Canadian Aviation Regulations (SOR/96-433)

Regulations are current to 2014-04-02 and last amended on 2012-07-04. Previous Versions

Unforeseen Operational Circumstances

 The maximum flight time referred to in paragraphs 700.15(1)(a) to (e) and the maximum flight duty time referred to in subsection 700.16(1) may be exceeded if

  • (a) the flight is extended as a result of unforeseen operational circumstances;

  • (b) the pilot-in-command, after consultation with the other flight crew members, considers it safe to exceed the maximum flight time and flight duty time; and

  • (c) the air operator and the pilot-in-command comply with the Commercial Air Service Standards.

  • SOR/99-158, s. 2.

Delayed Reporting Time

 Where a flight crew member is notified of a delay in reporting time before leaving a rest facility and the delay is in excess of 3 hours, the flight crew member’s flight duty time is considered to have started 3 hours after the original reporting time.

Requirements for Time Free from Duty

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), an air operator shall provide each flight crew member with the following time free from duty:

    • (a) where the operation is conducted under Subpart 4 or 5 using an aircraft other than a helicopter, one period of at least 36 consecutive hours within each 7 consecutive days or one period of at least 3 consecutive calendar days within each 17 consecutive days;

    • (b) where the operation is conducted under Subpart 2 or 3 or is conducted using a helicopter, one period of at least 24 consecutive hours 13 times within each 90 consecutive days and 3 times within each 30 consecutive days; and

    • (c) where the flight crew member is a flight crew member on call, one period of at least 36 consecutive hours within each 7 consecutive days or one period of at least 3 consecutive calendar days within each 17 consecutive days.

  • (2) An air operator may provide a flight crew member with time free from duty other than as required by paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) if

    • (a) the time free from duty is authorized in the air operator certificate; and

    • (b) the air operator and the flight crew member comply with the Commercial Air Service Standards.

  • (3) An air operator shall notify a flight crew member on call of the commencement and duration of the flight crew member’s time free from duty.

Flight Crew Positioning

 Where a flight crew member is required by an air operator to travel for the purpose of positioning after the completion of flight duty time, the air operator shall provide the flight crew member with an additional rest period at least equal to one-half the time spent travelling that is in excess of the flight crew member’s maximum flight duty time.

Flight Crew Members on Reserve

  •  (1) An air operator shall provide flight crew members on reserve, within each 24-hour period, with a rest period that meets the requirements of the Commercial Air Service Standards.

  • (2) Every air operator shall outline in its company operations manual a method for ensuring compliance with this section and the Commercial Air Service Standards.

  • SOR/99-158, s. 3.