Advanced Qualification Program Evaluator Manual TP 14672

CHAPTER 11 – VALIDITY PERIODS, RENEWALS AND EXTENSIONS

11.1 Continuing Qualification Cycles

11.1.1 The time period during which all proficiency objectives are trained, validated, or evaluated for all crewmembers is called a "Continuing Qualification Cycle". Figure 11-1 illustrates a Continuing Qualification Cycle (following initial qualification).

11.1.2 The Continuing Qualification Cycle footprint must provide sufficient detail to show compliance with the Commercial Air Service Standards (CASS). Elements of ground training activities, flight and/or simulator training activities, validations, evaluations and currency activities are specifically identified. The schedule for the cycle should specify the period between each type of activity: Manoeuvres Training (MT), Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT), Manoeuvres Training and Validation (MTV) and Line Operational Evaluation (LOE). It should also specify the order in which each activity is to be performed.

11.1.3 The intervals associated with Continuing Qualification Cycles range from 24 months for a new AQP operator to longer intervals for a mature AQP operator, when approved to do so by Transport Canada based on the air operator's satisfactory demonstration of at least an equivalent level of safety via extensive data collection and analysis.

11.1.4All Currency Proficiency Objectives (terminal or supporting proficiency objective for which individuals and/or crews can maintain proficiency by repeated performance of the item in normal line operations) must be accomplished during each Continuing Qualification cycle.

11.1.5Continuing Qualification Cycles are divided into Evaluation Periods. Each Evaluation Period shall have one or more Training Periods. Evaluation and Training Periods are described below.

11.2 Evaluation Periods

11.2.1 All Critical Proficiency Objectives (terminal or supporting proficiency objectives for which substandard task performance would adversely affect safety) must be evaluated through a MTV and/or LOE during each Evaluation Period.

11.2.2 The interval associated with Evaluation Periods equates to the length of the Continuing Qualification Cycle divided by the number of Evaluation Periods that comprise it. Typically, for a new AQP-certified operator with a 24-month Continuing Qualification Cycle comprised of two evaluation periods, the length of each Evaluation Period will be 12 months. For a mature AQP operator however, this time period can be longer or shorter depending on the length of its Continuing Qualification Cycle and the number of Evaluation Periods within that cycle.

11.2.3 In any event, the validity of the associated licensing event, namely the LOE, will be made to coincide with the expiry of the Evaluation Period, which is the first day of the following month after the interval ends. In the case of a 12-month Evaluation Period interval, the LOE will be valid until the first day of the thirteenth month following the month in which the evaluation was completed. In any other case where the Evaluation Period interval is not 12 months, the LOE will be valid until the first day of the month that coincides with the expiry of the evaluation period.

11.3 Training Periods

11.3.1 Each Evaluation Period shall have one or more Training Periods during which a training activity occurs.

11.3.2 The interval associated with Training Periods equates to the length of the Evaluation Period divided by the number of Training Periods that comprise it. Typically, for a new AQP-certified operator with a 12-month Evaluation Period comprised of two Training Periods, the length of each Training Period will be 6 months. For a mature AQP operator however, this time period can be longer or shorter depending on the length of its Evaluation Period and the number of Training Periods within that same Evaluation Period.

11.3.3 In any event, the validity of the associated training activity will be made to coincide with the expiry of the Training Period, which is in any case the first day of the following month after the interval ends. In the case of a 6-month Training Period interval, training will be required before the first day of the seventh month following the month in which the most recent evaluation or training was completed. In any other case where the Training Period interval is not 6 months, training will be required before the first day of the month that coincides with the expiry of the Training Period.

Figure 11-1: Continuing Qualification Cycle
(Example Using a 32-Month Matrix)

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Note 1:All Currency Proficiency Objectives must be evaluated during each Continuing Qualification Cycle.

Note 2:All Critical Proficiency Objectives must be evaluated during each Evaluation Period.

11.4Renewals

11.4.1 Within the traditional program, when a pilot proficiency check (PPC) or training is renewed within the last 90 days of its validity period, its original anniversary date can be maintained. A similar provision exists for air operators using AQP that are maintaining 12-month evaluation periods. If the flight crewmember's evaluation or training is renewed within the last 90 days of its validity period, then the original anniversary date can be maintained.

11.4.2 However, for AQP air operators that are authorized for evaluation periods greater than12 months, the original anniversary date can only be maintained if the training or evaluation occurs within the last 60 days of its validity period.

11.5Extensions

11.5.1 For air operators that are maintaining 12-month evaluation periods, a 60-day extension to the validity period of any training or evaluation may be granted, if the Minister is of the opinion that aviation safety is not likely to be affected.

11.5.2 When an air operator is authorized however to maintain evaluation periods longer than 12 months, a 30-day extension may be granted to the validity period of any training or evaluation, if the Minister is of the opinion that aviation safety is not likely to be affected.

11.5.3 Extensions are only considered for unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the air operator's control. These unforeseen circumstances could include such things as illness and simulator breakdown. Extensions will not be granted due to poor planning, scheduling conflicts or lack of proper preparation.

11.5.4Extensions to the validity period of training activities do not affect the validity period of the subsequent evaluation, namely the LOE. Extensions to the validity period of LOEs however will create a new validity date with respect to both training and evaluation periods, calculated in the usual manner from the date the LOE is conducted.

11.6Dual Qualification

11.6.1 An individual is deemed to be "dual qualified" if, during the Continuing Qualification Cycle following a MTV and LOE, the individual performs flight crew duties in an additional aircraft type.

11.6.2 If maintaining qualification in more than one aircraft type in accordance with the definition of "dual qualification" above, the individual will have one aircraft type designated as the "primary" type. The other aircraft type on which they are maintaining qualification will be designated as the "secondary" type.

11.6.3 A person who is qualified on more than one aircraft type or in more than one duty position on different aircraft types, should be simultaneously enrolled in a separate Continuing Qualification Curriculum for each assigned aircraft and duty position. For each aircraft type on which he/she is maintaining qualification, the individual flight crewmember must accomplish each of the relevant aircraft's Continuing Qualification Curriculum (CQC) in its entirety. Those training items that are not "fleet specific" in nature need only be addressed in the primary aircraft's Continuing Qualification Cycle.

11.7Online Evaluation (OE)

11.7.1 Online Evaluations are required on an annual basis. The air operator however can seek approval to extend the validity of Online Evaluations beyond twelve months if it successfully demonstrates the use of methods that evaluate more effectively a flight crewmember's ability to perform his duties effectively as part of a crew. Such methods may include but are not limited to scheduling Online Evaluations without prior notice, or assigning the evaluator, during the evaluation, to occupy a seat on the flight deck that is not a flight crewmember seat.

11.7.2 Subject to paragraph 11.7.1, the validity period of an online evaluation expires on the first day of the thirteenth month following the month in which the evaluation is completed, or will coincide with the expiry of a different validity period approved by Transport Canada (in any case, the first day of the following month after the approved interval ends), provided the online evaluation is carried out in a manner that provides a more effective method to evaluate a flight crewmember's ability to perform his duties effectively as part of a crew.

11.7.3 The original anniversary date of an online evaluation can be maintained where an online evaluation is carried out within the last 90 days of its validity period if the air operator maintains a 12-month online evaluation validity period or within the last 60 days of its validity period if the air operator maintains an online evaluation validity period greater than 12 months.

11.7.4The validity period of an online evaluation may be extended, provided the Minister is of the opinion that aviation safety is not likely to be affected, by up to 60 days if the operator maintains a 12-month online evaluation validity period or by up to 30 days if the operator maintains an online evaluation validity period greater than 12 months.

11.7.5The extensions described in paragraph 11.7.4 are only considered for unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the air operator's control. These unforeseen circumstances could include such things as illness and aircraft breakdown. Extensions will not be granted due to poor planning, scheduling conflicts or lack of proper preparation.

11.7.6Extensions to the validity period of an online evaluation will create a new validity date, calculated in the usual manner from the date the online evaluation is conducted.

11.8Program Validation

11.8.1 The Continuing Qualification Cycles and Evaluation Periods are subject to continued demonstration of overall effectiveness. The demonstration will be dependent on the data submitted by the applicant for program validation and Transport Canada surveillance. To ensure adequate individual and crew qualification, an applicant must show that its AQP has the capability to monitor each individual's demonstrated proficiency. Included within this validation is the use of First-Look Manoeuvres (FLM) data.

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