Checklist & Guide for the Development of a Helicopter Company Operations Manual

for Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) 703 - Air Taxi VFR Only Operator

Company: ______________  Date: ______________

The contents of Company Operations Manual are governed by Commercial Air Service Standard (CASS) 723.105. The following checklist and guidance material are provided to assist air operators in developing a manual to the CASS as appropriate for their type of operation. The checklist here is intended for air operators utilizing helicopters operating VFR. Complete the Where Found column to identify what section in your manual the required information is located and return this form with your manual submission.


Shaded column is for Transport Canada use only.

Columns 723.105 identify whether the Company Operations Manual item is required under that subpart. Requirements will be indicated by an "X" in the appropriate column. The absence of an "X" indicates that the item is not required for that subpart. Operators, at their discretion, may add information that is not required by regulation.

The column Company Operations Manual Item is a list of the required items as identified in the CASS. The letter annotations at the start of this column correlate directly with the respective CASS and do not necessarily follow sequentially in this text.

The column Req'd will be annotated if the Company Operation Manual item is required for your particular operation.

The Where Found column is where you indicate a paragraph reference number where the information is located in your manual.

Supplementary Reference and reference to a CARs or CASS will be shown any time there is another regulatory reference that governs that particular item.

All attempts have been made to maintain an accurate list of references. Suggestions for amendment to this document are invited, and should be submitted via the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System (CAIRS) at the following Internet address:

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723.105 Company Operations Manual Item VFR During the Day (Helicopters) 703 Req’d Where Found Verified
X (1) a) Preamble relating to use and authority of manual;      
X   b) table of contents;      
X   c) amending procedures; 703.106      
X   d) list of effective pages;      
X   e) copy of the Air Operator certificate and operations specifications of the air operator;      
X   f) a chart of the management organizations;      
X   g) the duties, responsibilities and succession of command of management and operational personnel; 700.09 702.07 722.07 703.07 723.07 106.03 706.03 726.03      
X   h) description of the operational control system: 723.16 722.12      
X    (i) flight authorization and flight preparation procedures; 703.17 702.13 602.70 to 602.79      
X    (ii) flight following and communication requirements; 703.18 723.18 702.14 722.14 723.16 1d      
X    (iii) requirements regarding flight following; 743.18 723.16      
X    (iv) dissemination procedures for operational information and acknowledgement; 702.11 703.14      
X    (v) fuel requirements; 703.20 602.88      
X    (vi) weight and balance system; 703.37 723.37      
X    (vii) preparing and saving flight documents; 702.14 703.18 602.70 to 602.79      
X    (viii) accident/incident reporting procedures and procedures for reporting overdue helicopters; 602.79 AIM 3.0      
X    (ix) use of checklists; and 602.60      
X    (x) maintenance discrepancy reporting and requirements of completion of flight. 605.08 to 605.10 706.05      
X (2) i) Operating weather minima and requirements for VFR and VFR over-the-top; 602.114 to 117, 703.27  723.28 2.7.3 Control Zones      
X   j) operations in hazardous conditions such as icing, thunderstorms and white-out; 602.11
X   k) operations in high density altitude conditions as applicable;      
X   l) the securing of cargo;      
X   m) the use of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual, Aircraft Operating Manual and Standard Operating Procedures as applicable; 605.04 605.07 625.07 703.107 723.107      
X   n) Aircraft ice, frost, and snow critical surface contamination procedures; 602.11      
X   o) procedures for the carriage of dangerous goods;      
X   p) fuelling procedures, including: 625.88
   (i) fuel contamination precautions;
   (ii) bonding requirements;
   (iii) fuelling with engine running; (not permitted with passengers on board, see Section 602.09 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations)
   (iv) fuelling with passengers on board; 703.38 723.38
X   q) a list of the emergency survival equipment carried on helicopters, how to use the equipment, and periodic equipment inspection details; 602.60 to 602.63 703.82 723.82      
X   r) emergency procedures for:
    (i) emergency locator transmitter; 605.38 to 40
    (ii) passenger preparation for emergency landing/ditching; and 703.39 723.39 3)
    (iii) emergency evacuation;
X   s) crew member qualifications; 703.86 to 88      
X   t) flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements; and 700.14 to 23 720.15 to 23      
X   u) training programs, including a copy of the company training and qualification record form(s).  703.98 723.98 703.99      


  Operations Specification Req’d Where Found Verified
005 Reduced visibility 005 703.28 723.28      
042 Reduced visibility 042 702.17 722.17      

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