Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-06-EJune 2012

Mark your calendar now!  

Check our website for further details

ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow


Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15, 2012

Westin Bayshore Hotel

Vancouver, BC 


"The premier national gathering for operators, suppliers to the industry and government stakeholders involved in commercial aviation and flight training in Canada"


ATAC's Exhibitor package and sponsorship opportunities are available on our website.


For further information please contact Debbie Simpson at


A special thank you to the following Exhibitors registered to date

Aviall - FlightSafety International - Frasca International - Jet Label - Latitude Technologies - NAV CANADA - Pratt & Whitney Canada - SkyTrac Systems - The Trend Group

Upcoming ATAC SMS Toolkit Workshops 
  • Winnipeg - September 25-27, 2012
  • Toronto - October 16-18, 2012
  • Vancouver - November 16-18, 2012

Contact Danielle Lavoie at to register for these workshops.

New ATAC Member

ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Associate Member:


Millardair MRO, Etobicoke, ON

Millardair MRO is a new MRO service provider and a division of Millardair Ltd. The parent company was founded in 1961 and remains a privately owned business by the Millard family. Millardair MRO will commence operations in spring 2012 maintaining large commercial transport aircraft, upon approval, as a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization with an FAA MIP and EASA supplement.

ATAC Environmental Affairs

Building on our world-leading 2005 ATAC MOU with TC, ATAC participated on June 4th in the signing ceremony with the Ministers of Environment and Transport announcing Canada's Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. This action plan will become a key official input to ICAO by Canada.


The semi-annual TC Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee (ANEC) meeting was held on May 31st. Topics included preparation for the triennial ICAO Committee on Aircraft Environmental Protection (CAEP) meetings to be held in February 2013. Current CAEP working group meetings are focussed on developing new CO2 emissions standards for newly designed engines.


ATAC Cabin Ops Committee

The Cabin Ops Committee met on May 30th and collectively agreed to re-establish regular meetings approximately once per month. ATAC members, especially those operating under CAR 705, are encouraged to contact Les if your company does not already participate in this group.


ATAC Contracted by DFAIT to Provide Investment Champion

At the request of Canadian Embassy officials in Spain, a strong Canadian industry presence was provided via ATAC during the Aerospace & Defence Meeting conference and B2B meetings held in Seville, Spain on May 14th-17th. A presentation was made on Canada's Aviation and Aerospace Industries to conference attendees. The long and successful history of aviation and aerospace in Canada and the excellent opportunities in working with Canadian companies were highlighted. Particular focus was made on the aviation fields of Flight Training and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in addition to aerospace production. Also several interested companies were engaged during formal B2B meetings.


ATAC Participates in GOC Aerospace Program and Policy Review

ATAC is actively participating in the current aerospace review with a specific emphasis on Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) issues including the need to adequately support TCCA human resources and priorities such as Aircraft Certification. The final report is expected to be released by Minister Paradis from Industry Canada later this year. 


Les Aalders, Executive Vice President and VP, Atlantic Canada & British Columbia
CNS/ATM - New Canadian SID and STAR Phraseology

Canada SID / STAR phraseology differs from USA FAA procedures:

  • In Canada, an aircraft assigned a new altitude on a SID / STAR is still expected to comply with all altitude restrictions.
  • In the US, an aircraft assigned a new altitude on a SID / STAR deletes all published altitude restrictions.

View this link to learn more


Bill Boucher, Special Advisor and VP, Quebec   

Pilot Training Opportunities in Brazil
Project Approved

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has approved funding to support an ATAC initiative to seek out pilot training opportunities in Brazil.


The goal of the project will be to implement a marketing strategy and engage prospective clients. Canadian companies will travel to Brazil to attend the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) for face to face meetings.


Imagine Education in Canada

On May 15th, an ATAC officer and two board members met with representatives from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC). The discussion was focused on ensuring that privately funded ATAC flight schools remain eligible to continue receiving foreign students which represent 45% of flight training according to Transport Canada statistics. As a result of this meeting, ATAC has been assured that it will be part of the consulting process when the aviation sector is discussed.


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

In This Issue
ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow
New ATAC Member
ATAC Environmental Affairs // ATAC Cabin Ops Committee // ATAC Contracted by DFAIT to Provide Investment Champion // ATAC Participates in GOC Aerospace Program and Policy Review
CNS/ATM - New Canadian SID and STAR Phraseology
Pilot Training Opportunities in Brazil Project Approved // Imagine Education in Canada


  A special thank you to our AGM Sponsors
to date
Boeing Logo
Emond Harnden


Praff & Whitney


Seneca College





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