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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
NTSB’s Preliminary Findings on Air Canada’s July 2017 San Francisco Incident Threatens to Distort the Canadian Flight & Duty Time Discussions
October 5, 2018 - Late last week, the American NTSB released its finding on the July 2017 incident at the airport in San Francisco, which identify shortcomings in the Canadian Reserve-related regulations as a contributory factor, among others factors unrelated to fatigue. The NTSB findings with respect to this incident may have the unfortunate effect of distorting the discourse on the proposed Canadian Flight & Duty time regulations. The final investigation report has yet to be released, so it is unclear what hours the captain (on reserve) was working; whether or not he attempted to rest before he was called to report for duty; or if his schedule was even in compliance with the proposed Canadian regulations. What’s more, the debate could have the effect of trigging a political kneejerk response affecting the entire commercial aviation community — including helicopter operators — to a very narrow issue relating principally to the scheduled airline community. At the very least, politicians and regulators need to determine exactly what occurred, before leaping to any conclusions. The commercial aviation community isn’t hiding from the facts leading up to the Air Canada accident — with facts being the operative word — but Transport Canada needs to put the circumstances and the other contributory factors in to an operational and regulatory context, before driving these misguided regulations in their current form, forward in the wake of a single incident.
For more details relating to the NTSB findings on the Air Canada incident, please READ MORE HERE
October 5, 2018 - If you have been following the HAC Newsletter, you will know that our program in Vancouver is already full-to-overflowing, however, there have been a few recent additions to the program that you should not miss.
October 5, 2018 - Please find HERE a consolidated list of comments received by Transport Canada so-far, and HERE the draft Advisory Circular.
The department is inviting comments on the second draft at your earliest convenience, but no later than October 10 2018. Please provide your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 5, 2018 - HAC and its members send their condolences to Essential Helicopters staff and to friends and family of Jim Armstrong who tragically perished in an accident near Stouffville, Ontario last week. The TSB is investigating, and the cause of the accident is not yet clear.
October 5, 2018 - Read the Focus Group’s Terms of Reference HERE. Operators with an interest in participating, should contact email@example.com.
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Dangerous Goods Management Service Inc. (DGMS)
Eye in the Sky
Flight Dynamics Aviation Consulting
Salmon Arm, BC
Mineral Well, MN
Huey Helicopters Inc.
Integrated Team Solutions Ltd.
RBC Wealth Management
WSP Canada Inc.
Bajo Reef Helicopters Ltd.
Pitt Meadows, BC
Monashee Helicopters Ltd.
Pitt Meadows, BC
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