Standards & Regulations
Transport Canada’s (TC) fatigue management proposal still has many warts. TC has claimed that the proposed new regulations are “based on science.” The Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) would argue that there is more science fiction than fact in the current draft.
I hate to disappoint those of you that thought this issue would go away with the Federal Election last year, but its back – and with a vengeance. No one wants a fatigued pilot. No one wants to be a fatigued pilot, but there are some serious problems with Transport Canada’s (TC) latest draft proposal.
Recently, Transport Canada (TC) released an update on the Flight Crew Fatigue Management issue. The thrust of the note was to inform the regulated community that TC intends to proceed directly to Canada Gazette I with new draft regulations in the spring of 2017.
We are on the way to winter now, but it was a long, hot summer out west, and it is looking more and more like this is the new normal – whatever “normal” is supposed to be. Looking at the planet as a whole, July 2015 was the warmest month since records were first kept back in the 1880s. The ideal for most is long, dry and hot summers following on the heels of milder winters with decreased precipitation – this is what we seem to want this new normal to be.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has announced the expansion of its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) suite of documents aimed at managing aviation risk for contracted aircraft operations. The Basic Aviation Risk Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (BARS OHO) continues the theme of presenting a standard in a risk-based format using applicable threats and controls. 
May 11, 2015, Langley, B.C. -  Vector Aerospace has announced that it has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.
The well-known economist Milton Friedman said something that is near and dear to my heart. It resonates on many levels and aligns with our right to refuse unsafe work and our duty to ignore and attempt to change stupid or shortsighted laws.
April 17, 2015, Stratford, Conn. - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach for the S-92 helicopter.
April 1, 2015, Ottawa - Transport Canada recently released an onerous and overreaching Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) in regard to the development and modification of new and existing aerodromes, which they have termed "Responsible Aerodrome Development."
March 31, 2015, Ottawa - Martin J. Eley, Director General, Civil Aviation has set his retirement date as May 29, 2015.
Jan. 28, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continually works with the aviation and medical communities to ensure that pilots are fit to fly. On March 2, the FAA will issue new medical guidance to Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) that incorporates industry and Congressional feedback balanced with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) safety concerns about pilots flying with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
I was told an inaugural address, even in the form of a magazine column, should reflect issues of current debate and discussion to set the tone for future columns and their potential impact on the readership.
The mid-20th century scientist, M.J. Moroney, once wrote that, “A statistical analysis, properly conducted, is a delicate dissection of uncertainties, a surgery of suppositions.”
It’s that time of year again – a time to evaluate all the things we were going to achieve over the past 365 days, realize that we haven’t achieved any of them (or maybe just a select few), and boldly commit to a list of New Year’s resolutions that we can absolutely try to achieve in the year ahead.
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