Aircraft Rental Rules

Aircraft Rental Rules: Licensed Pilot Flying Member

1. Eligibility

To be eligible to rent RFC aircraft:

  • must be a member in good standing with the RFC
    • Current membership and member account not in arrears
  • must be current with the RFC:
    • Less than 100 hours total time (flown with RFC once in 30 days)
    • 100 hours total time or greater (flows with RFC once in 60 days)
    • 10 flight hours or less in previous 12 months (flight review with an instructor is to be conducted)

2. Conduct of Rental Flight – Canadian Air Regulations (CARs)

The rental flight shall be operated in accordance with the Canadian Air Regulations.

3. Planned Landing at a Location Other Than a Hard Surface Aerodrome

A planned landing of an RFC aircraft at a location that is not a hard surface aerodrome must be approved by the General Manager.

4. Rental Flight – Aircraft Preparation and Weight and Balance

Prior to each rental flight:

  • A pre-flight inspection of the aircraft and weight and balance shall be conducted
  • Sufficient fuel and oil in the aircraft for the intended flight to be determined and ensured

5. Survival Equipment

Where applicable a basic survival equipment kit is available from the RFC upon request. It is the responsibility of the pilot-in-command to comply with the survival equipment requirements and regulations. CARs 602.61

6. Hand Prop Starts Prohibited

Starting of RFC aircraft by the propeller hand swing method is prohibited unless the person conducting the propeller swing start is qualified to carry out the start in that manner and the propeller hand swing start is approved by the General Manager.

7. Aerobatic Maneuvers Prohibited

Maneuvers considered to fall under the “aerobatic” category are prohibited.

8. Reporting of Aircraft Unserviceability’s and Defects

All aircraft unserviceability’s must be reported to the RFC as soon as the defect is discovered. If away from the base, the Pilot is to call RFC immediately, to check if aircraft is airworthly to fly back or not.

The pilot-in-command shall record any defects regarding the aircraft in the aircraft journey logbook. In the consultation with an RFC staff member a defect may be deferred or may cause the aircraft to be grounded for maintenance.

9. Reporting of Incidents During the Conduct of Flight

Any and all incidents occurring during a flight shall be reported to the RFC. An incident may include but is not restricted to:

  • hard landing;
  • tail strike on take-off or landing;
  • departure of the aircraft from the prepared runway surface;
  • intended or unintended hard braking action;
  • unplanned landing on a surface other than a hard surface runway.

10. Low Flying Prohibited

Except in the case of take-off or landing flight below 500 feet AGL is prohibited.

11. Aircraft Shutdown – Passenger Deplaning

The aircraft engine must be shut down before passengers are permitted to exit the aircraft.

12. Flight Plan or Itinerary to  be Filed – Flight Beyond 25 Nautical Miles

A flight plan or flight itinerary shall be initiated for any flight conducted beyond 25 nautical miles from Regina. The RFC shall not accept nor act as responsible person for flight itineraries. CARs 602.73(2)

13. Local Flight

A local flight is defined as a flight 25 nautical miles or less from Regina. For local flights a flight plan or flight itinerary is not required but the Flying Member shall inform the RFC of the intended route, location and duration of flight.

14. Flight Delays – RFC to be Notified

The RFC shall be informed of any flight delays as soon as practicable.

15. Flight into Mountainous Areas

No flights into mountainous areas shall be conducted unless authorized by the General Manager.

16. Damage to RFC Aircraft

As soon as practicable any damage that occurs to an RFC aircraft shall be reported. Flight of a damaged aircraft shall not be permitted unless approved by the General Manager or designate.

17. Aircraft Journey Logbook to be Carried on Board

The aircraft journey logbook shall be carried on board the aircraft for all flights beyond 25 nautical miles from Regina or where a landing at a location other than the point of departure is intended.

18. Right Seat Flying Prohibited

For all rental flights the pilot-in-command shall occupy the left pilot seat. This requirement may be waived where the pilot-in-command for rental flights holds or has held an Instructor Rating.

19. Fuel Purchases for En-Route Flight Costs

Fuel purchases other than from the RFC shall be deducted from the final rental invoice.

All flight expenses such as storage, tie-down, start assist, heating, parking, landing fees shall be the responsibility of the renter.

20. Insurance Deductible Responsibility of Flying Member

The Flying Member shall be responsible for the deductible applicable to not-in-motion or in-motion insurance claims. This does not apply in instances where an insurance claim is initiated as a result of the actions of, or by, a third party beyond the control of the Flying Member or RFC.

21. Rental In Excess of One Day

Requests for rental flights in excess of one business day must be approved by the General Manager.

22. Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) – Actual Emergency Search

In the case of an emergency circumstance involving an actual CASARA search event, a rental flight may be postponed, altered or cancelled to allow for the use of an RFC aircraft for the emergency event.