Air operator certificates
From Transport Canada
We issue air operator certificates to show that a commercial air service complies with aviation regulations. Applying for this certificate is an important step in starting an aviation business.
Inspectors check that each applicant's operations meet detailed standards before issuing a new certificate. These standards apply to, for example:
- aircraft airworthiness
- personnel training and licensing
- flight and crew manuals
- base of operations and scheduled points of service
The regulations are complex, but help is available. You may contact your regional Transport Canada office to review how to apply. Inspectors can advise whether your company's proposed aviation facilities, equipment and personnel meet the latest standards.
Learn about the air operator certificate
To learn more, including how to amend, transfer or cancel a certificate, refer to the:
- Starting a Commercial Air Service (TP8880E)
- Air Operator Merger or Take-over Procedures Guide (TP 9908E)
- Foreign (FTA) Air Operator Certification Procedures Manual (TP 13001E)
Guide to Air Ambulance Operations (TP 10839E)