Since the week-long meeting with TC in January ATAC continues to work with its members, other aviation associations, and TCCA to find reasonable and appropriate solutions to address this hot subject. TCCA plans to hold a briefing session, likely within the next month, after reviewing and taking into account the input from industry and formulating their plan to go forward to Canada Gazette Part 1 (CG 1). Their current plan is to go to CG 1 in early summer this year. This would likely mean it would go to CG 2 and be promulgated as a new regulation in early summer 2016.
We have made many substantial suggestions for change, thanks to our members' input, to the NPA proposal. Key amongst these is our request that in addition to incorporating a more reasonable and sustainable regulation change on this issue, they must have a more practical implementation schedule. Our proposal has been a minimum of 3 years after CG 2 for CAR 705 operators and a minimum of a further 2 years after that for operators within CAR 702, 703, and 704. This minimum timeframe is required for implementing associated computer and software changes for crew scheduling systems amongst others, as well as trying to deal with the dire shortage of pilots. As soon as a briefing is scheduled ATAC will let you know.