Staff Instruction (SI) No. 401-002

Approved Check Pilot Expanded Authority

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Issuing Office: Commercial and Business Aviation
Activity Area: Qualifying SI No.: 401-002
File No.: 1825-2-0 Issue No: 01
RDIMS No.: 2057066-V5 Effective Date: 2007-04-01


1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Staff Instruction is to update and clarify authorities that are available to Approved Check Pilots (ACPs).

1.2 Applicability

This document is applicable to Transport Canada, Commercial and Business Aviation ACPs or Civil Aviation Pilot Examiners (PEs) who wish to conduct individual type ratings and instrument ratings on personnel not associated with a Canadian Air or Private Operator.


2.1 Reference Documents

It is intended that the following reference materials be used in conjunction with this document:

  1. Part IV Subpart 1 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) – Flight Crew Permits, Licenses and Rating;
  2. General Aviation Policy Letter GA-1997-03, dated 97.03.21 – Transfer of Responsibility; and
  3. TP 6533 8th Edition Revision 4, dated February 2006 – Approved Check Pilot Manual.

2.2 Cancelled Documents

  1. Not applicable.


  1. Policy Letter GA-1997-03, dated 97.03.21 – Transfer of Responsibility permits Commercial and Business Aviation ACPs or Civil Aviation PEs to confer aircraft type and instrument ratings to pilots operating under Subpart 604 or Par VII of the CARs.  These policies were formalized in Edition 6 of the TP 6533 - Approved Check Pilot Manual in September of 1997.
  2. The policies specified in Policy Letter GA-1997-03, dated 97.03.21 – Transfer of Responsibility were subsequently formalized in the CARsyet the resulting changes provided broader authorities than specified in the original Policy Letter.  These additional authorities were not included in the privileges granted to ACPs in later editions of the TP 6533 – Approved Check Pilot Manual so could not be exercised by ACPs.


4.1 Individual or Instrument Ratings

  1. Section 401.06 and associated standards found in subsection 421.40(3) and subparagraph 421.46(2)(c)(ii) of the CARs establish a successful Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) as a standard for granting an Individual Type Rating or an Instrument Rating.  The only exception is the High Performance Aeroplane individual type rating which requires a qualifying flight under the supervision of a Transport Canada Inspector or a qualified person, and for this, ACPs meet the requirements for a qualified person as specified in paragraph 425.21(7)(a) of the CARs.
  2. Effective immediately, Type A ACPs will be permitted to conduct a PPC on personnel who are not associated with a Canadian Air Operator, provided they are authorized to do so by the Regional or National Operations Issuing Authority, and provided the candidate has:

    1. completed a program of ground and flight training on the aeroplane type from an approved Type Rating and Training Organization (TRTO/FAR 142 organization);
    2. minimum of 250 hours pilot flight time on aeroplanes;
    3. passed a pilot proficiency check conducted in accordance with Part VII of the CARsas they apply to the aeroplane type.
  3. Upon successful completion of the PPC, the ACP may confer an individual type rating or an instrument rating upon the candidate, provided the requirements of section 401.06 of the CARs are met.


The TP 6533 - Approved Check Pilot Manual will be amended to reflect the policy specified in this Staff Instruction.  Included in this amendment will be guidance material pertaining to the circumstances where ACP approval will be granted.


For more information please contact:
Chief, Certification and Operational Standards (AARXB)

Phone: 613-993-6975
Facsimile: 613-954-1602

Suggestions for amendment to this document are invited and should be submitted via the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System (CAIRS) at the following Internet address:

or by e-mail

Original signed by

D.B. Sherritt
Director, Standards

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