Canada takes measures to further improve aviation safety

    OTTAWA, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada has introduced
regulatory changes that would improve air safety for Canadian travellers by
prohibiting high-speed departures for aircraft. These proposed amendments were
announced today by Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird.
    "We're moving today to better protect air passengers and crew," said
Minister Baird. "A key part of these amendments is focused on preventing
incidents before they happen."
    These amendments would limit the departure speed of aircraft to a maximum
of 250 knots. In the event of a bird strike, high-speed departures can result
in severe damage to aircraft and injuries to passengers and crew. The proposed
regulatory amendments will reduce such risks and enhance aviation safety.
    This would also harmonize the Canadian Aviation Regulations with
International Civil Aviation Organization standards. The proposed amendments
were published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 27, 2009. Interested
parties have 30 days to make comments on the proposed changes.

For further information:

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Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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