Canadian Aviation Regulations (SOR/96-433)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-09-15. Previous Versions

Emergency Features

 No private operator shall operate an aeroplane that is configured for 20 or more passenger seats unless the features that facilitate emergency evacuations meet the requirements set out in section 624.222 of Standard 624 — Emergency Features of the General Operating and Flight Rules Standards.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 12.

Demonstration of Emergency Evacuation Procedures

  •  (1) A private operator who decides to introduce a model of aeroplane into its fleet for the purpose of carrying passengers shall carry out a successful demonstration of its emergency evacuation procedures for that model of aeroplane before operating an aeroplane of that model to carry passengers.

  • (2) If a private operator decides to introduce an aeroplane into its fleet and there is a difference in any of the following items between that aeroplane and other aeroplanes of the same model that are already in the fleet, the private operator shall treat the aeroplane as if it were a different model of aeroplane and carry out a successful demonstration of its emergency evacuation procedures for that model before operating the aeroplane to carry passengers:

    • (a) the location of the flight attendants or their emergency evacuation duties or procedures;

    • (b) the number, location or type of emergency exits; or

    • (c) the number, location or type of opening mechanisms for the emergency exits.

  • (3) A private operator who decides to change any of the following items in respect of an aeroplane shall carry out a successful demonstration of its emergency evacuation procedures for the model of that aeroplane, as changed, before operating the aeroplane to carry passengers:

    • (a) the location of the flight attendants or their emergency evacuation duties or procedures;

    • (b) the number, location or type of emergency exits; or

    • (c) the number, location or type of opening mechanisms for the emergency exits.

  • (4) Subsections (1) to (3) do not apply in respect of a model of aeroplane that is configured to carry fewer than 44 passengers.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 12.

Carrying Out a Demonstration of Emergency Evacuation Procedures

  •  (1) A private operator who carries out a demonstration of its emergency evacuation procedures for a model of aeroplane shall

    • (a) do so without passengers;

    • (b) do so with flight attendants who have completed the private operator’s training program for that model of aeroplane; and

    • (c) begin the demonstration using the private operator’s normal procedures, then transition to its emergency procedures.

  • (2) The demonstration is successful if the flight attendants can, within 15 seconds after the transition from the private operator’s normal procedures to its emergency procedures,

    • (a) open 50% of the floor-level emergency exits that are required by the certification basis established in respect of the model of aeroplane;

    • (b) open 50% of the non-floor-level emergency exits the opening of which is set out as an emergency evacuation duty in the private operator’s operations manual; and

    • (c) deploy 50% of the escape slides.

  • (3) The private operator shall record the demonstration using time-encoded video and keep the recording for at least five years after the day on which the demonstration is carried out.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 12.

Extended Over-water Operations

  •  (1) If a private operator decides to operate an aeroplane to carry passengers in extended over-water operations and the aeroplane is required to have survival equipment under section 602.63, the private operator shall carry out a demonstration of its ditching emergency evacuation procedures for the model of that aeroplane before starting the extended over-water operations.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of an aeroplane that is configured for fewer than 20 passenger seats.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 13.

Carrying Out a Demonstration of Emergency Evacuation Procedures — Ditching

  •  (1) A private operator who carries out a demonstration of its ditching emergency evacuation procedures for a model of aeroplane shall

    • (a) use an aeroplane of that model, a life-sized mock-up of that model of aeroplane or a floating device;

    • (b) assume that the ditching occurs during daylight hours and that all required crew members are available;

    • (c) ensure that passengers are on board and participate in the demonstration if the private operator’s operations manual requires passengers to assist in the launching of life rafts;

    • (d) ensure that, after the ditching signal has been received, each evacuee dons a life preserver;

    • (e) ensure that each life raft is removed from its stowage compartment;

    • (f) ensure that, as applicable, one life raft or one slide raft is inflated; and

    • (g) ensure that each evacuee boards the life raft or slide raft and that a crew member assigned to the life raft or slide raft indicates the location of the required survival equipment and describes the use of that equipment.

  • (2) A life-sized mock-up of a model of aeroplane or a floating device must

    • (a) be representative of the passenger cabin of the model of aeroplane;

    • (b) contain seats for all of the evacuees participating in the demonstration;

    • (c) be equipped with the same survival equipment that is installed on the model of aeroplane, including a life preserver for each evacuee participating in the demonstration;

    • (d) have emergency exits and doors that simulate those on the model of aeroplane; and

    • (e) have enough wing area installed outside the window emergency exits to simulate the portions of the wings of the model of aeroplane that would be used in a ditching situation.

  • (3) The private operator shall record the demonstration using time-encoded video and keep the recording for at least five years after the day on which the demonstration is carried out.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 13.

[604.227 to 604.239 reserved]

Embarking and Disembarking of Passengers

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a private operator who operates an aeroplane to carry passengers shall ensure that all flight attendants assigned to a flight using that aeroplane are on board during passenger embarkation and disembarkation.

  • (2) In the case of a flight to which more than one flight attendant is assigned, the private operator may reduce the number of flight attendants by one during passenger embarkation if

    • (a) the flight attendant who leaves the aeroplane remains within the immediate vicinity of the door through which passengers are embarking and carries out safety-related duties for the flight;

    • (b) the engines used for the propulsion of the aeroplane are not running; and

    • (c) at least one floor-level exit remains open to provide for passenger egress.

  • (3) In the case of a flight to which more than one flight attendant is assigned, the private operator may reduce the number of flight attendants during passenger disembarkation if

    • (a) the engines used for the propulsion of the aeroplane are not running;

    • (b) at least one floor-level exit remains open to provide for passenger egress; and

    • (c) half of the required number of flight attendants — rounded down to the next lower number in the case of fractions, but never less than one — remain on board.

  • (4) Paragraphs (2)(b) and (3)(a) do not apply in respect of an engine on a propeller-driven aeroplane if

    • (a) the engine has a propeller brake;

    • (b) the propeller brake is set; and

    • (c) the aeroplane flight manual indicates that the engine may be used as an auxiliary power unit.

  • (5) The private operator shall ensure that, during passenger embarkation and disembarkation,

    • (a) if only one flight attendant is on board, he or she remains in the vicinity of the door through which passengers are embarking or disembarking; and

    • (b) if more than one flight attendant is on board, they are evenly distributed in the passenger cabin and are in the vicinity of the floor-level exits.

  • SOR/2015-127, s. 12.
 
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