Conversion between U.S. and Canadian Pilot Licences

IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES FOR LICENSING

Under the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety dated 12 June 2000 between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada
Revision 1

Chapter I - GENERAL

1.0 Purpose and Scope

(a) This document sets forth the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) procedures for issuing pilot certificates or licences on the basis of equivalent documents issued by the other authority under the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, dated 12 June 2000 (“Agreement”). The Agreement provides, in pertinent part, that the FAA and TCCA will pursue mutual cooperation in the evaluation and acceptance of each other’s systems and standards in the issuance of certificates and licences. Upon mutual satisfaction with these systems, the Agreement provides that the authorities shall execute these procedures for the conversion of pilot licences and certificates.

(b) The objective of these Implementation Procedures, in accordance with the Agreement, is to outline the acceptance terms and conditions under which the FAA and TCCA may convert each other's pilot certificates and licences.

1.1 Authorization

Article III of the Agreement authorizes the FAA and TCCA to assess each other’s standards and systems for the licensing or certification of pilots. The FAA and TCCA conducted this assessment and used it to establish the conditions for the conversion of their respective pilot licences and certificates.

Upon entry into force, this document supersedes the Implementation Procedures for Licensing (IPL), dated August 31, 2006.

1.2 Effective Date and Termination

These Implementation Procedures enter into force ninety (90) days after the signing of this agreement by the FAA and TCCA, and activity under these procedures will commence in accordance with Chapter V. Either the FAA or TCCA may stop using these implementation procedures by giving a ninety (90) days written notice to the other party. Termination of these Implementation Procedures will not affect the validity of activity conducted under their provisions prior to termination.

1.3 Amendments

(a) These Implementation Procedures may be amended at any time by mutual consent of the FAA and TCCA, and may also be revised or supplemented by appendices. Such amendments and appendices will be recorded and enter into force upon signature by the duly authorized representatives identified in paragraph 1.5(c), or their designee. Each amendment or appendix must specify its effect, if any, on activities conducted under these Implementation Procedures prior to the revision or supplementation.

(b) The offices indicated in paragraph 1.5 are open to suggestions for improvement.

(c) The FAA and TCCA further recognize that significant revision by either authority to its organization, regulations, procedures or standards may affect the basis on which these Implementation Procedures are executed. Accordingly, each authority agrees to advise the other promptly of plans for such changes, and to give an opportunity for comment. Upon notice of such changes by one authority, the other authority may request consultation to review the need for amendment to the Implementation Procedures as to either scope or substance.

1.4 National Requirements

(a) The legal standards for safety regulation by TCCA are contained in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), and are explained in ancillary documents and procedures.

(b) The legal standards for safety regulation by the FAA are contained in the Federal Aviation Regulations, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), and are explained in ancillary documents and procedures.

1.5 Accountability

(a) The designated offices for technical oversight of the Implementation Procedures are:

  1. (i) For the FAA: Flight Standards Service; FAA (AFS-50); 800 Independence Avenue, S.W.; Washington, DC 20591 USA.
  2. (ii) For TCCA: Standards (AART); 330 Sparks St.; Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0N8 Canada.

(b) The designated offices for technical implementation of these Implementation Procedures are:

  1. (i) For the FAA about pilot regulations and policy: Flight Standards Service; FAA (AFS-800); 800 Independence Avenue, S.W.; Washington, DC 20591 USA.
  2. (ii) For the FAA about pilot certification and verification: Airman Certification Branch; FAA (AFS-760); P.O. Box 25082; Oklahoma City, OK 73125 USA.
  3. (iii) For the FAA about pilot testing: Airman Testing Branch; FAA (AFS‑630); P.O. Box 25082; Oklahoma City, OK 73125 USA.
  4. (iv) For the FAA about medical certification: Civil Aerospace Medical Institute; Aerospace Medical Certification Division; FAA (AAM-300); P.O. Box 25082; Oklahoma City, OK 73125 USA.
  5. (v) For TCCA about pilot licensing: Commercial Flight Standards (AARTF); 330 Sparks St.; Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0N8 Canada.
  6. (vi) For TCCA about medical certification: Civil Aviation Medicine (AARG); 330 Sparks St.; Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0N8 Canada.

(c) The designated offices for administrative coordination of these Implementation Procedures are:

  1. (i) For the FAA: Office of the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation FAA (AWH); 800 Independence Avenue, S.W.; Washington, DC 20591 USA.
  2. (ii) For TCCA: Standards (AART); 330 Sparks St.; Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 0N8 Canada.

1.6 Resolution of Disagreements

Pursuant to Article IV of the Agreement, any disagreement regarding the interpretation or application of these Implementation Procedures must be resolved by consultation between the FAA and TCCA. In accordance with paragraph 1.3, resolution of such disagreements may be recorded as an amendment or as an appendix to these Implementation Procedures.

1.7 Definitions

For the purposes of these Implementation Procedures (and notwithstanding definitions contained in the 14 CFR and the CARs), the following definitions apply:

(a) "14 CFR" means the Federal Aviation Regulations, contained in Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations.

(b) "CARs" means the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

(c) “Pilot certificate and licence conversion” means the issuance of a TCCA pilot licence in the case of a pilot’s certificate issued by the FAA or the issuance of an FAA pilot certificate on the basis of a TCCA pilot licence.

(d) “Special Conditions” are those additional requirements each Authority has determined are necessary in the context of the conversion of the other Authority’s pilot certificates/licences. Special Conditions are set forth in Chapter III of these Implementation Procedures.

(e) “Valid pilot licence or pilot certificate” means a licence or certificate that is not under an order of revocation, cancellation or suspension, or, in the case of a TCCA pilot licence, that has not expired.

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