Archived—Gazette Notice DGSO-013-09

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Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGSO-013-09 – Amendments to Regulation by Reference 1, Technical Requirements for the Operation of Mobile Stations in the Aeronautical Service (RBR-1)

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is considering amendments to Regulation by Reference 1, Technical Requirements for the Operation of Mobile Stations in the Aeronautical Service (RBR-1), and seeks public comment thereon.

Section 34.1 of the Radiocommunication Regulations states that a person shall operate any radio apparatus on board an aircraft in the aeronautical service in accordance with RBR-1.

Certain administrations have recently expressed concern that the authority to use emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) capable of operating in the frequency range 406-406.1 MHz is not clearly stated on aeronautical mobile radio licences issued to aircraft registered in Canada. Industry Canada has recently undertaken targeted stakeholder consultations with other Canadian government agencies and aeronautical industry organizations. Based on these consultations, the Department is proposing to add item 9 to Schedule IV - Miscellaneous Frequencies for Mobile Stations Operating in the Aeronautical Service of RBR-1, which would include the use of frequency range 406-406.1 MHz for ELTs.

In addition, other revisions to RBR-1 have also been proposed by targeted stakeholders, mainly to provide updated frequency usage and service restrictions information for various Schedule tables. A copy of the proposed new version of RBR-1, complete with all proposed revisions highlighted, is available at the following Industry Canada web site:

General information

Interested parties should submit their comments within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. It should be noted that in the absence of any public comments, Industry Canada will amend the technical requirements as noted above, and post the revised requirements on the Department’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site.

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to the following e-mail address:, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director, Spectrum Management Operations, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

All submissions should cite Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, title and notice reference number DGSO-013-09.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed at Printed copies of Canada Gazette can be ordered by telephoning the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

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Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Spectrum Management Operations Branch