• AVOP Program

    Airside Vehicle Operator's Permits (AVOPs) are issued by the GTAA to certify those able to drive in our gate, runway and aircraft taxi areas. Work duties related to AVOPs are designated on individual cards.

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    Note: AVOP applicants must demonstrate both a need and right to drive airside. The GTAA will determine the need to drive airside after assessing each AVOP application form, including the locations and frequency of requested airside access.

     

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    AVOP Application Process

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    • 1. Airside Safety Awareness Training Program

      Completing the Airside Safety Awareness Training Program is mandatory prior to completing the written and practical exam. This applies to new and expired AVOP applicants.

      Training is administered by a certified GTAA trainer or by an authorized GTAA certified company trainer, and consists of in-class training and practical driving as outlined in the AVOP training manual. Once the training is completed, the applicant will be able to undertake the written exam.

      AVOP training is valid for six months from the date shown on the bottom of applicant's AVOP Certification Student Checklist, which is received upon completion of the applicant's in-class and practical training. The applicant will have six months to undertake the AVOP written examination. If the applicant fails to attend and pass the AVOP written exam within this period, the applicant must redo their training.

    • 2. AVOP Written Examination

      Upon completion of the Airside Safety Awareness Training Program, the applicant is required to pass a written exam that covers the fundamentals of Airside Safety.

      Prerequisites

      • Completion of the Airside Safety Awareness Training Program

      AVOP Training Materials

      • Airport Traffic Directives (ATD)
      • Current map of Toronto Pearson's airside property

      Items Required for Written Examination (New and Expired AVOP Applicants):

      • Completed AVOP Certification Student Checklist signed by their Authorized Trainer presented to the GTAA Examiner before their written exam.
      • AVOP application form signed by company Signing Authority. (Please note: In Part 1, Employee Information, all boxes highlighted in red must be filled out on the computer. Handwritten information will not be accepted).
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • Valid provincial driver’s license. (Please note: G1 license holders may not hold an AVOP).
      • Pen (black or blue)

      AVOP Written Exam Times and Location:

      Date: Monday to Thursday (excluding holidays) at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Terminal 1 International Arrivals Level, Room #FB1039C (main concourse between Terminal entry/exit doors D and E, next to the Royal Ontario Museum dinosaur display)
      Directions from Terminal 1 Parking
      Directions from Terminal 1 Arrivals

      Parking validation is available to those who do not have employee parking and have parked at the Terminal 1 parking garage.

    • 3. AVOP Practical Examination

      Practical examinations are conducted by GTAA Examiners and authorized Tenant Testers. If your company does not have a certified AVOP tester, please contact the GTAA AVOP Office at (416) 776-AVOP (2867). The GTAA AVOP Examiner practical test meeting location is at Terminal 1, Head of Stand road between gates 124/126. Please park your vehicle in the box next to the yellow snow melter, you will also see the AVOP Examiner Pickup location sign positioned on the sidewalk next to the snow melter. View the map for directions.

      Items Required for Practical Examination:

      • Valid provincial driver's license (Please note: G1 license holders may not hold an AVOP).
      • AVOP application form signed by company Signing Authority. (Please note: In Part 1, Employee Information, all boxes highlighted in red must be filled out on the computer. Handwritten information will not be accepted).
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • AVOP written exam pass confirmation
      • Vehicle in sound mechanical condition in accordance with the GTAA Airport Traffic Directives
      • Valid DA AVOP card (if applying for a D AVOP)
      • Working ground radio (D AVOP Practical Exam only)
      • Restricted Operator Certificate -Aeronautical (ROC-A) (D AVOP Practical Exam only)
      • Report 10 minutes prior to Drive Test Time

      Note: Vehicle must have full 360 degrees of visibility (vehicles with obstructed rear/side view will not be permitted).





  • AVOP Renewal Process

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    • Written and Practical Examinations

      Items Required for AVOP renewal

      • AVOP application form signed by company Signing Authority. (Please note: In Part 1, Employee Information, all boxes highlighted in red must be filled out on the computer. Handwritten information will not be accepted).
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • Valid provincial driver's license (Please note: G1 license holders may not hold an AVOP
      • Valid AVOP
      • Pen (black or blue)

      DA or GA/DA AVOP:

      In order to renew a current valid AVOP, you are only required to successfully pass your DA or GA/DA written exam. The exam can be written up to 90 days prior to the expiry of your AVOP.

      AVOP Written Exam Times and Location:

      Date: Monday to Thursday (excluding holidays) at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
      Location: Terminal 1 International Arrivals Level, Room #FB1039C (main concourse between Terminal entry/exit doors D and E)
      Directions from Terminal 1 Parking
      Directions from Terminal 1 Arrivals


      D AVOP:

      In order to renew a current valid D AVOP, you are required to successfully pass your written exam and practical driving exam up to 90 days prior to the expiry of your current AVOP.

      Contact the AVOP Office at (416) 776-AVOP(2867) to schedule a practical driving exam with a GTAA Examiner. The GTAA AVOP Examiner practical test meeting location is at Terminal 1, Head of Stand road between gates 124/126. Please park your vehicle in the box next to the yellow snow melter, you will also see the AVOP Examiner Pickup location sign positioned on the sidewalk next to the snow melter. View the map for directions.

      Items required for the D AVOP Practical Examination:

      • Valid provincial driver’s license (Please note: G1 license holders may not hold an AVOP).
      • AVOP application form signed by company AVOP Signing Authority. (Please note: In Part 1, Employee Information, all boxes highlighted in red must be filled out on the computer. Handwritten information will not be accepted).
      • D AVOP written exam pass confirmation
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • Vehicle in sound mechanical condition in accordance with the GTAA Airport Traffic Directives (ATD).
      • Valid DA AVOP card (if applying for a D AVOP)
      • Working VHF ground radio (D AVOP Practical Exam only)
      • Restricted Operator Certificate -Aeronautical (ROC-A) (D AVOP Practical Exam only)
      • Report 10 minutes prior to drive test time

      NOTE: Vehicle must have full 360 degrees of visibility (vehicles with obstructed rear/side view will not be permitted)

      It is recommended that you attempt to renew your AVOP early. In the event that you are not successful, you will still have enough time to write your exam again before you AVOP expires.

      The required wait period for a failed exam is as follows:

      • First attempt: 7 days
      • Second attempt: 30 days






  • AVOP Study Materials

    These materials were designed for those working towards their AVOP license and are publicly available using the links below.

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  • AVOP Notice of Infraction Appeals

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    • Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP Requirements and Administration 2015

      3.6 Appeals

      Permit holders may appeal:

      • a Notice of Infraction
      • an AVOP suspension
      • an AVOP revocation.

      Appeals are made to Airport Authority management through the AVOP Office.

      There are two ways an appeal may be forwarded to the AVOP Office:

      1. By mailing to the address below.

      GTAA - AVOP Office P.O. Box 6031,
      3111 Convair Drive
      Toronto AMF, Ontario, L5P 1B2
      (416) 776–4005

      2. By e-mail: avop@gtaa.com.

      3.6.1 AVOP Notice of Infraction, Suspension, or Revocation

      To appeal an AVOP Notice of Infraction, a permit holder (appellant) must submit an appeal in writing by e-mail or be forwarded to the AVOP Office within fourteen days of receiving the Notice. The submission must include all pertinent details of the appellant’s case including justification (i.e. special circumstances, etc.) as to why the appeal should be considered. Appeals submitted without both detail and justification for hearing the appeal will not be considered. Some appeals require the appellant to be present when the appeal is reviewed.

      The Airport Authority shall review the written appeal and all relevant information and may choose to interview the appellant. The appellant’s supervisor or manager may also be asked to attend. After investigation, the airport authority shall issue a decision in writing to the appellant’s employer. Upon receipt of the written decision, the employer shall notify the employee (the appellant).

      The decision of the Airport Authority shall be considered final.





  • Manoeuvring Area Vehicle Call Sign and MLAT Transponder Application

    All vehicles accessing the Manoeuvring Area (runways and taxiways) and/or towing aircraft require a call sign assigned by the GTAA.

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    • GTAA Applications
      1. To apply for a Manoeuvring Area Call Sign (used to contact ATC or AMU), please fill out the application and submit the form to avopcallsign@gtaa.com.
      2. Once assigned, the call sign will be provided to the GTAA Communication Systems to enable programming of the MLAT transponder.
      3. Communication Systems will provide Fleetcom with all the information to program and install the unit.
      4. Fleetcom will advise Communication Systems of completion, Communication Systems will advise all pertinent GTAA parties of the new MLAT and its corresponding number.
      5. Fleetcom will advise Communication Systems of completion, Communication Systems will advise all pertinent GTAA parties of the new MLAT and its corresponding number.
    • Non-GTAA Applications

      Call Signs

      1. To apply for a Manoeuvring Area Call Sign (used to contact ATC or AMU), please fill out the application and submit the form to avopcallsign@gtaa.com.
      2. The GTAA will establish a call sign comprised of a vehicle type (e.g. “Tow”) and a number and advise the applicant.
      3. The numerical portion of the call sign must be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle on both sides and a placard with the full call sign must be affixed to the interior of the vehicle in view of the driver.

       

      MLAT Transponders

      Toronto Pearson is equipped with NAVCANADA’s Multilateration (MLAT) technology that works with ground radar to assist in identifying for air traffic controllers the identity of those using the runways and taxiways. It is a significant safety enhancement and the GTAA is at this time inviting operational partners who wish to equip their vehicles that traverse these areas to use an MLAT Transponder. Transponders are most valuable on vehicles such as aircraft tow tractors.

      To obtain a transponder, indicate on the call sign application that one is required then contact the GTAA’s installer below for pricing and programing information and to book an installation appointment.

      Fleetcom Inc.
      Gabriel Sebestyen
      gabriel@toronto2way.com