Booking an Appointment
Due to COVID-19, AVOP administration and examination services were not offered between March 16th and August 17th 2020. We recognize the disruption this may have had to your organization.
We have revised AVOP testing and application protocols to be fully digital as outlined below.
AVOP Testing: COVID19 Protection Requirements
Prior to arriving to the EROC for AVOP testing, be sure you are able to meet these requirements:
1. A facemask must be worn at all times while in our building and during testing. That facemask must cover your nose and mouth area.
2. Upon entry to the EROC, you must sanitize your hands using TBIAAI provided sanitizer.
3. You must satisfactorily answer the following questions in order to be eligible for testing:
a) Do you feel unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19?
b) Have you been in close contact with someone currently COVID-19 positive, or who has symptoms and is awaiting test results?
c) Have you travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?
If these conditions are not met, TBIAAI has the right to refuse testing. The applicant may reschedule after a MINIMUM 14 day waiting period. The Manager, Airport Services AND applicant’s employer will be immediately notified.
4. An approved vehicle* must be provided by the applicant’s employer in order to conduct the practical testing in the airfield.
*An approved vehicle means it is registered with the TBIAAI in our AVIP vehicle registry, and possesses a valid AVOP certification for the purposes of testing.
The TBIAAI AVOP tester/instructor has the right to refuse entry to the EROC building or deny testing if any of the above parameters cannot be met.
Any person operating a vehicle on the airside of the airport must possess a valid AVOP issued by TBIAAI. No other airport's AVOP is valid at the Thunder Bay Airport. The pre-requisites for an AVOP are:
- A valid driver's license to operate a vehicle in the Province of Ontario
- A RAIC, or a temporary pass (while waiting for your RAIC)
An AVOP is considered to be revoked when you are no longer employed at the Thunder Bay Airport location, if you no longer have a need or right to possess the permit, or if you are on a period of leave from your employer for more than 6 months.
The application process is fully online: paper forms are NOT accepted at any time. The application web form is available on our website by clicking the link below. Once submitted we are provided with an automated notification, and then we will process the application and schedule an appointment with the applicant using the contact information provided in the application.
(Click on the above link to take you to the application page)
You may choose to upload an image* of yourself - this helps us immensely when administering your application. We can also take your photo in the office. *SUBMITTED IMAGES MUST meet the requirements outlined on our application page.
If you change employers you must submit an AVOP application identifying your new employer. If you work for more than one employer, you must complete an AVOP application for each company in order for the TBIAAI to be aware of your multiple employer status. For persons with multiple employers, only one AVOP can be issued. Information will be kept on file to provide justification for your need to operate a vehicle on airside during your employment with each respective company.
Testing is web-based and is fully proctored using our computer systems in the building. Remote testing is not an option.
Your first test is provided at no charge.
Should the applicant not meet minimum passing grades, all subsequent exams are subject to a fee in accordance with our fee structure provided in our Airport Traffic Directives Administration Document (link to this document is under "Study Packages" below). This fee is payable online through a payment portal - no cash is accepted or handled in our AVOP office at any time whatsoever.
Link to TBIAAI Online Payment Site: https://yqtairport.siraza.net/payment
*Note: The refund of any payment made online will not be considered by TBIAAI. Confirmation of payment will be sent to you via the email address you provide when making the payment. Proof of payment must be provided at time of re-test.
Before you are issued your AVOP, you must pass both a written and practical test. A passing grade is considered 90% for AVOP "D" and 95% for AVOP "D/A". Multiple choice questions and some fill in the blank questions will be on the tests. AVOP "D" applicants must pass BOTH D and D/A tests. Your employer is responsible to ensure that you are properly trained in advance prior to testing. You must be fully prepared to perform the practical driving assessment.
When the written test is successfully completed you will be eligible to proceed to the practical driving test. You may alternatively choose to book a reservation for a driving test at a future date within 30 days of passing the written test. A driving test will be conducted in accordance with the type of AVOP you are applying for.
- The D/A AVOP certifies the permit holder to operate a vehicle within apron areas only. A driving test will be conducted during the daytime hours. You will be expected to demonstrate a competent ability to operate a vehicle within the area you are permitted to operate based on your job function.
- The D AVOP certifies the permit holder to operate a vehicle within the entire airfield, including runways, taxiways, and aprons. A driving test will be conducted during daytime or nighttime hours. The D AVOP driving test will also include radio procedures - refer to the ROC-A section below.
The following material is necessary to prepare the applicant for the written and practical AVOP tests. This material also provides AVOP holders with the knowledge required to safely and competently operate a vehicle within the approved areas.
- AVOP "D" Training Package
- AVOP "D/A" Training Package
- Airport Traffic Directives Administration Document
Radio Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A) Requirement
In addition to the standard requirements, a Radiotelephone Operator Certificate - Aeronautical is required before one may acquire a D AVOP. The federal government, through the Department of Industry, issues the certificate. Contact the TBIAAI for more information how how you may schedule your certification tests through TBIAAI. ($100 administration and processing fee will apply for services rendered).
For more information please visit: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/015.nsf/eng/home