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Canadian regulations amended to make low visibility landings safer
6 September 2006

Aviation regulations have been amended to prohibit commercial air operators from beginning an approach when visibility is so poor that a successful approach to a landing is unlikely. The regulations will increase the minimum visibility to at least 1,600 feet (500 metres) depending on the type of instrument approach, as well as on flight crew, aircraft and airport requirements. The amendments will also extend the requirements to runways where conditions are reported by a qualified person rather than a sensor. In addition, the regulations will help harmonize Canadian regulations with international standards and respond to recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board. (TC)