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WORLDWIDE

News & Regulatory Updates
COVID-19 response
As of early May, New Zealand had recently moved
from Level 4 to Level 3 and is now at Level 2 for
its COVID-19 response. By the time this issue of
Avionics News is published on June 1, it is the hope
of the entire AEA staff that coronavirus exposure
and the number of cases will decline and Level 1
will be in place. Nonetheless, it is important for
AEA members to regularly review the COVID-19
resources on the AEA website at AEA.net/resources
for the latest information. q

CANADA

News & Regulatory Updates
Transport Canada's management
of the COVID-19 shutdown
As we enter into the fourth month of the COVID19 virus management, there appears to be some
light at the end of the tunnel. We are beginning to
return to some level of normalcy, but the future of
the general aviation industry is unclear. What will be
the long-term effects on travel, commerce and trade?
These are questions that will be answered over time.
In the meantime, Transport Canada Civil Aviation
has continued to stay on top of the ever-changing
landscape in the aviation sector and has been issuing
exemptions and guidance to ensure the industry can
continue to function with the highest level of safety.
To date, the TCCA has issued 40 exemptions, 15
bulletins and several other guidance documents. The
staff in the Standards branch has been busier than
ever trying to keep up with the overall government
direction as well as the countless calls for information
and questions from industry.
CARAC and the government have issued statements
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indicating that only high-priority items will be
processed in the regulatory and standards matters. This
means that most NPA activities and other regulatory
review actions will be on hold until all of this slows
down. This includes ADS-B, CVR/FDR, ELT and
other initiatives started in the last couple of years.
This is not to say that nothing is happening within
the TCCA. It is simply slowed down, and collaborative
activities with industry will not occur to any great
degree. There is a lot to do still, and hopefully, this
challenge has allowed some learning to take place and
we can start moving overdue items to completion.
Daily updates on all of the measures taken by
the TCCA due to COVID-19 can be found online at
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measuresupdates-guidance-tc.html.

Remotely piloted aircraft systems
Did you know there are over 40,000 registered
drones in Canada? There are just under 37,000
registered aircraft. It has taken less than 10 years to
have this many drones registered, whereas it took
100 years to achieve those numbers for registered
aircraft. It is a fast-growing industry, and the avionics
community must be involved.
The TCCA is continuing to move forward with
developing RPAS regulations to cover all aspects of
this new entrant into the aviation industry. There is a
dedicated team working on regulations and guidance.
With the issuance of the new CAR Part IX last
year covering drones up to 25 kilograms, they have
moved on the bigger types. This will include pilot,
maintenance and design approval regulations.
There are many companies jumping into this
industry that have never been involved in aviation
before and are lobbying the government to have a
separate set of rules established for them. However,
in many cases, there are sufficient rules in place that
only require a few changes to account for the unique
characteristics of the drone operations.
The TCCA is planning seminars and workshops
to get the industry involved. A session was held last
spring, and a new session will be planned as soon as
the government allows for public gatherings. You can
find information and sign up for the bimonthly letter
at https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/dronesafety.html. q


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