To NACC's airlines, safety is not just a matter of following the rules. Although compliance to the Canadian Aviation Regulations and other standards is obviously important, safety is about proactively managing risks and hazards that go well beyond minimum requirements established by civil aviation authorities. Safety is the foundation that underpins the way the airline business is run.
A Safety Management System (SMS) is a comprehensive set of policies, processes, procedures and systems that are used to identify and eliminate or mitigate safety risks inherent in a business. In an airline, it means that every activity we engage in is deliberately designed in a way that eliminates or reduces the potential of errors or accidents.
Aviation is one of the safest modes of transport. This is not the work of chance, but is the result of a systematic approach to safety taken by industry stakeholders at all levels.
Our members' fleets are maintained by highly-skilled and trained Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, who vigilantly inspect aircraft condition and monitor its performance to ensure the continued safety of our aircraft.
In light of our Canada Labour Code obligations to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, all NACC airlines ensure that the three fundamental rights - the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse - are built in to the way we conduct business.
Canada's passenger airlines recognize that safe and secure air travel is a critical priority for all Canadians, vital to our national security at large.
Action: NACC wants to work with governments, airports and regulatory authorities to improve safety and security processes to make them more effective, efficient and cost-effective.
Canada's airlines are working towards: