Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after having taking into account that the exemption is in the public interest and is not likely to adversely affect aviation safety or security, I hereby exempt pilots operating at Red Deer or Mirabel airports from the requirements of subsections 602.97(2) and 602.98(1) and section 602.99 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), subject to the following conditions.
The pertinent provisions of the CARs are reproduced in part in Appendix A.
The purpose of this exemption is to exempt pilots, operating at Red Deer or Mirabel airports, from having to maintain a continuous listening watch as well as make all required reports on the Mandatory Frequency (MF). This will enable pilots, under specified conditions, at these airports to monitor and report on a Ground Advisory frequency, therefore reducing the transmission congestion in the MF.
This exemption applies to pilots operating at Red Deer or Mirabel airports when a Flight Service Station is providing Aerodrome Advisory Services (AAS) and a Ground Advisory (GND ADV) frequency is in operation.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- A Flight Service Station providing Aerodrome Advisory Services shall be located at the airport and be operational at the time the Ground Advisory is in service;
- Ground Advisory frequency procedures shall be published in the Canada Flight Supplement or initially published in a NOTAM when a NOTAM is published earlier and until the CFS is reissued on its regular publication cycle. A Ground Advisory frequency shall be in operation at Red Deer or Mirabel airport as applicable;
- Pilots intending to operate at Red Deer or Mirabel airport shall have read, understood and complied with any airport operating restrictions specified by the Minister in the Canada Flight Supplement;
- Pilots intending to operate at Red Deer or Mirabel airport shall have read, understood and complied with directions provided in Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 26/18 - New Procedures for the Use of a Ground Advisory Frequency at Mirabel (CYMX) and Red Deer (CYQF) Aerodromes; and
- Pilots shall refer to the Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) reports for pertinent information regarding the use of the Ground Advisory frequency.
This exemption is in effect from August 16, 2018 at 00:01 EDT until the earliest of the following:
- a) August 16, 2023 at 23:59 EDT;
- b) the date on which any condition set out in this exemption is breached; or
- c) the date on which this exemption is cancelled in writing by the Minister where he is of the opinion that it is no longer in the public interest or is likely to adversely affect aviation safety or security.
Dated at Ottawa, Ontario, this 15th day of August, 2018, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
“Original signed by”
Acting Director General, Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework
Division V — Operations at or in the Vicinity of an Aerodrome
602.96 (1) This section applies to persons operating VFR or IFR aircraft at or in the vicinity of an uncontrolled or controlled aerodrome.
(2) Before taking off from, landing at or otherwise operating an aircraft at an aerodrome, the pilot-in-command of the aircraft shall be satisfied that
- (a) there is no likelihood of collision with another aircraft or a vehicle; and
- (b) the aerodrome is suitable for the intended operation.
(3) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft operating at or in the vicinity of an aerodrome shall
- (a) observe aerodrome traffic for the purpose of avoiding a collision;
- (b) conform to or avoid the pattern of traffic formed by other aircraft in operation;
- (d) where the aerodrome is an airport, comply with any airport operating restrictions specified by the Minister in the Canada Flight Supplement;
VFR and IFR Aircraft Operations at Uncontrolled Aerodromes within an MF Area
602.97 (1) Subject to subsection (3), no pilot-in-command shall operate a VFR or IFR aircraft within an MF area unless the aircraft is equipped with radio communication equipment pursuant to Subpart 5.
(2) The pilot-in-command of a VFR or IFR aircraft operating within an MF area shall maintain a listening watch on the mandatory frequency specified for use in the MF area.
General MF Reporting Requirements
602.98 (1) Every report made pursuant to this Division shall be made on the mandatory frequency that has been specified for use in the applicable MF area.
(2) Every report referred to in subsection (1) shall be
- (a) directed to the ground station associated with the MF area, if a ground station exists and is in operation; or
- (b) broadcast, if a ground station does not exist or is not in operation.
MF Reporting Procedures before Entering Manoeuvring Area
602.99 The pilot-in-command of a VFR or IFR aircraft that is operated at an uncontrolled aerodrome that lies within an MF area shall report the pilot-in-command’s intentions before entering the manoeuvring area of the aerodrome.
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