Standards & Regulations
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.
Nov. 13, 2014, Montreal - The Helicopter Association of Canada wrapped up its 19th annual convention and trade show in Montreal last week and by all accounts it was a successful event for both suppliers and operators alike.
The flight and duty time issue continues to be a significant problem for the Canadian helicopter industry.
Sept. 17, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The International Helicopter Safety Team ( www.IHST.org ), in coope ration with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released t wo new safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.
July 28, 2014, Melbourne, Aus. - The Flight Safety Foundation will survey 100 Canadian mining and resources companies this week in a bid to evaluate the region’s use of aircraft operations in the resources sector.
I recently had a discussion with a former colleague about what drives “safety” in aviation. Is safety a by-product of a sound Quality Assurance (QA) program, or does a sound Safety Management System (SMS) fertilize the ground for a good QA program?
July 18, 2014, Winnipeg - In the release of its investigation report (A13C0073) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba, in July of 2013.
June 27, 2014, Halifax - The widow of a man who died in a helicopter crash off Newfoundland says she's frustrated and worried that a key safety change isn't being acted on by the federal government five years after the disaster.
June 2, 2014, Ottawa - The Harper government's decision to grant Bell Helicopter Canada a special weight exemption for one its aircraft strained relations between Transport Canada and aviation safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe, federal documents show.
For those of us who have worked for various helicopter companies and endured the ever-expanding re-current syllabus of examinations, one of the questions most often posed amongst the crews is, “Who came up with some of these requirements?”
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