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Canadian Aviation Regulations

Version of section 302.503 from 2019-08-08 to 2022-09-11:

  •  (1) The quality assurance program required under paragraph 107.03(g) in respect of an applicant for, or a holder of, an airport certificate shall include a process for quality assurance that includes periodic reviews or audits of the activities authorized under a certificate and reviews or audits, for cause, of those activities.

  • (2) The holder of an airport certificate shall ensure that records relating to the findings resulting from the quality assurance program are distributed to the appropriate manager for corrective action and follow-up.

  • (3) The holder of an airport certificate shall establish an audit system in respect of the quality assurance program that consists of the following:

    • (a) an initial audit conducted within 12 months after

      • (i) in the case of an airport specified in subsection 302.500(1), the later of January 1, 2008 and the day on which the airport certificate is issued, and

      • (ii) in the case of any other airport, the later of January 1, 2009 and the day on which the airport certificate is issued;

    • (b) an audit of the entire quality assurance program carried out every three years, calculated from the initial audit, in one of the following ways:

      • (i) a complete audit, or

      • (ii) a series of audits conducted at intervals set out in the airport operations manual;

    • (c) checklists of all activities controlled by the airport operations manual;

    • (d) a record of each occurrence of compliance or non-compliance with the airport operations manual found during an audit referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);

    • (e) procedures for ensuring that each finding of an audit is communicated to the accountable executive;

    • (f) follow-up procedures for ensuring that corrective actions are effective; and

    • (g) a system for recording the findings of an audit referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), corrective actions and follow-ups.

  • (4) The records resulting from a system required under paragraph (3)(g) shall be retained for the greater of

    • (a) two audit cycles, and

    • (b) two years.

  • (5) The duties related to the quality assurance program that involve specific tasks or activities among the activities of an airport shall be fulfilled by persons who are not responsible for carrying out those tasks or activities unless

    • (a) the size, nature and complexity of the operations and activities authorized under the airport certificate justify the fulfilling of those duties by the person responsible for carrying out those tasks or activities;

    • (b) the holder of the airport certificate demonstrates to the Minister, by means of a risk analysis, that the fulfilling of those duties by the person responsible for carrying out those tasks or activities will not result in an unacceptable risk to aviation safety; and

    • (c) the holder of the airport certificate provides the Minister, in writing, with the information required under paragraphs (a) and (b).

  • SOR/2007-290, s. 10
  • SOR/2019-295, s. 7
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