Advisory Circular (AC) No. 803-007

Subject: Notification of changes to the Aerodrome Operator Attestation requirements

Issuing Office: Civil Aviation, Standards
Document No.: AC 803-007
File Classification No.: Z 5000-34
Issue No.: 01
RDIMS No.: 13959483-V2
Effective Date: 2018-10-15

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction

  • (1) This Advisory Circular (AC) is provided for information and guidance purposes. It describes an example of an acceptable means, but not the only means, of demonstrating compliance with regulations and standards. This AC on its own does not change, create, amend or permit deviations from regulatory requirements, nor does it establish minimum standards.

1.1 Purpose

  • (1) The purpose of this Advisory Circular (AC) is to provide instrument procedure sponsors with information on the requirements for the development of Instrument Approach Procedures (IAP) at a non-certified aerodrome. The guidance provide in this AC is not for certified aerodrome IAPs.

1.2 Applicability

  • (1) This document is applicable to operators of all non-certified aerodromes, registered aerodromes, TCCA headquarters and regional Aerodromes and Air Navigation divisional personnel, IP designers and sponsors. It is also available to the aviation industry for information purposes.

1.3 Description of Changes

  • (1) Not applicable.

2.0 References and Requirements

2.1 Reference Documents

  • (1) It is intended that the following reference materials be used in conjunction with this document:
    • (a) Aeronautics Act (R.S., 1985, c. A-2);
    • (b) Part VIII Subpart 3 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) – Aeronautical Information Services;
    • (c) Transport Publication (TP) 308/GPH 209, dated 2018-01-01 - Criteria for the Development of Instrument Procedures;
    • (d) AC 301-001 Issue 2 dated 2018-10-15 – Procedure to be followed in order to support Instrument Approach Procedures (IAP) at a non-certified aerodrome; and
    • (e) Transport Canada Publication (TP) 312 5th Edition — Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices;

2.2 Cancelled Documents

  • (1) Not applicable.

2.3 Definitions and Abbreviations

  • (1) The following definitions are used in this document:
    • (a) Sponsor means a person or organization that funds and supports the IPs that are submitted, maintained and reviewed.
  • (2) The following abbreviations are used in this document:
    • (a) CFS Canada Flight supplement
    • (b) IAP Instrument Approach Procedure
    • (c) IP Instrument Procedure

3.0 Background

  • (1) Section 803.02 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) regulates the development of civil instrument procedures in Canada through the standards manual entitled Criteria for the Development of Instrument Procedures, known as TP 308. Paragraph 120(a) of this document requires that specific aerodrome standards be met prior to the publishing of any instrument procedure.
  • (2) TP 312 5th Edition Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices document came into effect on September 15th 2015 and includes a number of changes relating to the physical characteristics needed to support an IAP at a certified aerodrome (airport). Similar characteristics are used to support an IAP at a non-certified aerodrome.
  • (3) The procedure to confirm compliance with the requirements set out in TP 308 for a non-certified aerodromes is outlined in Advisory Circular (AC) 301-001 Procedure to be followed in order to support Instrument Approach Procedures (IAP) at a non-certified aerodrome. AC 301-001 Issue 02 has been updated to use an Aircraft Approach Speed category as the link to the aerodrome requirements (Obstacle Free Environment).
  • (4) As stated in paragraph 213 of TP 308 “When designing an instrument procedure, Category A, B, C and D normally will be considered...” The lack of categories C and D minimums on IAPs results in the loss of access to some aerodromes by aircraft operators.
  • (5) The change to AC 301-001 Issue 02 provides the possibility of having a higher minima for categories C and D where the obstacle environment is compatible with more than one type of runway (non-precision and non-instrument).

4.0 Requirement

  • (1) All IAPs, should be supported with an aerodrome operator attestation compliant to AC 301-001 Issue 02 by 2020-12-31.
  • (2) IAPs are usually designed for all aircraft approach speeds. The aerodrome operator must work in cooperation with the sponsor of an instrument approach procedure in order to support access for the greatest number of users and aircraft approach categories.
  • (3) In considering a proposed procedure, the sponsor should respect an aerodrome’s request to not publish a given line of minima if in doing so it would incur financial obligation or responsibility they are unable or unwilling to accept.
  • (4) The operational note providing wingspan advisory information is no longer required on IAPs supported by AC 301-001 Issue 02.

5.0 Information Management

  • (1) Not applicable.

6.0 Document History

  • (1) Not applicable.

7.0 Contact Office

Suggestions for amendment to this document are invited, and should be submitted via:

Original signed by

Robert Sincennes
Director, Standards
Civil Aviation