• 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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    Three Steps To Obtaining an Airside Vehicle Operator's Permit (AVOP):

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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
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • 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 Note: G1 license holders may not hold an AVOP.
      • AVOP application form signed by company Signing Authority
      • AVOP written exam pass confirmation
      • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
      • 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 Practical Exam)
      • Restricted Operator Certificate -Aeronautical (ROC-A) (D AVOP 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

    Items Required for AVOP renewal:

    • AVOP application form signed by company Signing Authority  
    • Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)
    • 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, next to the Royal Ontario Museum dinosaur display)
    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 at Bus Bay 18 near Gate 120. View the map for directions.

    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.

    Please note: An updated edition of the Toronto Airport Traffic Directives (ATDs) is now available below. Find out more about what has changed.


    AVOP Administration and Study Materials

    Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP Requirements and Administration – 2015

    Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP DA Permit – 2015

    Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP D Permit – 2015


    AVOP Maps

    AVOP Site Map (May 2016)

    Vehicle Corridors at T1/T3 Apron (May 2016)

    Cargo West

    Infield Terminal

    GTAA/Skyservice Apron

    FedEx Apron

    Central Deicing Facility


    AVOP Videos