Guest Editorial

Franz Reinhardt Director Regulatory Services

Effective communication with our stakeholders is a key part of our mandate within Regulatory Services. We strive to open the channels of communication through our consultation process, which is enshrined in the Canadian Aviation Regulations Advisory Council's CARAC Management Charter and Procedures. At another very important level, effective and safe communication also lies in the use of standardized terminology within our civil aviation system.

Considering that terminology standardization is a nationally and internationally recognized safety factor in aviation, the Aviation Terminology Standardization Program was introduced by Transport Canada Civil Aviation in the early 1980s. Its mandate is to ensure the use of standardized terminology in French and English in civil aviation's operational and regulatory documentation, in addition to communications, which have a direct impact on flight safety. The Glossary for Pilots and Air Traffic Services Personnel, published in 1994 and updated regularly, serves as a great reference document for the entire Canadian aviation community. In addition, the Civil Aviation Terminology System (CATS), maintained by the Aviation Terminology Standardization Division, is a significant source of information, which provides the definition and translation of the searched expression, as well as other pertinent information, such as a reference to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), if applicable. Both tools are accessible at

The use of standardized terminology is of great importance in communications between all individuals who are involved in the aviation system and is also of great importance when amending the CARs. Inappropriate use of terms can sometimes cause stakeholders to seek complex legal interpretations and possibly cause a misunderstanding of the regulatory requirement, which might then result in gaps in the safety of our aviation system. The abundance of technical terms and the wide variety of acronyms used within civil aviation add to the complexity of an already extensive aviation vocabulary. Hence, we need to be vigilant!

In a fast-paced industry like aviation, good communication skills are a must. We need to strive to communicate effectively, as it is intricately linked to the safety of our aviation system. We hope that this issue of the Aviation Safety Letter will enlighten you and that our message is communicated to you successfully!

Franz Reinhardt
Regulatory Services

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