Release #: 18.35
September 25, 2018

ALPA Calls on Transport Canada to Implement Long-Awaited Flight-Time/Duty-Time Regulations Based on NTSB Findings

Safety Report of Taxiway Overflight Shines Light on Need to Do More

WASHINGTON, D.C.––The largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), commends the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for its recommendation that Canada strengthen its regulations on flight and duty time to better address pilot fatigue—a move that would enhance safety and help prevent future aviation accidents and incidents. The NTSB’s recommendations were part of the Board’s report following its investigation of the 2017 Air Canada taxiway overflight at San Francisco International Airport.

Canada’s current pilot fatigue rules lag drastically behind the rest of the world. In 2014, long-overdue draft regulations that would have brought Canada’s flight- and duty-time regulations in line with international standards were released. However, due to pressure from some industry stakeholders to slow the regulatory process and delay implementation, those new regulations have still not been enacted. ALPA maintains that safety risks will unnecessarily continue for those who work in the industry and for those who travel by air until adequate rules are finalized.

“Science-based flight-time, duty-time, and minimum rest requirements are some of the most important aviation safety initiatives for flight crews in Canada, and new rules to address the issue of pilot fatigue are long overdue. The NTSB’s recommendations today make clear that the time to act is now, and ALPA urges the Canadian government to move forward with enacting regulations that address this issue and improve aviation safety,” said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA president.

ALPA Canada president Capt. Dan Adamus said, “Canada lags far behind the rest of the world when it comes to ensuring our pilots are well-rested when they are flying. Airline pilots, crews, and passengers deserve to work and travel in the safest environment possible, which is, in part, accomplished by implementing rules that are science-based, supported by data, and recognize safety as the priority. Therefore, we ask that the government adopt the proposed science-based regulations currently pending before the Treasury Board without further delay. While the proposed regulatory update does not reflect all of our concerns, we do acknowledge that because Canada is currently so drastically behind the rest of the world, they are a significant improvement to safety in the Canadian airline industry.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada. More than 5,100 of ALPA’s members are pilots for 11 Canadian airlines, including Canadian North, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, First Air, Wasaya, Jazz Aviation, KF Aerospace, WestJet Encore, WestJet, and Air Georgian. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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