1.4Approval Procedures

1.4.1 Air operators requesting approval for Extended Range (ER) operations with two-engine aeroplanes shall submit their requests, with the required supporting documentation to the Director General, Civil Aviation at least 90days prior to the proposed start of extended range operations.

1.4.2 The Aeroplane type design shall meet the requirements for ETOPS design features and criteria specified in Chapter2 of this document; (Design Features Criteria).

Notwithstanding, ETOPS type design approval is not required for air operators requesting approval to conduct 75 minute operations in Benign Areas of Operations. The airframe-engine combination and the general scope of the operation will be reviewed by the POI and the PMI to determine if there are any factors that could affect the safe conduct of operations before an Operations Specification (Ops Spec) is issued.

1.4.3 In addition, for ETOPS operations other than 75 minutes Benign Area of Operation, the following criteria shall be met prior to conducting extended range operations:

  1. the applicant shall satisfy the operational approval considerations specified in Chapter3 of this document, (Operational Approval Criteria);
  2. the applicant has a system to maintain and dispatch an ETOPS aircraft in accordance with an approved Chapter4 of this document, (ETOPS Maintenance and Reliability Requirements);
  3. the applicant shall demonstrate that the maintenance checks, servicing, and programs called for in Chapter4 of this document will be properly conducted;
  4. the applicant shall also demonstrate that ETOPS flight release practices, policies, and procedures are established; and,
  5. an operational validation flight, in the aeroplane or an approved simulator (as determined by Transport Canada, Civil Aviation (TCCA) on a case by case basis), shall incorporate demonstration of the following emergency conditions:

    1. total loss of thrust of one engine;
    2. total loss of normal generated electrical power;
    3. total loss of pressurization;
    4. any other event or condition considered to be equivalent in operational challenge, safety management, crew workload or performance risk.

1.4.4 When the foregoing has been reviewed and found acceptable, a recommendation from the Principal Maintenance Inspector (PMI) shall be forwarded to the Chief, Airline Inspection (AARXD), or the Regional Manager, Commercial & Business Aviation (RMCBA) as applicable, for approval and the applicant shall be issued an Operations Specification to conduct ETOPS operations within specified limitations.

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