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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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It Ain't Over 'til it's Over
September 14, 2017 - HAC is still working with eight other Coalition Associations, on a joint submission in response to the publication of new DRAFT Fatigue Management Regulations in Canada Gazette I, this summer. I wanted to take a moment to thank the operator-members that told me how they really feel about the proposed new regulations. As important as what they DIDN'T like, was what they suggested to mitigate the harm that the proposed rules would cause. In addition to the joint submission with the Coalition, HAC will be making a submission of its own. The problems you have identified, and our suggested solutions will figure prominently in our submission. As an industry segment, the Canadian commercial helicopter industry is probably the most vulnerable to harm from the proposed new regulations. Our seasonal and deployed operations, and particularly with respect to operations in the north, would be radically affected by the proposed new rules in their current form. New Cumulative Duty Hour limits; the removal of the “Zeroing” provisions; the reduction in the maximum tour length (down from 42 to 23 days); and the reduction in the 28-day cumulative flight time limits (down from 142 hours to 112) were among the top four ugliest proposed changes, according to the comments received. HAC, and others have maintained that the proposals will not improve safety, and many of the proposed changes have no basis in the fatigue-related science – but they will radically affect the customers and communities that we serve. Our efforts to oppose the new proposals will continue after the comment period closes, and until the new Fatigue Management regulations come in to force. Changes can occur anytime before Canada Gazette II, and the regulations come in to force for CAR 703 and 704 helicopter operators – notionally in the year 2022.
September 14, 2017 - Recently the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has been promoting the Vuichard Recovery Technique – used to escape Vortex Ring State. The technique runs contrary to the traditional lowering of the collective to fly out of the condition, and many are promoting the technique as a way to minimize the loss of altitude during the recovery process. Set out below is a short description of the technique, followed by some fascinating smoke-video footage taken during the entry and recovery process.
http://www.ihst.org/portals/54/airmanship/Airmanship Vuichard FINAL.pdf
September 14, 2017 - HAC is preparing a submission on the Regulatory Modernization Initiative (RMI) currently underway at the Canadian Transportation Agency. HAC has concerns that relate to the transparency of CTA decisions; changes to the list of "Exclued Services"; Compliance Monitoring and Enforccement; Canadian Ownership and Control, and emerging new Business Models in our industry.
September 14, 2017 - HAC is a preparing a written submission to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities ("TRAN Committee"), which will address changes to the Canadian Ownership requirements and sweeping new powers that the Act would confer on the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA).
September 14, 2017 - With the departure of CHC's Safety & Quality Summit to Texas, HAC is kicking up its safety offerings in 2017.
We are dedicating one day exclusively to topical safety issues in the helicopter community and we have partnered with Transport Canada to deliver an outstanding safety program, themed "Enhancing Safety in Challenging Economic Circumstances".
We have invited some high-profile international speakers, and we have taken steps to re-engage with Regional and Headquarters Inspectorate staff at HAC's Convention, and specifically with respect to their engagement with HAC's Committees."
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September 14, 2017 - Our Host Hotel room block is now at capacity at The Westin Ottawa.
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