Stuart Doyle, Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Commercial Flight Standards, Transport Canada
New prescriptive rules for flight crew fatigue management and regulations pertaining to fatigue risk management systems were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 152, Number 25 on December 12, 2018. As part of the transitional process, the implementation dates for various subparts of CARs were phased in over a four-year period and table 1 shows the elements of the program and the dates they come into force.
|CARs Operating Rule||Prescriptive approach (Regulations)||Performance-based approach (FRMS)|
|Subpart 702 (Aerial Work)||New Division X 702.91 In force December 12, 2018||Optional – comes into force December 12, 2020|
|Subpart 703 (Air Taxi Operations)||New requirements come into force December 12, 2022||Optional – comes into force December 12, 2022|
|Subpart 704 (Commuter Operations)||New requirements come into force December 12, 2022||Optional – comes into force December 12, 2022|
|Subpart 705 (Airline Operations)||In force December 12, 2020||Optional – in Force December 12, 2020|
|Medevac flights||New Division IV (700.100)||Optional – coming-into-force date depends on operating rule|
Although the new regulations are already in force for subparts 702 and 705, the remaining subparts (703 and 704) are still operating under the prescriptive rules that were in force on December 11, 2020. The new rules for 703 and 704 come into force on December 12, 2022.
This transitional provision is published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 152, Number 25, at section 19.
The following advisory circulars (AC) are available and should be read in conjunction with the applicable regulations:
- AC 700-045 Exemption and Safety Case Process for Fatigue Risk Management Systems
- AC 700-046 Fatigue Risk Management System Requirements
- AC 700-047 Flight Crew Fatigue Management—Prescriptive Regulations
If you have any questions about the new flight crew fatigue management rules, please use the following mailbox: TC.FCFM-GFEC.TC@tc.gc.ca.