A) How often do you need to fly to be able to exercise the privileges of your licence?

You must have flown Pilot In Command or as co-pilot within the last 5 years. If you have passed this time period you must, within the past 12 months preceding your next flight have passed the appropriate Transport Canada written exam (PSTAR) and a flight review with a licenced flight instructor.

CARS 401.05  Standard 421.05

B) What must you do every 2 years to keep current?

Within the 24 months preceding a flight you must complete a recurrent training program. This could be;

A) attendance at a Transport Canada safety seminar;
B) participation in a Transport Canada approved recurrent training program;
C) completion of the Transport Canada annual self-paced study program;
D) completion of a training program for a Pilot Proficiency Check, pilot permit, licence or rating;
E) completion of a permit, license or rating transport Canada written. 

CARS 401.05 (2) Standard 421.05 (2)

C) How many takeoff and landings must you do prior to carrying passengers?

5 takeoff and landings within 180 days preceding the flight with passengers. If you  hold a night rating and wish to carry passengers at night the takeoff and landings conducted during the day do not count. You must complete 5 takeoff and landings at night within 180 days preceding the flight with passengers.

CARS 401.05 (2)


D) As a commercial pilot how many take off and landings must you do to be considered a qualified pilot?

There is often some confusion around this one. If the company you fly for has the ability to take passengers (703, 704, 705 operators) you must complete 3 takeoff and landings every 90 days. It doesn't matter whether you are flying with passengers onboard or not. If you haven't flown for 90 days you must do 3 take off and landings before you start your revenue flight.

CARS 703.88 (1), 704.108 (1), 705.106 (1)