De-icing Compliance: Canadian Operators Must Comply with Minister of Transport Letter by June 30, 2019

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The Minister of Transport, The Honourable Marc Garneau, has requested that all Canadian operators confirm their compliance with CAR 602.11(2) and provide an action plan via mail or email prior to June 30, 2019.

CAR 602.11(2) states: No person shall conduct or attempt to conduct a take-off in an aircraft that has frost, ice or snow adhering to any of its critical surfaces.

The Minister’s letter was written in response to the accident at Fond-de-Lac in 2017 and the TSB interim report which cites ice on the wings as a factor in the accident. The report also issued two recommendations. They are:

  • A18-02: The Board recommends that the Department of Transport collaborate with air operators and airport authorities to identify locations where there is inadequate de-icing and anti-icing equipment and take urgent action to ensure that the proper equipment is available to reduce the likelihood of aircraft taking off with contaminated critical surfaces.
  • A18-03: The Board recommends that the Department of Transport and air operators take action to increase compliance with Canadian Aviation Regulations subsection 602.11(2) and reduce the likelihood of aircraft taking off with contaminated critical surfaces.

The Minister requests that “you confirm with [his] officials by June 30, 2019 what actions you will be taking ahead of winter 2019-2020 to reduce the likelihood of aircraft taking off with contaminated critical surfaces and ensure that proper equipment is available to comply with CAR 602.11(2).”

TrainingPort.net recommends that you examine your icing risks by evaluating the following:

  • Airports that you operate into and their de-icing facilities
  • Equipment that is available to de-ice your aircraft
  • Procedures employed by your operation to de-ice aircraft

Your response to the Minister’s request can be emailed to: TC.AARTQuestions.TC@tc.gc.ca

You can contact our Sales Manager, Farah, with any questions you may have at (604) 270-1343 or by email at Farah@trainingport.net. 

For more information and a template letter that can be used to confirm your compliance, please see the email below from CBAA President and CEO, Anthony Norejko. 

From: Anthony Norejko <anorejko@cbaa.ca>
Date: June 3, 2019 at 3:17:52 PM MDT
To: Lindsay Berndt <lberndt@cbaa.ca>
Subject: De-icing Compliance – Template Letter for Members

Dear colleague, 

As a business aircraft operator, you would have received a letter from the Minister of Transport on May 9th, requesting that you confirm what actions you will be taking ahead of winter 2019-2020 to reduce the likelihood of aircraft taking off with contaminate critical surfaces and to ensure that the proper equipment is available to comply with CAR 602.11(2).   

To simplify your response, we have created a template letter you can use to confirm your compliance.  It is available for download here

You can submit your response by mail or by email as follows:

By mail:

Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
Attn: Standards Branch (AART)

By email: TC.AARTQuestions.TC@tc.gc.ca

Please help us work together going forward by copying us on any correspondence you send. You can copy me directly at anorejko@cbaa.ca

Please customize the areas that are highlighted in YELLOW: these deal specifically with your company name, number of aircraft you operate and if you are flying under CARs 604, 703 and/or 704.  

But the letter doesn’t end there: it also includes two recommendations for government. The government needs to take specific actions related to small airport infrastructure and to fair access to de-icing. It is our view that these two actions are as important to safety as our compliance is. 

By adapting and using this template, you are not only demonstrating the required compliance, you are helping us lobby for positive action – and I thank you in advance for your support. 

If you have any questions or want more information please contact Merlin Preuss, mpreuss@cbaa.ca. He is working directly with operators and is in contact with Transport Canada officials on this file. 

Anthony Norejko
President and CEO
Canadian Business Aviation Association 

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