Operations

Airport / Aerodrome / Heliport Pre-Certification Assessment

Applicable for:

Airports, Aerodromes & Heliports.

  • Review of Applicable Airport / Aerodrome Documents and Manuals
  • Site Visit
  • Assessment/Audit Activities
  • Analysis
  • Analysis Report

(Download QAP Brochure 0000-5)

Bird & Wildlife Management Plan (WMP)

Applicable for:

Airports, Aerodromes & Heliports, Fixed & Rotary Wing Operations.

  • Design and Build WMP
  • Critique and Review Existing WMP

(Details provided on request)

Ramp / Apron Safety Program

Applicable for:

Airports, Aerodromes & Heliports, Fixed & Rotary Wing Operations, Manufacturing, AMOs.

  • Comprehensive Ramp / Apron Safety Program

(Details provided on request)

Control Documents

Applicable for:

Airports, Aerodromes & Heliports, Fixed & Rotary Wing Operations, Manufacturing, AMOs.

  1. Comprehensive Control Document design/build
  2. Review/amendment of existing Control Document(s) to Regulatory Requirements

(Details provided on request)

Impairment Mitigation Program (IMP)

Applicable for:

Airports, Aerodromes & Heliports, Fixed & Rotary Wing Operations, Manufacturing, AMOs.

The UK CAA states that "Alcohol, medication and drugs are the most common medical causes of worldwide fatal commercial air transport aircraft accidents".  The FAA supports this, claiming approximately 15-20% of all aviation incidents and accidents around the world involved a pilot who tested positive for some sort of substance.  

A person's impairment (defined as: any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiologic, or anatomic structure or function) may result from a variety of conditions, many of which are unrelated to the consumption of drugs and/or alcohol.  Impairment is a concern in the workplace no matter what the cause and an employer should focus on ways of identifying and minimizing potential safety risks with proven mitigation strategies such as: employee assistance programs, drug education and health promotion programs, education and training, off-site counselling and referral services, and peer or supervisor monitoring, etc..

A clear policy on the use of substances including alcohol and drugs, should form an essential component of an Operator Certificate holder’s Safety Management System.  A robust Impairment Mitigation Program (IMP) for safety critical staff and others, is important to provide Safety Assurance in this area.

Impairment, encompassing: substance abuse, prescription medication, fatigue, alcohol, stress, anxiety or drug/alcohol use is a recognized hazard and a subsequent risk to persons and aviation alike.  Nevertheless, establishing any sort of IMP for substance or other influences such as alcohol, is going to be fought with difficulty since there is controversial regulation guiding the Canadian aviation industry.  Canada's approach is based on Human Rights, is a process quite distinct and unique from that of the USA and other parts of the world in managing this threat to aviation and human safety. 

Given the current media frenzy focusing on ‘Fitness to Fly” and “Substance Abuse/Alcohol”, it is obvious that an effective IMP must be applied system-wide to all operational areas and levels of governance since impairment is not restricted to Flight Crew.  The problem remains systemic, difficult to detect, hard to legally manage and is most often invisible to anything other than hindsight.

The first (proactive) step is a comprehensive QualaTech IMP Assessment of your Organization’s existing ‘substance’ controls and protocols. This Service will help to further establish and demonstrate ‘due diligence’ and ‘duty of care’ considerations, which is tremendously important.  Based on the subsequent IMP Analyses results, QualaTech can amend any noted deficiency in your existing policy and procedure by applying (as needed) ‘Beyond Minimum Compliance’ (BMC) protocols to incorporate ‘industry best practices’ and other proven strategies under a truly comprehensive and unified methodology – a methodology that must consider and harmonize with existing Canadian law and your own programs such as: SMS, QMS, OH&S, HR, etc.  Recommended solution(s) should involve a strategy that includes Educating and Training personnel, in addition to designing a IMP that is proactive, robust, reliable and user friendly. 

An IMP must not only be specific to your Organisation and its unique operational concerns but it must also consider existing protocols, Customs and cultures without undue burden or confusion.  The QualaTech deliverable Service will meet with future regulatory requirements while providing the added security, reliability, protection and duty of care needed today.

(For specific IMP Training please reference - IMP Training (IMPT))

(Download IMP Brochure 0000-23)