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The Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, VI and VII — Seaplane Operations) were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on March 6, 2019.

The changes require:

  • passengers and pilots of commercial seaplanes with nine passengers or less conducting air taxi operations (Subpart 703 operations) on or over water to wear a flotation device.
  • mandatory training for all pilots of commercial seaplanes (both Subparts 703 and 704 operations) on how to exit an aircraft under water.

Commercial seaplane operators have 18 months from the date of publication of the regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II, to implement the new rules requiring passengers to wear a flotation device while on or above water (by September 6, 2020). The pilot egress training must be implemented within 36 months (by March 6, 2022).