AEA Canada Regional Meeting Begins in Ottawa

The annual AEA Canada Regional Meeting began Tuesday, Aug. 27, with opening remarks from Martin J. Eley, director general of Transport Canada Civil Aviation. Attendees and exhibiting companies are gathered for two days at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

Eley and other invited TCCA officials provided a review of the past year’s regulatory activity, as well as an update on important regulatory initiatives, including:

  • Level of Involvement.
  • Civil Aviation Surveillance Program.

In addition, Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, provided an update on the AEA’s Safety Management System. The program has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada Civil Aviation, as well as discussions with the Australian government’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority and European Aviation Safety Agency for future acceptance. The training program is mandatory for an approved maintenance organization’s accountable manager or SMS coordinator (if designated) in order to enroll in the AEA SMS program.

The meeting also included OEM product technical presentations and training from several AEA member companies.

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Martin J. Eley, director general of Transport Canada Civil Aviation, opens the AEA Regional Meeting in Ottawa, Canada.

Discussions between Transport Canada Civil Aviation officials and AEA staff regarding major vs. minor alteration issues took center stage at the AEA Canada Regional Meeting in Ottawa, Canada.