Pilot Licence – Gliders
Certified balloon you will need a:
Pilot Licence – Balloons
Certified airship you will need a:
Pilot Licence – Balloons, with a type endorsement for each airship type
What if the aircraft you are looking at is classified as a “high performance aircraft”? This happens when a certified aircraft has:
A V AV N E SO
of over 250 knots or of more than 80 knots
As explained in CAR 421.40 if your aircraft is “high performance” then it is not a showstopper, you will just need a type rating.
The requirements for the rating are fairly straightforward:
High Performance Aeroplane (i) Knowledge An applicant for an individual aircraft type rating for a high performance aeroplane shall have completed ground training on the aeroplane type. (ii) Experience An applicant shall have completed flight training and have acquired a minimum of 200 hours pilot flight time on aeroplanes. (iii) Skill Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the rating, an applicant shall have successfully completed a qualifying flight under the supervision of a Transport Canada Inspector or a qualified person qualified in accordance with CAR 425.21(7)(a)
Join a Club
One of the best ways to learn about owning your own aircraft and find support and encouragement is to join a club and mix with others who are doing the same thing.
In Canada the following organizations are great sources of knowledge for certified aircraft owners:
COPA Guide to Certified Aircraft 51