Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-02-EFebruary 2012

Mark your calendar now!  

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ATAC Annual Spring Symposium and Reception

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The National Hotel & Suites (formerly the Delta Hotel & Suites),  361 Queen Street - Ottawa, ON 

Event Sponsor


Tentative Times

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Symposium

5:00 - 7:00 pm - Spring Reception


Don't miss this important networking event with industry and government. 


Accommodation - a limited number of rooms are on hold - book before April 9. For reservations call 1-800-268-1133 or local 613-238-6000 or by email at


Reference the Air Transport Association of Canada group and Quote Reservation ID Code GKATAC12.


For further information, please contact Debbie Simpson at

New ATAC Member
ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Operator Member:
Spectrum Airways, Burlington, ON

At Spectrum Airways we are proud to be the training centre of choice for many people in the greater Halton area. Within easy reach of Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, Oakville and Mississauga, Spectrum Airways provides a fun and comfortable atmosphere for pilots in all stages of training. Having trained hundreds of pilots over the years, you have our guarantee that the training you receive will be the highest quality.


In addition to flight training we offer a variety of other services including aircraft rentals, sightseeing flights, high school tours and photo flights. We have a large lounge area with an excellent view of the runway, where people come to simply watch planes take off and land, or loved ones coming down from their first solo!

ATAC participates in Transport Canada CRM (Crew Resource Management) Training Focus Group and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) Risk Assessment Working Group

TC held a focus group workshop on January 23-26 to develop contemporary CRM training requirements for commercial operations under CAR 702, 703, 704 and 705 taking into account the size and complexity of the organizations. It is very encouraging to see TC engage the industry at these early steps in the development of an NPA and it is thus more likely the NPA will reflect practical regulatory changes for this key safety enabler.


The CVR Risk Assessment (RA) working group was held on January 30 - February 2 to determine the appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory actions to be undertaken regarding proposed changes to requirements for CVRs. A draft RA report is expected in March prior to any further regulatory decision making and action.


CARAC Modernization Project
A CARAC Modernization Project is well underway with two meetings plus individual association consultations having already taken place. The goal of this project is to "deliver a rulemaking process that is more responsive to safety priorities and one that engages the right people at the right time on the right issues" and is expected to be completed by this fall.
Les Aalders, Executive Vice President and VP, Atlantic & British Columbia
Major Changes in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City Corridor  

Effective Feb 9th, 2012, NAV CANADA has implemented a new airspace structure within the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City corridor. Click here to view a comprehensive customer information package.


We urge you to make a thorough review of the document provided; take the proper actions and forward inquiries or concerns by using the listed addresses and phone numbers.


Bill Boucher, Special Advisor and VP, Quebec   

ATAC Ontario Flight Training Schools

ATAC Ontario Flight Training Schools met in Toronto on January 24, 2012 to discuss the hot topics affecting the FTUs in the province. Topics included the Private Career Colleges Act under review, alternative approaches to reduce the GST/HST payable by students, SMS, International student study permit and Transport Canada level of service issues.


Canadian Air Pilot (CAP) and Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP)

NAV CANADA met by way of web conferencing with ATAC FTUs this week to consult on changes to the format of the Canadian Air Pilot (CAP) and Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP). The objective was to introduce the redesign of instrument approach procedures and to discuss human factors principals used in the new product and to introduce constant decent principles. Feedback is welcome. Please contact me for a copy of the presentation. Roll out of the changes in the CAP and CAP GEN will be presented by NAV CANADA at the Flight Training May meeting on May 8, 2012 in Ottawa.


Wayne Gouveia, Commercial General Aviation and VP, Prairie & Northern 

ATAC Participates in Pre Budget Consultations

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will bring down his budget within the next month.  The Air Transport Association of Canada provided the Finance Minister its key issues for his consideration.  The three issues included:

  • Resolving the inequitable treatment of flight schools versus community colleges on flight trainings treatment under HST/GST.
  • Airport Rents are an inequitable and inefficient method to collect $300 million.
  • Transparency and reasonableness on the collection of the Air Travelers' Security Charge. 

Michael Skrobica, Senior Vice President & CFO and VP, Ontario

In This Issue
Spring Symposium and Reception
New ATAC Member
ATAC participates in TC CRM Training Focus Group & CRV Risk Assessment Working Group // CARAC Modernization Project
Major Changes to Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City Corridor
ATAC Ontario Flight Training Schools // Canadian Air Pilot (CAP) and Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP)
ATAC Participates in Pre Budget Consultations
SMS Post Card 2012 

ATAC SMS Tookit Workshop


February 21 - 23, 2012 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3800 Cessna Drive, Richmond (Vancouver)


For more information or to register, please visit our website.  Future events will be circulated and posted to our website.




ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow
November 13 - 15, 2012
Westin Bayshore Hotel
Vancouver, BC




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