The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Nav Canada are rolling out a reservation program for the departure of airlines and general aviation at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), because authorities are trying to make the flow of traffic more predictable and efficient there. Trials of the new procedures for decision-making by airports (A-CDM) start on 18 February, with the aim of fully rolling out on 23 April. "[CYYZ] becomes the first airport in North America [with] a new, even more powerful version of A-CDM, "say the Canadian authorities. Trial periods include" activation windows ", with notifications announced through the ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) broadcast.
For business and general aviation, operators must obtain reservations for departure at least 60 minutes and up to 72 hours before the planned operations. However, up to 30 days in advance can be booked based on operators.
The program outlines a series of procedures to notify the planned departure, including a requirement that the operator provides a target-off-block time (TOBT, when the aircraft is ready for return). The A-CDM system generates an approval date for the target setup that will be tracked when aircraft can expect to receive approval for startup. "TOBT is used … to set an optimal pushback and boot sequence that takes into account all applicable restrictions, such as icing and any air traffic management restrictions," said officials, where the airport determines the actual order of startups.
Further procedures are required to obtain the start-up approval and start-up within a period of two minutes of that approval. If the airport does not hear from the operator in the event of an interrupted start-up, the operation is removed from the sequence.
The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) expressed its disappointment at the current deployment and continues to insist on adjustments to streamline procedures and better align the requirements for business aviation operations, said CBAA President and CEO Anthony Norejko.
The program is designed to increase data that can improve the service at CYYZ, said Norejko. "GTAA has a problem with the terminals, so they try to get a grip on the traffic that leaves and arrives from CYYZ." However, business aviation accounts for no more than 7 to 10 percent of traffic at the airport.
"Business aviation is not an operational challenge at Toronto Pearson," he said. "As the largest city in Canada, the economic impact on the region and our country as a whole will be felt if we restrict access to the only airport that effectively serves the region."
By cooperating with a coalition of operators and FBOs, CBAA has worked to reduce heavier elements of the program and to secure some changes, including guaranteeing no limits or limits on reservations and offering a prepayment 30 days for based on operators. "We are still working to change and simplify the procedures," said Norejko. "It is obvious [the business aviation procedure] is stuck from the aviation version. "