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Air Services training

Aircrew training


Air Services aircrew currently consist of experienced regular member and civilian member pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs). All new hires are selected from a large pool of highly qualified and experienced industry pilots and AMEs. As a minimum, new hires must have at least 3,000 hours of relevant flying experience, or in the case of AMEs, five years of licenced aircraft maintenance experience.


All RCMP aircrew are expected to maintain a high degree of competency and professional knowledge. To accomplish this, our training program meets or exceeds industry standards in every respect. The high proficiency of RCMP pilots and maintenance engineers is critical to maintaining our excellent safety record.


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Simulator and aircraft flight training must be completed on an annual basis on most aircraft types on which a pilot is qualified.

After this training, pilots must pass various check rides with a certified check pilot on a recurring basis.

As well, pilots are required to re-qualify on many individual ground school courses. This involves classroom instruction as well as re-qualification exams.

Pilots must also undergo a thorough medical review every year (or six months depending on age) by a Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner.

Maintenance engineers are provided with initial training on all rotary and/or fixed wing aircraft as well as recurrent training as required. This includes avionics, engine maintenance, trouble-shooting and human factors related type courses.


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It is the Calgary Police that have the thorough polygraph test. The Mounties have a good selection process considering the recent talent attracted there (mainly training pilots from one source in the "Canadian" industry). It is a long wait but those that do get selected have enjoyed the benefits of the job. I have ten friends there now and a few that have retired, rarely a bad word is said except for the long waits for things to happen, but that is unfortunately the way that things happen in the federal government. Be willing to accept that and you'll do fine. Last I heard, the typical waiting period is about three years after the initial interview.



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