General Aviation Policy Letters
Ultra-light Aeroplanes Conducting Towing Operations
Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part VI, Section 602.22 - Towing and Section 602.29 - Hang Glider and Ultra-light Aeroplane Operation.
Air Regulation 510 prohibited the towing of objects by aircraft except where conditions were specified by the Minister. CAR 602.22, which replaced AR 510, prohibits the towing of an object with an aeroplane unless the aeroplane is equipped with a tow hook and release control system that meet the applicable standards of airworthiness. The phrase "that meet the applicable standards of airworthiness" was not intended to apply to ultra-light aeroplanes conducting towing operations.
1. An amendment will be submitted to the CARAC Secretariat to add the following subsection to CAR 602.29:
602.29(8) "No person shall operate an ultra-light aeroplane that is towing an object unless the ultra-light aeroplane is equipped with a tow hook containing a release control mechanism".
An amendment to CAR 602.22 will be submitted to the CARAC Secretariat as follows:
602.22 "Except where permitted in accordance with subsection 602.29(8), no person shall operate an aeroplane that is towing an object unless the aeroplane is equipped with a tow hook and release control system that meet the applicable standards of airworthiness."
This policy may be applied immediately. Please advise persons using ultra-light aeroplanes to conduct towing operations that standards of airworthiness do not apply to the tow hook and its release control mechanism used in the operation.
This Policy Letter will expire with the appropriate amendment to the CARs.
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