On November 29, 2009, a Seair Beaver aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Lyall Harbour at Saturna Island off the B.C. coast and sank trapping six passengers. Since then, Transport Canada has been pressed by the Transportation Safety Board and by extraordinary media coverage to address safety issues in the B.C. commercial float plane industry.
Reluctant to introduce new regulations, Transport Canada organized a two-day workshop of commercial float plane operators.
Those meetings concluded on Thursday, October 7, 2010, with an agreement among the participants to establish a commercial float plane operators safety association.
Issues for discussion will be the use of life-preservers by pilots and passengers and the installation of safety features including door latches, pop-out windows and exit hatches.