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required to operate under CAR 604 Private Operator Passenger Transportation. This means that you will need a Private Operating Certificate (POC). This program is under review by Transport Canada, and will go back to Transport Canada from the Canadian Business Aviation Association in April 1, 2011. Changes to the requirements to hold a POC are in the works so you should check with Transport Canada Standards in Ottawa if you are considering a pressurized, turbine powered aircraft. After April 1, 2011, the requirements should be contained in a revised CAR 604.

The POC program requires you to write and follow a Safety Management System for the operation of the aircraft, have a custom-designed maintenance program that complies with CAR 625 Appendix D (you cannot just adopt CAR 625 Appendix B & C as you can with other private aircraft) and meet minimum training and insurance benchmarks plus several other requirements. This program is under review by Transport Canada, and will go back to Transport Canada from the Canadian Business Aviation Association in April 1, 2011. Changes to the requirements to hold a POC are in the works so you should check with Transport Canada Standards in Ottawa if you are considering a pressurized, turbine powered aircraft. After April 1, 2011, the requirements should be contained in a revised CAR 604. Not implemented as of time of writing.

Private Operator Regulations Not Ready For Prime Time. Read this letter to Transport Canada http://www.copanational.org/files/Letter_Transport%20Canada.pdf Private Operator link at Transport Canada http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/commerce-business.htm

This is not to say “don’t buy a turbine pressurized aircraft”, just be aware that there are some extra requirements and costs involved.

COPA was extensively involved in the negotiations with TC and CBAA over the last few years on this issue and sought to have turbine and pressurized aircraft flown for personal, non-corporate use exempted from the CAR 604 requirements. In turning down COPA’s request on this issue, TC stated that they felt that a greater level of control and oversight was justified on all turbine and pressurized aircraft and that the CBAA POC program was the appropriate place for that oversight and control. It is not anticipated that there will be any changes to the types of aircraft included under this POC requirement in the future.

Can Certified Aircraft Become Non-Certified Aircraft?

This question is often asked when an aircraft owner has a certified aircraft that they want to rebuild, restore or modify and this can’t be done within the certified category using STCs and LSTCs for the design.

The short answer is “yes - but”. There are two possible ways to do this:

  • If the aircraft is eligible for the Owner Maintenance category (some certified aircraft

are and some are not)

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