I should say, first of all, that I have no mandate from our board or our members to advocate for a CBAA type of program. My concern is that repatriating the CBAA program sent a terrible message to the aviation community in an SMS context. It signaled a retreat from SMS principles.
First of all, the fact that the Fox Harbour accident report blamed the CBAA, or at least identified shortcomings in the CBAA program, meant that there were issues the CBAA had to fix. It didn't mean that the entire concept was bad. That's one point.
What our association is advocating for the helicopter industry is that the minister not extend the message that we believe he sent by repatriating the CBAA program to include other opportunities that may exist for delegation--individual delegation. The CBAA program was a sweeping program that included certification and oversight of business aviation operators. Delegations of authority are much smaller areas where the minister says to industry that it will exercise this authority on behalf of the minister. There are many, many examples of that having been successful in our industry.
That does a few things for industry. It has the potential to provide more flexibility to operators. It could free us up, to some extent, from prescriptive regulations. And it could give us more influence over the regulatory environment we have to live in on a day-to-day basis. It's our position that without compromising safety, it provides operators with more flexibility and frees them up from the very restrictive, very prescriptive rules that are in place today.