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On Monday May 15 2017, our association joined with eight other associations from across the country to speak with one voice in an open letter to the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau on the subject of Fatigue Management. The associations have objected to proposed new Regulations on Fatigue Management on the basis that they will not improve safety, and that they do no recognize the unique requirements of diverse sectors of the commercial aviation community in Canada.
READ THE LETTER
HAC's Committees Continue their Great Work
December 12, 2017 - HAC’s Committees Continue their Great Work In the wake of the 2017 Convention, I thought that I would provide a short update on some of the good work that our HAC Committees have undertaken, recently. Truly, our committees do the heavy lifting for our membership, and they generate the safety related information and project work that will propel our industry to achieve improvements in efficiency, and in our safety experience. Our Class D Sub-Committee’s re-write of the Class D Best Practice is nearing completion, and should be available on the HAC website for comment, shortly. As you can imagine, there was a spirited discussion of fatigue management in the session with the two Director Generals, but also in the context of the Safety Committee, who heard from Clinton Marquardt of sleepanddreams.com. Members continue to struggle with the prospective use and application of Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in an operational context, but we also continue to struggle with the prescriptive new draft regulations, currently under consideration by Transport Canada. The committee discussed the benefits of an industry sponsored safety data collection and analysis system and also discussed a recent fuel-related accident, and discussed with two Transportation Safety Board members the findings of the TSB Report on this subject. The Maintenance & Manufacturing Committee spent some time on the issue of regional disparity in the interpretation of the regulations, and the concept of “officially induced error”. The Utility Flight Operations Committee (UFOC) is in the process of rewriting their UFOC Best Practices. The Air Taxi Committee received a briefing on this summer’s BC Fire experience; an update on the Mountain Flying Best Practice rewrite, nearing completion; the prospect of CRM on the CIFFC site, and discussed some problems with respect to the skills certification elements of the HAC Pilot Competencies for Helicopter Wildfire Operations. The Oil & Gas Committee was also in the process of reviewing its own Best Practice, with a view to refreshing it. The Human Resources Committee was busy reviewing a prospective Work Plan for this year, which included a refresh of the HAC HR Manual; the potential for developing a Termination Checklist, and a discussion of the prospect of mandatory drug and alcohol testing, in light of the Minister’s focus on Fitness for Flight related issues. The Committee also discussed the looming legalization of Marijuana in Canada, and its HR implications. 2 The Flight Training & Licensing Committee discussed English Language proficiency; the number of solo hours required for licensing; Transport Canada delays on Certificates of Registration; delays for Flight Test bookings, and challenges presented by the inflow of Chinese students, to name only a few. Transport Canada was well represented at our convention and in our committee meetings – by Regional and Headquarters staff. HAC would like to thank them for their participation.
Next year in Vancouver, we will retain the Thursday through Saturday format (November 1-3), but we are currently contemplating the addition of a second day to the front end of the convention, devoted to safety. I welcome your thoughts on this idea. Since we are moving off the Remembrance Day weekend in 2018, we will return to our traditional Awards Luncheon, rather than a Closing Dinner. Thank you, all, who attended and participated in our Ottawa Convention!
December 12, 2017 -
HAC's 2018 Spring Reception to be Held in the Far East
HAC's Board recently has taken the decision to hold its 2018 Spring Reception in the evening of Friday April 6 in St. John's Newfoundland! Mark your calendars!
HAC would like to thank Universal Helicopters Newfoundland (UHNL), who will be sponsoring the event. Details relating to the precise timing and venue for the event will follow shortly. Stay tuned to the Newsletter, for further particulars!
December 12, 2017 - HAC's New Board of Directors met briefly in Ottawa for the first time on November 11 in Ottawa, and discussed the following issues:
• The plan for HAC's next phase of advocacy on the prospective new Fatigue Management regulations
• The status of HAC's involvement on ICAO's Helicopter Sub-Group, with respect to its discussion of Helicopter Performance Classification, Hot Refueling, and Fatigue Management
• The timing and location of HAC's 2018 Spring Reception & Board Meeting
• Changes to HAC's policy for the nomination and election of Associate Board members
• The timing of its next face-to-face meeting at HAI on February 26 2018
HAC would like to welcome HAC's two newly-elected Board Members - Brendan McCormick of HeliJet, and Paul Carter of Cougar Helicopters.
December 12, 2017 - A Notice of Proposed amendment introducing changes to the Annual Airworthiness Information Report (AAIR) program has been posted in the CARAC Activity Reporting System as part of CARAC Activity No. 2017-007.
Transport Canada's stated primary objective for this proposed amendment is to provide clearer regulations and standards to allow stakeholders to submit their AAIR more efficiently, while addressing the requirement to reduce our environmental footprint and better manage public funds.
December 12, 2017 - Rod Barnard, Chair of the CBAA Board, has announced that that Jim Facette, a government-relations expert and association professional, has been named President & CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association, effective December 1st, 2017. Click here for more info.
December 12, 2017 - Transport Canada is planning to host a focus group meeting in February 2018 to discuss and evaluate policy questions, challenges and benefits associated with the potential expansion of Flight Data Recorders (FDR) requirements for smaller Canadian aircraft that fall outside the scope of the current flight recorder carriage requirements under the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
The work to be undertaken by the focus group responds directly to the Transportation Safety Board recommendation (A13-01) that Transport Canada work with industry to remove obstacles and develop recommended practices for the implementation of flight data monitoring and the installation of lightweight recording systems for commercial operators not required to carry these systems.
HAC will be approaching a couple of its members to help populate the Working Group.
Aircrew Training Canada LimitedSudbury, ON
Show Low, AZ
Air Covers Ltd.
Helimods PTY Ltd.Caloundra, QLD. Australia
Magellan AerospaceWinnipeg, MN
Red River College – Stevenson CampusSouthport, MB
Soloy Aviation Solutions
Teck Resources LimitedVancouver, BC
True Course Solutions Vancouver, BC
WSP Canada Inc.
VSt. Hubert, QC
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