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IFR and Aircraft Type Rating

IMPORTANT NOTICE -  Please be advised, there will be a delay in service. No instrument rating renewals or type rating applications will be processed during the week of October 10th to 17th 2014. Normal service will resume October 20th 2014.

CBAA action on proposed FTD regulations

On 15 September, after more than 18 months of silence, Transport Canada issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to the Flight & Duty Times Regulations. All stakeholders have been given until October 3 2014, to comment – at which point the comments will be reviewed and the regulation will be slated for publication in Gazette I, signally the start of the formal comment period.  No association was given advance warning that these new proposals were looming, and there was NO dialogue with industry on the content of these regulations.  Thankfully, as a result of CBAA intervention, the NPA does not apply to Private Operators.  The new private operator CARs flight and duty time regulations will continue to apply.

The CBAA is working directly with CBAA commercial operator members to collect comments and examples to provide to the government. Furthermore, the Minister has been urged to reconvene a new Working Group under leadership that that would be prepared to work with us to develop more practical changes to the existing fatigue-related regulations that are better suited to business aviation and other segments of the commercial aviation community.   Between now and October 3rd, the allied associations will prepare a joint submission to the Minister, summarizing our objections and outlining the impact of the current proposals.

For more information and to participate in the providing comments on this NPA, please log in to CBAA Matters! and follow this link

For an overview, click here

CBAA’s Canadian Pavilion at NBAA 2014

Click here for a list of CBAA members who will be attending CBAA’s Canadian Pavilion at NBAA 2014 to promote their products to 25,000 business aviation delegates.  There is a short time left to sign up and take advantage of this unique and low-cost opportunity.  Contact Lindsay Berndt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

CBAA’s Sept/Oct News Brief now on line

Find out about Business Airports, CBAA’s latest advocacy, the status of our Partners in Safety program and much more in CBAA’s News Brief on line here and in the Sept/Oct edition of Wings magazine.

CBAA wins on HST

The CBAA has received a favourable response from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) concerning the application of the GST/HST to supplies of international charter flights to third parties under specific circumstances.   The application, if not clarified, had the potential of costing operators who supplied this service hundreds of thousands of dollars.  CBAA is grateful to the CRA for its quick action on this matter.

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September’s Industry Partner of the Month

CBAA’s industry partner of the month for September is – SMITH PETRIE CARR & SCOTT INSURANCE BROKERS LTD.  can assist with all commercial insurance needs, including aviation liability. Available aviation solutions include hull coverage and liability, grounding liability, charter liability, hangar liability, and more. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or click here

CBAA launches new member benefit

CBAA now offers its members the opportunity to share company updates and announcements with the business aviation community. Simply provide us with a brief description of your news and we will include it in our weekly email news in the CBAA Business Aviation Bulletin.

For more information contact Lindsay Berndt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Proposed New Seaplane Operations Regulations Transport Canada (TC)

Transport Canada is proposing to enhance seaplane safety by mitigating the risk of drowning for occupants of seaplanes operated commercially for both air taxi and commuter operations. Proposed amendments to the regulations would require passengers and crew to wear a flotation device when boarding a seaplane or when operating on or over water and would require mandatory emergency underwater egress training for pilots of fixed wing commercial seaplanes.  At the same time, TC is taking the opportunity to introduce a definition of seaplanes, remove the outdated definition of personal flotation devices and update other relevant sections of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please log into CBAA Matters ( and follow this link ( )to provide comments or ask questions about this proposed regulatory change by  10 Sep 2014.

CBAA 2015 – Call for presentations

CBAA 2014 set a high bar for quality information in our education sessions – and we aim to make it even better for 2015.  Have you got an idea for a topic or speaker for CBAA 2015, June 16 – 18 in St. Hubert, Quebec? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or share your thoughts on the CBAA Matters! forum, CBAA 2015 Convention & Exhibit.  You must be logged in to access the forum.

Global business aviation ground-handling standard now available

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). A set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers, IS-BAH features a safety management system (SMS) designed to meet the coming requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

IBAC will provide workshops on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH at locations around the world.  If there is enough interest from our community, CBAA will work with IBAC to offer workshops in Canada.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Lindsay Berndt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here for more information on the IS-BAH program. 

"SMS Turnkey Solution” coming for CBAA members

As a result of feedback from the Gap Analysis Workshop at CBAA 2014, CBAA will offer a “turnkey SMS” to members. Available to members for a fee, this SMS would meet the new 604 requirements with very little customization required, and would be a means of compliance for SMS regulations that cannot readily be met by small operators.

Read the attached for further information

SMS Turnkey Solution
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CBAA asks Ontario Finance Minister for a moratorium on aviation fuel tax increase

CBAA President & CEO Rudy Toering has written to Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, asking a moratorium on the increase in aviation fuel taxes, pending consultation with stakeholders and a true analysis of the downstream impacts and unintended consequences of this increase.  The CBAA also opened the door to a meeting with Ontario officials to review the specific impacts of the fuel tax increase on Ontario businesses and business aviation.

Read the letter to the Hon. Charles Sousa 

Sousa re aviation fuel tax
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Accessing Forums on CBAA Matters!

CBAA is now posting many of its news and information items on CBAA Matters!, our new member forum. CBAA Matters! is the place to find new and updated operational, regulatory and other government affairs information. To be notified of changes as they happen, please use the "subscribe" function in the active topics and to the topics of interest.

To access the site, you will need to sign up for CBAA Matters, even if you are already a member of the CBAA. You will receive your temporary password in one to two business days. Click here to join.

Please note that you must be logged- in to CBAA Matters! to access any forum page directly. You can also use the search box to find and access forums and topics once you are logged in.


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