Regulations and You

Regulations and You

CARAC NPA System: A One-Stop Shop!

After several years in the making, the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Secretariat at Transport Canada Civil Aviation is pleased to announce that the CARAC Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) System is up and running. This system was developed after taking into consideration many suggestions provided by our internal and external aviation stakeholders. It provides users with the ability to retrieve all information pertaining to an NPA, and all of its related documentation with minimal searching. The goal of the NPA System is to provide a one-stop shop for Transport Canada Civil Aviation employees and all industry stakeholders looking for updates on civil aviation regulatory developments and activities.

The NPA System allows users to have access to all versions of an NPA. The original NPA presented at the Technical Committee meeting is available, as is the post Technical Committee and post-Civil Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC) versions. Interested parties will be able to compare versions of the same text and see the changes as they've occurred throughout the various steps within the CARAC process. Once the NPAs have been approved by the Department of Justice and the Treasury Board, the published versions will also be available using the links provided on the Canada Gazette Part I, Canada Gazette Part II and the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) "Publication" tab screens.

In addition to obtaining the various versions of an NPA at the click of a button, the new system allows users to search for pertinent information associated with NPAs. Useful meeting details are accessible from the Technical Committee Meeting details and the CARC Meeting details screens. Interested parties are able to view Decision Records and review key recommendations made on NPAs, in addition to tracking dissents as they make their way to the CARC for final disposition. Furthermore, the database gives users the ability to track deferred NPAs to help ensure that they are carried forward to the next appropriate meeting. Finally, a great advantage offered by this new technology is that it will help reduce the time associated with the input of data, as the information update is live and accessible to users immediately.

If you haven't yet used our NPA System, why don't you give it a try at the following address: Links are also provided for your convenience in the sidebar on CARAC pages. As our intent is to provide users with the ability to retrieve all information pertaining to NPAs and related documentation with minimal searching, your continuous input is important to the database's success. Over the course of the next year, Transport Canada will continue to review and improve the search capabilities of this system. If at any time you would like to make suggestions, we invite you to e-mail your feedback to the following address:

Composite Flight Plan or Flight Itinerary-VFR and IFR

Reference: Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM), section RAC 3.8

A composite flight plan/itinerary may be filed that describes part(s) of the route as operating under VFR and part(s) of the route as operating under IFR. All rules governing VFR or IFR apply to that portion of the route of flight. A composite flight plan or flight itinerary shall not be filed for an aircraft that will enter airspace controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including Canadian Domestic Airspace (CDA) delegated to the FAA, as composite data cannot be correctly processed between NAV CANADA and FAA systems.

A pilot who files IFR for the first part of a flight and VFR for the next part will be cleared by ATC to the point within controlled airspace at which the IFR part of the flight ends. A pilot who files VFR for the first part of a flight and IFR for the next part are expected to contact the appropriate ATC unit for clearance prior to approaching the point where the IFR portion of the flight commences. If direct contact with an ATC unit is not possible, the pilot may request the ATC clearance through a flight service station (FSS). It is important that the flight continue under VFR conditions until an appropriate ATC IFR clearance within controlled airspace is issued and acknowledged by the pilot.

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