Canadian Aviation Regulations (SOR/96-433)

Regulations are current to 2016-03-28 and last amended on 2015-08-31. Previous Versions

[305.13 to 305.16 reserved]

Division III — Operator of a Heliport

Obligations of an Operator

  •  (1) The operator of a heliport shall comply with the requirements

    • (a) with respect to the heliport as a whole, the following heliport standards as identified in their heliport operations manual:

      • (i) unless the operator has voluntarily adopted the standard referred to in subparagraph (ii), for heliports in respect of which a heliport certificate was issued before the coming into force of these Regulations, the Heliport and Helideck Standards and Recommended Practices, TP 2586E, and

      • (ii) for any other heliport, standard 325 — Heliport Standards, as they read on the day on which the heliport certificate was issued;

    • (b) with respect to any procedure pertaining to the administration, heliport traffic management, safety and security, emergency response and heliport maintenance, standard 325 — Heliport Standards; and

    • (c) with respect to any replacement or improvement to the heliport since the day on which the heliport certificate was issued, the following heliport standards:

      • (i) for parts or facilities of the heliport that returned to service before the coming into force of these Regulations, the most recent applicable heliport standard for the heliport as identified in their heliport operations manual, and

      • (ii) for parts or facilities of the heliport returned to service on or after the day of coming into force of these Regulations, standard 325 — Heliport Standards, as they read on the day on which the part or facility was returned to service.

  • (2) The operator of a heliport shall

    • (a) review each aeronautical information publication as soon as possible after its issuance and immediately after the review notify the Minister and the provider of aeronautical information services of any inaccurate information contained in the publication that pertains to the heliport that they operate;

    • (b) notify the provider of an aeronautical information publication before any planned change to the heliport, the heliport facilities or the level of service at the heliport that would affect the accuracy of information contained in the publication;

    • (c) ensure that the notification is in accordance with the processes and procedures established by the provider of the aeronautical information services to meet the standards referred to in Part VIII;

    • (d) notify the provider of aeronautical information services of all changes to operational information published in the aeronautical information publications; and

    • (e) notify the Minister in writing of any change in heliport operations within 14 days after the day of the change and take the following measures, as applicable:

      • (i) if a hazardous condition has been identified, have a NOTAM issued identifying the hazard, and

      • (ii) if a change in heliport operations constitutes a change to the provisions identified in the heliport certificate, ensure that the change has been approved by the Minister.

  • (3) Subject to subsection (4), the operator of a heliport shall give to the Minister, and cause to be received at the appropriate air traffic control unit or flight service station, immediate notice of any of the following circumstances of which the operator has knowledge:

    • (a) any projection by an object through an obstacle limitation surface relating to the heliport;

    • (b) the existence of any obstruction or hazardous condition affecting aviation safety at or in the vicinity of the heliport;

    • (c) any reduction in the level of services at the heliport that are set out in an aeronautical information publication as being provided at the heliport;

    • (d) the closure of any part of the manoeuvring area of the heliport; and

    • (e) any other conditions that could be hazardous to aviation safety at the heliport and against which precautions are warranted.

  • (4) Where it is not feasible for the operator of a heliport to cause notice of a circumstance referred to in subsection (3) to be received at the appropriate air traffic control unit or flight service station, the operator of the heliport shall give immediate notice directly to the pilots who may be affected by that circumstance.

  • (5) Prior to the use of a heliport for helicopter operations, the operator of the heliport shall remove from the surface of the heliport, or from the surrounding ground over which the operator has control, any vehicle or other obstruction that is likely to be hazardous to aviation safety.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8;
  • SOR/2015-160, s. 12.

Heliport Operations Manual

  •  (1) The operator of a heliport shall, as soon as possible after the issuance of the heliport certificate,

    • (a) provide the Minister with their copy of the heliport operations manual as approved under paragraph 305.08(1)(c) and any amendments to the manual approved under paragraph (2)(b); and

    • (b) distribute copies of the applicable portions and amendments to the applicable persons and institutions referred to in the manual.

  • (2) The operator of the heliport shall

    • (a) keep their heliport operations manual up to date; and

    • (b) submit to the Minister for approval any proposed amendment to their heliport operations manual.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8;
  • SOR/2015-160, s. 13.

Division IV — General Certification Requirements

Heliport Classification

 The operator of a heliport shall determine the heliport classification in accordance with standard 325 — Heliport Standards in respect of

  • (a) the classification of non-instrument heliports; and

  • (b) performance requirements of helicopters that are expected to use the heliport.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8.

Operational Limits

 The operator of a heliport shall determine, and record in their heliport operations manual, the heliport operational limitations in accordance with the applicable heliport standard with respect to

  • (a) load bearing strength of the TLOF when required by the applicable heliport standard;

  • (b) the maximum helicopter overall length for which each operational area at a heliport is certified; and

  • (c) the heliport classification as specified in paragraph 305.19(a) and category as determined in accordance with the applicable heliport standard.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8.

Units of Measurement

 Unless otherwise specified in the applicable heliport standard, units of measurement used in this Division and in the heliport operations manual shall use the following rounding rules and specified measurement units:

  • (a) elevations to the nearest foot;

  • (b) linear dimensions to the nearest metre;

  • (c) geographic coordinates in latitude and longitude to the nearest second;

  • (d) geographic coordinates measured in accordance with North American Datum 1983;

  • (e) bearings to the nearest degree;

  • (f) water depths, measured in the specified unit expressed, to the nearest foot or metre; and

  • (g) range of tides or water levels, measured in the specified unit expressed, to the nearest foot or metre.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8.

[305.22 to 305.24 reserved]

Division V — Physical Characteristics

  •  (1) The operator of a heliport shall ensure that

    • (a) the heliport has at least one FATO; and

    • (b) no FATO is used to accommodate the manoeuvres of more than one helicopter at a time.

  • (2) Subject to subsections (3) to (6), the operator of a heliport shall ensure that the heliport meets the requirements set out in the applicable heliport standard in respect of

    • (a) FATOs;

    • (b) safety areas;

    • (c) rejected take-off areas, if applicable;

    • (d) helicopter clearways, if applicable;

    • (e) TLOFs, if applicable;

    • (f) taxiways as follows, if applicable:

      • (i) air taxiways,

      • (ii) helicopter ground taxiways,

      • (iii) helicopter ground taxiway shoulders, and

      • (iv) helicopter ground taxiway strips;

    • (g) aprons, if applicable; and

    • (h) helicopter parking positions, if applicable.

  • (3) The operator of a surface-level heliport shall ensure that the heliport meets the special requirements for a surface-level heliport set out in the applicable heliport standard in respect of

  • (4) The operator of an elevated or rooftop heliport shall ensure that the heliport meets the special requirements for an elevated or rooftop heliport set out in the applicable heliport standard in respect of

    • (a) TLOFs;

    • (b) safety nets; and

    • (c) helicopter parking positions.

  • (5) The operator of a heliport located on an aerodrome primarily designed to serve aeroplanes shall ensure that the heliport meets the special requirements for a heliport located on an aerodrome set out in the applicable heliport standard in respect of

    • (a) application of additional standards regarding aerodromes;

    • (b) FATOs;

    • (c) ground taxiway separation distances;

    • (d) taxi-holding positions;

    • (e) aprons; and

    • (f) helicopter parking positions.

  • (6) The operator of an H1 heliport shall ensure that the heliport meets the special requirements for an H1 heliport set out in the applicable heliport standard in respect of FATOs and TLOFs.

  • SOR/2007-87, s. 8.
 
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