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.
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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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.
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.
AVOP Training Materials
Items Required for Written Examination (New and Expired AVOP Applicants):
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 ParkingDirections 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.
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 at Bus Bay 18 near Gate 120. View the map for directions.
Items Required for Practical Examination:
Note: Vehicle must have full 360 degrees of visibility (vehicles with obstructed rear/side view will not be permitted).
Items Required for AVOP renewal:
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.
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:
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.
Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP Requirements and Administration – 2015
Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP DA Permit – 2015
Airport Traffic Directives – AVOP D Permit – 2015
AVOP Site Map (May 2016)
Vehicle Corridors at T1/T3 Apron (May 2016)
Central Deicing Facility