With flying becoming more and more accessible over the years, many people are now taking up a passion for it. You might have been in this situation yourself – you’ve decided you want to learn how to fly but haven’t quite decided which type of pilots licence would be the best for you. In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the things you should consider when deciding on your next flight crew licence!

How to get your flight crew licence 

The aviation industry is highly regulated with a lot of laws, standards, and rules. To be able to fly in this industry you must pass exams and receive your licence from a governing body. If you are planning to get your flight crew license validation certificates, it will be necessary for you to provide a copy of your valid flight crew licence. This can only happen if the license has been issued by an authority within the country that issued you the licence. If this is not possible, you will need to provide another form of identification that is listed in your country’s aviation code and valid for two years after the date of issue.

What are the different types of flight crew licences?

There are two types of licences that a person can have: an airline transport pilot licence and an air traffic controller licence. The airline transport pilot licence is the most difficult to get, and it takes about 2-4 years to obtain for pilots with 6-12 years of experience. It requires successfully completing a flight in the aircraft and passing a rigorous examination before licensing can be granted. There are three different types of flight crew licences: private, commercial, and airline transport. There are also two different levels of Qualification Requirements for each licence. Flight crew licences have three different levels: a general licence, an international licence and a specialist licence.

How do I know if my licence is valid?

If you don’t have your flight crew licence validated by the Civil Aviation Authority or the European Civil Aviation Agency, then it is not valid. However, if your licence has been previously validated by those institutions, then you can search for the validation number on their website to see if your licence is still valid. You can verify your licence status by checking the validity of this licence on the Transport Canada website. If you get a message saying that it’s not valid, then you will need to get a new flight crew licence endorsed by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Which licensing agency issues a licence?

The licensing agency is responsible for issuing the licence, validating it and certifying whether the aviation employee who holds it has met all the requirements. The most important part of obtaining a license is to pass the written exam.

When should I renew my licence?

A licence is valid for 1 year. At the end of this time you must show that your knowledge has remained up-to-date and that you maintain a valid aviation medical certificate to renew your licence. If you have not renewed your licence in this period, it will remain active until 1 years after the original expiry date.


In order to have your flight crew’s licence approved, you must start at the beginning. You need to contact one of the three organisations in Canada that are licensed and then they can recommend who to contact. After that, you will need to get a course and pass it before finally having your licence validated by Transport Canada.