Transport Canada outlines the minimum requirements to stay current as follows:

  • 5 year requirement:
    • flown as pilot-in-command or co-pilot within the previous 5 years; or
    • completed a flight review with an instructor and written and passed the PSTAR exam within the previous 12 months.
  • 2 year requirement:
    • complete a flight review with an instructor;
    • attend a safety seminar conducted by Transport Canada;
    • participate in an Transport Canada approved recurrent training program;
    • complete the self-paced study program in the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter
    • complete a training program or PPC required by Part IV, VI or VII of the CARs;
    • complete the requirements for the issue or renewal of a licence permit or rating; or
    • complete the written exam for a licence, permit or rating.
  • 6 month requirement:
    • To meet the 6-month requirement for carrying passengers, you must have completed 5 takeoffs and landings in the same category and class within the previous 6 months. If the flight is to be flown at night then the takeoffs and landings must have been completed at night.

At Visions Flight Services, we can help with all of the above situations. Just contact us to arrange for whatever you need and we’ll get you taken care if.

Please remember that the above are the minimums, and that you should always contact a certified instructor to go up for some training if you ever feel that you may need to brush up on any skills.

COPA has put together a great document for those who have been away from flying for a while and want to know the steps to get current again.