Transport Canada COVID-19 Aviation Weekly Update – Week of March 30, 2020 / Mise à jour hebdomadaire COVID-19 Aviation de Transports Canada – semaine du 30 mars 2020


Transport Canada COVID-19 Aviation Weekly Update – Week of March 30, 2020 Mise à jour hebdomadaire COVID-19 Aviation de Transports Canada – semaine du 30 mars 2020
In this Issue:


·         Interim Order and Guidance Material


·         Aviation and COVID-19: Measures, Guidance and Support – Week of March 30, 2020


·         Regulatory exemptions issued


·         Letter to Associations – Essential Services


·          Restrictions Poster



·         Consultation Periods Extended


·         Approved Check Pilot / Advanced Qualification Program


·         Internal Process Bulletins


·         Upcoming exemptions and guidance



Dans cette édition :


·         Arrêté d’urgence et Matériel d’orientation


·         Aviation et COVID-19: mesures, directives et soutien – semaine du 30 mars 2020


·         Exemptions réglementaires accordées


·         Lettre aux associations – services essentiels


·         Affiches des mesures concernant les restrictions


·         Période de consultation


·         Programme de pilote vérificateur agréé



·         Bulletins Interne de Procédures


·         Exemptions et directives à venir




Aviation and COVID-19: Measures, Guidance and Support – Week of March 30, 2020 [Back to the Menu]


Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments have all been taking action to stop the spread of COVID-19. The landscape is evolving quickly and I know that this has raised many questions and challenges for aviation in Canada.


Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) recognizes these challenges you are encountering during these unprecedented times, and has been working to put measures in place to provide some relief to you, our stakeholders, while managing safety risks.

Interim Order and Guidance Material [Back to the Menu]

For more information on this week’s new Interim Order, consult the Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to COVID-19.


To provide guidance to air operators regarding their duties during the COVID-19 situation, the Guidance Material for Air Carriers Managing Travellers during the Check-In Procedure at Transborder (U.S.) Airport was issued by the Minister of Transport. Similarly, the Guidance Material for Air Operators Managing Travellers during the Check-In Procedure for Flights Departing from an Aerodrome in Canada and the Guidance material for air carriers managing travelers during the check-in procedure at international airports seeks to provide additional guidance to air operators. Finally, AC 603-001, issue 04 – Special Authorization for Night Vision Imaging Systems Operations will soon be made available online.


The COVID-19 Guidance for the Canadian Aviation Industry has been updated from the previous document shared with you on Friday, March 27th.

For more information on new transportation measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading domestically, visit the Government of Canada news release on the new domestic transportation measures.

This week, the following COVID-19 related exemptions to the Canadian Aviation Regulations have been issued by Transport Canada: [Back to the Menu]

For the extended list of recent COVID 19 regulatory activities, please consult the aviation section on Transport Canada’s webpage for COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada

TCCA continues to work towards the issuance of additional exemption and guidance. Upcoming TCCA exemption activity, include:

  • Exemptions related to aerodromes and firefighting, specifically 1) Exemption for the reduction in the Category, and 2) Exemption for the temporary cessation of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) at designated and participating airports due to severe reduction in passenger numbers (below 180 000)
  • Holders of aviation booklets CAR 402.11
  • Incapacitated flight attendant CAR 705.221(1)
  • Future exemptions that will address one off exemption requests, or other COVID-19 related industry needs that may have been overlooked.

Letter to Associations – Essential Services [Back to the Menu]

Transportation is deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Canada has identified essential employees in the aviation industry for the continued safe movement of goods, services and people, including for the repatriation of Canadians abroad. The letter to the aviation industry will provide advisory guidance to the Canadian aviation industry on essential employees in the context of the COVID-19 situation. The list remains advisory in nature and may be amended, updated or modified based on the evolution of the current situation.

Restrictions Poster [Back to the Menu]

To illustrate the measures that Canada has taken in light of COVID-19, several restrictions posters were published. These include Travelling by Air in Canada, Travelling by Air Overseas and Travelling by Air from the U.S./Transborder.

Consultation Period Extended [Back to the Menu]

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, Transport Canada is extending the consultation period for the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, III and VI – Runway End Safety Area (RESA). You can now provide your comments in writing to until May 8th, 2020.

In addition, TC has extended the consultation period for the following Notices of Proposed Amendments (NPAs) part of the codification of existing exemptions initiative.  You can now provide your comments in writing to until May 1st, 2020.

Transport Canada has taken these measures in order to assist you during these exceptional circumstances. We look forward to continue our collaboration with you and appreciate all your efforts in mitigating impacts of COVID-19 in Canada.

Approved Check Pilot (ACP) / Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) Evaluator Bulletin [Back to the Menu]

On March 30, 2020, Transport Canada published a revised version of the Approved Check Pilot (ACP) / Advanced Qualifications Program (AQP) Bulletin, which lists extensions to various training requirements. The bulletin may be revised periodically in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The following Internal Process Bulletins have been issued by Transport Canada [Back to the Menu]


2020 Canadian championship announced


The Canadian Balloon Association is pleased to announce that there will be a Canadian Championship in 2020, organized in partnership with the Balloon Federation of America. We thank the BFA for helping to make this a reality. The CBA is looking for 10 Canadian pilots who want to compete in the Championship as detailed below. You must become a member of the CBA to compete.

The event is taking place as part of the US Nationals in Scottsbluff, Nebraska from Aug. 11-16, 2020.

More information, including the registration form, will be shared as soon as it is available.

The HACD and the event organizer, Old West Balloon Fest, have agreed to add an exciting new element to this year’s event. The US and Canada will be running their country’s National Championship simultaneously utilizing one consolidated staff. They will be scored as two separate events with an overall Champion awarded a newly designed International Champion’s Cup.

A prize fund of $20,000 is guaranteed plus a $200 travel stipend to be paid in the form of a gas card bringing the prize fund to a total of $30,000. Canadian pilots will only be eligible to receive the minimum guaranteed payout of $150 and a $200 gas card. The competitive event officially starts with on-site pilot registration and the mandatory General Briefing on Sunday, August 9.

Other Enhancements Coming

In a major improvement for 2020, the organizer has secured the Hampton Inn and Conference Center as the host hotel for all pilots, crew and event staff. All pilot briefings and associated meetings will take place at the hotel’s on-site conference center.

Several learning and skill development opportunities exist throughout the Championship including the following:

  • Two full practice flights designed as learning experiences including post flight debriefings with an open forum led by event staff.
  • Daily post-flight flight debriefings led by a top competitor. These session discuss an analysis of the tasks and the decisions made in the planning and execution phase of the flight.
  • A BFA sanctioned safety seminar will be provided throughout the week built around 1 to 1½ hour sessions held at convenient times.
  • Adam Magee, Assistant Safety Officer and organizer of the Balloon Training Academy, is developing an on-line training video to fully explain the FAA Waiver for the event. Competitors will have to pass an on-line quiz on Waiver details prior to arriving for the General Briefing.

Invitations and Application Deadline

Invitations are planned to be available by February 29 and completed applications must be received in the BFA Office on or before April 15, 2020.

Please let the CBA know if you are interested as we gauge interest.