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