OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt today announced
amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations which will set the groundwork for the introduction of the Multi-crew
Pilot Licence (MPL), extend the validity period of medical certificates
associated with certain pilot licences and modify the requirements
regarding credits of co-pilot flight time.
Industry groups, including training organizations, pilot associations,
unions and operator associations, have widely supported these
regulatory amendments, which bring Canada in line with international
The amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in February 2013, followed by a 30 day public consultation
period. The final regulations were published in Canada Gazette II today
and come into force 60 days from today.
The regulatory amendments introducing the MPL are the first step toward
establishing the MPL in Canada. The next step is updating certification
standards for approved training organizations (ATO) intending to
deliver MPL training.
MPL training is an innovative and structured competency-based program,
specifically designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to
become an airline co-pilot.
Other international civil aviation authorities, such as the United
Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, allow MPL training.
Certain pilot medical certificates will have a longer validity period in
accordance with recent changes to international standards.
All experience gained as a co-pilot can now be put towards other pilot
licences, making it easier for pilots to progress professionally.
"We regularly review and modernize our regulations to ensure that they
meet today's aviation safety environment and conform to international
standards and best practices. These changes are an important step
forward for our pilots in Canada."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Canada's Multi-crew Pilot Licence
Canada Gazette II
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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