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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 129
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:02 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Hon. Judy A. Sgro, Chair (Liberal)

• Ted Falk for Matt Jeneroux (Conservative)
• Hon. K. Kellie Leitch for Ron Liepert (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Geneviève Gosselin, Analyst
• Alexandre Lafrenière, Analyst
CAE
• Joseph Armstrong, Vice-President and General Manager
British Columbia Aviation Council
• Heather Bell, Board Chair
Aéro Loisirs
• Caroline Farly, Chief Pilot and Chief Instructor
Air Canada Pilots Association
• Mike Hoff, Captain, External Affairs Committee
Go Green Aviation
• Gary Ogden, Chief Executive Officer
Super T Aviation
• Terri Super, Chief Executive Officer
Carson Air
• Marc Vanderaegen, Flight School Director, Southern Interior Flight Centre
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Committee commenced its study of challenges facing flight schools in Canada (M-177).

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

At 12:01 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:08 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Motion

Kelly Block moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108 (2), the Committee undertake a study for the duration of 4-6 meetings on:

(a) The benefits, for search and rescue purposes, of using GPS technology that allows an aircraft’s position to be determined via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasted to a remote tracking system in conjunction with a modern 406MHz ELT on light aircraft;

(b) The potential to amend the Canadian Air Regulations to require the installation of both GPS technology and a modern 406MHz ELT on general aviation aircraft currently required to be equipped with an ELT;

(c) If (b) is determined to be unviable, amend the Canadian Air Regulations to require the installation of both GPS technology and a modern 406MHz ELT on all rented light aircraft and light aircraft used by flight schools;

(d) How Canada can develop more robust and, ultimately, foolproof emergency alert standards that would include the periodic broadcast of the aircraft’s position, as well as the ability to remotely detect an accident, should the transmitter be disabled in a crash;

(e) The effectiveness of incentives, such as rebates, to accelerate the adoption of GPS technology in the general aviation community;

and that the committee report its findings to the House within four months of the passage of this motion.

Debate arose thereon.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words

“(a) The benefits, for search and rescue purposes, of using GPS technology that allows an aircraft’s position to be determined via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasted to a remote tracking system in conjunction with a modern 406MHz ELT on light aircraft;

(b) The potential to amend the Canadian Air Regulations to require the installation of both GPS technology and a modern 406MHz ELT on general aviation aircraft currently required to be equipped with an ELT;

(c) If (b) is determined to be unviable, amend the Canadian Air Regulations to require the installation of both GPS technology and a modern 406MHz ELT on all rented light aircraft and light aircraft used by flight schools;

(d) How Canada can develop more robust and, ultimately, foolproof emergency alert standards that would include the periodic broadcast of the aircraft’s position, as well as the ability to remotely detect an accident, should the transmitter be disabled in a crash;

(e) The effectiveness of incentives, such as rebates, to accelerate the adoption of GPS technology in the general aviation community;

and that the committee report its findings to the House within four months of the passage of this motion”

with the words

“improved methods to ensure the recovery of missing aircrafts, particularly in general aviation, and that the Committee report its findings to the House”.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee conduct a study, for the duration of 4-6 meetings, on improved methods to ensure the recovery of missing aircrafts, particularly in general aviation, and that the Committee report its findings to the House.

At 1:05 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marie-France Lafleur
Clerk of the Committee