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Transport Canada - Aviation Safety Letter The CAMC Leads Update of the Human Resource Study of Commercial Pilots in Canada - ISSUE 4/2009

The CAMC Leads Update of the Human Resource Study of Commercial Pilots in Canada - ISSUE 4/2009

The CAMC’s Aviation Human Resource Sector Studies Provide Important Safety Data

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The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) is the sector council that represents and assists Canada’s aviation and aerospace industry with its human resource strategy, issues, and solutions. With the participation of industry members, the CAMC manages national research studies, and develops and publishes national occupational standards with supporting logbooks (for professional certification) and curricula (for post-secondary training organizations). The CAMC also promotes safety, professionalism, and standardization through national communication with industry; human factors and safety management system (SMS) training; individual certification in 24 occupations; and accreditation of training organization programs. Initially formed through the partnership of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), labour unions, manufacturers, and airlines to develop maintenance-related standards, the CAMC is evolving to expand its partnerships with all sectors of aviation and aerospace. The CAMC is currently involved in several safety-related aviation sector studies, funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.

The Human Resource Study of the Commercial Pilot in Canada—Update and the Airport Occupation Rationalization (AOR) projects are examples of important partnerships underway, which will provide data that will be used to develop a comprehensive picture of Canada’s commercial pilot and airport worker occupations, describing both the current conditions and the likely developments in the future, at the five-, 10-, and 15-year marks. The results of these studies will help us gain an understanding of the human resource issues facing the aviation industry with the implementation of new training requirements and technological advances in training and transportation methodologies. This research will also provide the foundation for the development of professional occupational standards.

These are important studies of the requirement for aviation operators to implement SMS. Under SMS, the management process will have to be documented and followed by all staff. SMS requires the application of quality assurance principles, including continuous improvement and feedback mechanisms. Continuous improvement means a system of review and change that constantly improves a system or process. The CAMC human resource studies will provide Canadian operators with important data that will be needed in the design of company-specific SMS.

Your input is important!
The Human Resource Study of the Commercial Pilot in Canada—Update requires input from a large group of industry stakeholders. Whether you are a senior pilot or a student pilot, your input is important. Understanding the human resource challenges this sector faces is important to the aviation transportation community. Canada also has an important flight-training industry that needs to understand future knowledge and skill requirements for commercial pilots in order to produce properly trained personnel. This research will provide the foundation for the development of national occupational standards for the professional pilot.

Here are some areas that will be covered in this study:

  • Size and scope of Canada’s existing aviation industry in 2009;
  • Overview of geographical locations, sizes and operational requirements of current operators;
  • Overview of services provided, in particular human resource activities, such as training, certification, and standardization;
  • Compilation of statistics on student pilot starts and current training levels;
  • Analysis of pilot hiring trends and associated pay and benefits;
  • Analysis of the international demand for pilots and expected training standards;
  • Measurement of the effect of new regulations, such as the multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) and SMS;
  • Analysis of current best practices for pilot screening and selection;
  • Analysis of the use of simulation and associated instructor competencies; and
  • Development and retention issues for flight instructors.

If you would like to participate in this study, and be eligible to receive a copy of the final report, please contact Glenn Priestley by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 1-800-448-9715, ext. 258; or Wayne Gouveia by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 613-233-7727, ext. 309. For further information on the CAMC, please visit www.camc.ca.

 

This article was published by Transport Canada in TP 185E -. Reprinted with permission

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