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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.
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FRMS Was Never Intended to be Imposed at Gunpoint
March 14, 2019 - PA Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) was conceived as an appendage to an SMS. That is, Fatigue is another risk in any operation – just like any other risk to be managed. It has been over 12 years, now, and Transport Canada cannot make SMS “scalable to the size and complexity” of helicopter operations - or any other CAR 703 or 704 operation, for that matter. Nobody really understands how SMS is intended to apply to small operators – but that doesn’t stop Inspectors from insisting upon it, or Third-Party Auditors from making findings; or the TSB from being critical of an operator’s “sub-standard” SMS in accident reports.
March 14, 2019 - HAC’s Board of Directors met on March 4 in Atlanta Georgia, just prior to HELI-EXPO to discuss a number of issues affecting the Canadian helicopter industry. A short summary of the items under discussion:
•Lightweight Data Recorder Working Group deliberations
•Status of the Passenger Protection regulations vis-à-vis any potential fall-out for the helicopter industry
March 14, 2019 - HAC is bringing Chuck Aaron to Vancouver as our 2019 Luncheon Speaker. As you may know, Chuck Aaron is a former Red Bull Aerobatic pilot, and the stunt pilot for the 007 Bond film, Spectre. Chuck operates the only FAA Aerobatic Certified Helicopter, and Chuck will be speaking to our luncheon guests on Risk Management.
March 14, 2019 - In response to a DRAFT Advisory Circular issued by Transport Canada on the subject of Flight Time, HAC made a submission to Transport Canada. An earlier Circular issued by Transport Canada imposed a new interpretation of Flight Time that made “Flight Time = Air Time”
March 14, 2019 - As you may know from a previous Newsletter, the deadline for CRM Training has been extended to September 30 by way of Global Exemption. The Circular is still fraught with problems, and many Transport Canada Inspectors are still unable to interpret its requirements.
March 14, 2019 - This announces that the Fatigue Risk Management System Web page for the Canadian aviation community is now online.
March 14, 2019 - The Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, VI and VII — Seaplane Operations) were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on March 6, 2019.
The changes require:
Passengers and pilots of commercial seaplanes with nine passengers or less conducting air taxi operations (Subpart 703 operations) on or over water to wear a flotation device.
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