TC Focus Group Meets on Lightweight Flight Recorder Systems

During the November TC focus group on regulations to respond to the TSB recommendation to require the mandatory installation of Lightweight Flight Recording Systems  (LDR) by commercial operators and private operators not currently required to carry these systems, three categories of regulations were proposed at this point to meet the TSB recommendation:

  1. Retrofit of current fleet to a yet to be defined performance-based standard based on recording in some way (cell phone, camera) the essential parameters in ED-155;
  2. Require all new aircraft (after some date TBA) to have Lightweight Flight Recording Systems  (LDR) meeting ED-155 standards (CBAA opposes this wanting TC to be consider new aircraft under the retrofit standard); and
  3. Require all newly certificated aircraft (after some date TBA) to have Lightweight Flight Recording Systems meeting ED-155 standards.

The next focus group to be held in early 2019 will focus on developing the retrofit standard.