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Licence numbers

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I was licenced in 1978 and was issued a six digit number beginning with a 2, preceded by three letters, first YZP, then YZC. Learned to fly at Brampton, NC3.

Just curious what numbers are currently being issued 40 odd years later, and whether the three-letter prefix is still being issued.
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My very first licence was prefixed by ULP which meant issued by Montreal office (UL) and private licence (P).

There were other codes, I don't know them all but I remember ULC-Commercial, ULD-Helicopters and I believe ULA was airlines.

These days, we are still in the 6-digits, and the prefixes are now only used informally to specify the licence type (as in AA32xxxx - for a airline fixed-wing) since this form of writing license number does not appear anywhere in the aviation booklet that is now used today.

Hope that answers your question :)

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The numbers are assigned in blocks by region. Some lower numbered blocks are for applicants outside Canada.
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Interesting. Mine ended with PA. 3xxxxx-PA

I thought that meant Private Airplane. Maybe it was Private Alberta.

As mentioned, in the ADB it only listed the six digit number.
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Outlaw58 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:15 am
My very first licence was prefixed by ULP which meant issued by Montreal office (UL) and private licence (P).

There were other codes, I don't know them all but I remember ULC-Commercial, ULD-Helicopters and I believe ULA was airlines.

These days, we are still in the 6-digits, and the prefixes are now only used informally to specify the licence type (as in AA32xxxx - for a airline fixed-wing) since this form of writing license number does not appear anywhere in the aviation booklet that is now used today.

Hope that answers your question :)

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the "aa" or "ca" or "pa" etc. actually still shows under your physical license number on the sticker :).
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Mine is two distinct licenses on the same page of the booklet, though with the same six digit number: CPL(A) CA22xxxx, and PPL(H) PH22xxxx, but they are two different "Licenses" on that page. That's probably because one is fixed and the other rotor.

When I was a student in 1976, it was YZX22xxxx, then changed to YZP22xxxx with my private, then the "YZ" was dropped for "PA22xxxx", then "CA22xxxx" when I got my commercial.

I do know a couple of old timers whose license numbers are only five digits.
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the "aa" or "ca" or "pa" etc. actually still shows under your physical license number on the sticker :).

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Damn, I didn’t know I could wear my shades and strike a jaunty pose for my document booklet picture.

Edit: It’s a Self Adhesive Stamped Label, not a “sticker”. :wink:
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Cessna 180 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:38 am
Outlaw58 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:15 am
My very first licence was prefixed by ULP which meant issued by Montreal office (UL) and private licence (P).

There were other codes, I don't know them all but I remember ULC-Commercial, ULD-Helicopters and I believe ULA was airlines.

These days, we are still in the 6-digits, and the prefixes are now only used informally to specify the licence type (as in AA32xxxx - for a airline fixed-wing) since this form of writing license number does not appear anywhere in the aviation booklet that is now used today.

Hope that answers your question :)

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the "aa" or "ca" or "pa" etc. actually still shows under your physical license number on the sticker :).

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Ah yeah that's right!!

Should have pulled out my booklet LOL!!

Got 3 stickers in mine... AA, AH and PU :). That last one is one of the first one I got.... been carrying it since (ultralights)

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My first Canadian license was QMC-7992. P was for Private ,C was Commercial, S was Senior Commercial A was Airline Transport. Each class had a different coloured stripe diagonally across the license. The first two letters was the region (QM, UL, YZ, WG, EG and VR). Later on the numbering changed to coincide with your file number. Now my license reads AA131***
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