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Logbook Requirements for Canadian Amateur-Built Aircraft

By Allan Mahon, General Manager, MD-RA Inspection Service, For Bits and Pieces 

CAR 605.92 states that every owner of an aircraft shall keep a journey log in respect of the aircraft. It further states that, in cases of a balloon or a glider, or an aircraft operated under a special certificate of airworthiness in owner maintenance and amateur-built classification, all entries with respect to technical records of the airframe, engine(s), and variable-pitch propeller may be kept in the journey log, i.e., separate technical logs are not required.

CAR 605, Schedule 1— contains the requirements of what is to be entered, when, and who will enter information.

There is no ruling that denies the owner/builder from designing his or her own log book, however. TP14089B – Aircraft Journey Log was published by Transport Canada in order to facilitate matters for private aircraft owners. (i.e., Transport Canada wants you to use the standard available journey log that everyone is familiar with.)

All information required in CAR 605 has an appropriate spot to fill in required data. TP14089B was written using the accepted Canadian journey log.

The use of a journey log book not meeting TP14089B will require the owner/builder to be sure he or she understands the requirements of CAR 605 and supply required information in acceptable format along with final inspection documentation and application for Certificate of Airworthiness.

A complete guide to “Journey Log Book” entries can be found on the MD-RA website. Airworthiness statement, maintenance statement, compass swing, weight and balance requirements, signature, etc., are covered in this guidance document.

This guide was published with the intent that a Canadian-acceptable log book be used to record data.

Guidance material covering these entries is supplied with inspection paperwork.
Additional copies are available for download here.

Note: A separate guide for imported aircraft “Journey Log Book” entries is available on our website, as there are additional entries required.

The use of TP14089B – Aircraft Journey Log publication along with an acceptable journey log would make life so much easier.


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