Avionics News January 2017 - 14
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Flight crewmember duties.
Flight attendant duties.
Flight instruction duties.
Aircraft dispatcher duties.
Aircraft maintenance and preventive
* Ground security coordinator duties.
* Aviation screening duties.
* Air traffic control duties.
* Operations control specialist duties.
The individuals who are performing these safetysensitive functions must be subject to pre-employment
testing, reasonable suspicion/cause testing, random
testing, return-to-duty testing, follow-up testing, and postaccident testing. The testing procedures are established
in the Department of Transportation's Workplace
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and
Alcohol Testing Programs, Title 49 CFR Part 40.
When developing a drug and alcohol testing
program, you must:
* First obtain the applicable Operations
Specifications paragraph or drug and alcohol
testing program registration as described in 14
CFR §§ 120.117 and 120.225.
* Ensure that no one is hired for or transferred
into a safety-sensitive function without
first being pre-employment drug tested
News & Regulatory Updates
Transport Canada and the FAA sign and
issue a new Implementation Procedures
The Transport Canada Civil Aviation authority and
the FAA signed the new Implementation Procedures for
Airworthiness, which incorporates the amendment issued in
2015. The IPA covers the procedures by which each authority
accepts the other's aeronautical products. The new IPA
has been revised extensively to simplify language, reflect
changes within each organization and to document principles
in the process that have evolved in the last eight years.
and receiving a negative test result. More
information regarding pre-employment testing
may be found in 14 CFR § 120.109(a). Preemployment alcohol testing is not required,
but may be implemented according to 14 CFR
* Educate and train your employees on the
effects and consequences of drug abuse and
alcohol misuse. More information regarding
training and materials may be found in 14
CFR §§ 120.115 and 120.223.
* Ensure that employees are placed into the
random drug and alcohol testing pool and
have an equal chance of being tested each
time selections are made. More information
regarding random testing may be found in 14
CFR §§ 120.109(b) and 120.217(c).
There are many more requirements of the drug
and alcohol testing regulations. It is important
to understand that some requirements must be
implemented prior to commencing operations.
The AEA partners with NATA Compliance
Services to assist its member companies with their
drug program management, drug testing, background
checks and employee identification badging
solutions. For more information, visit the AEA
member resources page at aea.net.
The changes include a process by which the TCCA and
the FAA review information to "maintain confidence" in each
other's capabilities. There will be periodic evaluations to
focus on equivalency and compatibility of rules and practices
to ensure the integrity of the IPA.
Some areas to note in the revision are:
1. The reciprocal acceptance of TSO approvals,
which was introduced in Amendment 1, is now
2. The validation process has been revised to put a
better emphasis on the competency of each authority
and allow for enhanced acceptance of the certifying
authority's findings of compliance.
3. The details of the STC validation process issued
earlier this year are incorporated and have been
expanded to cover type certificates as well as STCs,
although all type certificates are classified as non-