Failure of a Flight Test

Failure to achieve the minimum pass mark or the failure of any flight test item on the flight test report constitutes a failure of the flight test.

The failure of any ground item will require a complete re-test and will preclude the air portion of the flight test. Ground items are not eligible for a partial flight test.

If one air item is failed, the candidate will be eligible for a partial flight test on that item and the failure of a second air item will require a complete re-test.

If not satisfied with the outcome of the flight test, a candidate may wish to file a written complaint regarding the conduct of a flight test or the performance of an examiner with the Transport Canada Regional Office responsible for that examiner. In order to succeed with a complaint, the applicant will have to satisfy Transport Canada that the test was not properly conducted. Mere dissatisfaction with the flight test result is not enough. After due consideration of the individual case, the Regional Superintendent – Flight Training, may authorize a re-test to be conducted, without prejudice (with a clean record in regard to the disputed flight test), by a Civil Aviation Inspector or alternate pilot examiner. Should the complaint not be addressed to the candidate’s satisfaction, the procedure to be followed is outlined in Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System (CAIRS). The document can be found at:

Where the holder of a valid instrument rating fails a flight test required for the renewal of the rating, the examiner will initiate the suspension process by contacting the Regional Office no later than the next working day to report the failure. The Regional Office will then issue a formal notice of suspension to the candidate.


A pilot licence, including any ratings or endorsements attached to that licence, is a Canadian Aviation Document (CAD). The powers to suspend, cancel or refuse to renew a CAD, or any of its additional privileges, are set out in the Aeronautics Act.

Where the CAD already includes Instrument Rating privileges, the document holder has the right to appeal the Minister’s decision, to suspend, cancel, refuse to issue or renew a CAD, before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC). The TATC may be contacted at:

Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada,
333 Laurier Avenue West, 12th Floor, Room 1201
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
Tel.: 613-990-6906
Fax: 613-990-9153

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