Avionics News July 2017 - 14
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News & Regulatory Updates
Transportation 2030 - A strategic
plan for the future of Canadian
Transport Canada has completed an extensive
study on the national transportation infrastructure
covering all modes and areas. This includes
provincial areas of responsibility, as well. This
study included a review of all legislative elements
that covers transportation, economic health and
competitiveness, and a broad look into the future.
The primary focus was on the economics of the
transportation, but it tied into current and past
issues on safety and security. The result is the
Transportation 2030 strategic plan.
There are five areas to the strategic plan:
* The traveler.
* Safer transportation.
* Green and innovative transportation.
* Waterways, coasts and the north.
* Trade corridors to global markets.
Currently, the details of the plan are vague, and
specific action items are in development. However,
the minister has already tabled new legislation
that is set up to support the traveler and promote
economic growth. The details of this legislation
were in the news recently, particularly related to the
overbooking of flights.
There are two areas specifically discussed that
provide some encouragement as to the future of
aviation in Canada. One is the modernization of
the federal tool kit aimed at strengthening data
collection to ensure evidence-based decisions and
building better relationships with all stakeholders.
The other is the modernization of the regulations
and policies. This is the area of most concern, as we
have seen a lack of progress in this regard during the
last five years. The message delivered is that there
will be a review on how Transport Canada regulates
to determine if it can regulate better to respond to
current and future realities. This may open the door
to other regulatory means instead of what is done
now with the official regulations. It also may mean
a change to the regulatory publishing process and
elimination of some of the bureaucratic burdens.
One element of this study is that it has re-enforced
the recommendations of the Aerospace Review
Report (coincidently written by the same author,
David Emerson) from 2012. This past report
contained recommendations that would build and
support Canada's international reputation as a
leading regulator in aviation.
To some degree, it is disappointing that aviation is
not specifically mentioned in the information pages
on the Transport Canada website, and there seems
to be a broader focus on the national transportation
network (rail and marine). The ability to support
Canada's economy and growth appears to be the
primary focus, and recognition of the vital role
aviation plays would be beneficial. This plan is
developing, and the information provided so far
is only the beginning. However, action is needed
now and not in 20 years to help Canadian aviation
businesses. Review the details on the Transport
Canada website and get involved.
News & Regulatory Updates
EASA-FAA International Safety
In June, the Aircraft Electronics Association
attended the annual EASA-FAA International Safety
Conference: Global aviation safety for a global
industry. The three-day conference brought together
senior aviation professionals, including regulators,
manufacturers, airlines and associations from all
world regions to discuss global aviation safety issues
from the perspective of both the regulators and
The plenary session on the first day brought
together representatives from industry and regulators
from three different continents to discuss the impor-