Training for Foreign Students

To obtain a float endorsement on your foreign pilot’s licence you are required to have either a “Limited term Pilot Licence” or a “Limited Term Pilot Licence and Medical Certificate”, please see the information below. Georgian Bay Airways can help you obtain this document to conduct your training with us. This does not allow you to work as a pilot in Canada.

Limited Term Pilot Licence (LTPL)

If you are planning to come to Canada to do flight training for a rating, such as a seaplane or multi-engine rating, you will need to obtain a Limited Term Pilot Licence (LTPL) from Transport Canada.

You will be required to complete an application form, pay a fee of $40.00, and present a valid passport, valid foreign pilot licence and medical certificate to Transport Canada (TC). The LTPL is issued for a 90 day period, and it is Transport Canada’s policy that it can only be issued to you once each year.

After you have completed your training, GBA will assist you in submitting an application for the endorsement of the rating and a fee of $30.00 in order to have the new rating added to the LTPL, which will be re-issued by Transport Canada.

Note: Since the LTPL is only valid for 90 days, you do not want to obtain it too far in advance of starting your training. You will need to have completed your endorsement, received the paperwork back from TC and submitted the endorsed LTPL to your Aviation Authority within the 90 day period.

When you return to your home country, you can then apply to your Civil Aviation Authority to have the rating added to your foreign pilot licence. It is strongly recommended that you speak with representatives of your Civil Aviation Authority before first coming to Canada to ensure that the licensing requirements of your country can be met in this fashion.

Please note that the Limited Term Pilot Licence is not a Canadian licence.

The following information is taken directly from the Transport Canada website.

Flight Training in Canada: Limited Term Private Pilot Licence (LTPL or LTPL/MC)

As a result of the increasing numbers of pilots coming to Canada each year to train for and receive additional licence privileges, Transport Canada will now issue a Limited Term Pilot Licence and Medical Certificate (LTPL/MC) or Limited Term Pilot Licence (LTPL). The LTPL/MC is based on a valid foreign pilot licence and the medical document validating that licence. The LTPL is based on a valid foreign pilot licence.

As a result this will permit foreign pilot licence holders to fly Canadian registered aircraft internationally for private recreational purposes. The holder of this LTPL/MC or LTPL may act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aircraft for the sole purpose of his or her own flight training or flight test. This document may also be endorsed with additional ratings.

The following conditions are applicable for the issue of a LTPL/MC.

  • The foreign licence must have been issued by a Contracting State of ICAO and be valid under the law of the issuing state for the privileges appropriate to the specific purpose.
  • The foreign Medical Certificate must be valid in accordance with Canadian medical standards. (For example: In the case of a pilot who is under 40 years of age, a LTPL/MC shall not be issued if more than 24 months has lapsed since the date of the last medical exam. In the case of a pilot who is 40 years of age or older, no more than 12 months shall have lapsed since the last medical examination.)
  • The LTPL/MC validity period shall not exceed 90 days.
  • A LTPL/MC may only be issued to an applicant once in any 12 month period.
  • There will be a licensing fee of $40 Cdn. for this document.
  • There is no requirement for a written examination.
  • The LTPL/MC may be endorsed for additional privileges if the required conditions are met.

The following conditions are applicable for the issue of a LTPL.

  • The foreign licence must have been issued by a Contracting State of ICAO and be valid under the law of the issuing state for the privileges appropriate to the specific purpose.
  • A Canadian medical conducted by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME) and assessed fit in the appropriate category by a Transport Canada Medical Advisor may validate an LTPL.
  • The LTPL validity period shall not exceed 90 days.
  • A LTPL may only be issued to an applicant once in any 12 month period.
  • There will be a licensing fee of $40 Cdn. for this document.
  • There is no requirement for a written examination.
  • The LTPL may be endorsed for additional privileges if the required conditions are met.

The LTPL/MC and the LTPL is applicable to the following aircraft categories:

  • Glider,
  • Aeroplane,
  • Helicopter, and
  • Balloon.

Should further information be required please contact Transport Canada, General Aviation, Personnel Licensing at (613) 990-1056, Fax (613) 990-6215.

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For people wishing to visit or immigrate to Canada, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.