Mr. Stephen Nourse was added to our illustrious list of Honourary Life Members at our 40th Annual Conference in April of 2016.  Having represented NATA as Director, President, & Executive Director, Stephen has been involved with NATA in every role and capacity and truly embodies the spirit of Northern aviation.  

PENIKETT, Stephen R.

December 20, 1950 - October 2, 2013
After a brief, but devastating illness, we let Steve slip the surly bonds of Earth to fly high in cloudless skies. He will be remembered for his intelligence, quick wit, dry humour, unwavering support, endless generosity and big heart. Steve loved a good argument, especially if he won. His early years were filled with scouting and adventures beside his father whom he greatly admired and respected. On his father's advice he earned his AME licence along with his pilot's licence. His aviation career was nothing short of legendary, taking him around the world. He became the "go-to" person for anything Twin Otter related. Steve took a great deal of pride in being the General Manager of Kenn Borek Air Ltd., and dedicated much of his life to realizing the company's motto "Anytime....Anywhere". Steve was a fixture in northern aviation and served for many years as a NATA board member.

Notice to CARAC members,

This is to advise that Transport Canada is extending the implementation date of the new Crew Resource Management (CRM) standards from January 31, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

The objective of CRM is to enhance communication, interaction, human factors and management skills of the crew members and others interacting with crew so as to achieve safe operations and to identify risks early.

Accordingly, on 28 July 2017, Transport Canada made new CRM standards applicable to Subparts 702, 703, 704 and 705 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), published via the CARAC Activity Reporting System. At the same time, Transport Canada released Advisory Circular (AC) 700-042 Crew Resource Management (CRM), which outlines the means of compliance relating to the CRM standards.  CARAC members were also informed of the 18-months implementation timeframe, resulting in the new standards being effective January 31, 2019.

While many operators to this date have completed or are nearing completion of required activities to implement the CRM standards, challenges and concerns have been expressed with respect to the communication of the implementation timelines. Given the recognized benefit and value of CRM, Transport Canada wishes to ensure that organizations have the appropriate time to prepare and implement their respective CRM practices and procedures.

Accordingly, Transport Canada is providing organizations an additional 8 months (from January 31 to September 30, 2019) to have CRM in place and functioning.  The department expects compliance of CRM standards by September 30, 2019, and strongly encourages the submission to Transport Canada of any documentation for review, as early as possible.  In addition, organizations may start using their CRM documentation as soon as it is submitted to Transport Canada.

In order to support the delayed implementation of the CRM Standards, Transport Canada will issue a global exemption before January 31, 2019.

The CRM standards can be found at:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those organizations that have already completed the implementation of the CRM standards.

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact your local Transport Canada Civil Aviation inspector.


Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council 

Transport Canada / Government of Canada

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Avis aux membres du CCRAC,

La présente a pour but de vous informer de la décision de Transports Canada de prolonger la date de mise en œuvre des nouvelles normes concernant la gestion des ressources de l'équipage (CRM), du 31 janvier 2019 au 30 septembre 2019.

La CRM a pour objectif d’améliorer la communication, l’interaction, les facteurs humains et les compétences en gestion des membres d’équipage et des autres intervenants qui interagissent avec les membres d’équipage, dans le but de mener des opérations sécuritaires et d’identifier le plus tôt possible les risques inhérents aux opérations.

Par conséquent, le 28 juillet 2017, Transports Canada a pris les nouvelles normes CRM, visant les sous-parties 702, 703, 704 et 705 du Règlement de l’aviation canadien (RAC) et les a publiées sur le Système de rapport des activités du CCRAC. Au même moment, Transports Canada a rendu public la Circulaire d’information (CI) 700-042, Gestion des ressources de l’équipage, laquelle détaille les façons de se conformer aux nouvelles normes. Les membres du CCRAC ont également été informés de la période de mise en œuvre de 18 mois, les normes prenant effet le 31 janvier 2019.

Plusieurs exploitants ont à ce jour complété, ou sont sur le point de compléter, les activités nécessaires en lien à la mise en œuvre des normes CRM. Cependant, certains défis et préoccupations ont été identifiés concernant la façon dont les échéanciers de mise en œuvre ont été communiqués. Étant donné les bénéfices connus de la CRM, Transports Canada tient à ce que les exploitants aient le temps requis pour développer et mettre en œuvre les procédures et pratiques afférentes à la CRM.  

Par conséquent, Transports Canada accorde une période additionnelle de 8 mois (du 31 janvier au 30 septembre 2019) pour mettre en place les éléments d’une CRM. Le ministère s’attend à une pleine conformité des normes CRM d’ici le 30 septembre 2019, et encourage la soumission à Transports Canada de toute documentation pertinente le plus rapidement possible. De plus, les exploitants sont encourages à appliquer cette documentation dès qu’elle a été soumise à Transports Canada.

Pour assurer la prolongation de la mise en œuvre des normes CRM, Transports Canada émettra une exemption globale d’ici le 31 janvier 2019.

Les normes CRM sont disponibles par l’entremise du lien suivant :

Nous profitons de cette occasion pour remercier les exploitants qui ont déjà complété la mise en oeuvre des normes CRM.

Pour toute question, nous vous invitons à contacter directement votre inspecteur désigné à Transports Canada.



Conseil consultatif sur la réglementation aérienne canadienne

Transports Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
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Transport Canada has published Flight & Duty Time Regulations in today's edition of Gazette 2 Vol 152 No. 25 - ).

Transport Canada has also provided the following note and Advisory Circulars as guidance:



The Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, VI and VII — Flight Crew Member Hours of Work and Rest Periods) were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on December 12, 2018 [].

Associated standards to Subpart 702 - Aerial Work of the Canadian Aviation Regulations can be found at

The following three Advisory Circulars have been updated to reflect this amendment; draft Issue 2 of these ACs can be found at

  • AC 700-047:  Flight Crew Fatigue Management – Prescriptive Limitations
  • AC 700-046:  Fatigue Risk Management System Requirements
  • AC 700-045:  Exemption and Safety Case Process for FRMS

 We welcome your feedback and collaboration in ongoing development of flight crew fatigue management guidance and resources.  We plan to finalize and release Issue 2 of these three ACs by the second quarter of 2019, so please send your contributions for improvement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 25, 2019.

 After releasing Issue 2 of these three ACs, we will continue to work with stakeholders to improve future issues.

 Furthermore, TC will continue to work with operators to develop and refine guidance material, and build common tools to support their operations. This will be led by TC’s Fatigue Risk Management System Special Advisor and in collaboration with industry through focus groups, workshops, and pilot projects. TC is also contracting out the development of small operator guidance materials and tools, to further support this group.

 To learn more about fatigue risk management in aviation, please visit our new webpage: