Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-03-EMarch 2012

Mark your calendar now!  

Check our website for further details

ATAC Annual Spring Symposium and Reception

"Air Transport - A Key Canadian Socio-Economic Enabler"

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

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Symposium - 14:00 - 17:00
Reception - 17:00 - 19:00


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


Accommodation and Registration
A limited block of rooms is on hold at the rate of $156. 
The cut-off date is April 9, 2012.  Visit our Spring Event Website for accommodation details or to register.
There is no cost for this event.
New ATAC Member
ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Operator Member:
Crosswind Aviation, London ON

Crosswind Aviation is located in the beautiful forest city of London, Ontario. They offer various services and strive to provide the most professional training available. They are now an Ontario Private Career College. Aside from flight training, they also provide scenic flights and aircraft rental.

The Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence 
Nominations for the Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence are now open.  Submission deadline is May 11, 2012.  See our website for more details.

Member Visits in BC and Ontario 

Les Aalders visited BC and Ontario companies/organizations to solicit member input on issues and committees' structure and direction. Flight Ops, Tech Ops, Cabin Ops and other personnel were met at Pacific Coastal, BCIT, London Air Service, Harbour Air, Victoria Flying Club, Viking Air, Kelowna Flightcraft, Flair, First Air, Air Georgian, Sunwing, L-3 Com Electronic Systems, and Porter Airlines. Thanks to all for the time spent and very useful input provided as it is much appreciated and will be reflected in both short and long term ATAC issue handling and committee structure.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting System (AGERS) Update

During a visit to Kelowna Flightcraft certain long standing data issues regarding AGERS were finally resolved for cargo operations. This has now allowed the use of a great deal of very useful cargo data from 2001 until the present. Thanks to our members, the 2010 TC Annual Report for the first time includes data from 8 ATAC airlines!


Minister's Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) Update

The annual TC hosted ACAT meeting on March 6th between industry and consumer groups was collaborative and collegial. The consumer groups were represented by several people requiring accessible transportation and they recognized the improvements made over the years by airlines. The industry reps supported voluntary implementation of further improvements, especially those based upon CTA rulings, as opposed to regulatory action in order to provide flexibility.


Les Aalders, Executive Vice President and VP, Atlantic & British Columbia

for Pilots and Dispatchers

NAV CANADA has developed a new website for pilots and dispatchers designed to provide supplementary operational information on selected projects. This came out of discussions at the ATOCC/ANSNAC meetings. The website contains a great deal of information on flight planning and flight operations related to specific projects of interest to operators.


NAV CANADA will be continuing to develop the website and adding other content related to safety and efficiency, particularly on topics which require a change in pilot behaviour or flight operations. Please provide your feedback to Bill Boucher


You can find the new website at


Bill Boucher, Special Advisor and VP, Quebec   

ATAC returns to India March 2012 

ATAC Representatives will be in India March 19 - 25th meeting with Indian Civil Aviation Authorities, the Canadian High Commission, Industry Associations and Indian Airlines, to promote Canadian pilot training, simplify the conversion of licenses and to discuss how to establish long term partnerships with the Indian Aviation Industry. This is Phase 5 of a multi-year outreach to the Indian market.


Flight Schools Inclusion in the Imagine Education au/in Canada Brand

ATAC initiated a letter writing campaign in the Fall of 2011 to notify all Provincial Ministers of Education, Advanced Education Ministers and Federal Ministers of Transport and Foreign Affairs, that Flight Training Schools must be considered for the Edu Canada Brand supporting the issuance of Foreign Student Study permits by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). ATAC has recently been notified by the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) that industry (ATAC) will be consulted before decisions are made about inclusion or exclusion in the brand.


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

CBSA Poised to Introduce PNR "Push"  

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will proceed with its plans to require air carriers that are transporting passengers into Canada to move from a PNR "Pull" Method of Advance Passenger Information to a "Push" Method.


"Pull" refers to a system where CBSA has access to air carriers PNR (Passenger Name Record) data and extracted the information CBSA requires. "Push" refers to a system where air carriers are required to send (push) the PNR information electronically to CBSA.


The changeover is scheduled to take place March 31, 2012. ATAC members have concerns as to the new file elements required. ATAC and selected members will meet CBSA prior to March 31, 2012 to resolve the issues.


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


In This Issue
Spring Symposium and Reception
New ATAC Member
The Paul Mulrooney Award
Member Visits in BC and Ontario / ATAC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting System (AGERS) Update / Minister's Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) Update
New NAV CANADA Web Site for Pilots and Dispatchers
ATAC Returns to India March 2012 / Flight Schools Inclusion in the Imagine Education au/in Canada Brand
CBSA Poised to Introduce PNR "Push"




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


Exhibitor Package
coming soon!



Debbie Simpson




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