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Canadian Aviation Regulations

Version of section 604.197 from 2014-05-29 to 2018-12-11:

  •  (1) A private operator shall have an operations manual that sets out the processes, practices and procedures applied in the course of its operations. The operations manual shall include a table of contents and shall deal with the following topics:

    • (a) the duties and responsibilities of all operational and maintenance personnel, and the hierarchy and chain of command within management;

    • (b) the organization and operation of the safety management system;

    • (c) personnel training and qualifications;

    • (d) record keeping;

    • (e) the organization and operation of the maintenance control system;

    • (f) procedures for conducting an operation under a special authorization, if applicable;

    • (g) the organization and operation of the operational control system;

    • (h) procedures, if any, relating to minimum equipment lists;

    • (i) the procedures to follow in normal, abnormal and emergency conditions;

    • (j) the private operator’s standard operating procedures, if any;

    • (k) weather restrictions;

    • (l) flight time limits and flight duty time limits;

    • (m) controlled rest on the flight deck;

    • (n) accident and incident response considerations;

    • (o) procedures for dealing with security events;

    • (p) aircraft performance limitations; and

    • (q) the use and protection of records, if any, obtained from flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders.

  • (2) The private operator shall ensure that it is possible to verify the currency and validity of each part of its operations manual.

  • SOR/2014-131, s. 18
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