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The PSTAR, originally standing for Pre-Solo Test of Air Regulations but now called Student Pilot Permit or Private Pilot Licence for Foreign and Military Applicants, Aviation Regulation Examination,[1] is a written examination that a student studying for their Private Pilot Licence in Canada must pass before being awarded their Student Pilot Permit. All students must achieve a pass mark of 90% before commencing their first solo flight.

The exam is a multiple choice test of 50 questions covering the areas of;

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)
  • Air traffic control Clearances and Instructions
  • Air traffic control procedures as they apply to the control of VFR traffic at controlled airports
  • Air traffic procedures at uncontrolled airports and aerodromes
  • Special VFR Regulations
  • Aeronautical Information Circulars
  • NOTAM (Notice to Airmen)

The exam is administered by authorized flight training centres across Canada, or by Transport Canada regional offices.