Aircraft Operations (AO) Group Definition
Pursuant to section 101 of the Public Service Reform Act, the Treasury Board of Canada hereby provides notice that the following definition shall apply to the Aircraft Operations Group effective .
The Aircraft Operations Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in inspecting, licensing and regulating aircraft, aviation personnel, air carriers, aircraft operators, airports and supporting facilities; determining certification; developing aviation legislation, standards and information and ensuring compliance with them; and piloting aircraft.
Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:
- the performance of the following activities for which recent experience in piloting an aircraft is required:
- the determination of requirements and the development of operational procedures, navigational and instrument approach facilities and landing systems;
- the determination of aviation operational requirements for airports, support facilities, weather services, air traffic control services, air navigation and communication operations;
- the investigation of aviation occurrences, the conduct of safety studies, and the identification of and the communication of information relating to safety deficiencies;
- the enforcement of aviation legislation to ensure an adequate level of safety for the national civil air transportation system;
- the validation and dissemination of aeronautical information and the planning and management of civil air transportation systems during contingency periods; and
- the advancement of aviation safety has provided for in Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act and Regulations;
- the delivery of staff training to ensure the maintenance of operational standards;
- the conduct and management of test flights of fixed and rotary wing aircraft for the purpose of determining compliance with airworthiness standards;
- the piloting of helicopters for shipboard or land-based helicopter operations for all Canadian Coast Guard requirements;
- the planning, evaluation and management of helicopter operations, systems and activities; and
- the leadership of any of the above activities.
Positions excluded from the Aircraft Operations Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.
Also excluded are positions in which experience as an aircraft pilot and a valid pilot’s licence are not mandatory.
Aircraft Operations – Civil Aviation Inspection (AO-CAI) Subgroup Definition
This sub-group is composed of positions performing the following duties to which piloting aircraft is fundamental:
- license, inspect and regulate airports and support facilities, aircraft operators, air carriers, aircraft and aviation personnel;
- determine requirements and development of operational procedures, navigational and instrument approach facilities and landing systems;
- determine aviation operational requirements for support facilities, weather services, air traffic control services, air navigation and communication operations;
- develop aviation legislation, standards and information;
- investigate aviation occurrences, conduct safety studies and develop safety recommendations;
- determine aviation operational requirements, enforce compliance with aviation legislation and ensure that an adequate level of safety is provided for the National Civil Air Transportation system;
- validate and disseminate aeronautical information and plan and manage civil air transportation systems during contingency periods; and
- advance aviation safety.
Positions for which the primary responsibility is helicopter flight operations or as a test pilot are excluded from this sub-group.
Aircraft Operations – Engineering Test Pilots (AO-ETP) Subgroup Definition
This sub-group consists of positions having the primary responsibility for the test flying and flight test management of fixed and rotary wing aircraft for the purpose of determining compliance with Airworthiness Standards.
Positions in which the duties include flying fixed wing aircraft for inspection or reasons other than test flying are excluded from this sub-group.
Aircraft Operations – Helicopter Pilots and Supervisors (AO-HPS) Subgroup Definition
This sub-group consists of positions responsible for piloting helicopters for shipboard or land-based helicopter operations for all Coast Guard requirements; for the planning, evaluation, supervision and management of helicopter operations, systems and activities; for training staff and ensuring the maintenance of operational standards.
Positions with primary responsibility for the inspection of rotorcraft operations and the investigation of aviation occurrences involving rotorcraft are excluded from this sub-group.
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