Our Mission Statement
We believe that the safety of pilots and passengers currently flying in small aircraft in Canada is seriously jeopardized by existing aviation regulations established by Transport Canada. We are committed to lobby this federal regulatory agency and the Ministry of Transport to safeguard the flying public through enacting legislative reform, in order that they are protected to the maximum possible extent.
Did You Know?
- Almost all vehicles on the road in Canada today are equipped with shoulder restraint seat belts, and their wearing has been mandatory in all provinces for 28 years or longer.
- There are over 36,000 small aircraft registered with the Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry, and approximately half of these were manufactured prior to 1987.
- Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) permit small aircraft manufactured before December 12, 1986 to operate without the provision of passenger shoulder restraints.
- Based on the foregoing data, it can be concluded that approximately half of the small aircraft flying Canadian skies are doing so without modern passenger safety provision.
- Retrofit shoulder harness kits are available for many of these older aircraft, although Transport Canada has not seen fit to promote or mandate their installation.
- According to Transport Canada, “accident experience has provided substantial evidence that the use of a shoulder harness in conjunction with a safety belt can reduce serious injuries to the head, neck and upper torso of aircraft occupants, and has the potential to reduce fatalities of occupants involved in an otherwise survivable accident.
Therefore this begs the question: Why hasn’t Transport Canada mandated the requirement for shoulder harnesses in ALL small aircraft?
- Canadian pilots are permitted to fly almost anywhere in Canada, including in mountainous terrain without specific training or endorsement, and many pilots do not appreciate the risks of flying in mountainous terrain.
- The airline insurance industry currently does not offer insurance premium discounts to those aircraft owners that either have factory-installed or approved retrofitted shoulder harnesses provided, despite the acknowledged safety and risk mitigation benefits that these installations provide. In an industry that encourages and rewards customer risk mitigation measures such as residential smoke alarms, automobile theft-deterrent systems, non-smoker life insurance policy discounts, etc. we find this a curious anomaly.
When a fatal plane crash occurs, the federal Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and local Coroners Services carry out detailed investigations as to the cause of the crash and resultant fatalities, and typically make safety findings and recommendations in order to prevent similar future tragedies. These recommendations are routinely forwarded to Transport Canada, yet we find that most findings and recommendations are ignored or downplayed, often with future tragic consequences.