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Flight Crew Recency Requirements

In order to stay current, you must have a valid Medical Certificate and meet the regulatory requirements for recency and currency.

There are three time frames for recency requirements: 5 years, 2 years and 6 months. If you wish to be pilot-in-command or co-pilot, you must meet both the 5 year and 2 year recency requirements. If you wish to carry passengers you must also meet the 6 month requirement.


2 Year Requirement: 

You must have successfully completed a recurrent training program within the previous 24 months. There are 7 ways to meet this requirement: 

Participate in a Transport Canada approved recurrent training program

  • Complete a flight review with an instructor
  • Attend a safety seminar conducted by Transport Canada
  • Complete a Transport Canada self-paced study program
  • 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 license permit or rating
  • Complete the written exam for a license, permit or rating


5 Year Requirement: 1 of the following

  • Flown as a pilot-in-command or co-pilot within the previous 5 years
  • Completed a flight review with an instructor and written and passed the PSTAR exam within the previous 12 months

6 Month Requirement:

The 6-month requirement is 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.

  • Glider pilots have the option of completing 2 takeoffs and landings with an instructor.
  • Balloon pilots are not allowed to land at night; however, if part of the flight is to take place at night, then there must have been at least 5 takeoffs by night.


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We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada for this initiative through the Search and Rescue New Initiative Fund (SAR NIF).