Author(s): Suzanne Kearns
For far too long, instructors in Canadian aviation programs have used American-based textbooks and adapted the content for their students.
Canadian Aviation is meant to fill that gap, exploring several aspects of the aviation industry in Canada and providing a broad introduction for college and university students in aviation management or pilot programs.
Canadian Aviation was written through consultation with a wide range of industry professionals who contributed their time and expertise to the book.
This book is also useful for commercial pilots who are seeking a deeper understanding of the aviation industry
Each chapter includes:
- case studies that describe an example of a true aviation accident or incident and how it is related to the chapter material
- professional profiles to highlight key careers in different aspects of the industry
- a practice activity at the end of each chapter that allows for practice of the concepts discussed
- a clear list of objectives at the beginning of each chapter to help students understand the key points
- integration of Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) so students can practice reading and applying regulations
Chapter 1 The History of Aviation in Canada - This chapter describes the evolution of air travel, with a uniquely Canadian perspective, from lighter-than-air travel through the World Wars to modern commercial air travel and the impact of the Canadian government.
Chapter 2 Civil Aviation - This chapter explores several aspects of civil aviation including the structure and operations of general aviation, the basics of pilot license progression, the importance of personal aviation and corporate aviation, a discussion of helicopter operations, and the sectors, management, and employee groups of Canadian airlines.
Chapter 3 Military Aviation - This chapter describes the modern history of Canadian military aviation including the roles of the Air Force, domestically and internationally, the organization and structure of Canada?s Air Force, a description of several military career paths including the selection, training, and lifestyle of Air Force pilots, and a discussion of the importance of military heritage.
Chapter 4 Airports and Security - This chapter explains the importance of airports to Canadian society, the organization of airports (including the National Airports System), the mission and initiatives of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), the role of airport authorities in the management and operation of airports, and a description of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and several modern security initiatives.
Chapter 5 Air Law in Canada -This chapter describes the challenges and importance of regulating aviation on an international scale and the impact of the Chicago Convention, the history, structure, and purpose of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), jurisdiction over aviation in Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), the purpose of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal in Canada, and the process of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC).
Chapter 6 Air Navigation System of Canada - This chapter explains key regulations governing air navigation, the organization and structure of airspace in Canada, the history, organization, and mandate of NAV CANADA, the roles, responsibilities, and equipment of air traffic controllers, and whether the controller or pilot ultimately has safety authority over each flight.
Chapter 7 Human Factors - This chapter defines the science of human factors, provides a description of each element of the IMSAFE checklist, the five approaches that human factors experts use to solve problems, Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM).
Chapter 8 Accident Investigation and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada -This chapter describes the history, purpose, and organization of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), career options within the TSB, the accident investigation process, the definition of an aviation accident versus an incident, and TSB's SECURITAS voluntary, confidential, non-punitive incident reporting system.
Chapter 9 Aviation Safety Statistics - This chapter describes how aviation accident rates have decreased since the 1960s and the ramifications of the current plateau, the phase of flight in which most accidents occur, the cause of most accidents, and safety technologies such as the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) and ground proximity warning system (GPWS).
Chapter 10 Safety Management Systems - This chapter explains why perfect safety in aviation is impossible, the strengths and weaknesses of several aviation safety perspectives, the organizational perspective on safety and why it is called the Swiss cheese model, the components of safety management systems, the difference between prescriptive versus performance-based regulations, the hazard identification and risk management processes, and why a safety culture is important in aviation organizations.
Chapter 11 The Future of Aviation - This chapter describes several issues and technologies that may change the future of aviation including increased automation, emerging markets, super-jumbo aircraft, and synthetic vision.
Bob Merrick, COPA Flight
Where Canadian Aviation will come in handy is in COPA Flights, flying clubs and similar ventures, where members gather for seminars and other learning sessions. Those who are in charge of organizing such ventures will be happy to have such a book, so that they never again have to say,"...of course, that's the American practice. Here in Canada, we do it a bit differently." The book is nicely illustrated with many b&w photos, along with other artistic touches and it will be a welcome addition to many libraries.