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FLYING BC - November 2001
While most flying restrictions have been lifted in the "Enhanced Class B Airspace" in the Seattle area, there are still several Temporary Flight Restriction (TFRs) areas remaining in the Puget Sound Area. These TFRs are identified by Notam and are reviewed by Flight Service when receiving a
flight briefing.

Fortunately, most pilots are doing a great job of avoiding these TFRs. However, there are a few pilots who proceed to fly into these areas and violate the airspace. It has gotten to the point that we will probably see some strong surveillance actions taken by the government unless these TFRs are respected. It is not known if the pilots who are causing the problem are not aware of the TFRs, just do not care, or know about the TFRs and fly into an area by mistake. In any case, it has to be corrected or might see additional restrictions placed on flying in the Puget Sound Area.

So, please help to get the word out that TFRs are still active and must be respected. Strongly suggest to pilots they obtain a full standard briefing from Flight Service and specifically ask for details on any TFRs near their route of flight. Encourage pilots to clearly mark on their charts TFRs so that they do not fly into an area by mistake by trying to fly around some weather. Any violation today of a TFR is not going to be treated like a violation prior to September 11th. Any pilot who is identified flying in a TFR will find out there may be a very large penalty to pay in the form of both a fine and loss of license.

Please take this seriously. I do not want to see any pilot get into trouble. Also, I do not want to see any more restrictions or special surveillance actions taken in the Puget Sound area.

Al Banholzer. President
Washington Pilots Association.
Washington Pilots Association
Canadian Recency Requirements - In order to be considered current, a pilot must meet the following recency requirements:

The recency requirements may be found in CAR 401.05 and in the corresponding standard in CAR 421.05. In order to exercise the privileges of your licence you must meet the recency requirements in addition to having a valid medical certificate.
The recency requirements address three time periods, 5 years, 2 years, and 6 months. If you wish to act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of an aircraft you must meet both the 5 year and the 2 year recency requirements. If you wish to carry passengers you must also meet the 6 month requirement.

(a) 5- year Requirement - To meet the 5-year requirement, you must have either:
(i) flown as pilot-in-command or co-pilot within the previous 5 years; or
(ii) completed a flight review with an instructor and written and passed the PSTAR exam within the previous 12 months.

(b) 2-year Requirement - To meet the 2-year requirement, you must have successfully completed a recurrent training program within the previous 24 months. There are seven ways to meet the recurrent training program standard and they are detailed in CAR 421.05(2). They are summarized as follows:
(i) complete a flight review with an instructor;
(ii) attend a Safety Seminar conducted by Transport Canada;
(iii) participate in an approved recurrent training program;
(iv) complete the self-paced study program in the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter
(v) complete a training program or PPC required by Part IV, VI or VII of the CARs;
(vi) complete the requirements for the issue or renewal of a licence permit or rating; or

(vii) complete the written exam for a licence, permit or rating.

(c) 6-month Requirement - To meet the 6-month requirement for carrying passengers, you must have completed 5 takeoffs and landings in the same category and class within the previous 6 months. If the flight is to be flown at night then the takeoffs and landings must have been completed at night. Glider pilots have the option of completing 2 takeoffs and landings with an instructor. Balloon pilots are not allowed to land at night; however, if part of the flight is to take place at night, then there must have been at least 5 takeoffs by night.

For further details, please refer to Canadian Aviation Regulation 401.05 and 421.05.