The Flight Technical Unit contributes to aviation safety by being involved in aviation-related subjects that have a significant technical element. These subjects include the operational evaluation of new aircraft types entering Canadian commercial service, the development of operating regulations and standards associated with the introduction of new aircraft equipment (airborne collision avoidance system (ACAS) and terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), for example) and new navigational capabilities such as area navigation required navigation performance (RNAV-RNP). The Flight Technical Unit maintains the regulations and standards for operational aircraft performance, acts as the office of primary interest for both ground and airborne icing issues, and performs other tasks of a technical nature, as assigned by the Chief of Operational Standards. The Flight Technical Unit also serves as a technical resource for the other sections of the Operational Standards Division, and acts as a technical liaison between the Operational Standards Division, other Transport Canada Branches, and the Regions.
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