Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after taking into account that the exemption is in the public interest and is not likely to affect aviation safety, I hereby exempt ZIP Air Inc., 8050 – 22nd Street North East, Calgary Alberta, T2E 7H6 from the requirements of paragraph 705.124(1)(b) and clause 705.124(2)(b)(iv)(B) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and from the requirements of section 7.3.1 of the Initial Part Seven, and paragraphs 7.1.1(a) and (b) of the Annual Part Seven of the Flight Attendant Training Standard (FATS) and Schedule A - Aircraft Exit Compatibility Groups of the FATS (TP12296 E) made pursuant to paragraph 705.124(1)(b) of the CARs, subject to the conditions of this exemption.
Paragraph 705.124 (1)(b) of the CARs states that every air operator shall establish and maintain a training program that is approved by the Minister in accordance with the Commercial Air Service Standards and, in respect of flight attendants, in accordance with the Commercial Air Service Standards and the FATS.
Clause 705.124(2)(b)(iv)(B) stipulates that an air operator’s training program shall include, in respect of flight attendants, initial and annual training, including aircraft type training.
Schedule A – Aircraft Exit Compatibility Groups of the FATS (TP 12296E) identifies aircraft type/series to be used in order to determine equivalent alternatives which may be substituted to complete exit operation drills on the aircraft or in approved training device. (see ANNEX A to this exemption)
The purpose of this exemption is to permit ZIP Air Inc. to use a modified B737-200 over wing exit (hereinafter OWE) as an equivalent means to operating a A319-100 OWE for Aircraft Exit Operation Drills as required by paragraph 7.3.1(b) of Initial Part Seven and 7.1.1(b) of Annual Part Seven of the FATS. Currently, the Schedule A of the FATS– Aircraft Exit Compatibility Groups – does not recognize an alternative to the A319-100 OWE.
This exemption is applicable only to ZIP Air Inc.’s initial & annual training program pertaining to the OWE operation drill.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- ZIP Air Inc. Initial & Annual Flight Attendant Training Program shall include and emphasize the differences between the B737-200 OWE and A319-100 OWE;
- This exemption is granted for ZIP Air Inc.’ initial and annual training program pertaining to the OWE operation drill only;
- Each flight attendant’s record shall clearly identify that a modified B737-200 OWE was used as an equivalent means to operating a A319-100 OWE for aircraft operation drills;
- ZIP Air Inc. shall ensure that each flight attendant attending the initial & annual training program meets all of the other applicable requirements as set in the CARs, the Commercial Air Service Standards and in the FATS.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of:
- 23:59 EDT on September 30, 2005
- the date on which the exemption is superseded by an amendment to the Canadian Aviation Regulations or its associated standards;
- the date on which any of the conditions set out in this exemption is breached; or
- 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 that it is likely to affect aviation safety.
Dated at Ottawa (Ontario), Canada on this 31 day of March 2004, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
Original signed by Wayne Chapin on behalf of Michel Gaudreau
Commercial and Business Aviation
Schedule A – Aircraft Exit Compatibility Groups of the FATS (TP 12296E)
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