Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-04-EApril 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


Isabelle Dostaler, Associate Professor, Concordia University
"Policies in other developed nations towards air transport"

Fred Lazar, Associate Professor, York University
"Air Transport's contribution to the socio-economic prosperity of Canada"

John McKenna, President and CEO, ATAC
"Canadian federal government's appetite for aviation related revenues"
"The Need for a National Aviation Policy". 


Don't miss this important panel discussion and networking event with industry and government followed by ATAC's Annual Reception. 


Accommodation and Registration

Visit our Spring Event Website for accommodation details or to register. There is no cost for this event.
The Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence 
Nominations for the Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence are open.  Deadline for submission is May 11, 2012.  See our website for more details.
ATAC Member
ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Operator Members:
Harbour Air Seaplanes LLP, Richmond, BC

In 1982, with two small seaplanes and a plan to service British Columbia's forest industry, Harbour Air Ltd was founded. Today, with over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air has become the largest all-seaplane company in the world.  Services include regularly scheduled flights, a wide range of seaplane tours and private charters.


Nadeau Air Service, Trois-Rivières, QC
Located between Montreal and Quebec, NAS offers a wide range of specialized services, including private charters, flying school, and maintenance on piston aircraft.

ATAC Upcoming Flight Ops, Tech Ops and Cabin Ops Committee Meetings

The ATAC Operations Committees will meet on the following dates and times, to determine current issues and their status as well as suggestions for potential new committee structure in certain areas. Please take the opportunity via email and/or phone before the meeting, and of course during the meetings, to make your voice heard and make ATAC committees work best for you! These meetings are held at the National Hotel and Suites in conjunction with the ATAC Spring Symposium and Reception on May 9, 2012.


Technical Operations - 0900 - 1100 (Confederation Room)

Flight Operations - 1100 - 1345 (Confederation Room)


The next Cabin Operations conference call committee meeting will be scheduled very shortly.


Aviation Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Climate Change) Update

ATAC participated in the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) "Aviation and the Environment Summit 2012" with senior officials of other airline associations and aircraft and engine OEMs in Geneva this past March. In addition to sharing perspectives on developing aviation's role in Global Sustainable Development we were collectively "singing with one voice" against the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) being imposed on operators into and out of Europe and looking for an ICAO-based solution. The European Commission official present heard the messages loud and clear. ATAC will continue to work closely with Transport Canada to ensure the appropriate ICAO actions are taken on this file.


With the recent finalization of the 2010 Canadian Aviation Industry annual report it is now time to request the data for 2011. The ATAC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting System (AGERS) contacts within each company will shortly receive the convenient spreadsheet for each company to fill in and forward to me by April 30, 2012. If you have any questions or require any assistance please let me know.


ATAC-Led Canadian MRO Alliance Event
a Great Success

The ATAC MRO Americas 2012 international marketing events in Dallas, TX came to a very successful completion on April 5th despite the rash of tornados! This was ATAC's largest ever international trade show presence as well as a very well attended evening networking reception and a combined civil and defence MRO breakfast briefing session. 


Les Aalders, Executive Vice President and VP, Atlantic & British Columbia
Effective Pilot Controller Communications is Essential for Safe Air Traffic Management

The purpose of all radio communications is that they should convey information or instructions unambiguously to a specific recipient or recipients. Use of standard format and content helps to achieve this objective.


NAV CANADA has recently published a very useful guide for controllers and pilots called "Listening for Safety". Click here to access it.


Bill Boucher, Special Advisor and VP, Quebec   

ATAC Global Opportunities - Brazil Study

ATAC has commissioned a commercial marketing study to identify the pilot training potential by Canadian FTUs in the Brazil marketplace. The final copy is scheduled for completion in April. The report will be released to ATAC member companies supporting this initiative. Interested companies are welcome to participate.


ATAC Delegation Returns from India

ATAC has now returned from New Delhi and Mumbai, India. It was a very successful trip with many scheduled meetings. We have once again established linkages with new players at the Civil Aviation Authorities of India, the Canadian High Commission and several of the associations as well as Jet Airways. This is the final phase in the Global Opportunities for Associations in India project.


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

Federal Budget May Mean Problems for
Air Carriers

The Federal Budget announced by Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, on March 29, 2012 may bring problems to Canadian air carriers. Cuts to the transport portfolio will amount to $63.4 million in 2012-2013 and will rise to $152.6 million in 2014-2015. Specifically, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will endure cuts of $19.4 million in 2012-2013 and reaching $59.7 million by 2014-2015. This could reduce this federal agency's ability to handle passenger loads at Canadian airports and cause wait times for preclearance to rise.


Transport Canada's own operating budget will be slashed by $37 million in 2012-2013 and rise to $61.8 million by 2014-2015. Depending on where the department cuts, service levels which already are ridiculously slow, could get worse.


ATAC will determine through meetings with Transport Canada if there will be staffing cuts as part of these budget cuts and suggest work arounds.


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


In This Issue
Spring Symposium and Reception
The Paul Mulrooney Award
New ATAC Member
ATAC Upcoming Flight Ops, Tech Ops and Cabin Ops Committee Meetings // Aviation Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Climate Change) Update // ATAC-Led Canadian MRO Alliance Event a Great Success
Effective Pilot Controller Communications is Essential for Safe Air Traffic Management
ATAC Global Opportunities - Brazil Study // ATAC Delegation Returns from India
Federal Budget May Mean Problems for Air Carriers




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


Tradeshow sales
have begun!


Check our website for the Exhibitor Package or contact Debbie Simpson at




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