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Critics slam changes to aircraft safety inspection system

Plans to hand over inspection and enforcement to industry moving ahead.

Critics slam changes to aircraft safety inspection systemby David McKie, CBC News

September 2, 2008 — Transport Canada's man in charge of aviation safety doesn't like the term SMS, referring to it as a "buzzword." But Merlin Preuss has nevertheless spent a fair bit of time recently defending the concept, which he says will lead to a more accountable aviation industry — and safer skies. Critics such as retired justice Virgil Moshansky, on the other hand, argue that Transport Canada's Safety Management Systems allows the industry to police itself, which is akin to "putting the fox in charge of the hen house."

So as we move into an era of deregulation for many major industries, who are Canadians to believe?

SMS (Safety Management Systems), the shorthand Transport Canada uses to describe its new approach, makes the aviation industry responsible for implementing systems designed to ensure safe air travel in Canada. Under the concept, the federal department will do fewer direct safety audits of air carriers, instead keeping watch over safety checks done by the airlines themselves. . .

Links and sources
  Critics slam changes to aircraft safety inspection system, by David McKie, CBC News, September 2, 2008
  Airports privatized by stealth, by Ish Theilheimer, Public Values, March 25, 2008
  Auditor General, federal pilots association condemn lack of enforcement in airline safety, posted on Public Values June 10, 2008

Posted: September 03, 2008

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