The Community Alliance for Air Safety (CAAS) was founded in September 2017 with a focus on highlighting SAFETY related issues at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
CAAS ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE
CAAS, along with other community groups, feel it has had a positive impact on raising the level of collaborative discussion with the Airport. Our focus is to ensure that those who have taking advantage of our communities are HELD ACCOUNTABLE and ensure they work with the surrounding communities to make it right.
- CAAS has identified more than 20 serious operational concerns validated by Industry experts, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, the Press and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
- CAAS has connected with more than 40 communities and more than 30,000 concerned members of the public via the CAAS website, email, facebook and twitter pages.
- CAAS public relations (PR) team has met and discussed concerns with several members of the Federal, Provincial and Regional governments.
- CAAS regularly meets with senior members of the Global Aviation Community, former officers of RCAF, union leaders of Airport workers, Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers who all strongly encourage CAAS to continue focussing on airport safety, governance and oversight, keeping the pressure on Transport Canada to drive permanent improvements to Air Transportation in Canada.
All of these discussions have led to improved discussions with the GTAA and NAV Canada. They have also led to additional meetings with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, in Gatineau and the Liberal GTAA Caucus at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
CAAS IMMEDIATE NEXT STEPS:
In the coming months, CAAS will be hosting quarterly workshops with community group leaders focused on operational concerns at Pearson and other airports across Canada.
CAAS’ goal is to share more insight into the lack of GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT within Canada’s Air Transportation Industry, and identify how CAAS is working to bring about the changes needed for responsible growth and operations.
GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT
CAAS believes the root cause of the safety concerns at the GTAA are related to a lack of Governance and Oversight by Transport Canada.
- More than 15 years ago the Government of Canada made significant cost reductions at Transport Canada that resulted in the outsourcing of governance and oversight of Air Transportation directly to the operators - Self Policing
- Virgil Moshansky, a retired judge and aviation-safety expert recently shared his concerns including this quote “Transport Canada has divested itself almost entirely of hands-on oversight of airlines” Financial Post - December 2017
- "Airlines in Canada ‘on the precipice of something bad". Greg McConnell, national chair of the Canadian Federal Pilots Association added “If there was ever a time for Transport Canada to get into the cockpits, to get back to providing oversight, to get back to providing checks on a regular basis, the time is now,” Global News - March 2018
LACK OF OVERSIGHT BY TRANSPORT CANADA HAS RESULTED IN THE FOLLOWING:
It is evident that the trend of ‘self-policing’ must be reversed and that Transport Canada must take a hands-on role to audit and review every aspect of Air Transportation SAFETY and COMPLIANCE at all airports in Canada.
- Required sign-offs and approvals of past operational changes cannot be located.
- Disclosure of fines to airlines and operators for violations are impossible to track and evaluate.
- CAAS has an official request into Transport Canada to disclose a report for the last 5 years that outlines (a) the reason for the fines, (b) the total fines issued, (c) who was the fine issued to (d) date of the fine and (e) when was the fine paid
THE GTAA CONTINUES TO MOVE AHEAD - FULL SPEED
The GTAA continues to drive ahead with its goal to double the passenger traffic to 90 million passengers a year at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
- CAAS has significant concerns that any growth to the current passenger volume (45 Million) will add significant risk to the passengers, the airport staff and surrounding communities.
- TORONTO PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT has had TOO MANY SAFETY INCIDENTS at the CURRENT PASSENGER LEVELS and their plans to DOUBLE PASSENGER LEVELS with the current levels of limited oversight, may result in a CATASTROPHIC EVENT.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
- DON'T GET FRUSTRATED AND DON’T GIVE IN TO AIRPORT BULLIES
- FOLLOW CAAS TO KEEP CURRENT ON THE LATEST INFORMATION
- HOLD YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS
- CAAS COULD USE YOUR HELP SO ANY DONATIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED
- CAAS GOFUNDME Site: https://ca.gofundme.com/caasafety
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CAAS PLEASE VISIT AND FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:
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