SMS is not just for airlines and corporate aviation, as John David, Nav Canada v-p for safety and quality, explained. The private agency put safety oversight in place soon after privatization. David is chair of the joint Nav Canada-Transport Canada safety committee. “We believe safety planning is key, so we have a manual for SMS policy-making and planning, with a safety charter that all Nav Canada employees must buy into,” he said.
Transportation in Canada
Transport Canada plans to take back the business aviation operating certification and oversight functions it had transferred to the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) in 2005. The change, which John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Transport, announced on March 16, is expected to take effect on April 1 next year.
Canadian Transport Minister John Baird today announced that Transport Canada is taking back the certification and oversight functions for business aviation from the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), effective April 1 next year. In 2005, Transport Canada transferred administration and management responsibilities under CAR 604–the regulation specifically for business aviation–from the agency to CBAA.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
Speaking at this year’s Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention in Montreal, ICAO president Dr. Assad Kotaite said, “The very constructive relationship that exists between ICAO and the International Business Aviation Council is based largely on our common objective of improving aviation safety.
People fly on general aviation aircraft because they can go where they want to, when they want to. It stands to reason that you don’t hear much about trips to the Gulf Coast of Texas in mid-summer (not voluntary ones, anyway) or trips to northern Canadian lake regions for the traditional February school vacation week.
Transport Canada (TC), the government agency that regulates the country’s aviation activities, has presented its future policy philosophy in the recently published “Flight 2010–A Strategic Plan for Civil Aviation.” The document describes the agency’s planned transition from a prescriptive, or totally regulation-based, organization to one that is performance-based.
1. Wilson Air Center, Memphis (Tenn.) Municipal Airport (MEM)