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Canada introduces new regulations on flight crew fatigue management
12 December 2018

Transport Canada announced changes to flight crew fatigue management as laid down in the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

The changes introduce:

  1. Prescribed flight and duty time limits that respect modern fatigue science and international standards to limit the amount of time a crew member can be on the job; and
  2. Fatigue Risk Management Systems that will allow operators the flexibility to set flight hours based on their unique operations if they can demonstrate that alertness and safety will not be affected.

The new regulations apply to commercial transport services in Canada, which include major Canadian airline operators (subpart 705 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations) and smaller and regional operators (subparts 703 and 704 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations).

One example of the old vs. new regulations:

Previous regulations (1996)

  • 1,200 hours in any 365 consecutive days
  • 300 hours in any 90 consecutive days
  • 120 hours in any 30 consecutive days
  • 40-60 hours in any 7 consecutive days
New regulations

  • 1,000 hours in any 365 consecutive days
  • 300 hours in any 90 consecutive days
  • 112 hours in any 28 consecutive days

More information and additional details on various changes:

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