Best practices in general aviation

We encourage all general aviation pilots to stay informed about the latest and safest best practices, and share them in your local flying communities. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and SmartPilot.ca to bring you the following resources.

Use this page to review best practices. “Take 5” minutes to read about topics like passenger briefings and personal checklists, watch a safety video, or order a poster for your flying club.

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Use safety equipment properly

Always use shoulder harnesses

Tragically, one-third of general aviation accidents that should have been survivable end in death because the pilot or passengers didn’t wear a shoulder harness.

To get educated on this issue, visit Using shoulder harnesses on aircraft.

Turn on transponders

Transponders are found in most aircraft today, yet many pilots don’t turn them on. Find out why you should use your transponder: read Turn it on for safety.

Turn off your emergency locator transmitter when it’s not in use

An UNSAR is an unnecessary search and rescue alert. UNSAR costs are huge. Order and share this poster to raise awareness and prevent UNSARs: UNSAR costs are unreal.

Take off and land safely

General aviation accounts for two-thirds of all aviation accidents in Canada, and 72% of these accidents happen during take-offs or landings. Know how to stay safe during these two critical phases of flight.

Video

Poster

Brief your passengers

You’re required to brief passengers before each flight about what to do in an emergency. But don’t just make time for briefings – make them clear and interesting, too.

To learn more, see Passenger safety briefings: why, when and how.

Review flight procedures

Prior to your flight, take a few minutes to review the applicable procedures for your departure, en-route and arrival.

Poster

Maintenance

Create a personal checklist

A “personal minimums checklist” guides you through the knowledge, skills and tools you need for flying and maintenance tasks.

Use a checklist to help you remember everything you need for a safe flight. Here’s an example of what to include: Personal minimums checklist for maintenance.

Poster

Fly safely with floats

To prepare yourself and your aircraft for a safe, enjoyable flight during all stages—preparation, take off, during flight and on arrival—read the tips in Flying safely with floats.

Videos

Fly safely with skis

Before you fly over frozen lakes and snow, don’t forget to review:

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