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The recreational aviation community, a group of about 20 representatives of Canadian aviation industry and Transport Canada officials, recently discussed the new U.S. sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) regulations and its impact on similar interests in Canada. Included at the group’s first meeting, December 7-8 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, were EAA Canadian Council members Denis Browne, Jack Dueck, Frank Hofmann, and Ted Slack.

The group was in favor of keeping all existing Canadian aircraft categories and, in the short term, creating a new Canadian category similar to the U.S. LSA. Their long-term view includes possible establishment of broader standards for a variety of personal aircraft—standards into which the LSA (and others) could fit.

Project teams were formed to study three areas:
Medical certification
—charged with conducting a risk assessment and making recommendations about available alternatives, including using a driver’s license to validate pilot permits or licenses. (Denis Browne is a team member)
Canadian LSAs
—asked to recommend a response from the community to the U.S. LSA category. (Jack Dueck is a member.)
Powered hang gliders and parachutes
—to review their classification and form a risk assessment committee investigating options for reclassifying them.

Dueck, who also serves on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, provided overview presentations on LSA and sport pilots. Other presenters on behalf of sport pilot included ASTM’s Dan Schultz, who provided an overview on how the standards-creating organization works internationally; and Chris Heinz, retired president of Zenair Ltd., who provided information about ASTM consensus standards for the manufacture of LSAs.

“The initiative of the formation of this interest group is important in that it provides a united front to address issues of interest to the Canadian recreational aircraft stakeholders with Transport Canada,” Dueck said. “The impact of the U.S. sport pilot/light-sport aircraft and its harmonization with Canadian rules provides the group its first challenge.

“Although our countries enjoy bilateral cooperation and similar operations, there are still differences that need to be addressed for harmonization,” Dueck added. “The group’s task is to evaluate these differences and to formulate policies and council to Transport Canada.”

This industry group is scheduled to meet again on May 10-11 in Ottawa.

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