Need to drive airside for your job?
You need an Airside Vehicle Operator Permit (AVOP).

Airside Vehicle Operator Permits (AVOP) are issued by the Region of Waterloo International Airport. An AVOP certifies that a person is trained to operate vehicles safely airside in gate, runway and aircraft taxi areas.

AVOP applicants must prove both a need and right to drive airside.

How to obtain an obtain an AVOP

1. Contact Airport Security

You will need to explain:

  • Why you need an AVOP
  • What type of work you will be doing
  • Where the work will take place on the airport property
2. Airport Security will determine which type of AVOP you need
AVOP Types
  • RA - Restricted Area (Operate inside restricted apron only)
  • DA - Restricted Area + Aprons Only (Operate inside restricted area and aprons only)
  • D - Full Airfield, including Restricted Area + Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate. Written and practical test required.

Non-refundable fee for issuing a new, replacement or renewed AVOP is $50.

Note: D requires a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate. Please contact the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre at 519-648-2213 to write the test. Non-refundable certification fee is $65+HST. 

3. Complete the AVOP application
Airport Security will accept your completed AVOP application

Remember to:

  • Print clearly when completing your AVOP application
4. Airport Security will set up an online training account
You will need to provide your name and email address
Airport Security will:
  • Create your training account
  • Enrol you in the online training program
  • Provide you with a link to the training login page, 
    user name and password
5. Complete the AVOP and Security Awareness Training
This is mandatory for new and expired AVOP applicants. 
6. Contact Airport Security to book an AVOP practical exam (Required for D) 
The appointment can be booking through Airport Security. Please provide a minimum one week notice.