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 Canadian offshore aircraft operators from the requirements of section 551.407 of the Airworthiness Manual (AWM) made pursuant to paragraph 602.63(7)(a) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), with respect to the standards to be met for helicopters passenger transportation suit systems (HPTSS) to be worn by each person on board, subject to the conditions set out below.
Paragraph 602.63(7)(a) of the CARs specifies that “where a helicopter is required to carry life rafts pursuant to subsection (4) and (5), no person shall operate the helicopter over water having a temperature of less than 10⁰C unless a helicopter passenger transportation suit system is provided for the use of each person on board”.
Section 551.407 of the Airworthiness Manual (AWM) - Helicopter Passenger Transportation Suit Systems (HPTSS) provides two acceptable (but now superseded) standards for HPTSS to be worn by offshore helicopter passengers, pursuant to paragraph 602.63(7)(a) of the CARs.
The details of the above provisions are provided in Appendix A attached to this exemption.
The purpose of this exemption is to permit Canadian offshore aircraft operators the use of a new HPTSS that meets the minimum performance specification of CAN-TSO-3C503 in lieu of older helicopter passenger suit systems that are currently required in accordance with section 551.407 of the AWM.
This exemption applies to all Canadian offshore aircraft operators who are required to provide an HPTSS for the use of each person on board.
This exemption is subject to the following condition:
- Canadian offshore aircraft operators shall ensure that any HPTSS that is provided for the use of any person on board meets the minimum performance specification of CAN-TSO-3C503 Helicopter Passenger Transportation Suit Systems (HPTSS) or those of older helicopter passenger suit systems that are currently acceptable in accordance with section 551.407 of the AWM.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of the following:
- March 1, 2020 at 23:59 EST;
- The date on which any of the conditions set out in this exemption are breached; or
- The date on which this exemption is cancelled, in writing, by the Minister, where she is of the opinion it is no longer in the public interest or is likely to adversely affect aviation safety.
Dated at Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this 2nd day of March, 2015 on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
“Original signed by”
Martin J. Eley
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