Technical Arrangement – Maintenance Between Canada and Brazil

April 15, 2024

The Technical Arrangement – Maintenance (TA-M) between Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), effective February 5, 2024, signifies a major development in aviation law, showcasing an international commitment to enhancing aviation maintenance cooperation. This agreement reflects the culmination of efforts to streamline and elevate maintenance and safety standards between Canada and Brazil. It replaces the previous arrangement from 2002, introducing significant regulatory changes that are expected to have a profound impact on the aviation industry and aviation law in both countries.

Notably, the TA-M encompasses several key modifications designed to facilitate a more efficient and reciprocal certification process for aviation maintenance organizations (AMOs). These changes include:

  • Reciprocal Acceptance of Component-Rated AMOs: Expanding the scope of mutually recognized maintenance certifications to include components beyond engines and propellers. This is a key move towards broader operational flexibility and efficiency.

  • Elimination of Re-confirmation Requirement: AMOs no longer need to undergo re-confirmation, as long as they remain compliant with their supplement. This change reduces bureaucratic procedures and promotes a trust-based regulatory approach.

  • Abolition of Initial Application Fees: TCCA has removed the fees for initial applications from Brazilian-based companies, lowering the barriers to entry and fostering a more inclusive environment.

  • New Approval Processes: The introduction of new initial and amendment approval processes under the oversight of regional Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors streamlines the approval mechanism, ensuring quicker and more responsive regulatory actions, while adhering to aviation law in both countries.

  • New Application Forms and Requirements: The rollout of new application forms for TCCA and ANAC, alongside updated requirements for supplements, modernizes the documentation process, making it more straightforward and accessible.

  • Standardization with a New Supplement Approval Letter Template: A new template for approval letters aims to standardize communication and clarify regulatory expectations, enhancing transparency and understanding.

These amendments are indicative of a progressive shift in aviation law, emphasizing the importance of mutual recognition, regulatory efficiency, and safety. By simplifying the certification and approval processes, the TA-M aligns with global aviation safety goals, facilitating smoother operations and maintenance activities across borders.

The TA-M is a testament to the strong aviation relationship between Canada and Brazil, setting a benchmark for future international aviation collaborations. It underscores the evolving role of aviation law in fostering global partnerships, enhancing safety standards, and ensuring operational efficiency in the aviation sector. As such, the TA-M between TCCA and ANAC is not just a bilateral agreement but a model for international aviation law cooperation, highlighting the shared commitment to advancing aviation safety and maintenance practices on a global scale.

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