As a US licensed and trained pilot, I know I can fly into Canada, but are there are airspace rules that are different from the American system. Is there a Canadian rules test or conversion you can or should do, or should I just expect to fly in Canada by the exact same rules and procedures as in the United States?


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In the specific case of Canada, AOPA and COPA have a lot of information aimed at US pilots. AOPA has a complete guide on documents, customs etc. and COPA has a page with more information, which includes this remark:

The flying rules are almost indistinguishable - reading the COPA guide should keep you legal and out of trouble. Make sure you get a Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) and some VNCs (Canadian equivalent to your US sectionals), that will allow you to navigate VFR safely. IFR plates are available from Nav Canada as a subscription or the (sample list of) vendors included below. (by mail order)

The guide is free but available to AOPA/COPA members only.

  • $\begingroup$ That's great! Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Arel
    Mar 20, 2015 at 18:33
  • $\begingroup$ Your second link is broken, plus there are some other operational differences (for instance, there is a difference in climb/descend via clearances between the two countries that get some pilots in to trouble). $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Feb 27, 2018 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Lnafziger Thanks, fixed! $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Feb 27, 2018 at 19:16

No, you need to know the differences.
A big one is all airspace between 12500 and 18000ft is Class B.
So you need either an IFR or VFR clearance.

Class B airspace is any controlled airspace between 12,500 ft (3,800 m) and 18,000 ft (5,500 m) Occasionally, Class B airspace exists in other locations, though this is unusual.

Class B Controlled low-level airspace (above 12 500 ft ASL, up to 18 000 ft ASL); IFR and CVFR only.


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