Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cockpit Voice Recording Decision Confirmed


In a previous post, we reported the decision of Justice Strathy of the Ontario Superior Court requiring production by the TSB of the cockpit voice recording taken from the Air France A340 which crashed at Toronto Airport on August 2, 2005.

That decision was appealed by the TSB to the Court of Appeal for Ontario which recently dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision of Justice Strathy.  Click here for the Court’s ruling.

In its appeal, the TSB argued that the motion judge had failed to apply the proper legal test set out in Section 28(6) of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act (the “Act”) for determining whether production of the CVR should be ordered.  …

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B.C. Float Plane Safety Association

On November 29, 2009, a Seair Beaver aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Lyall Harbour at Saturna Island off the B.C. coast and sank trapping six passengers.  Since then, Transport Canada has been pressed by the Transportation Safety Board and by extraordinary media coverage to address safety issues in the B.C. commercial float plane industry.

Reluctant to introduce new regulations, Transport Canada organized a two-day workshop of commercial float plane operators.

Those meetings concluded on Thursday, October 7, 2010, with an agreement among the participants to establish a commercial float plane operators safety association.

Issues for discussion will be the use of life-preservers by pilots and passengers and the installation of safety features including door latches, pop-out windows and exit …

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