DAOD 2015-0, Airworthiness

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Policy Direction
  4. Consequences
  5. Authorities
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2007-06-29

Date of Last Modification: 2018-07-26

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Approval Authority: Chief of the Air Force Staff (C Air Force)

Enquiries: Director Air Readiness (D Air Rdns)

2. Definitions

aeronautical product (produit aéronautique)

Any aircraft, aircraft engine, aircraft propeller or aircraft appliance or part or the component parts of any of those things, including any computer system or hardware. (subsection 3(1) of the Aeronautics Act)

aircraft (aéronef)

Any machine capable of deriving support in the atmosphere from reactions of the air, and includes a rocket. (subsection 3(1) of the Aeronautics Act).

airworthiness instrument (document de navigabilité)

A regulation, order, standard, guideline, code, and education and information campaign in respect of military aviation and airworthiness. (Defence Terminology Bank, record number 37325)

military aviation (aviation militaire)

The set of activities, services and facilities associated with the design, manufacture, materiel support, maintenance and operation of military aeronautical products; the operation and maintenance of aircraft operated by or on behalf of the military; and the operation and maintenance of aircraft operated by or on behalf of a visiting force while in domestic airspace.

Note – The term “visiting force” is defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act. (Defence Terminology Bank, record number 37327)

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3. Policy Direction


3.1 The Aeronautics Act is the legal foundation for military aviation safety. Under this Act, the Minister of National Defence (MND) is the responsible minister for any matter relating to defence, including any matter relating to military personnel or military aircraft. The MND has directed that the DND and the CAF develop and implement an airworthiness program to fulfil this obligation. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) acts under the direction of the MND in respect of matters under the Aeronautics Act.

3.2 In accordance with subsection 4.3(1) of the Aeronautics Act, and on the direction of the MND, the CDS has designated the officer holding the position of C Air Force as the Airworthiness Authority (AA) for the DND and the CAF. The AA exercises overall supervision and management of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program.

Policy Statement

3.3 The DND and the CAF are committed to achieving and maintaining an acceptable level of safety for military aviation.


3.4 The DND and the CAF must:

3.5 The D Air Rdns must notify the C Air Force of any non-compliance with this DAOD.

3.6 For more information, see DAOD 2015-1, DND/CAF Airworthiness Program.

4. Consequences

Consequences of Non-Compliance

4.1 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for both the DND and the CAF as institutions, and for DND employees and CAF members as individuals. Suspected non-compliance will be investigated. The nature and severity of the consequences resulting from actual non-compliance will be commensurate with the circumstances of the non-compliance.

Note – In respect of the compliance of DND employees, see the Treasury Board Framework for the Management of Compliance for additional information.

5. Authorities

Authority Table

5.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The … has the authority to …
C Air Force take appropriate action in respect of non-compliance with this DAOD.
AA approve airworthiness policies and oversee the implementation of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program.

6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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