A SECOND, MORE POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE ON TRANSPORT CANADA

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ARTICLE: What the Auditor General really said about Transport CanadaAuditor General, Michael Ferguson

Aviation safety is a moving target literally and figuratively. Recently, we posted another article which reviewed the same report of Canada’s Auditor General and which concluded that the sky is falling (or more precise that Transport Canada’s review of its carriers was deficient). Canadian Skies , Canada’s Premier Aviation Magazine, published the attached thoughtful, balanced piece which suggests that TC is doing a good job. Mr. Petrie’s synopsis of the AG’s 11,000+ word portion of the report is attached. On the high end, he includes the following quote about TC’s SMS work:

“Transport Canada has shown leadership in moving Canada toward a regulatory framework that includes a safety management systems (SMS) approach.”

Consistent with his objectivity, Mr. Petrie also cites several less complimentary conclusions of the AG; one of which states:

“Finally, we concluded that Transport Canada does not have an approved plan to implement an adequate quality assurance program that will promote continuous improvement of its civil aviation safety program.”

The relationship between the FAA and TC is among the closest that two peer agencies can have. It is good to know that the headaches that TC is experiencing are comparable to those which beset the FAA.

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