Some milder regulatory winds may soon blow from the north of the Americas. In 2019, Transport Canada will re-evaluate its authority to issue monetary penalties for non-compliance with operator manuals, plans and procedures, predicts TC spokesperson Sau Sau Liu.
Although Canadian aviation regulations require operators to develop these documents for certification purposes, Canada’s Aeronautics Act does not explicitly authorize the agency to penalize operators for non-compliance with the documents they themselves developed, Liu notes.
The coming year will also likely see a Miscellaneous Amendment Package from TC. These proposed amendments to various provisions of the aviation regulations will consist of issues that do not impose additional burdens on stakeholders and thus can be exempted from pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I. “This package will constitute a clean-up phase of the Canadian aviation regulation modernization initiative,” Liu explains.
Operators of aircraft under TC jurisdiction can also expect several changes to the Airworthiness Manual, changes that will be published in early 2019 as Notices of Proposed Amendment. These changes will include, under Standards 571 & 573 of the Airworthiness Manual dealing with undocumented parts, the removal of restrictive standards to allow appropriately rated Approved Maintenance Organizations to evaluate undocumented parts in order to recertify these parts for installation.
Another proposed amendment will affect Chapter 566 of the Airworthiness Manual dealing with engineer licensing and training. Liu says this chapter needs to be amended to extend aircraft maintenance engineers licenses from six to 10 years, eliminate the photograph requirement and to clarify experience and skill requirements for M1- or M2-rated licenses.
Down under, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia does not expect any significant changes in its regulations affecting maintenance of commercial aircraft, as CASA updated these regulations a few years ago, according to spokesman Peter Gibson. In 2019, CASA will focus on updating its regulations governing maintenance of general aviation aircraft.