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 adversely affect aviation safety, I hereby exempt Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) officials acting for or on the behalf of the Minister from the requirements set out in section 507.03 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), subject to the following conditions.
Section 507.03 is reproduced in Appendix A.
The purpose of this exemption is to allow officials acting for or on behalf of the Minister to issue, in respect of an eligible aircraft which the Minister is satisfied is safe for flight, a flight authority, more specifically a Special Certificate of Airworthiness in the Limited classification, according to criteria other than those set out in section 507.03 of the CARs, further to having received and assessed as satisfactory an application for an eligible aircraft in a form and manner other than that specified in Chapter 507 of the Airworthiness Manual, as required by subsection 507.06(2) of the CARs, such application including a declaration which is different from the declaration attesting that the aircraft meets the requirements of section 507.03 of the CARs, as required by paragraph 507.06(3)(b) of the CARs.
This exemption applies to TCCA officials acting for or on behalf of the Minister (hereafter “the Official”) for the purpose of accepting or assessing an application for or subsequently issuing a flight authority, specifically a Special Certificate of Airworthiness in the Limited classification, together with Operating Conditions, in respect of an aircraft that does not meet paragraphs 507.03(a) or (b) of the CARs.
For the purposes of section 507.11 of the CARs, a Special Certificate of Airworthiness in the limited classification issued by the Minister pursuant to this exemption constitutes a flight authority issued pursuant to Subpart 507 of the CARs, entitled “Flight Authority and Certificate of Noise Compliance”.
For the purposes of section 507.11 of the CARs, the conditions subject to which the flight authority was issued also include those operating conditions which form part of the Special Certificate of Airworthiness in the Limited classification issued by the Minister pursuant to this exemption.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- The application shall pertain to an eligible aircraft, specifically an aircraft:
- which has been serially and commercially manufactured to a distinct and definable type description;
- which is not a model for which a type certificate has been issued or accepted by the Minister; and
- which is not of an aircraft model which is in production and for which a foreign airworthiness authority having jurisdiction over the type design of the aircraft has issued a document that is the foreign equivalent of a type certificate.
- The Official shall have received, for an eligible aircraft, an application signed by the person applying (hereafter “applicant”) and shall have received an attestation to the aircraft’s condition and its conformity with the declared type description signed by a person authorized to do so pursuant to section 507.10 of the CARs.
- The Official shall make the flight authority subject to operating conditions where the conditions are required to ensure the safety of the aircraft, other aircraft, persons, animals or property. Such operating conditions would normally include but are not limited to those listed in Appendix B.
- The Official shall be satisfied that the aircraft is safe for flight, in that it can be maintained in a safe condition and operated without presenting undue risk to the safety of the aircraft, other aircraft, persons, animals or property.
- The Official shall have received from the applicant documents, in either English or French, which contain to the satisfaction of the Minister the following information:
- a general history and description of the aircraft type and model and the purpose for which the type was designed;
- the purpose for which the aircraft is to be used; and
- all technical, historical or operational information, which may be pertinent or relevant to the review of the application by the Minister, including but not limited to:
- documentation concerning the model type description as originally manufactured and, regarding the aircraft for which the application is made, any non-conformity to that type description;
- information about any life limits established by the manufacturer of the aircraft or by another authoritative body, and the time remaining until any such limit is reached; and
- any applicable flight or operating limitations;
- evidence of the approximate date of manufacture of the aircraft and the name of the manufacturer and, if the manufacturer is an entity, its legal name, along with the manufacturer’s model designation and the aircraft serial number;
- type and model data, including drawings or other technical data, required to perform the inspection referred to in (k) below and which establish the type description to which the aircraft’s conformity will be attested;
- the aircraft Journey Log and other technical records assigned to that aircraft as required by section 605.92 of the CARs, or in the case of an application made in respect of an imported foreign aircraft, the equivalent documents;
- a current Weight and Balance report, together with an equipment list which includes the weight and moment arm of each item of equipment not forming part of the type description;
- an approved maintenance schedule to which the aircraft shall be maintained pursuant to section 605.86 of the CARs;
- evidence showing that sufficient applicable information, equipment, supplies and spares are available to enable proper maintenance of the aircraft and evidence showing that persons with sufficient training, knowledge, experience and skill are available to perform maintenance on the aircraft;
- an aircraft flight manual or equivalent document that provides sufficient information to enable safe operation of the aircraft, and any applicable flight or operating limitations;
- a written report to the Minister which is compiled and signed by a person who may sign a maintenance release as described in section 571.11 of Standard 571 – Maintenance, and which:
- describes the results of an annual inspection as itemised in an approved maintenance schedule or an equivalent inspection described in the aircraft maintenance manual, supervised by the qualified person and including disassembly when necessary; and
- details any maintenance accomplished as part of the inspection; and
- describes any repairs or modifications that were required and carried out to bring the aircraft to a condition of conformity to the type description and capable of safe operation, including the acceptable data used to accomplish the repair of modification.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of the following:
- May 1, 2022 at 23:59 EDT;
- the date on which an amendment to the appropriate provisions of the CARs or related standards specifically pertaining to the subject-matter of this exemption comes into effect;
- 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.
DATED at Ottawa, Ontario, this 27th day of April, 2017 on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
“Original signed by François Collins (for)”
Director General, Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework
PERTINENT PROVISIONS OF THE CARS
Special Certificate of Airworthiness
507.03 Where an application for a flight authority is made pursuant to section 507.06, the Minister shall issue a special certificate of airworthiness in respect of an aircraft that
- (a) meets the criteria for one of the classifications of a special certificate of airworthiness specified in Chapter 507 of the Airworthiness Manual;
- (b) conforms to the applicable type design or, in the case of an amateur-built aircraft, is designed and constructed in a way that ensures its airworthiness, in conformity with the requirements of Chapter 549 of the Airworthiness Manual; and
- (c) is safe for flight.
Duration of a Flight Authority
507.11 Unless surrendered, suspended or cancelled, a flight authority issued pursuant to this Subpart remains in force during the period or for the number of flights specified in it or, where no limit is specified, indefinitely, if the aircraft continues to meet the conditions subject to which the flight authority was issued.
GENERAL OPERATING CONDITIONS
- 1. The aircraft shall be safe for flight, in that it shall be maintained in a safe condition which enables its operation without presenting undue risk to the safety of the aircraft, other aircraft, persons, animals or property.
- 2. The aircraft shall be maintained in accordance with the maintenance requirements set out in Parts V and VI of the CARs.
- 3. All maintenance releases shall be signed by:
- a) an appropriately rated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME);
- b) the holder of an applicable Restricted Certification Authority (RCA) for the aircraft type, issued in accordance with section 571.11 of the CARs; or
- c) the holder of an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence who has been authorized to sign by the holder of an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) certificate issued under section 573.02 of the CARs and with a rating appropriate to the work performed, or by an appropriately rated foreign organization accepted under the terms of a Technical Arrangement or Bi-lateral Agreement.
- 4. All specialized maintenance shall be performed by an appropriately rated Canadian Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) or by an appropriately rated foreign organization accepted under the terms of a Technical Arrangement or Bi-lateral Agreement.
- 5. If the aircraft is operated in any way for hire and reward, maintenance shall be performed by an appropriately rated Canadian Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) or by an appropriately rated foreign organization accepted under the terms of a Technical Arrangement or Bi-lateral Agreement.
- 6. If the aircraft is operated in any way for hire and reward, the aircraft shall be maintained in accordance with a Maintenance Schedule submitted to and formally approved by the Minister.
- 7. All modifications and repairs shall be performed in accordance with acceptable data as defined in section 571.06 of the Airworthiness Manual.
- 8. Where a person performs a modification or repair which has more than negligible effects on the weight and centre-of-gravity limits, structural strength, performance, power plant operation, flight characteristics or other qualities affecting the aircraft’s airworthiness or environmental characteristic, the person performing the modification or repair shall report it to the Minister in accordance with the procedures specified in section 571.12 of the Airworthiness Manual.
- 9. When the aircraft is modified or repaired in a way that could reasonably require a change to the Operating Conditions which form part of the special certificate of airworthiness in the limited classification, the owner or operator shall ensure that a modification or repair report is submitted to and reviewed by the Minister prior to the next flight of the aircraft.
- 10. The aircraft shall be operated in accordance with the operating rules set out in the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and with the procedures and limitations specified in the aircraft flight manual (AFM) or equivalent document listed in the Operating Conditions attached to the Special Certificate of Airworthiness – Limited, and with any procedures and limitations listed in the Operating Conditions.
- 11. When alterations or amendments are made to the flight manual or equivalent document specified in the Operating Conditions which form part of the special certificate of airworthiness in the limited classification, the owner or operator of the aircraft shall ensure that these changes are submitted to and reviewed by the Minister prior to the next flight of the aircraft.
- 12. In the case where the aircraft has been approved by the Minister for the carriage of passengers, the following, as applicable, shall be met:
- a) the aircraft shall have a placard which contains a statement displayed either so that it is readily legible from each passenger station or on the side of the fuselage, stating in English and French that passengers fly in this aircraft at their own risk and that the aircraft does not comply with internationally recognized standards;
- b) in the case where the placard is displayed on the side of the fuselage, it shall be in a position that is readily legible to persons entering the aircraft, in letters at least 10 mm (3/8 in.) high and of a colour contrasting with the background; and
- c) all passengers shall be briefed before each flight on:
- i) the meaning and implications of the placard;
- ii) where applicable, which seats are not to be occupied during take-off and landing; and
- iii) emergency procedures, including the operation of the seats, seat belts, and exits.
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