Canada is getting more aggressive in tackling threats to airspace
By James T. ClarkUpdated May 09, 2020 09:57:04Canada is being more aggressive about tracking and protecting airspace, with the Federal Aviation Administration announcing Wednesday that it will require more of its airlines to be certified to conduct emergency missions over Canadian airspace.
The FAA said in a statement it is taking a more aggressive approach to air safety in the wake of a series of incidents involving aircraft in the United States, including a crash in the U.S. Virgin Islands that killed all five crew members and injured more than 150.
It also said it is increasing the number of aircraft that can conduct emergency flights.
It is the latest in a series that have been ongoing for several years.
The new requirements, which go into effect April 1, will require airlines that operate on Canadian airspace to have at least a three-star rating, a requirement for many large airlines that have operated in Canada for years.
The FAA also announced that the agency is going to develop a system that would allow air traffic controllers to monitor and respond to the threat of an emergency.
“We will make it easier for air traffic control to share this information with airlines to help them keep the airspace safe,” FAA Administrator Robert L. Shuster said in the statement.
Airports in Canada have been under increasing pressure over the past year from an array of threats including a series by the U-57N over British Columbia, a crash on a passenger plane over the Gulf of Mexico, a collision with a cargo plane and a collision between a commercial plane and an aircraft that crashed on a rural highway near Fort McMurray, Alta.
The crash of the U57N on a runway at Halifax’s Pearson International Airport in April, which killed all four crew members, was the latest incident in which aircraft have crashed in Canada.
It also prompted the Canadian Transportation Agency to issue new regulations to reduce the risk of another crash.