Operations Specification 601




1. This operations specification issued pursuant to the subparagraph(s) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations referred to in section 3 of this operations specification, authorizes the use of the Hibernia Helicopter Procedures Offshore GPS/Airborne Radar Approach(es) (GPS/ARA) referred to in section 4 of this operations specification, using the type(s) of helicopter(s) indicated by reference numbers and listed in section 5 of this operations specification.


2. This authority is granted subject to the following conditions:

  1. the pilot-in-command shall ascertain by means of radiocommunication or visual inspection:
    1. the condition of the intended landing surface;
    2. the wind direction and speed; and
    3. consult the Canada Flight Supplement for the latest information on the aerodrome regarding the attached restricted instrument procedures.
  2. the helicopter must be certified as a Transport Category A helicopter and operated by a pilot-in-command and a second-in-command, two pilot flight crew.
  3. the helicopter shall be equipped with:
    1. a Honeywell Model P701 Surface Mapping Weather Radar, or equivalent, and one ADF;
    2. a GPS navigation system and installation approved for the conduct of GPS approaches;
    3. two independent VHF air ground communication systems;
    4. two radio altimeter indicators with altitude alert function;
    5. rain protection for each windshield and a heat source for each airspeed system pitot tube.
  4. the aerodrome shall be equipped with:
    1. ground/air communications equipment capable of providing essential approach and landing information;
    2. facilities to provide essential information related to altimeter setting, observed weather, wind speed and direction, and aerodrome condition;
    3. at least one non-directional beacon (NDB).
  5. before commencing the approach, the flight crew shall verify that the approach and missed approach paths are clear of vessels or other obstacles through the use of airborne radar and confirmation from the platform. The helicopter shall not overfly any radar target during the procedure. An immediate missed approach will be carried out should a malfunction of the radar take place at any time during the procedure.
  6. approach beyond the Final Approach Fix when visibility is less than 1/4 statute mile is prohibited.
  7. Flight crew member qualifications shall be as follows:

    before conducting helicopter GPS/ARA approaches, each flight crew member will have received company training specific to these approach procedures and have been checked in the conduct of GPS/ARA approaches within the previous 12 months by a Transport Canada, Inspector or an Approved Check Pilot. The initial flight check shall require the candidate to demonstrate at least two approaches, one as Pilot Flying (PF) and one as Pilot Not Flying (PNF), during which the candidate will load the approach flight plan at least once. Recurrent certification shall require the candidate to demonstrate at least one complete approach either as PF or PNF at the discretion of the check pilot, and will include approach planning and loading of the approach flight plan. Training and checking shall be valid to the first day of the 13th month following completion of the training or check.

  8. the company operations manual shall contain:
    1. initial and recurrent flight crew training and checking requirements; and
    2. description of company practice providing for security of approach database and designation of responsible position or person.
  9. the company Helicopters Standard Operating Procedures shall provide operational guidance in the conduct of the specific approach procedures including individual crew duties in the pilot-monitored approach methodology being used. The procedures shall also specify the following requirements:
    1. a satisfactory radar test procedure is to be completed prior to each flight where a GPS/ARA procedure will be used;
    2. approach procedures are to be selected and loaded from the Flight Management System;
    3. approach waypoints shall not be altered by flight crews.


3. This operations specification is issued pursuant to:



4. The GPS/ARA procedure(s) referred to in Section 1 of this operation specification is (are):



5. The type(s) of helicopter(s) indicated by reference numbers in Part II of the air operator certificate is (are):




PREV~Supersedes the one dated PREV~

For Minister of Transport

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