Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after taking into account that the exemption is both in the public interest and is not likely to adversely affect aviation safety, I hereby exempt Air Canada, Air Canada Centre – 1210, P.O. Box 14000, Postal Station Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H4Y 1H4 from the requirements of subclause 725.40(3)(a)(iii)(B)(I) of the Commercial Air Service Standards (CASS) made pursuant to subsection 705.40(4) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), subject to the following conditions.
Subsection 705.40(4) of the CARs requires that for the purposes of section 602.08, no air operator shall permit the use of a portable electronic device on board an aircraft unless the air operator has established procedures that
- meet the Commercial Air Service Standards; and
- are specified in the air operator's company operations manual.
Subclause 725.40(3)(a)(iii)(B)(I) of the CASS states that portable two-way radio communication devices use is prohibited at all times when the aircraft engines are running, excluding the auxiliary power unit.
The purpose of this exemption is to permit Air Canada to enable the use of WiFi Onboard Connectivity on board E190 aeroplanes equipped with a broadband services system produced by AirCell LLC, during the cruising phase and once the aeroplane is operating at or above 10,000 feet above sea level (ASL).
The Air Canada GoGo Internet service will enable passengers to surf the web, check emails and do instant messaging by means of transmitting and receiving signals.
This exemption applies only to Air Canada E190aeroplanes equipped with a broadband services system produced by AirCell LLC, during the cruising phase and once the aeroplane is operating at or above 10,000 feet ASL.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- Air Canada shall restrict the use of WiFi capable transmitting portable electronic devices and laptop computers (TPEDs), when engines are running, to the cruise phase of flight, or when at or above an altitude of 10,000 feet ASL and only in accordance with section 602.86 of the CARs, pertaining to the stowage of Carry-on Baggage, Equipment and Cargo;
- Air Canada shall advise passengers when to use TPEDs and when to not use TPEDS, including adherence to the the requirement to stow laptop computers during turbulence episodes exceeding light turbulence;
- In accordance with the regulatory requirements, if interference from a TPED is suspected, Air Canada shall prohibit the use of the device and shall submit reports of portable electronic device interference to the Director – Policy and Regulatory Services, Civil Aviation, Transport Canada within 7 days of the incident;
- Air Canada shall provide crew members with initial and recurrent training on the emergency and safety procedures associated with the use of TPEDs;
- Air Canada shall amend the applicable parts of their Company Operations Manual and crew member training programs to reflect the changes in emergency and safety procedures associated with the use of TPEDs;
- Air Canada shall carry a copy of this exemption on board its E190 aeroplanes when operating under section 705 of the CARs.
This exemption is valid until the earliest of:
- September 30th, 2017, at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Savings Time;
- the date on which any condition set out in this exemption is breached; or
- the date on which this exemption is cancelled in writing by the Minister where she 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, Canada on this 1st day of October, 2014, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
“Original signed by”
Martin J. Eley