Initial Certification for 702 & 703 Air Operators

 What is an Air Operator Certificate?

An Air Operator Certificate (AOC), issued by Transport Canada, is a legal contract between a commercial or private air operator and the Government of Canada.

A brief overview of Transport Canada’s process to issue an AOC:

When Transport Canada receives an application from a company wanting an AOC, they will:

  • assign Inspectors to the project (Operations, Maintenance, Dangerous Goods, Cabin Safety);
  • review  all required manuals, forms and documentation;
  • advise the Company of required or suggested changes;
  • verify the qualifications of the proposed Operations Manager, Chief Pilot and Person Responsible for Maintenance;
  • inspect the Company’s main base facilities, training records and aircraft;
  • interview the Operations Manager, Chief Pilot and Person Responsible for Maintenance;
  • approve manuals, Operations Manager, Chief Pilot and Person Responsible for Maintenance;
  • issue the Air Operator Certificate.

Why GS Aviation Consulting?

Professional Service

You have the benefit of our aviation experience, extensive knowledge of Canadian Air Regulations, and broad industry network in a dedicated, friendly environment.

Quality of Submission

The turn-around time for a  certification application is largely determined by the quality of your submission. GS Aviation has developed a concise process that will ensure a complete and compliant submission. We use project management tools that ensure transparency with you throughout the process.

Proven Track Record

We have many satisfied client operators within the Canadian aviation community including over 20 initial certification projects.

What do I do now?

There are a number of things that you can do in order to prepare for certification: 

  • incorporate your business (if you purchase the aircraft consider setting up a holding company and lease the aircraft to your aviation company);
  • determine the best aircraft type for your operation and look into aircraft acquisition (purchase or lease);
  • identify your key managers;
  • determine insurance requirements;
  • start making arrangements for maintenance, facilities and other operational requirements, as needed for your operation.


Click here to contact GS Aviation Consulting to help you through the process!