Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-07-EJuly 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 websiteBook your booth now to get the best space!


A limited block of rooms is on hold at the special rate of $174 Single/Double.  The block and/or the hotel may sell out prior to the cut-off date of October 22.  Book early!


For further information please contact Debbie Simpson at


A special thank you to the following Exhibitors registered to date

Aviall - Canadian Skies Magazine - Diamond Aircraft - Discovery Air Technical Services - FlightSafety International - Frasca International - Jet Label - Latitude Technologies - Millardair MRO - NAV CANADA - Pratt & Whitney Canada - SkyTrac Systems - Summerside Airport - The Trend Group - Tulmar Safety Systems

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:


Northern Allied Travel, Steinbach, MB

Northern Allied Travel (NAT) is a travel agency specializing in corporate and government travel.  Building upon eight years of experience flying medical and social services professionals to various locations in Northern Canada, NAT provides custom travel solutions.

FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference

ATAC once again represented the Canadian operator and MRO community at this year's annual international conference that was held in Cleveland this past June. The plenary sessions covered such major topics as "The Tangible Economic Benefit of Safety Collaboration" and "Global Strategic Vision - Advancing International Collaboration and the Development of Partnerships in Safety". These highlighted the strong Partnership and Collaboration conference theme. In addition many specific breakout sessions covered regulatory harmonization and more specific safety issues. ATAC used the many panel sessions and networking opportunities to continue to put forth our perspectives and positions with Transport Canada, the FAA and EASA.


ATAC Environmental Affairs

ATAC continues to work closely with Transport Canada to ensure they, and the public, are very much aware of the great successes ATAC operators are achieving in reducing their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through various operational procedure improvements and re-equipage of aircraft and equipment. In order to gain the most positive government and public response to our achievements it is important that we continue to gather the necessary fuel burn and passenger/cargo efficiency data each year. We are currently gathering the data for the calendar year 2011. Thank you to all that have already supplied this data. I strongly encourage others to participate in this "good news" story about our industry.


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

ATAC Pilot Training Opportunities in Brazil

The Opportunities Brazil project supported by DFAIT is currently moving forward with a planned trip to the LABACE Aviation conference in Sao Paulo Brazil on August 15-17, 2012. We have initiated a discussion with one of the founders of the largest flight training school in Brazil (1500 trainees and 40 -50K flying hours per year). This company is growing at the rate of 20% per year. He has invited our delegation to meet at LABACE and a site visit his flight school. Initial discussions have centered around partnering with Canadian flight schools for various aspects of pilot training. All schools interested in this opportunity contact Wayne at


Private Career College Act 2005 Review

The Private Career College Act, which governs all flight schools in Ontario providing Commercial Pilot License Training, is now open for review until late summer 2013. ATAC, with the help of its Ontario Board members, have contacted the ministry and has requested an opportunity to voice our concerns and provide solutions with the current regulation. Some of the requirements in the act are onerous and threaten the economic survivability of FTU's in Ontario, driving business to other provinces not encumbered by this type of regulation. ATAC has been contacting flight schools in Ontario seeking written feedback to assist in creating a position paper with our concerns which will be presented when consulted. All submissions will be held in strict confidence and not attributable to any member company. Please contact Wayne at with your comments.


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

ATAC Represents Members on CBSA Monetary Penalties Working Group

ATAC will participate in a committee established by Aviation Industry Associations and the Canada Border Services Agency. The Committee will be making recommendations on Administrative Monetary Penalties with respect to reporting by airlines on Advanced Passenger Information.


Michael Skrobica, Senior Vice President and VP, Ontario   

In This Issue
ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow
ATAC SMS Workshops
New ATAC Member
FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference // ATAC Environmental Affairs
ATAC Pilot Training Opportunities in Brazil // Private Career College Act 2005 Review
ATAC Represents Members on CBSA Monetary Penalties Working Group


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


Praff & Whitney


Seneca College
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Wings Magazine 




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