Effective April 15, 2004, all the approach procedures that were in the regional catalogues known as "Company Only", or were attached to Ops Specs or Private procedure, became known as RIP's.  By that date, they were either moved to the Canada Air Pilot or to a new publication called the "Restricted Canada Air Pilot" (RCAP).  Essentially, any procedure that was a deviation to the TP 308 Criteria for Instrument Procedures standards or was to an aerodrome that did not meet the standards of physical characteristics published by TC, became a RIP and went into the RCAP.  While NAV CANADA will publish the RCAP every 56 days in CD format, it will not design, review, or amend RIP's.  The design and maintenance must be done by a qualified third party agency, such as MDA AVIATION.    

Here are some further conditions set out in the new Transport Canada Policy Letter.  Any RIP in Canada not published in the RCAP by July 7, 2005, will be deleted and presumably eliminated from all  onboard receivers databases.  All RIP's must have a "sponsor" identified, normally an air service operator or aerodrome operator, who will be assume regulatory and fiscal responsibility.  The "sponsor" must develop an "Action Plan" and arrange "periodic maintenance" of the procedures.  At least every 5 years, a full "regulatory review and flight check" must be conducted.  The RIP charts in the RCAP will carry the date of this regulatory review.  Any procedure older than 5 years on July 10, 2005, that has not had a review, will expire and be removed from the RCAP.  While this may appear to be a major hassle for operators, this does ensure a certain measure of risk management and safety oversight for Transport Canada. These new requirements are mandatory by Transport Canada.

In order to get a procedure in the RCAP request to NAV CANADA is required.  A "sponsor" has to be identified to be responsible for the procedure, and a "maintenance agency" has to assume routine monitoring service of the procedure.  As well the procedure will require the regulatory review and regulatory Flight Check at least 5 years from the date of issuance. If not done the procedure will expire and be removed from the NAV CANADA web site and the onboard receiver databases.

The good news is that we at MDA AVIATION can provide you a complete service for your RIP's to meet all these new regulatory requirements, turnkey solution.  We are fully qualified designers and have designed or supervised over 1000 procedures, we know the system and the personnel, and we do this service full-time. We can do a comprehensive review of the approach procedures including flight check, to renew their five-year validity.  For routine maintenance, our service includes doing all the paperwork, drafting an "action plan" that is required, verifying against new obstacles and publication standards on a weekly basis, advising you on NOTAM action that may be needed from time to time, and providing an annual report.  Since this will all be subject to Transport Canada audit, all activities will be recorded.


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