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CARs now require 12 hour since your last alcoholic drink2019
The regulations about alcohol and drugs that relate to crew members (CAR 602.03) were updated in December 2018. The old rule requiring 8 hours between consuming an alcoholic drink and flying have changed - the rule now requires 12 hours between drinking alcohol and acting as a crew member of an aircraft.
It is not likely that the Transport Canada exams have been updated yet to reflect this change, but the regulations have changed and the exams will be updated eventually.
CAR 602.03 Alcohol or Drugs - Crew Members
Commercial Pilot License Exam Prep. Guide 20192019
All errata from the previous editions have been corrected in the 2019 edition.
The label for the Dawson Creek (DQ) NDB (frequency 394 kHz) referenced in navigation questions 91 and 92 is actually not on the map in Appendix C6i – it has been clipped off. Have a look at the marked up map linked here: Appendix C6i (PDF, 19 KB)
Commercial Pilot License Exam Prep. Guide 20182018
All errata from the previous editions have been corrected in the 2018 edition.
Air Law - Section 1.1.1 Class 1 Medical Validity Period2018
The rules for the validity period of the Class 1 Medical have changed. The new rules are as follows:
Under 40 years old the Class 1 is valid for 12 months. If you are 40 or older AND flying in a single pilot operation with passengers on board then the Class 1 is valid for 6 months. Also, if you are 60 or older then the Class 1 is valid for 6 months.
Have a look at CAR CAR 404.04 for details.
Meteorology - Section 188.8.131.52, Surface Analysis Charts2018
The wind strength for two long barbs should be 20 to 24 knots. Refer to the Station Model Wind Barb diagram below:
General Knowledge - Section 4.1.14, Heading Indicator2018
The first sentence describing the heading indicator has been updated, and the newly added text is shown in bold below:
"The heading indicator, sometimes known as the direction indicator, relies on a gyro which rotates with its axis of rotation in the horizontal plane."
General Knowledge - Question 492018
Question 49 has been slightly reworded to make it more clear, however the question still asks the same thing and the answer key is unchanged. The new Question 49 wording is shown below:
"Assume that you have adjusted the loading in accordance with your answer to question 48 and determine the landing weight and balance. The landing weight _________ be within allowable limits and the centre of gravity __________ be within allowable limits at the end of the flight"
Use of aeroplane performance charts in the Transport Canada exams2017
Some aeroplanes only publish landing performance data for maximum gross weight. When operating below maximum gross weight, using the maximum gross weight landing distance chart will give longer distances than you will be able to achieve in actual operations, and is the conservative and safe way of planning your landing performance.
It can be confusing during the written exam where the scenario clearly provides an aircraft below maximum gross weight, but there are only performance charts for operations at gross weight. In this case, you are not allowed to extrapolate outside of the information given in the chart and you must answer the exam question with the gross weight landing distance.
Section 2 - Meteorology2015
Question 17 Solution (PDF, 72 KB)
Section 3 - Navigation2015
Navigation Question 3 Solution (PDF, 19 KB)
No more VOTs, but they are still tested in the TC exams2015.07.19
The VOR Test Facility (VOT) is no longer used. In fact, there haven't been any operating in Canada for several years and all description of them has been removed from the TC AIM. However, Transport Canada is still testing VOTs in the exams so take a few minutes to review the notes and attempt the questions which are provided at the following page, VOT notes and questions.
RE (recent) code removed from METARs2013.11.14
As of Nov 14, 2013, the code for recent activity (RE) will no longer be used in METARs or SPECIs as it is deemed redundant. If recent weather is important then a SPECI will be issued, rather than waiting until the next METAR and adding the RE code.