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Canadian Aviation Regulations (SOR/96-433)

Regulations are current to 2016-01-25 and last amended on 2015-08-31. Previous Versions

General Use of Safety Belts and Restraint Systems

  •  (1) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall direct all of the persons on board the aircraft to fasten safety belts

    • (a) during movement of the aircraft on the surface;

    • (b) during take-off and landing; and

    • (c) at any time during flight that the pilot-in-command considers it necessary that safety belts be fastened.

  • (2) The directions referred to in subsection (1) also apply to the use of the following restraint systems:

    • (a) a child restraint system;

    • (b) a restraint system used by a person who is engaged in parachute descents; and

    • (c) a restraint system used by a person when working in the vicinity of an opening in the aircraft structure.

  • (3) Where an aircraft crew includes flight attendants and the pilot-in-command anticipates that the level of turbulence will exceed light turbulence, the pilot-in-command shall immediately direct each flight attendant to

    • (a) discontinue duties relating to service;

    • (b) secure the cabin; and

    • (c) occupy a seat and fasten the safety belt provided.

  • (4) Where an aircraft is experiencing turbulence and the in-charge flight attendant considers it necessary, the in-charge flight attendant shall

    • (a) direct all of the passengers to fasten their safety belts; and

    • (b) direct all flight attendants to discontinue duties relating to service, to secure the cabin, to occupy the assigned seats and to fasten the safety belts provided and to do so oneself.

  • (5) Where the in-charge flight attendant has given directions in accordance with subsection (4), the in-charge flight attendant shall so inform the pilot-in-command.

  • SOR/2006-77, s. 20.

Use of Passenger Safety Belts and Restraint Systems

  •  (1) Where the pilot-in-command or the in-charge flight attendant directs that safety belts be fastened, every passenger who is not an infant shall

    • (a) ensure that the passenger’s safety belt or restraint system is properly adjusted and securely fastened;

    • (b) if responsible for an infant for which no child restraint system is provided, hold the infant securely in the passenger’s arms; and

    • (c) if responsible for a person who is using a child restraint system, ensure that the person is properly secured.

  • (2) No passenger shall be responsible for more than one infant.

Use of Crew Member Safety Belts

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the crew members on an aircraft shall be seated at their stations with their safety belts fastened

    • (a) during take-off and landing;

    • (b) at any time that the pilot-in-command directs; and

    • (c) in the case of crew members who are flight attendants, at any time that the in-charge flight attendant so directs pursuant to paragraph 605.25(4)(b).

  • (2) Where the pilot-in-command directs that safety belts be fastened by illuminating the safety belt sign, a crew member is not required to comply with paragraph (1)(b)

    • (a) during movement of the aircraft on the surface or during flight, if the crew member is performing duties relating to the safety of the aircraft or of the passengers on board;

    • (b) where the aircraft is experiencing light turbulence, if the crew member is a flight attendant and is performing duties relating to the passengers on board; or

    • (c) if the crew member is occupying a crew rest facility during cruise flight and the restraint system for that facility is properly adjusted and securely fastened.

  • (3) The pilot-in-command shall ensure that at least one pilot is seated at the flight controls with safety belt fastened during flight time.

 
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