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Transport committee  Thanks for that question. I've had the opportunity to speak with the Canadian families, individuals associated with victims who were close to Canada, on a number of occasions now. I've learned a great deal from all of them. My condolences again go out to each and every one of t

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  None for me.

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I will be the first to say that we look for experts in the field who may be working with design and manufacture when we look to recruit individuals. There are certain areas within aircraft certification where the labour market is very small and very tight. We're always encouragin

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I do truly appreciate that question. I think we first have to look at the authority that we're provided with regard to aircraft certification. It goes back to a previous question of how we manage as a certifying authority to ensure that we are up to date and able to certify, rev

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I will repeat the message that now is not the time to fly because of our pandemic and COVID-19. I would encourage individuals to fly only if it's essential. As soon as it is the time to fly, I can't wait to get on the 737 or another aircraft that our national aircraft certificat

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  Absolutely. In a discussion by my colleague David, he mentioned one of the key things. One of the unique changes we had was the ability for crew to pull a circuit breaker to help alleviate some of the workload issues that are found within the cockpit. If we have that procedure

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  There are two pieces there, and it is very important. When Transport Canada certifies an aircraft, that's a Canadian-made product. That's a Canadian manufacturer coming to us for an initial-type certification for a product. That wasn't the case here. We were a validating authori

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  From a certification component—and we've explained in a few of the responses we've had—we believe our certification approach in Canada is very sound. We have very strong oversight and a very strong relationship with our manufacturers. I don't believe that certification approach i

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  Thank you for that question. What I can say is, at that point, conversations with the FAA started right away after the aircraft accident of Lion Air, just like it would with other accidents that occurred. I'll even refer to an accident that occurred for another 737 variant model

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I can speak specifically to the four certifying partners, Brazil, the Europeans, us and the FAA. The FAA has certified the aircraft, and all three other partners have validated the aircraft. This will allow other authorities, and you can imagine global authorities all over the wo

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I'll go back to my opening remarks, in that the coordination and collaboration between international authorities has been significant from the beginning of this process. The FAA are the certifying authority, but as my colleague Dave pointed out in some of the changes that were ju

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I'll take it, Mr. Chair. No, it wasn't a rubber stamp. I'll refer back to one of the key issues that have found us here today, which was that the company, Boeing, was withholding information from the FAA with regard to the full extent of the MCAS system. The validation approach

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  I'll speak to this, because The Globe and Mail article mentioned that the senior person was me. I can speak to this directly. In fact, when our expert came to us with the idea of looking at the MCAS of the aircraft, the first thing Dave and I did was to really start to explore

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  Mr. Chair, as to the comment that the aircraft is the safest in the world, I've never mentioned that, nor would I. It undermines the fact that the certification system is based on clear sets of regulations. We ensure that all aircraft meet those regulations and standards, so when

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson

Transport committee  For that question, I'll turn to my colleague, Mr. Turnbull.

February 16th, 2021Committee meeting

Nicholas Robinson