As a professional, you must be in command of all the facts and strive to use the correct terminology whenever possible. We’ve always asked our clients to do their very best to state the facts with pinpoint accuracy, because let’s face it, a successful career in aviation is built on accuracy.

There has been some speculation on how to log or specify Canadair Regional Jet flight time on applications. We wanted to provide substantive information with FAA references to those who would like researched guidance.

According to past FAA Pilot Certificate Aircraft Designations-Airplane documents the CL-65 is a group type rating, not an aircraft model. It covers the following eight aircraft:

  • CL-600-2B19 which is the model number for the CRJ100/200/440
  • CL-600-2C10 which is the model number for the CRJ700/701/702
  • CL-600-2D15 which is the model number for the CRJ705
  • CL-600-2D24 which is the model number for the CRJ900

Recently, the Pilot Certificate Aircraft Designations-Airplane (August 2018, page 4) was amended. The FAA has COMPLETELY REMOVED the marketing names from this document.   

When it comes to logging time in your flight time matrix grid, the application asks for all the aircraft models you’ve flown… not your time in a particular type rating. Furthermore, CRJ 200, CRJ 700 and CRJ 900 are marketing names. Below I have provided an excerpt from the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) as a reference for the 100/200 aircraft.

The RJ200 is a marketing designation for the Regional Jet Series 100 aircraft with the General Electric CF-34-3B1 engines installed and is identified as the Regional Jet Series 100 or RJ100 in this TCDS. All Airworthiness Directives issued against any 100 series aircraft are similarly applicable to the 200 series.” You can find this quote on page 35, note 8.

Are you still not convinced? Look in your company’s operations specifications for your Category II or III approval if you have one. What does your company and the FAA list for the approved aircraft you are operating?

Using the FAA’s Pilot Certificate Aircraft Designations and the TCDS as our guide, we advise our clients to log time in their actual model number. Period. Unfortunately, the debate seems to center around whether or not listing CL-65 is acceptable to the airline to which you’ve applied and whether or not this answer will still get you the call.

There isn’t a silver bullet to getting the call, folks. What gets you the call is being accurate, honest and telling your story so the airline can get to know you and decide whether or not you have the skills and traits necessary to fit within their company culture. Listing the correct model number is one of the many ways you can show that you’re a person who cares about the details and that you don’t settle for what’s acceptable. If you’re striving to make a living as a professional pilot, you should be in command of all the facts.