requirements would be acceptable in this scenario.

Air operators operating under Subparts 702 and 703 of the CARs with only one pilot on staff will need to coordinate and conduct annual flight training with a qualified training pilot.

Note: In a single seat aircraft, where it is not possible to receive training from another person, pilots will conduct their own flight training in accordance with an approved training program detailed in the COM.

The detailed syllabus of pilot self-training shall be included in the COM.

ACTION

Air operators shall ensure that they establish and maintain a ground and flight training program that meets the required standard. The onus is on the air operator to ensure that the COM reflects how the training is conducted.

FUTUR DISPOSITION

This CBAAC will remain in effect until further notice.

Michel Gaudreau
Director
Commercial and 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. CBAACs are available electronically on the TC Web site, at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/commerce-circulars-menu-284.htm

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