Part VII — Commercial Air Services (continued)
Subpart 4 — Commuter Operations (continued)
Division II — Certification (continued)
General Conditions of Air Operator Certificate
704.09 An air operator certificate shall contain the following general conditions:
(a) the air operator shall conduct flight operations in accordance with its company operations manual;
(b) the air operator shall maintain an adequate organizational structure;
(c) the air operator shall employ managerial personnel who meet the Commercial Air Service Standards;
(d) the air operator shall conduct training in accordance with its training program approved pursuant to this Subpart;
(e) the air operator shall maintain aircraft that are properly equipped for the area of operation and the type of operation;
(f) the air operator shall employ crew members who are qualified for the area of operation and the type of operation;
(g) the air operator shall maintain its aircraft in accordance with the requirements of Subpart 6;
(h) the air operator shall maintain operational support services and equipment that meet the Commercial Air Service Standards;
(i) the air operator shall notify the Minister within 10 working days after
(j) the air operator shall conduct a safe operation.
- SOR/2009-152, s. 14
Division III — Flight Operations
(2) The operations personnel of an air operator shall follow the procedures specified in the air operator’s company operations manual in the performance of their duties.
General Operational Information
704.13 Every air operator shall establish a system for the timely dissemination of general operational information that includes a means for each crew member to acknowledge receipt of such information.
Scheduled Air Service Requirements
704.14 (1) Subject to subsection (2), every air operator that operates a scheduled air service for the purpose of transporting persons shall operate the service between airports or heliports or between an airport or heliport and a military aerodrome.
(2) An air operator may operate a scheduled air service for the purpose of transporting persons between an airport and an aerodrome other than a military aerodrome or between two aerodromes if the air operator is authorized to do so in its air operator certificate.
- SOR/2007-87, s. 15
Operational Control System
704.15 No air operator shall operate an aircraft unless the air operator has an operational control system that meets the Commercial Air Service Standards and is under the control of its operations manager.
704.16 No person shall commence a flight unless the flight has been authorized in accordance with the procedures specified in the air operator’s company operations manual.
Operational Flight Plan
704.17 (1) No air operator shall permit a person to commence a flight unless an operational flight plan that meets the Commercial Air Service Standards has been prepared in accordance with the procedures specified in the air operator’s company operations manual.
(2) The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall ensure that one copy of the operational flight plan is left at a point of departure, in accordance with the procedures specified in the company operations manual, and that another copy is carried on board the aircraft until the aircraft reaches the final destination of the flight.
(3) An air operator shall retain a copy of the operational flight plan, including any amendments to that plan, for the period specified in the company operations manual.
Maintenance of Aircraft
704.18 No air operator shall permit a person to conduct a take-off in an aircraft that has not been maintained in accordance with the air operator’s maintenance control system.
704.19 (1) Every air operator shall establish the checklist referred to in paragraph 602.60(1)(a) for each aircraft type that it operates and shall make the appropriate parts of the checklist readily available to the crew members.
(2) Every crew member shall follow the checklist referred to in subsection (1) in the performance of the crew member’s assigned duties.
704.20 No air operator shall authorize a flight and no person shall commence a flight unless the aircraft carries sufficient fuel to meet the fuel requirements of Part VI and to allow the aircraft
(a) in the case of an aeroplane operated in IFR flight,
(i) to descend at any point along the route to the lower of
(ii) to cruise at the altitude referred to in subparagraph (i) to a suitable aerodrome,
(iii) to conduct an approach and a missed approach, and
(iv) to hold for 30 minutes at an altitude of 1,500 feet above the elevation of the aerodrome selected in accordance with subparagraph (ii); and
(b) in the case of a helicopter operated in night VFR flight, to fly to the destination aerodrome and then to fly for 30 minutes at normal cruising speed.
Admission to Flight Deck
704.21 (1) Where a Department of Transport air carrier inspector presents an official identity card to the pilot-in-command of an aircraft, the pilot-in-command shall give the inspector free and uninterrupted access to the flight deck of the aircraft.
(2) An air operator and the pilot-in-command shall make available for the use of the air carrier inspector the seat most suitable to perform the inspector’s duties, as determined by the inspector.
Simulation of Emergency Situations
704.22 No person shall, if passengers or cargo are on board an aircraft, simulate emergency situations that could affect the flight characteristics of the aircraft.
- SOR/2020-151, s. 17
VFR Flight Obstacle Clearance Requirements
704.23 Except when conducting a take-off or landing, no person shall operate an aircraft in VFR flight
(a) at night, at less than 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle located within a horizontal distance of three miles from the route to be flown; or
(b) where the aircraft is an aeroplane, during the day, at less than 500 feet AGL or at a horizontal distance of less than 500 feet from any obstacle.
VFR Flight Minimum Flight Visibility — Uncontrolled Airspace
704.24 Where a helicopter is operated in day VFR flight within uncontrolled airspace at less than 1,000 feet AGL, a person may, for the purposes of subparagraph 602.115(d)(i), operate the helicopter when flight visibility is less than one mile if the person
(a) is authorized to do so in an air operator certificate; and
(b) complies with the Commercial Air Service Standards.
VFR Flight Weather Conditions
704.25 No person shall commence a VFR flight unless current weather reports and forecasts, if obtainable, indicate that the weather conditions along the route to be flown and at the destination aerodrome will be such that the flight can be conducted in compliance with VFR.
704.26 (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall conduct a take-off in an aircraft in IMC where weather conditions are at or above the take-off minima, but below the landing minima, for the runway to be used unless
(2) A person may conduct a take-off in an aircraft in IMC where weather conditions are at or above the take-off minima, but below the landing minima, for the runway to be used, if the weather conditions are at or above the landing minima for another suitable runway at that aerodrome, taking into account the aircraft performance operating limitations specified in Division IV.
(3) For the purposes of section 602.126, a person may conduct a take-off in an aircraft in IMC where weather conditions are below the take-off minima specified in the instrument approach procedure, if the person
(4) For the purposes of this section, the landing minima are the decision height or the minimum descent altitude and the visibility published for an approach.
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