Transport Canada Preparation

The Transport Canada examination has 50 multiple choice questions and a time limit of 2 hours. It has been set up in sections and Transport Canada provides a post exam coded grading sheet, to let you know how you did in the different areas. Exams are typically written on a first come, first served basis, space permitting, with the only caution that they will not let you start writing a 2 hour exam if there are less than two hours remaining for their office hours.

As with all time-limited exams, it is important that you answer all of the questions that you are confident in the answers. Anything that you are having trouble with should be left, and returned to. This will ensure that you get marks for all of the things that you know the answers for.

The current ground school may not cover all of the questions that Transport Canada may pose, as they often update their examinations. When studying regulations, a copy of the "Aeronautical Information Manual" is invaluable. You can skip a lot of the sections that are oriented towards power flying, IFR, airlines, etc. and the manual is much more manageable. Even if you don't study the material, a quick read is of value. Navigation is generally limited to simple map reading. You need to know how to locate items by latitude and longitude, and how to identify objects and airspace on the map as outlined in the various legends. "From the Ground Up" has good sections on these subjects. However you aren't currently required to plot courses or do detailed flight planning. The Aeronautical Information Manual can be obtained directly from Transport Canada (www.tc.gc.ca ), and From the Ground Up is sold often in Chapters bookstores and certainly at any store specializing in aviation.

Typically you can expect to receive 10% lower scores on the Transport Canada exam than you get on the sample tests in this course. Since a pass is 60%, you should be getting at least 70% on the evaluation pages here.

You require a student pilot permit and proof of some flight training (approximately 2 hours), and a letter of recommendation from your Chief Flying Instructor, before writing the Transport Canada exam. Since most gliding clubs require a minimum of 10 hours pilot-in-command time and a licence, to carry passengers, there is no particular rush to write the examination ahead of the flight training.

The final sample examination is 50 multiple choice questions. It's probably a good idea to set aside enough time to try it in one session just to get an idea of what the real exam will be like. Remember that there will be a map reading exercise at Transport Canada, so if you are struggling to get the questions done within the 2 hour time limit, you likely have more studying to do. Use this exam as a guide to further study of the areas in which you are weak.