AVOP Material

Booking an Appointment


Due to COVID-19, all appointments are cancelled, and we are not accepting any additional appointments at this time. Should you require a special review for AVOP licenceing, you are to have your manager contact the TBIAAI Manager Airport Services at ryan.brading@tbairport.on.ca to review your situation.

We apologize for this inconvenience as we make all reasonable efforts to take appropriate precautions during this pandemic.


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 temporary pass (while waiting for your RAIC)


Your employer must provide justification on your application for you to obtain an AVOP. The application must be signed by both you and your employer. Your employer is responsible to ensure that you are properly trained for driving on airside.

An AVOP is considered to be revoked when your employment terminates at the Thunder Bay Airport. If you change employers or work for more than one employer, each employer must complete an AVOP application for you. For persons with multiple employers, only one AVOP will be issued, but any other application will be kept on file to provide justification for your need to operate a vehicle on airside.


Before you are issued your AVOP, you must pass a written and practical test.

When the written test is complete you may proceed to the driving test, or book a reservation for a driving test. A driving test will be conducted:

  • For the D/A AVOP, a driving test will conducted during the daytime hours. You will be expected to demonstrate the extent of the area you are allowed to operate a vehicle in.
  • For the D AVOP, a driving test will be conducted during daytime or nighttime operations. The D AVOP driving test will also include radio procedures.

Study Packages

Please obtain from the Pass Control Office.

Radio Certificate

In addition to the standard requirements, a radiotelephone operator restricted certificate is required before one may acquire a D AVOP. The federal government, through the Department of Industry, issues the certificate.

Study Guide for the Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification

For more information, including accredited examiners, please visit: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/015.nsf/eng/home