RPAS Recency coming up? Here’s one way to do it from Transport Canada

A couple of interesting items were released by TC recently.

Keep reading if your RPAS Recency requirement is coming up in early 2021.

RPAS Recency

As RPAS pilots in Canada, we are all governed by the Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part IX. Of note, as we approach the second anniversary of the Regulations coming in force, is the requirement in the CARS, section 901.56(1)(b)(iii) or 901.65(1)(b)(iii) to complete:

“any of the recurrent training activities set out in section 921.04 of Standard 921 — Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS).”

In the standard, 921.04 includes:

“(c) completion of a Transport Canada endorsed self-paced study program, which is designed to update pilot knowledge…”

Manned Aviation Pilots have been doing this recency for quite a while and for those of us who were quick to get our RPAS Pilot Certificates, that two year window until we need to do something to keep current is almost up.

Transport Canada quietly published one path for RPAS Recency for RPAS Pilots this week.

In the latest version of the Aviation Safety Letter, version 3/2020, Transport provides a section “2020-2021 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Recency Requirements Self-Paced Study Program”.

Review and competition of this Recency document and inclusion with your Flight Binder or Virtual Flight binder will meet the Recency requirements according to TC.

Click on the image to get a copy of the ASL Issue 3/2020 and pick up the Recency Self Paced document.

Issue 3/2020 – RPAS Recency Self Study Guides

References are listed after each question.

Many answers may be found in the Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM). Other answers can be found in the AIP Canada (ICAO). Amendments to these publications may result in changes to answers and/or references. 


Over the summer, the Training team at USC-STC, led by Kate Klassen from Coastal Drone, worked closely with Transport Canada to provide an AIM document for RPAS Pilots. This was intended to assist with preparation for the Pilot Certificate Exam. While the current AIM has lots of useful information, an RPAS specific version was clearly required. At 462 pages, this will become one of the key documents for aspiring Basic and Advanced RPAS Pilots.

You can click on the image below to download a copy.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comments or shoot us a note…

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