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APRIL 17, 2020

Federal Government providing nearly $130M to help territories, northern Businesses during pandemic

Notably, “The government says it's also providing up to $17.3 million for northern airlines to ensure those companies can continue to fly essential goods like food and medical supplies into remote communities”, although it is unclear at this point whether the eligibility requirements will extend to include helicopter operators operating in the north.
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Methods of Delivering Ground Training in Part VII and CAR 604
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A summary of the April 14 2020 COVID-19 Industry-Transport Canada Teleconference
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 Temporary Certificate for Transportation of Pressure Receptacles
LINK - ENGLISH
LINK - FRENCH

Following the declaration of a pandemic outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020 and with the adoption of temporary measures put in place by provincial authorities, we understand the difficulties that industry may be facing in terms of meeting certain requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) – namely, the testing and inspection requirements for Means of Containment (MOC) used to handle, offer for transport, or transport, dangerous goods included in Class 2.1 and Class 2.2, Gases, in accordance with CSA B340 or CSA B342.

Given these challenges, Transport Canada has revised temporary certificate TU 0751 to extend the requalification period for cylinders and other pressure receptacles with an expiration date of February 28th, 2019 or later. Please find it attached.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact tdgpermits-permistmd@tc.gc.ca or a TDG regional office in your area.

Atlantic 
TDG-TMDAtlantic@tc.gc.ca  

Quebec 
TMD-TDG.Quebec@tc.gc.ca

Ontario 
TDG-TMDOntario@tc.gc.ca

Prairie & Northern
TDG-TMDPNR@tc.gc.ca

Pacific 
TDGPacific-TMDPacifique@tc.gc.ca  

Thank you



Chers intervenants,

À la suite de la déclaration du 11 mars 2020 de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé qualifiant l’éclosion de la nouvelle COVID-19 (le coronavirus) comme étant une pandémie, et avec l'adoption de mesures temporaires mises en place par les autorités provinciales, nous comprenons les difficultés auxquelles l’industrie peut être confrontée pour répondre à certaines exigences du Règlement sur le transport des marchandises dangereuses (RTMD) - c’est-à-dire les exigences de mise à l’essai et d’inspection des contenants (MOC) utilisés pour la manutention, la présentation au transport, ou le transport des marchandises dangereuses incluses dans la classe 2.1 et la classe 2.2, les gaz, conformément à la norme CSA B340 ou la norme CSA B342.

Compte tenu de ces défis, Transports Canada a révisé le certificat temporaire TU 0751 afin de prolonger la période de requalification des bouteilles à gaz et autres récipients à pression dont la date d’expiration est le 28 février 2019 ou plus tard. Vous trouverez le certificat temporaire en annexe.

Si vous avez des questions supplémentaires, veuillez contactertdgpermits-permistmd@tc.gc.caou un bureau régional TMD dans votre région.

Atlantique
TDG-TMDAtlantic@tc.gc.ca

Québec
TMD-TDG.Quebec@tc.gc.ca

Ontario
TDG-TMDOntario@tc.gc.ca

Prairies et du Nord
TDG-TMDPNR@tc.gc.ca

Pacifique
TDGPacific-TMDPacifique@tc.gc.ca


Emond Harnden LLP Produces Webinar on Accessing Canadian Emergency Workers Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – Now Available On-Demand
http://eepurl.com/gZP9Lf

Emond Harnden proposes steps to support federally-regulated employers during COVID-19 pandemic and calls on the Federal Government to act 
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Re-Issued Interim Order No. 3 to Prevent Persons from Boarding in Canada Due to COVID-19 Now Includes CAR 703 Operators and the Requirement for Passenger Facemasks
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For Regular Updates by Transport Canada, please visit the COVID-19 website at:
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc.html


OR, to subscribe or unsubscribe to Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory (CARAC) notices, in order to receive timely up-dates, please send your request by email to carrac@tc.gc.ca. The CARAC distribution list is being used a one of the primary tools to distribute timely information to the aviation community about COVID-19.



APRIL 6, 2020

Summary of the April 1 2020 Teleconference between Industry and the DGCA
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PPC & Annual Training Extension for CAR 704 – Other Sub-Parts to Follow
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Revised PHAC/TC Guidance for Crew Members
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LINK - FRENCH

 “Essential Services” – Federal, Provincial, Territorial Jointly Developed Guidance
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LINK - FRENCH

MEDEVAC Flights Departing an Aerodrome in Canada
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LINK - FRENCH

NVIS Authorization
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LINK - FRENCH

Transport Canada COVID-19 Aviation Weekly Summary
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TDG Temporary Certificate
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LINK - FRENCH



MARCH 31, 2020

Please find below a link to a number of important Coronavirus-related updates. The URL below will take you a list of the items, and if there are attachments, there is a separate link to the attachment(s) at the top of each page – in a ZIP file, if necessary.

https://www.h-a-c.ca/covid.html

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: To subscribe or unsubscribe to Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory (CARAC) notices, please send your request by email to carrac@tc.gc.ca. The CARAC distribution list is being used a one of the primary tools to distribute timely information to the aviation community about COVID-19.


Information will also be posted to Transport Canada’s webpage for COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada – but there may be a lag in the posting the information to this site.

Expired or Recently Expired Medicals and PPCs, ACP Authorities

HAC has been receiving multiple calls from operators who are concerned about PPCs that are about to expire. Transport Canada is preparing an exemption that will extend PPCs and ACP Authorities. The Exemption to extend Medicals has been issued.

We are also urging them to address recently-expired PPC/Medicals/ACP authorities, since there are a number of flight crews that typically renew in the Spring. For now TC has indicated that they will not extend an expired PPC/Medical/ACP unless it has expired in the last two weeks. HAC is urging Transport Canada to extend relief to Medicals/PPCs/ACPs expired in the last three months. Operators with problems on this issue are urged to contact their Regions ASAP to alert them to the problem.

Protecting Crew Members and Firefighters from COVID-19

HAC and its members have been asked by CIFFC for their input on DRAFT Procedures for minimizing exposure for flight crews and firefighters this season. Please provide your comments to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca by Friday April 3.

If you have any questions, please contact me on my cell or by email at any time. I welcome your input.



March 27, 2020

HAC Bulletin - COVID-19: NCR-029-2020 AME License Validity Period

Below links to an exemption pertaining to Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs)


https://www.tc.gc.ca/CivilAviation/regserv/Affairs/exemptions/docs/en/3253.htm

https://www.tc.gc.ca/Aviationcivile/servreg/Affaires/exemptions/docs/fr/3253.htm

COVID-19 Measures, Updates, Guidance

https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc.html
https://www.tc.gc.ca/fr/initiatives/covid-19-mesures-mises-a-jour-lignes-directrices-tc.html

Regards,

Fred L. Jones BA LLB
President and CEO

 



March 27, 2020

HAC Bulletin - COVID-19 Guidance for the Canadian Aviation Industry

Guidance material for protecting crew members from COVID-19.

Transport Canada guidance to Canadian aviation industry operators regarding crew members operating in areas with known or suspected community transmission of COVID-19. This guide should be used in conjunction with the recommendations provided by PHAC and other public health authorities.

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FRENCH

Stay healthy.

Regards,

Fred L. Jones BA LLB
President and CEO



March 27, 2020 

Ladies & Gentlemen:

It has been a wild ride – and it’s not nearly over yet.

HAC has been participating in calls with TC three times a week on this subject. Yesterday’s call was the most productive so far. Draft minutes of the teleconference call of March 25, 2020.

I have summarized the content of the call below:

  • Exemptions to be issued shortly
  • Extension of recurrent training

  • Extension of TDG training

  • Extension of instructor ratings
  • Extension of PPCs by 60 days with the option of requesting another 30 days

  • Extension of current ACP authorities by six months 

HAC has been pushing Transport Canada to extend current AND EXPIRED PPCs/Medicals/ACP authorities/Instructor ratings (and not just by “60 or 90 days”, but to the end of October), since so many of our employees often get these renewed in the Spring, prior to the operating season. Operators have expressed concern over a bow wave of renewals that could take place mid-season otherwise. 

As you can imagine, my phone has been ringing off-the-hook from Members and while many of them are in difficult financial circumstances – there seems to be a good number who think that we are going to move from staff lay-offs to shortages very soon as this pandemic deepens and our industry is called upon to start moving sick people; supplying isolated communities without air service; flying for police/security authorities/military; deploying ad-hoc health teams to communities; flood-related flying; fire-fighting (which has already started in BC); Break-up flying; etc. 

Gauging Canada’s Progress on the Pandemic

Media outlets seem to be focused simply on “Total Cases in Canada” – which is largely meaningless if you want to see if we are “winning or losing” the battle against this virus. Here is a link that, I believe, provides real-time data in more meaningful terms.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

Getting Aviation-Related COVID-19 Information in a Timely Way

The CARAC website and distribution list is being used to circulate COVID-19 related information. If you are NOT on the distribution list you can join by sending your contact information (i.e., name, title, company/organization/email address) to the following CARAC email to be added to the distribution list:

Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council
Transport Canada
Government of Canada
carrac@tc.gc.ca

Transport Canada COVID-19 Website

COVID-19 information, relating to updates, guidance, measures, including Exemptions issued by TC can be found at:

https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc.html

Protecting Your Employees

Guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the context of travel in the aviation system are under development with Public Health. That is, tools to provide your pilots and staff with appropriate procedures and PBE to prevent the spead.

Travel Outside the Country

Members should be aware that Out-of-Country Medical Insurance for employees may not be valid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact your insurance provider for further information. 

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/canadas-cross-border-truckers-cant-get-coronavirus-coverage-426294/#.XnxCkH3jO_U.email

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on my cell at any time.  Please continue to keep us informed in order that HAC can focus on immediate issues to assist the commercial helicopter community.

Stay healthy.
Regards,
Fred L. Jones, 
President and CEO



March 26, 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen:

These are truly extraordinary times. I have had multiple calls from Operators and Associates who have expressed their concerns for the health and welfare of their workers, but also for the financial future of their own companies. Many operators are under extreme pressure at time of the year when they are focusing on training, and on preparations for what would traditionally be, the busiest time of the year.

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

Please find below a link to a number important Coronavirus-related updates.

  1. A summary of a Transport Canada & Industry’s COVID-19 Friday March Teleconference (held three times each week). It contains important information about what is in-the-works. The summary will be delivered to HAC members following each meeting.
    LINK

  2. Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States
    Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States

    The aforementioned Interim Orders make reference to the following Orders in Council:
    Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States
    Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States
    Mandatory Isolation
    LINK

  3. A summary of the Global Exemptions issued, so far.
    LINK

  4. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: To subscribe or unsubscribe to Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory (CARAC) notices, please send your request by email to carrac@tc.gc.ca. The CARAC distribution list is being used a one of the primary tools to distribute timely information to the aviation community about COVID-19.
    Information will also be posted to Transport Canada’s webpage for COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada – but there may be a lag in the posting the information to this site.

  5. An Internal Process Bulletin (IPB) Authorizing Deviations from Approved Maintenance Schedules Made Necessary by COVID-19 Disruptions.
    LINK

  6. A list of Recently-Issued Exemptions
    LINK

  7. Industry-Specific Guidance to Air Operators Precautions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
    LINK - ENGLISH
    LINK - FRENCH

  8. Guidance issued to HAC from Transport Canada on the subject of Essential Services in our industry segment.
    LINK

  9. Two Temporary TDG Certificates (in French and English) relating to the requirement for recurrent training requirement and the requirement for Means of Containment (MOC) testing and inspection.
    LINK

  10. NVIS Exemption for subparts 602, 702, 704, and 705
    LINK

 



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