Aviation safety and Canadian flight training

Our flight schools abide by a number of aviation safety regulations that keep our students safe. Here are some of the key regulations that govern student safety:

Operational control

Flight watch and daily flight sheets ensure that when a student becomes airborne, there is a system in place to make sure that student has returned, or to start searching within 15 minutes of the time they said they would land.

Aircraft “technical dispatch” procedures ensure that aircraft are not taken up in the air unless they are safe and airworthy.

Student dispatch Student pilots flying solo must be dispatched by a flight instructor, who will ensure that the student is competent to conduct the planned flight exercises and that the weather conditions are suitable.

Instructor supervision

Instructor supervision regulations require our flight schools to closely supervise junior instructors. These instructors must keep senior instructors advised as they take their students through the training program. Supervising instructors also arrange to fly periodically with the students of junior instructors to make sure the training is up to standard.

Flight training programs

Flight training programs are prescribed by Transport Canada. All students must meet clear and specific requirements before being granted a pilot licence or rating.

Safety Management Systems

Safety management systems (SMS) help companies identify safety risks before they become bigger problems. Transport Canada regulations require the aviation industry to put safety management systems in place as an extra layer of protection to help save lives. Even prior to this date Canada led the world in implementing SMS. The backbone of an SMS consists of

  1. Safety management plan;
  2. Documentation;
  3. Safety oversight;
  4. Training;
  5. Quality assurance; and
  6. Emergency preparedness.

Canadian airports and groups of commercial operators are required by regulation to have SMS in place. It is on the horizon for flight schools. However most flight schools had started implementing aspects of SMS and many of our flight schools had even started implementing a formal SMS before being required to do so.

Students coming to Canada can be certain they are training in a country that respects safety and leads the way in creating safety cultures.

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