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COPA reaffirms importance of general aviation to Canada's transportation system

from COPA

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) has filed a response to the Transportation Review Act (Emmerson Report) reaffirming the importance of general aviation as a vital component of Canada's transportation infrastructure. In its comments, COPA points out that the Emmerson Report has made no mention of GA's multi-billion contribution to Canada's ability to provide a myriad of other crucial services, but instead only focused on the commercial and scheduled services carriers’ role. COPA President and CEO Bernard Gervais stressed that the report failed to recognize and exploit the existence and importance of general aviation in the assessment of Canada's transportation need.

Gervais goes on to let Transport Canada know that "for general aviation to continue to fulfill this vital role in Canada's transportation infrastructure, its special needs require to be acknowledged, formalized and satisfied. An aviation policy for Canada should include not only enabling legislation and support for commercial aviation but just as importantly also specifically and separately for general aviation. For regulators at all levels to benefit most, COPA offers to work collaboratively with all levels of government on matters affecting GA. Continued areas of concern for the GA sector include:
  1. The lack of a land use policy which will assure airports have a safe, obstacle free and neighbor-friendly operating environment.
  2. The frequent application on GA of regulations designed for commercial operators and the inability of regulators to distinguish regulations proportionate to the risk GA operations pose.
  3. The lack of an airports policy encouraging municipalities to define land areas where airports may be built, including privately funded aerodromes.
  4. Regulatory compliance costs which are not proportionate to the risks GA operations present.
  5. The lack of an Aviation Policy specifically addressing regulations from a GA perspective."
For more information and to see the entire response please visit COPA's website. more

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