Changes to Canadian Aviation Regulations — December 14, 2018

Changes to Canadian Aviation Regulations

December 14, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, and Acting-Chair of the All-Party Aviation Caucus, was pleased that the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, has announced changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations. The changes will apply to commercial transport services in Canada, including major Canadian airline operators (subpart 705 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations) and, smaller and regional operators (subparts 703 and 704 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations).

Canada’s major airline operators will have two years to implement the new requirements. Smaller and regional operators will have four years to comply.

The changes include:

1.) Prescribed flight and duty time limits that respect modern fatigue science and international standards to limit the amount of time a crew member can be on the job; and
2.) Fatigue Risk Management Systems that will allow operators the flexibility to set flight hours based on their unique operations if they can demonstrate that alertness and safety will not be affected.

Transport Canada is also introducing amendments to the Fit for Duty regulations that will prohibit any flight crew member to work when not fit for duty. This includes consumption of alcohol or drugs, mental and physical conditions, and fatigue. The amendments will also prohibit a crew member from working within 12 hours of drinking alcohol, up from the previous limit of eight hours.

“These long overdue changes will improve air travel safety for passengers and flight crews,” said MP Eglinski.

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