Approved Check Pilot (ACP) / Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) Evaluator Bulletin No. 03/20

Revision 3 – 19 May 2020

See Item E - Alternate Means of Compliance with respect to ACP Monitor Checks.

See Effective Date – Date of Revision 3.

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Applicability

ACP AQP

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Subject

COVID-19 response measures

Purpose

  1. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide program response measures with respect to COVID-19. All measures are considered temporary and do not represent permanent policy changes.
  2. This bulletin will be revised periodically in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
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Background

  1. The seriousness of COVID-19 is understood.
  2. While self-isolating and quarantine measures are being implemented, the necessity of air transport to our domestic and international communities remains.

A - Use of Headsets, Oxygen Masks and Smoke Goggles

  1. All flight training in support of ACP checks and AQP evaluations, and all ACP checks and AQP evaluations (e.g., PPCs, MVs and LOEs) may be conducted without candidates physically donning headsets (synthetic environment only), oxygen masks and smoke goggles at this time.
  2. Normal flight training and check/evaluation profiles that normally warrant the use of oxygen masks and smoke goggles should continue with all actions completed except the actual physical donning of oxygen masks and smoke goggles.

B – Enhanced Personal Hygiene and Cleaning Measures

  1. ACPs and AQPEs must allow for enhanced personal hygiene practices (e.g., washing hands) before and after briefing/debriefing and flight checking/evaluation sessions.
  2. ACPs and AQPEs must allow time for additional cleaning practices that a training provider has implemented. Enhanced cleaning measures may occur between sessions and/or after hours.

C – Observable Check/Evaluation Environments

  1. The ACP Manual, Section 6.15 speaks to creating an ‘observable environment’ in support of pilot performance.
  2. While there is no change to performance requirements, ACPs and AQPEs represent both the Minister and their sponsoring air operators, and have an important role to play. ACPs and AQPEs should be open to discussions related to COVID-19 with a view to reducing candidate apprehension where possible.

D - Working Group on Modernization of Training and Checking

  1. The selection and conduct of the working group to support the initiative announced in ACP Bulletin No. 01/20 on the Modernization of Training and Checking will be delayed to a later date in 2020 while TCCA and industry respond to immediate concerns related to COVID-19.

E - Extensions and Alternate Means of Compliance with ACP Course, Monitor Check and Accreditation Requirements

  1. In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - a blanket extension to the valid-to date of ACP courses, monitor checks and accreditations is provided at this time. An alternate means of compliance is provided regarding ACP (Type A) Monitor Checks.

Element

Temporary Policy Change

ACP (Type A/B) Courses

The validly period of ACP (Type A/B) courses is normally 36 months in accordance with ACP Manual (10th Ed.), section 3.8(5).

In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - the validity period of all ACP (Type A/B) courses expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 is extended by six (6) months.

Those ACPs with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

ACP (Type A/B) Recurrent Courses - Distance Learning Option

The academic portion of the ACP (Type A/B) course is normally delivered in a class-room setting where dialogue is most effective. This is specified in the ACP Course Training Standard (CTS).

In response to COVID-19 and subject to coordination with Transport Canada, ACP course providers are authorized to provide distance ACP (Type A/B) recurrent courses.

Recurrent courses do not involve any practical (FTD or simulator) training.

ACP (Type A) Monitor Checks

The validity period of ACP (Type A) monitor checks is normally 12 or 24 months. An extension of up to 60-days is normally available in accordance with ACP Manual (10th Ed.), section 4.15(8).

Available Extension

In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - the validity period of all ACP (Type A) monitor checks expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 is extended by six (6) months.

Those ACPs with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

Alternate Means of Compliance

Administrative ACP monitoring (conducted annually) by Transport Canada issuing authorities will continue in accordance with Staff Instruction (SI) 700-002, section 8.4.

In response to COVID-19 and provided all other means of obtaining an onsite ACP (Type A) monitor check have been pursued, issuing authorities may apply credit an administrative monitor in place of an onsite monitor with all of the following conditions:

  • a. The administrative monitor shall include a review that meets the requirements of SI-700-002, Issue 02, section 6.6.
  • b. The ACP shall be briefed on any recent changes to the ACP program, which at a minimum will include ACP/AQPE Bulletins 03/20, 02/17 and 02/01, as well as any other areas that the Issuing Authority deems necessary.
  • c. If the administrative review produces any concerns or problems with the ACP’s performance, an in person ACP monitor shall be conducted prior to renewal of the ACP authority.
  • d. This administrative monitor will be credited as an onsite monitor and shall be valid for 12 months. Note: The administrative monitor will be documented on the ACP/AQPE Monitor Report form with appropriate comments.
  • e. All other requirements of the ACP Manual with respect to ACP currency shall be met.

ACP (Type A) Accreditations

The validity period of ACP (Type A/B) accreditations is tied to the ACP (Type A/B) course in accordance with ACP Manual (10th Ed.), section 4.17.

Consistent with the blanket (course) extension provided above, in response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - all ACP accreditations expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 are extended by six (6) months.

Those ACPs with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020  are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

Note: A copy of the most recent revision of this bulletin together with a letter of (ACP) accreditation is sufficient for validation purposes.

ACP (Type M) Accreditations

The validity of ACP (Type M) accreditations is largely dependent on the ACP (Type A) authority. The extension provided above apply.

Given that the Type M qualification was recently introduced, there are no blanket extensions required in response to COVID-19 at this time.

F - Extensions to AQP Evaluator Courses, Monitor Checks and Accreditations

  1. In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - a blanket extension to the valid-to date of AQP Evaluator courses, monitor checks and accreditations is provided at this time.

Element

Temporary Policy Change

AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Training Course (Including IRR and RRR Training)

The validly period of AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Training Courses is normally 12 months in accordance with the AQP Evaluator Manual (TP 14672).

In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - the validity period of all AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Training Courses expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 is extended by six (6) months.

Those AQP Evaluators with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Training Course - Distance Learning Option

The academic portion of the AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Training Course is normally delivered in a class-room setting where dialogue is most effective.

In response to COVID-19 and subject to coordination with Transport Canada’s National Operations, AQP Evaluator Recurrent Academic Course providers are authorized to provide distance training.

AQP Evaluator  Monitor Checks

The validity period of AQP Evaluator (Type E, V and O) monitor checks is normally 12 or 24 months. An extension of up to 60-days is normally available in accordance with AQP Evaluator Manual (TP 14672).

In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - the validity period of all AQP Evaluator monitor checks expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 is extended by six (6) months.

Those AQP Evaluators with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

AQP Evaluator Accreditations

The validity period of AQP Evaluator accreditations is documented on their Letter of Accreditation in accordance AQP Evaluator Manual (TP 14672).

In response to COVID-19 and upon expiry - all AQP Evaluator accreditations expiring on (or after) 1 April 2020 are extended by six (6) months.

Those AQP Evaluators with extensions until (or after) 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their existing (i.e., original) valid-to date in the new extension calculation.

Note: A copy of the most recent revision of this bulletin together with a letter of (AQP Evaluator) accreditation is sufficient for validation purposes.

AQP Evaluator (Type M) Accreditations

The validity of AQP Evaluator (Type M) accreditations is largely dependent on the AQP Evaluator (Type E) authority. The extensions provided above apply.

Given that the Type M qualification was recently introduced, there are no blanket extensions required in response to COVID-19 at this time.

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Effective Date

  1. Original - 23 March 2020.
  2. Revision 1 - 30 March 2020.
  3. Revision 2 – 1 April 2020
  4. Revision 3 – 19 May 2020
  5. This bulletin is expected to be cancelled on 1 October 2020.

Approval

Deborah Martin
Chief
Commercial Flight Standards (AARTF)
Civil Aviation
Transport Canada

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