Guest Editorial

It is my pleasure to contribute to the Aviation Safety Letter (ASL) on behalf of the International Operations Branch. There have been a number of changes in the Branch during the last year, starting with the consolidation of international activities by moving the Foreign Inspection Division to International Operations. The Foreign Inspection Division is responsible for the certification and safety oversight of all foreign air operators conducting commercial air services into and out of Canada, as well as approving overflights of Canada and technical landings at Canadian airports.

The International Operations Branch has several other very interesting roles, including co-ordinating international aviation environmental issues and providing Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) support to the Civil Aviation Directorate. The Information Management, Technology and Support Division provides technical and strategic advice to internal and external clients, colleagues, and senior management, and oversees a portfolio of over 40 national informatics applications in a variety of environments and configurations.

Another important activity of the Branch is co-ordinating Canadian participation for aviation safety issues at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As one of the 190 ICAO member States, we are very active in developing these international standards. Transport Canada's technical experts participate in a long list of ICAO panels, working groups, and committees that develop ICAO standards. We are very fortunate to have the headquarters for ICAO here in Canada, since many of these meetings are held at the ICAO headquarters in Montréal, Que.

Often, ICAO standards are controversial because their impact can be greater on some countries than on others. To fully understand the impact of our decisions on our stakeholders, we are encouraging more stakeholder involvement in the development of these standards. I look forward to working closely with stakeholders early in this process to develop future standards.

For details on other activities of the International Operations Branch, I encourage you to visit our Web site at:

Robert Shuter
International Operations

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