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  Transport Canada Aviation Update - October 26 to November 6, 2020

 In this Issue:

Update - October 26 to November 6, 2020 [Back to the Menu]

Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) recognizes the challenges that industry is encountering during these unprecedented times. TCCA has been working to put in place measures to provide some relief to our stakeholders, while managing safety risks. 

To facilitate communication of recent changes by TCCA, updates will now be issued every second week. The next update will be sent to CARAC members Friday, November 20th. Updates will include both COVID and non-COVID measures

Exemptions to the Canadian Aviation Regulations: [Back to the Menu]

In order to respond to the various challenges that COVID-19 is currently putting on the transportation system, please find below the most recently issued global exemptions to various provisions in the Canadian Aviation Regulations;

  • NCR-101-2020 - to provide Canadian air operators with the temporary authority to extend the valid-to date of a PPC and the annual training of any company pilot or person assigned to perform duties on-board an aircraft for an additional 90 consecutive days - Issued on October 22, 2020
  • NCR-102-2020 - to provide private operators with the temporary authority to extend the valid-to date of a PPC, competency check and the annual training of any company pilot, flight attendant or person assigned to perform duties on-board an aircraft for an additional 90 consecutive days - Issued on October 22, 2020
  • NCR-103-2020 - to provide Canadian air operators with the temporary authority to extend the valid-to date of a PPC, competency check and the annual training of any company pilot or person assigned to perform duties on-board an aircraft for an additional 90 consecutive days - Issued on October 22, 2020
  • NCR-104-2020 - to provide Canadian air operators with the temporary authority to extend the valid-to date of a PPC, competency check and the annual training of any company pilot or person assigned to perform duties on-board an aircraft for an additional 90 consecutive days - Issued on October 22, 2020
  • NCR-109-2020 - to provide Canadian air operators with the temporary authority to extend the valid-to date of a PPC and the annual training of any company pilot assigned to perform duties on-board an aircraft for an additional 90 consecutive days- Issued on October 30, 2020 

COVID-19 exemptions are made available upon request via email, in PDF format on the Transport Canada COVID-19 web page.

To consult the complete list of COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada, please visit the website https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/aviation.html

TCCA continues to work on the issuance of exemptions and guidance, including various COVID and non-COVID company specific exemptions. TCCA is assessing the re-issuance of COVID-19 exemptions, with particular focus on exemptions that have a validity period ending in the coming weeks, including:

  • Re-issuance of exemption NCR-077-2020 - related to COVID-19 – to substitute aeroplane only training and checking where there is a requirement that the training and checking is done in a flight simulation training device
  • Re-issuance of exemption NCR-085-2020 - related to COVID-19 – to defer the requirement for flight crew members to perform hands-on, aircraft servicing training and practical drills during annual training only

Interim Order: [Back to the Menu]

Please find below: 

  1. Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation due to COVID-19 No. 12
  2. Updated Transport Canada Temperature Screening Standards (v.1.12)

Notable changes to Interim Order 12 include: 

  • Introduction of mandatory notification requirements to digitally submit travel, contact and quarantine plan information in section 2(4). 
  • Updates to the section on temperature screening in Section 19 to allow for authorized persons to conduct temperature screening on behalf of the air carrier and includes requirements for air carriers opting to do so (sec 19 (3-5)). 
  • Removal of the reference of 2 meters distancing in section 32(b) and 34(2)(a). 
  • Removal of the requirement to ask additional health check questions in section 8(2). The Notification section has been renumbered to 8(2) and the additional health questions from 8(2) now form a requirement for the passenger to provide a confirmation with private operators and air carriers that none of the outlined situations apply to them (8(3)). 

Notable changes to this Temperature Screening Standard include: 

  • Changes to the relevant subsection numbers to align with IO 12. 
  • Sec 4(a) – is now specific to air carriers that are not relying on an authorized person to conduct temperature screenings.
    • No changes to the procedures that fall to air carriers who are conducting their own screening.
  • Sec 4(b) – is now specific to air carriers that are relying, in accordance with subsection 19(2) of the IO, on an authorized person to conduct a temperature screening.
    • Changes to the procedures for Air Carriers who are relying on an authorized person to include 3 requirements.
    • Requirements now only include: Temperature Screening with an Approved TC device; Any obstruction from head must be moved; elevated temperature is greater than or equal to a threshold of 38, unless the authorized person has a higher standard than 38. 

Ongoing Consultations: [Back to the Menu]

The following consultations are ongoing:

We would appreciate your comments in writing to SMSreview-SGSexamen@tc.gc.ca by December 19th 2020. 

We would appreciate your comments in writing to CARRAC@tc.gc.ca no later than January 8th 2021.

We would appreciate your comments in writing to carrac@tc.gc.ca no later than December 18, 2020.