Policy Letter 177


Review of Crew Member Security Procedures and Training Programs

File Number

AARXF # A 5500-13 P/A
RDIMS # 1297608



Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to provide Commercial and Business Aviation Inspectors with guidelines for the review process of the security portion of crew member operating manuals and crew member training programs.


This policy applies to Commercial and Business Aviation Inspectors who are responsible for the approval of Company Operations Manuals (COMs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Flight Attendant Manuals (FAMs) and training programs containing security information and procedures.


The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) contain regulatory requirements for security procedures:

  • Subparagraph 725.135(x)(v) of the Commercial Air Service Standards (CASS) requires information on unlawful interference;
  • Paragraph 725.138(25)(d) of the CASS requires information on bomb threats; and
  • Part A, Section 4 of the Flight Attendant Manual Standard (TP 12295) requires a list of security procedures to be included.

The CARs also contain regulatory requirements for security training:

  • Paragraph 725.124(14)(i) of the CASS requires training on hijacking, bomb threats and other security procedures; and
  • Subparagraph 725.124(32)(v)(i) of the CASS requires training on hi-jack and bomb threat procedures.


This process is being introduced as there is a concern that the document may contain incorrect security procedures .  Since the expertise for security issues does not lie within Civil Aviation, we must ensure that the security information is adequately reviewed.

To mitigate this risk, the Security and Emergency Preparedness (SEP) directorate will be reviewing security related information that is submitted to Civil Aviation for approval.


Air operators will continue to submit their procedures and training programs to Commercial and Business Aviation as usual, through the Cabin Safety Inspector (CSI), the Principal Operations Inspector (POI), and/or the Dangerous Goods Inspector.

If security information is received as part of the air operator’s documentation, the CSI, POI or Dangerous Goods Inspector is to send (via encrypted e-mail or Protected B internal mail) the security portion of the air operator’s operating manuals and/or training programs (depending on the submission) to the SEP contact:

Security Standards and Procedures Officer
(613) 991-2527

The CSI, POI or Dangerous Goods Inspector will also provide the air operator’s contact information and any supporting documents submitted by the air operator.

A Security Subject Matter Expert will review the information and liaise directly with the air operator in writing (by encrypted e-mail or protected letter) with a copy to the Standards and Procedures Officer (SPO) and the CSI, or POI or Dangerous Goods Inspector, as applicable, to confirm whether or not the security portion of the procedures and/or training program meets the legislated requirements. 

When the document has been sent to Security, the approval letter is to be amended to include the following sentence:

“Please be advised that this approval does not include the requirements contained in the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations and its enabled documents.”

Note:  Security training inspections are conducted by SEP inspectors on a yearly basis.  They observe one initial and one annual aviation security training session for crew members.

Future Disposition

This Policy Letter remains in effect until further notice.

Reference Number

This Policy Letter is designated AARX No. 177.

Original signed by

D.B. Sherritt
Commercial and Business Aviation

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