“Crippling” Transport Canada Backlogs Keeping Needed Air Traffic Controllers Sidelined

Canada’s air traffic controllers are facing difficulty receiving aviation medical certifications, which they are required to renew every two years, due to backlogs in Transport Canada’s process, reports the Toronto Sun. Workers over the age of 40 are subject to annual recertification. Once workers are cleared by a certified physician, the paperwork is sent off to Transport Canada for approval in a process that normally takes 30 to 40 days, but now some are waiting longer – with one worker waiting up to a year.

Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA) President Nick von Schoenberg said that while the backlog is not so bad compared to certification for pilots, members are being kept out of work due to the backlogs.

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