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Capt. Diana Martinez (RVP SAM/North)
here has been sig-
Tnificant progress in
the SAM/North region.
The Member Associa- Update from
tions (MAs) of the
region, which include
Peru and Panama, have
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada/Arctic
worked together with
the MAs of SAM/South,

Paraguay and Uruguay,
to try and resolve some of the issues that the
Latin America region is currently facing.
Throughout the year, the MAs have
conducted several meetings to discuss the he region has undergone continued growth with
impact of the new Latin American regulations Timproved infrastructure and regulatory changes.
and the consequences of globalization on Airline pilots in Canada are still under pressure as
employment stability, quality of life and carriers continue their drive towards drastically
well-being of pilots. These meetings have reducing cost structure while extracting as much
proven to be fruitful as government authorities revenue as possible within a relatively limited market
are starting to take notice of the problems under a shrinking Canadian dollar. The substantial
facing the industry in Latin America. reduction in jet fuel costs has helped relieve some of this
The MAs have also been working on Flight
Time Limitations (FTL) regulations and pressure but it is not expected to last indefinitely.
Canada’s ANS provider, NAV CANADA, continues
Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in its ground-breaking initiatives in collaboration with
the region. They are currently seeking assis- Iridium Communications. Together, the two entities
tance from government institutions and uni- have created Aerion which has begun the installation of
versities in each country to conduct studies a highly specialized ADS-B package included in each
identifying stressors that challenge a pilot’s new-build Iridium communications satellite. By the end
fitness to fly and reduce margins of safety. As a of 2018, it is expected that all 66 satellites in the new
result, a meeting was held by ICAO in Lima to Iridium constellation will be equipped with ADS-B
identify the issues in the region, with the par- payloads allowing world-wide surveillance coverage
ticipation of some airline representatives and greatly enhancing current ground-based radar coverage.
stakeholders, such as IATA, as well as some Captain Peter Black Significant changes to Canada’s current flight and duty
Member Associations. Regional Vice President Canada Arctic time regulations were expected to be legislated this year.
(RVP CAN/Arctic)
In March, the MAs had the opportunity to
meet in Colombia with some representatives Unfortunately, the government was only able to introduce a handful of the full spectrum
from IFALPA, FESPLA, ASAP, ALPA, ASPA of recommendations proposed by the various working groups and committees assigned to this
and SEPLA, who provided great support, par- task. It is hoped that a more robust set of regulatory changes regarding these safety-critical
ticularly to the Colombian Association of Civil issues will be forthcoming after the upcoming federal elections and with the following
Aviators (ACDAC), in facing the many indus- parliamentary sessions. In the coming year, we expect the continued rapid certification and
trial problems which include discrimination introduction of space-based navigation routes and Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs)
and the denial of rights for pilots to be part of along with more efficient airport arrival and departure segments. Airport improvement
an association. initiatives continue and will have significant effects on long-term safety enhancement,
Despite all the challenges that the MAs are particularly at one of Canada’s most northern airports, Iqaluit.
facing, the strength of Colombian pilots and From the industrial perspective, no major contractual gains are expected, however the
the support of international organizations have decreased cost of jet fuel has lessened the threat of concessionary bargaining in a quasi-reces-
enabled the region to reach for the ruling of sionary economic environment. The potential change of federal government is seen by many
the Constitutional Court, a major achievement as a harbinger of an overall less anti-union attitude but there is, at this time, no clear indication
which is strengthening ACDAC. of which political party will lead the next federal government.
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