Minister's Delegate: Aircraft maintenance and manufacturing

Minister's Delegate Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing By Tony Soulis July 1999 Tony Soulis is Transport Canada's chief, aircraft maintenance engineer, licensing & training, with the Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing Branch of...


Under CAR 507.03, the MD-RA may issue a special C of A with respect to amateur-built aircraft that meets the criteria for one of the classifications specified in Chapter 507 of the Airworthiness Manual. The MD must ensure that the aircraft is designed and constructed in conformity with the requirements of Chapter 549 of the Airworthiness Manual and is safe for flight.

Under CAR 507.04, the MD-FPA may issue a flight permit with respect to an aircraft that meets the criteria for one of the classifications of a flight permit specified in Chapter 507 of the Airworthiness Manual. The MD must ensure that the aircraft is safe for flight.

Under CAR 509.03(1), the MD-P may issue an export airworthiness certificate for a new aircraft that conforms to the type design specified in a type certificate issued pursuant to Subpart 511; or for another type design specified in the application where the aircraft is being exported to a state with which Canada has entered into an agreement that provides for the acceptance of export airworthiness certificates, and the aircraft conforms to any special requirements specified by that state. As well, under CAR 509.03(2), the MD may issue an export C of A for a new aircraft, specifying a non-conformity to the applicable type design or any special requirement, where the importing state has indicated a willingness to accept the non-conformity.

Once nominated by the Minister, the MD is subject to strict regulatory guidelines that ensure professional conduct, objectivity, and clear vision in the performance of their work. Documented policy and procedures manuals, audits of issued certificates, and the control of Ministerial Seals, further ensure that procedures are properly followed. As well, the MD is required to respect strict conflict of interest guidelines such that perceived or real conflict is avoided. In that regard, they must also be aware of, and respect other legislation such as the Criminal Code, Human Rights, and the Privacy Acts.

In all, Minister Delegates perform a vital function and are increasingly becoming a valuable instrument in the delivery and support of regulatory programs. For more information regarding this subject matter and other regulatory program information, visit our civil aviation web site. www.tc.gc.ca.

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