CBAA responds to FDT regulations
The Government of Canada has published the final flight and duty time (FTD) regulations in Canada Gazette II in an effort to update regulations set back in 1996. In particular, the government argued the past regulatory regime did not reflect the scientific principles and knowledge on fatigue discovered over the last few decades.
December 12, 2018 By Wings Staff
The new regulations focus on three primary objectives, in relation to flight duty limitations and rest time, including: Introducing the concept of Fit for Duty and an alternative Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS); increasing Canadian Aviation Regulations compliance with ICAO Standards; and reducing existing gaps with other jurisdictions like the FAA and EASA.
This morning, Anthony Norejko, president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), released the following statement, in part, in response to the new regulations:
The final Flight and Duty Time regulations have been published in Canada Gazette II. Your association has worked hard to achieve some concessions and favourable changes. We believe that we have had success in some areas, but we still expect some impact on a segment of our membership.
Currently, we know that 604 operations are not affected, and we expect 704 operators will have a four-year transition period before the regulations take full effect. As well, our work to develop a 704-optimized FRMS continues as a priority going forward.
As a next step, we will conduct a full analysis and review of the regulations, which we will share with members as a priority. We will also continue to work closely with our fellow aviation associations to discuss next steps and ways forward.
I would personally like to thank the members who have been engaged in this process with us from the beginning – your input and support have been invaluable. Please be assured that our efforts combined with our fellow impacted aviation associations will continue throughout the implementation period.