Working to keep skydiving safe, accessible and affordable in Canada
Hello everyone and welcome to the CAPS website.
As always, CAPS is working to serve the interests of our members in liason with Transport Canada, Nav Canada and local government.
C.A.P.S. is an approved organization representing Canadian skydivers
C.A.P.S. is officially recognised by Transport Canada. The TC AIM (AIR 4.8 Parachute Jumping) includes the Canadian Associates of Professional Skydivers as an association representing parachuting activities in Canada. C.A.P.S. has been and continues to be active in dealing with government on behalf of our members.
C.A.P.S Manuals, Licences and Ratings
Our approved manuals, the C.A.P.S. Skydive Procedures Guide and the C.A.P.S. Instructor Training Guide describe our training programs and list the requirements for licenses, instructor ratings and endorsements. Included are the industry-standard Basic Safety Regulations. These manuals are available online here or at a C.A.P.S. skydiving centre. For more information on our programs, or for membership details, please contact us.
C.A.P.S. actively promotes skydiving to the public
Our C.A.P.S. Demonstration Endorsement-rated members perform numerous demonstration skydives each year.
Re-currency Training 2016-7
C.A.P.S. welcomes all members to our re currency training getaway held in Hawaii during the winter months of November and at Skydive Cuautla in January every year. If you are interested in attending next years program please contact us directly.
Recurrency Training March 11 2017
Ground program and skydive “rust-remover” by our CAPS Instructors and Coaches.
Recurrency Training available anytime as required
Recurrency training for those returning after a layoff from skydiving is available from our experienced and current C.A.P.S. instructors. For B.C. Lower Mainland jumpers, contact Abbotsford Skydive Center.
General News and Information
COPA DEFENDS OUR RIGHT TO FLY!
Another milestone and precedent in preserving our freedom to fly!
Just before Christmas, Quebec Superior Court reversed a judgment from a municipal court in Lévis, QC. The issue was once more an entity trying to do indirectly what it could not do directly: to decide the outcome and the fate of an aerodrome (i.e. aeronautics), when only the Federal Government can do so. The airport has been there for something like fifty years and they recently started skydiving activities. That’s when the city passed a bylaw prohibiting skydiving, building hangars without permits, and so on. The municipal judge had concluded something to the effect that “recreational skydiving was not part of the core of aeronautics”, thus the city could levy fines and impose what it wanted.
Not yet translated into English, the judgement can be found here.
The conclusion of the Superior Court Judge is the following (my translation):
 The trial judge erred in law in concluding that the skydiving activities in issue were not at the core of federal aeronautical jurisdiction, and consequently, rejecting the doctrine of inter-jurisdictional immunity.
 It is also concluded that the by-laws of the City of Lévis prohibiting the conduct of skydiving activities, including facilities related to skydiver training activities (the Zoning Regulations and the Regulations on permits and Certificates) constitute an obstacle to the federal power over aeronautics. Consequently, these regulations must be declared inapplicable against the appellant.
This was a totally independent initiative not covered or helped by our Freedom to Fly Fund.
COPA Fights Regulatory Proposal that Threatens Airports
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is mounting an all-out fight against a proposed change to the Canadian Aeronautics Act that threatens the viability of the national airport infrastructure in Canada. The amendment which appeared buried deep in a separate budget bill would allow the Minister to “make an order prohibiting the development or expansion of a given aerodrome or any change to the operation of a given aerodrome, if, in the Minister’s opinion, the proposed development, expansion, or change is likely to adversely affect aviation safety or is not in the public interest.”
COPA is concerned about the manner in which the amendment was developed, without consultation, and how far the powers of the Minister would extend given the one-sided nature of imposing consultation requirements and prohibitions on aerodromes when no corresponding restrictions exist for local authorities. According to COPA “if the amendment passes into law, the Minister will be able to avoid all consultation processes, such as would be the case when a regulatory change is made, and unilaterally issue an order to prohibit the establishment of any aerodrome, development of any aerodrome and any operational changes at any aerodrome whenever the Minister deems it to be necessary.” “With no policy to protect and encourage most of aviation and with a flawed National Airports Policy that puts the future of smaller airports and aerodromes in the hands of local interests.”
Given the lack of transparency and the failure to consult with affected stakeholders, COPA is calling the proposed amendment to be withdrawn and the issue brought back to Transport Canada for further discussion and consultation with stakeholders. For more information see COPA’s website at http://www.copanational.org/.
New Regulations Published in the Gazette
16 March 2008
Transport Canada regulation of skydiving in Canada
The proposed amendment to the CARs to include the regulation of skydiving training and new rules for skydiving operations in uncontrolled airspace can be viewed at the following link:
COPA Newspaper Pilots to Pilots article relevant to air space changes.
7th February 2007
Published in January’s edition 2007
Voluntary effort is required in order to meet all of the challenges facing personal aviation, including the recent announcement of extensive changes to the airspace within 50 miles of Vancouver. COPA Directors Terry Wilshire, Ken Armstrong and member Hardy Staub brought there expertise to these complicated matters in order to find a balance that includes out continued freedom to fly.
I wanted to thank you very much for all your help and advice at the recent Nav Canada meetings in Surrey regarding Vancouver air-space changes. We were completely taken off guard at the initial meeting in Abbotsford. We called COPA and expressed our concerns. They sent out the Cavalry!
We were thankful to Terry and the other two COPA representatives for your voices. You spoke calmly and intelligently in well prepared questions and comments in defense of General Aviation.
We have been COPA members for many years and have read in your newspaper, time and time again, the good work that is done by you and your organization on our behalf.
In this case, we were being directly affected and it was comforting to know that we were not fighting alone.
We hope that all members appreciate the time and hard work that you contribute for the benefit of all.
Debbie & Gerry Harper
Horizon Aero Sports
Abbotsford Skydive Centre