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Canadian Regulations

Please Note: For hovercraft of less than 1000 kg (2204.6 lbs) payload capacity, these standards may not all apply.

Though changes do not affect the meaning of this content, this document also has additional expressions to reflect accuracy and applicability to hovercraft.

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STANDARDS RELATING TO DESIGN, 
CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONAL SAFETY
OF DYNAMICALLY SUPPORTED CRAFT IN CANADA

VOLUME 1. - DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, TESTING AND DOCUMENTATION
OF AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (hovercraft)

Ottawa
December 1985

VOLUME 1. - DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, TESTING AND DOCUMENTATION
OF AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (hovercraft)

Ottawa
December 1985

Explanatory Note

This is the first in a series of volumes of Standards relating to the safety of Dynamically Supported Craft in Canada.

It covers the requirements with which compliance is necessary in order to design, construct and develop Air Cushion Vehicles  (hovercraft) such that a level of safety at least equivalent to that of other forms of transport, commensurate with the Canadian environment, is achieved.

Subsequent volumes will cover operational safety in service; crew qualifications and certification; maintenance personnel qualifications and certification, and in-service technical procedures, for Air Cushion Vehicles (hovercraft), Hydrofoils and other forms of Dynamically Supported Craft.

The Standards conform to the Code of Safety for Dynamically Supported Craft, adopted by the International Maritime Organization. They are substantially similar and equivalent to the requirements for safety certification of A.C.V's (hovercraft) developed by authorities in other countries.

However, compliance with these Standards does not necessarily imply that vehicles would be approved in other countries; neither should it be assumed that an A.C.V. (hovercraft) manufactured and approved by another nation would be approved for operation in Canada without detailed investigation for compliance.

This volume has been developed in a progressive format, with Divisions devoted separately to Design, Operational Equipment, Construction, Tests, Technical Information, and Certification Documentation.

Within each Division, Chapters are devoted to topics and sub-topics, with paragraph numbering related to each topic and sub-topic. This results in deliberate breaks in paragraph numbering, to provide space for any subsequent additions.

Additionally, some Chapters are provided with Appendices containing guidance information of a non-mandatory nature; for ease of identification, there Appendices are printed on yellow paper.

 REVISION 1

Comments on the original proposed Standard which were received during 1984, and further review, have resulted in a number of changes, primarily of a clarification nature, which have now been incorporated to provide REVISION 1. The high-lights of this revision are outlined below; for ease of identification, all changes have been under - or side - lined.

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