CBAA regulatory role might expand
The regulatory role of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) might expand into instrument and type ratings, as well as maintenance checks, following the Canadian government’s notice on November 22 of amendments to the country’s oversight rules for business aircraft operators. Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Transport Canada gave the CBAA the authority to approve and monitor the country’s private operators. Private operators of Canadian-registered passenger-carrying, pressurized turbine airplanes with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds are required to obtain their operating certificate through the CBAA. By issuing the new amendments, Transport Canada is providing further recognition of the CBAA’s ability to run an independent, “performance-based approach” to business aviation safety.