October 30, 2018

TCCA Regional Consultations


Over the coming months, Transport Canada is visiting local stakeholders, including COPA Flights, in the various regions. To help Flight Captains prepare for these meetings, we have prepared some high-level talking points on a number of key issues to help guide your discussions. Feel free to tailor as needed with your local or regional perspective.

  • General Aviation Safety Campaign
    • COPA is pleased to be working closely with the regulator to explore and promote new, voluntary safety enhancements and best practices throughout the industry
  • 10-year Constant Speed Propeller Overhaul Requirements
    • There is no evidence to support keeping this requirement in place
    • The United States, with the world’s largest fleet of General Aviation aircraft, does not have such a requirement and does not have any accident data pointing to this as a cause
    • Requiring owners to budget for expensive, arbitrary overhauls diminishes their capacity to invest in other, proven safety enhancing technology or equipment
  • Delays in Service
    • COPA members across the country report numerous instances of TCCA not being able to meet its published service standards
    • Undue delays in processing applications, permits, and other documentation creates barriers to entry for those in the industry
    • As COPA Chapters, we will be dialoguing with COPA on a national level to submit harmonized comments
  • Regional Differences within TCCA
    • COPA encourages TCCA to harmonize processes and policies across its regional offices
    • Regional offices should not be making policy that differs from what is in the CARs and TC Advisory Circulars
    • As COPA Chapters, we will be dialoguing with COPA on a national level to submit harmonized comments
  • ADS-B and ELTs
    • COPA encourages a dialogue with government and the ANSP that looks at new, modern technology, such as ADS-B, as a possible replacement to antiquated, ineffective ELT units to meet Search and Rescue performance requirements
    • The concept of ELTs dates back decades and recent missing-aircraft incidents have shown it to be unreliable and ineffective
    • Looking at new technology to help find missing aircraft will provide greater certainty for pilot and passengers, as well as their families, and reduce the burden and cost on an already-stretched Search and Rescue network