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

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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 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 to ACP Courses, Monitor Checks and Accreditations

  1. In response to COVID-19, a blanket extension to the valid-to date of ACP courses, monitor checks and accreditations is provided at this time.
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, the validity period of all ACP (Type A/B) courses expiring on 1 April 2020 is extended by six (6) months.

Those ACPs with extensions until 1 April 2020 are included in this temporary policy change provided they use their present (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).

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

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

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

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 and in response to COVID-19, all ACP accreditations expiring on 1 April 2020 are extended by six (6) months.

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

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.

COVID-19 Information Links

Effective Date

  1. Original - 23 March 2020.
  2. Revision 1 - 30 March 2020.
  3. 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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