What is the PSTAR?
The PSTAR is a fifty-question written test that Canadian flight
students must pass with a mark of ninety percent or higher, before they can
fly solo. It once stood for something like Pre-Solo Test
of Air Regulations,
but that was too simple to be a government document. You can write the PSTAR
at your flying school whenever you are ready to. If you don't score at least
90% you will have to write it again, using a different version of the test.
What is the Study and Reference Guide?
In order for you to prepare for the PSTAR, all the possible
questions are published in a Transport Canada document called Study
and Reference Guide: Student Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence for Foreign
and Military Applicants, Air Regulations. That official Study & Reference
Guide directs you to more government documents where the answers can be found,
but it doesn't specify or explain the answers. Most students spend a couple
of hours decoding the A.I.P. and the CARs, and then turn to their flight instructors
What is Robyn's Improved PSTAR Study
At the flying school where I used to work, we went down to
the Airport Restaurant and my students provide me with pie while I answered
all their questions about the PSTAR. This web page attempts to duplicate
that experience for my students, and any other Canadian flight students who
are preparing for the PSTAR.
How is it "Improved"?
I have reproduced the fourteen PSTAR sections just as they
appear in the Transport Canada document, then added:
- the correct choice shown in boldface for each multiple choice
- links to the applicable paragraphs of the Canadian
- explanations of tricky or ambiguous questions
- pictures and study tips to help you remember the rules
My guide is written with fixed wing pilots in mind, but if
you are training to fly another type of aircraft, you are welcome to use
it. If you find this site helps you pass the PSTAR, maybe sometime after
you get your licence you'll find me and buy me a slice of pie.
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