Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after taking into account that the exemption is in the public interest and not likely to affect aviation safety, I hereby exempt Airborne Energy Solutions Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as AES) P. 0. Box 1229, Whitecourt, Alberta, T7S 1P1 from the requirements of subsection 202.42(1), paragraph 700.05(1)(b) and subsections 706.09(1) and (2) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) subject to the following conditions.
The details of the above provisions are provided in Appendix A.
The purpose of this exemption is to:
- Allow AES to have operational control of two Mi-26T helicopters, without the aircraft having a Canadian type certificate. The two aircraft will be added to the types authorized on AES's 702 and 703 Air Operators Certificates, however, the aircraft will remain registered in Russia and will remain in the legal custody and control of UTair Aviation, a Russian company;
- Allow AES to permit UTair Aviation to perform maintenance on the two Mi-26T helicopters when performance of the maintenance by UTair Aviation has not been approved by the Minister as being in conformity with the CARs;
- Allow AES to have operational control of two Mi-26T helicopters in order to conduct operations in support of the movement of drilling, completion and production equipment, built to take advantage of the lift capacity of the Mi-26T helicopters and used for petroleum exploration and development in Northern Canada. This exemption will allow AES to take advantage of the Mi-26T' s lift capacity in areas where it is not desirable to build overland access capabilities due to weather and environmental concerns.
This exemption applies to AES when it has operational control of two Mi-26T helicopters under contractual agreement with UTair Aviation, a Russian company. The two Mi-26T helicopters will remain registered in Russia and UTair Aviation will retain legal custody and control of the aircraft, provide flight crews and maintenance services for the aircraft.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- The Mi-26T helicopters shall be operated as an integral part of the AES fleet under CARs subparts 702 – Aerial Work and 703 – Air Taxi;
- AES shall have in place a functioning Safety Management System which shall be implemented in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Operating Agreement attached at Appendix B to this exemption;
- The terms and conditions of the Operating Agreement, attached at Appendix B to this exemption, between Transport Canada and AES shall be adhered to;
- The Mi-26T shall only be utilized to conduct operations in support of the movement of drilling, completion and production equipment built to take advantage of the lift capacity of the Mi-26T helicopters and used for petroleum exploration and development in Northern Canada;
- The Mi-26T shall not be operated over built-up areas not directly associated with the operations in support of the movement of drilling, completion and production equipment, built to take advantage of the lift capacity of the Mi-26T helicopters, with the exception of transit to and from a maintenance base;
- Weather minima for day VFR operations in uncontrolled airspace shall be a ceiling of 500 feet, and provided that the Mi-26T pilots comply with Commercial Air Service Standard 722.17(2), a visibility of one-half statute miles;
- AES shall qualify a UTair Aviation Company Check Pilot as a Canadian certified Authorized Check Pilot;
- AES shall obtain from UTair Aviation a certificate of insurance for liability coverage in the amount of $50, 000, 000 (fifty million) Canadian dollars;
- The maintenance of the Mi-26T shall be conducted by UTair Aviation in accordance with the maintenance requirements of the Russian Civil Aviation Authority; and
- UTair Aviation shall hold a valid Russian air operator certificate and maintenance certificate or equivalent documents, as well as documentary proof that the maintenance requirements of condition 10 of this exemption have been met.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of:
- 23:59 MST November 1, 2006;
- 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 is likely to affect aviation safety.
The exemption from subsection 202.42(1), paragraph 700.05(1)(b) and subsections 706.09(1) and (2) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) issued to Airborne Energy Solutions Ltd. on the 2nd of February, 2005, at Ottawa, by the Director General, Civil Aviation, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, is hereby cancelled because it is the opinion of the Minister that it is no longer in the public interest or is likely to affect aviation safety.
Dated at Ottawa, Canada this 24th day of October 2005, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
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SECTIONS OF THE CARs
Subsection 202.42(1) states that subject to section 203.03, no person shall operate in Canada an aircraft that is registered in a foreign state that has been present in Canada for a total of 90 days or more in the immediately preceding twelve-month period unless
- the foreign state is a contracting state;
- the operator of the aircraft is
- the foreign state,
- an individual who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident but is a citizen or subject of the foreign state, or
- an entity that is incorporated or otherwise formed under the laws of the foreign state; and
- if the operator of the aircraft is an entity described in subparagraph (b)(iii), the aircraft is operated in Canada
- in accordance with an air operator certificate, or
- in any operation other than an operation that would require a private operator certificate if the aircraft were registered in Canada.
Paragraph 700.05(1)(b) states that no Canadian air operator shall operate an aircraft in a commercial air service unless in the case of an aircraft registered in another contracting state, the Minister has authorized its operation under Part II and, where a Canadian type certificate has not been issued for the aircraft type, the aircraft has been approved for operation under Part V.
Subsection 706.09(1) states that no air operator shall permit a person or organization to perform maintenance on the air operator's aircraft unless the person or organization has adequate facilities, equipment, spare parts and personnel available at the site where the maintenance is to be performed and
- the person or organization holds an approved maintenance organization (AMO) certificate issued pursuant to Section 573.02 with a rating in a category applicable to the maintenance to be performed;
- where the maintenance is to be performed outside Canada by a person or organization that does not hold an AMO certificate issued pursuant to Section 573.02, the person or organization has been approved under the laws of a state that is party to an agreement with Canada that provides for recognition of the work performed; or
- in cases other than those described in paragraphs (a) and (b), the performance of the maintenance by the person or organization has been approved by the Minister as being in conformity with these Regulations.
Subsection 706.09(2) states that an air operator shall ensure that a maintenance arrangement made with a person or organization pursuant to subsection (1)
- specifies the maintenance required and clearly defines the tasks to be performed; and
- is made in accordance with the procedures governing maintenance arrangements included in the MCM or is approved by the Minister as being in conformity with these Regulations.
Signed by Merlin Preuss and sent to Roger Beebe on February 4th, 2005
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