Principal Air - Flight Training / Charter in Canada

Principal Air - Flight Training / Charter in Canada, Learn to Fly


Unit D 30460 Liberator Ave. (Just past the Main Terminal)
Abbotsford International Airport
V2T 6H5
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Pilot Recurency

If you are a pilot who has not flown in some time and you want to get back into aviation we can help.

There are two categories that a pilot in need of recurrent training will fall under, there are five-year recency and two year recurrent training requirements. For the detailed CARS 421.5 regulation click here

Five Year Recurrency Requirement
Two Year Recurrency Requirement
The five year requirement says that no pilot can exercise the privileges of the permit, licence or rating unless they have acted as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of an aircraft within the five years preceding the flight, unless they have completed a flight review with an instructor within the previous 12 months and completed the PSTAR written exam.

The flight review must include all the flight test skill requirements.

(a) the flight review shall include all items normally covered during the flight test for the issue of that permit or licence,

(b) the flight instructor completing the flight review shall certify in the holder’s personal log that the skill requirement has been met, and

(c) the holder shall successfully complete the written examination Student Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence for Foreign and Military Applicants, Air Regulations (PSTAR)

Most of the pilots that come to us for recurrency fall under this requirement. Depending on your ability expect on average three to seven hours of dual flying to get current. Remember to renew your aviation medical as well and if you have not done so already you will also need to apply for the passport style licence which started in 2009.   

In order to comply with the requirements of 401.05(2)(a), any of the following are considered acceptable as recurrent training programs:

(a) completion of a flight review conducted by the holder of a flight instructor rating in the same category, shall include all items normally covered during the flight test for the issue of that permit or licence;

(b) attendance at a safety seminar conducted by Transport Canada Aviation;

(c) successful completion of a recurrent training program designed to update pilot knowledge, which could include subject areas such as human factors, meteorology, flight planning and navigation, and aviation regulations, rules and procedures that has been approved by the Minister as being satisfactory for those purposes;
(amended 2005/12/01; previous version)

(d) completion of the self-paced study program produced annually in the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter, which is designed to update pilot knowledge in the subjects specified in (c) above. The completed copy shall be the most current published by date and shall be retained by the licence holder; Here is the link for the self study program.

(e) completion of a training program or Pilot Proficiency Check as required by Parts IV, VI or VII of the Canadian Aviation Regulations;

(f) completion of the skill requirements for issue or renewal of a pilot permit, licence or rating, including night rating, VFR over-the-top rating, instrument rating, multi-engine class rating, flight instructor rating, landplane or seaplane rating; or

(g) completion of the written examination(s) for a permit, licence or rating.