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Currency is Just an Instructor Away

With spring and summer ahead, EAA members across Canada are renewing their love affair with flight; cross-country flights with buddies to enjoy the $100 breakfasts; lazy evening flights over country and lane, just enjoying the spirit of flight; taking up friends and Young Eagles to share the joy of flying and seeing our world in three dimensions. That also means it’s probably a good time to ask: Are you current? 

Take Five: How to Stay Current

The following is reprinted with permission from the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter.

The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) tell us that, in addition to having a valid license or permit and a valid medical certificate, there are some things pilots need to do every five years, every two years, and every six months if they wish to exercise the privileges of their licenses or permits.

Every five years, pilots must fly as pilot-in-command or copilot at least once in a category of aircraft for which they are licensed. Pilots who don’t meet this requirement must successfully complete a flight review with an instructor and pass the student pilot permit or private pilot license for foreign and military applicants, air regulations examination.

Take Two: Recurrent Training
Every two years, pilots must complete a recurrent training activity. In order to satisfy this requirement, pilots can choose one of the following activities:

  • complete a flight review with an instructor
  • attend a Transport Canada safety seminar
  • participate in a Transport Canada-approved recurrent training program
  • complete the self-paced study program available each year in the Aviation Safety Letter
  • complete a training program or pilot proficiency check required by Part IV,cVI or VII of the CARs
  • complete the requirements for the issue or renewal of a license, permit, or rating
  • complete the written exam for a license, permit, or rating. 

Every Six Months
Pilots who wish to carry one or more passengers must complete at least five takeoffs and five landings every six months in the category and class of aircraft in which the passenger is carried. “Category” refers to whether the aircraft is a glider, airplane, helicopter, balloon, gyroplane, etc; “class” refers to whether the aircraft is meant for land or sea, whether it is single-engine or multi-engine, etc.

Pilots wishing to carry passengers at night must complete five takeoffs and five landings at night every six months. Glider pilots have the option of completing two takeoffs and landings with an instructor. Although balloons aren’t allowed to land at night, if part of a balloon flight carrying passengers is to take place at night (in other words, if the flight departs just before dawn with the plan to land in daylight), the pilot must have completed at least five takeoffs during the day and five takeoffs at night in a balloon during the last six months.

For more details about these specific requirements, visit: www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/regserv/affairs/cars/part4/standards/421.htm#421_05   

Beyond meeting the recency and currency requirements, pilots must ensure that their Aviation Document Booklet hasn’t expired. The booklet’s expiry date is indicated on the identification page. Pilots who don’t have an Aviation Document Booklet should consider applying for one by contacting their regional Flight Crew Licensing Office.

So check your currency status, Young Eagles, and bring it up to date so you can legally fly this summer.

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