Transport Canada Introduces ‘Targeted Inspections’

 - February 19, 2018, 11:43 AM

Transport Canada is scheduled to start so-called “targeted inspections” of various aviation segments in a move the agency describes as a “new process to evaluate specific safety priorities.” Between April 2018 and March 2019, Transport Canada will conduct targeted inspections of turbine-powered business aircraft operators, as well as heliports, aerial work and general aviation.

Sean Borg of the Transport Canada’s standards office said the purpose of these targeted inspections as they pertain to business aviation is to “evaluate the effectiveness of the newly introduced Part 6, Subpart 4 of Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) Part 604.” This section is a relatively recent consolidation and update of the operating rules that apply to private and charter operators of mainly turbine business aircraft.

“As we look to the future of the targeted inspection program, we expect to make better use of data to focus in on risk areas,” said Borg. “In other words, surveillance planning will be less about frequencies and much more about zeroing in on what the risk information is telling us.”

According to the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), this new inspection process is a “significant departure from Transport Canada’s previous approach.” CBAA said it is “working with Transport Canada to provide as much information and support to members as possible before, during, and after these inspections.” The association contends some 65 private operators will be subject to the targeted inspections.

“There is little doubt in aviation there is a role for the regulator. No one wants an unsafe industry,” said CBAA president and CEO Jim Facette. “If Transport Canada wants to partner with us to promote safety and education, it has a willing partner here.”

Comments

Transport Canada is coming up with new wording for "Targeting Inspections", I only hope that they don't advise the Operator in advance that they will be coming.
I followed Transport Canada auditing team that had just completed an audit on a northern operator and was given the green light.
As a contracting officer with the federal government and a trained auditor by Transport Canada, also completed Safety Management Course, and Courses at the California Safety Institute.
At the particular time of the Audit I was the Canadian advisor to the Audit and Safety Branch, from Scott Air Force Base in the US, who were required to carry out Audits on any operator that had contracts from the USAF thru Canadian Commercial Corporation.
We found numerous "findings", which were overlooked by TC, and I advised the local office in Moncton, NB
Under conditions of the contract, I could not cancel same, so they were put on a ninety day non use notice until they got their problems cured.
Transport Canada in my opinion is under funded, overworked and out of date, they have been offered help by the private industry, but to date have not taken advantage of any thing.

I suppose you can't expect much more from a space cadet.