Aircraft maintenance technicians in Canada have been told they’re no longer needed to do airworthy maintenance after the Liberal government announced it would allow private operators to operate airworthiness inspections.
The announcement, made Wednesday by the Minister of National Defence and the Minister for the Environment, made it clear that the Liberals are open to private operators in Canada.
“We are working with our partners to develop an integrated and efficient framework to support the rapid implementation of this pilot project,” said Jason MacDonald in a statement.
The pilot program will cost $2.6 million, and be open to all aircraft operators, said MacDonald.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Development said in a release Wednesday that the pilot project will ensure “the integrity and reliability of Canada’s aircraft maintenance infrastructure.”
The pilot program is designed to provide a “high-quality, independent, cost-effective and technologically feasible” program to support aircraft maintenance and repairs.
“This pilot project is designed as a testbed for a larger, more integrated approach,” said MacDonald, adding that “in the future, a more streamlined approach will be employed to implement the pilot program.”
In the meantime, MacDonald said the government will be taking “necessary steps” to protect the airworthiness of all Canadian aircraft.
He added that the Canadian Forces will also be taking action to ensure that all Canadian aviation assets are “adequately protected.”
The government also announced plans to create a new national inspection authority that will oversee the inspection of all aircraft.
This authority will be called the Airworthiness Authority of Canada.
The government also said that the new authority will require a private operator to conduct airworthiness inspection.