Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

March 27, 2015 17:37 ET

Air Canada Pilots Statement on Air Safety Improvements

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2015) - The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today issued the following statement by ACPA President Captain Ian Smith in response to changes in safety procedures at Air Canada and new regulatory requirements announced by the federal government that would require two crew members in the flight deck while operating a flight:

"Air Canada Pilots Association is presently reviewing the changes issued by the Transport Minister. We realize they are intended to improve safety for our passengers and fellow crew members by harmonizing regulations and procedures with international standards. We will be working in association with Transport Canada to achieve an industry standard practice that will be an acceptable resolution to this interim process, once the Germanwings investigation is completed and all the facts are available.

"We urge all players in the global aviation industry to support the independent investigation into the Germanwings tragedy so that its findings and recommendations can be used to improve aviation safety worldwide. This can only be accomplished if all stakeholders refrain from speculation and interference, allow the investigation to reach unbiased conclusions and recommendations, then dedicate themselves to applying any lessons learned to our own jurisdictions and operations.

"We must work together to ensure that the lives lost in this incident are not forgotten and the tragedy is never repeated."

The Air Canada Pilots Association is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the more than 3,000 pilots who fly millions of passengers across Canada and around the world on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge.

Contact Information

  • Air Canada Pilots Association
    Paul Howard
    Director of Communications
    1-800-634-0944 ext. 4011
    phoward@acpa.ca