Cited in the PSTAR Study Guide
The Aeronautical Information Publication or "A.I.P."
is a white plastic ring-binder of looseleaf pages. It contains
from and explanations of air law, recommended procedures, and all
useful data for pilots. It is updated quarterly through replacement
pages sent to every licenced pilot in Canada whose medical is still
As a student pilot, you don't yet have an A.I.P., but your flying
required to have an office copy for you to use.
Here is how to look up references in the A.I.P. The
divided by index tabs into several sections, labelled GEN for general,
for aerodromes, COM for communications, and so on. Within the sections,
chapters, paragraphs and subparagraphs are numbered. A reference such
AIP-RAC 4.5.3 instructs you to go to the RAC tab of the AIP, and then
chapter 4, find paragraph 5, then subparagraph 3. That happens to be on
4-18 of the RAC section, but the page numbers are only important when
are updating your A.I.P., not when looking things up in it. AIP-RAC
deals with Helicopter Operations.
can be downloaded as a PDF from the Transport Canada website.
Transport Canada is planning to phase out the AIP in April 2005 and
replace it with a
document called the TC AIM (Transport Canada Airman's Information
Manual). This will have to result in amendments to the PSTAR, and to
Your own paper A.I.P will be mailed to you at the time
first quarterly update following processing of your private licence.
that could be as little as two weeks after receiving your private
but in practice it can take over six months. If you want one to
from -- and it is a useful document-- you can order
a copy of the A.I.P. from the government publisher. If that link
work, find the AIP by its publication number: TP2300E.
CARs and CARs
The Canadian Aviation Regulations, known as the CARs, are
pertaining to pilots and airplanes. There are nine parts to the CARs,
most of the things you need to know are in Part
IV - Personnel Licensing and Training and Part
VI - General Operating and Flight Rules. References to the CARs can
decoded digit-by-digit. Look at 605.28
(1) (a).The 6 means it's in Part VI; the 0 means it's in the CARs
have a 2 as the second digit); the 5 is subpart 5. After the decimal,
see paragraph 28. The (1) and (a) in parentheses are subparagraphs.
reference is to the regulation requiring a child strapped into a car
in an airplane to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
See if you can find regulation 602.25 (2) starting from
page of the CARs. The trick is to look at the second digit first --
a 0, so you want the Canadian Aviation Regulations (not the standards),
you start back at the first digit. This particular reference is to the
forbidding you to allow anyone to enter your airplane during flight.
got to look it up, to see if I'm serious!
In order to qualify for a radio licence, you must pass a test on
radio procedures. Download the Study Guide for the
Operator's Restricted Certificate (Aeronautical) (RIC-21), from
Canada, in order to prepare for it. See more about the RTORC in Preparing for Your First
The Canada Flight Supplement is a fat blue book giving detailed
on every aerodrome in Canada, from circuit procedures to the fuel
to the distance to town. Most of the book is simply an
listing of airports, from Abbotsford to Zhoda, with a separate index by
identifier. There is a section at the beginning explaining all the
and you can also find useful data on things like types of fuel and
The CFS is re-issued every 56 days with updates, but so little changes
once a year is more than often enough to buy a new one. It used to be
and you'll still see lots of green ones around, and a few really old
ones with a green stripe. Some pilots seem to consider it a status
to show off how OLD the CFS in their airplane is, as proof of how long
have been flying. You can buy the CFS at pilot shops, or online from Natural
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This page written 18 October 2002 by Robyn Stewart. Last
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