Introducing Flight 2010

Merlin Preuss

Flight 2005-A Civil Aviation Framework for Canada outlined Transport Canada's aviation safety focus, ushered in a new way to manage safety risks, and laid the foundation upon which to build a solid safety culture with the introduction of the concept of safety management systems (SMS).

Flight 2010-A Strategic Plan for Civil Aviation continues the strategic direction set out in its predecessor. The Plan articulates a direction for the next five years and identifies goals and objectives as priorities towards achieving the new SMS-based safety framework envisaged in Flight 2005. In the years following 2010, new and innovative industries and technologies will continue to emerge, bringing with them new challenges and implications for the transportation system. Flight 2010 lays the groundwork and provides a clear vision of the path we must follow to meet these challenges.

Today, we are fully engaged in implementing the SMS concept and it is evident that safety risk management thinking is taking firmer root in aviation circles. By integrating risk management systems and business practices, the aviation industry stands to gain better safety performance with less regulatory intervention. These are important steps towards improving safety and enhancing the public's confidence in the safety of Canada's aviation system.

I invite you to visit our Web site at for news regarding the release of Flight 2010, and I encourage you to comment on our progress as well as provide us with feedback regarding your concerns.

Merlin Preuss
Director General
Civil Aviation


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