Air Transport Association of Canada
@ATAC Newsletter
Volume # 2012-08/09-EAugust/September 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   


Online registration is now available at



A limited number of rooms are blocked at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver at the rate of $174.00 Single/Double. We recommend that reservations be made early. Please refer to the "ATAC Block" when making your reservation. Cut-off date is October 22, 2012.


Call 1-800-937-8461 or (604) 682-3377 to make your reservation.  You can also book online at   


Tradeshow and Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Book your booth now to have access to the best space!  For further information please our website or contact Debbie Simpson at


A special thank you to the following Exhibitors registered to date

Aviall - Canadian Skies Magazine - Cascade Aerospace - David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award - Diamond Aircraft - Discovery Air Technical Services - Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services - Falko Regional Aircraft - FlightSafety International - Frasca International - Hope Air - Jet Label - Latitude Technologies - Millardair MRO - NAV CANADA - Prairie Aircraft Sales/Cessna Aircraft - Pratt & Whitney Canada - Sennheiser Canada - SkyTrac Systems - Summerside Airport - Talon Systems, LLC - The Trend Group - Tulmar Safety Systems - Webster Memorial Trophy Competition - WINGS Magazine

Upcoming ATAC SMS Toolkit Workshops 

l   A must have workshop to improve your bottom line   l Effective SMS Program that meets all standards  l  Prepare for the language and concepts of a Program Validation Inspection (PVI) l If considering upgrading to an ATO, this workshop will help create an effective SMS 

  • Winnipeg - September 25-27, 2012
  • Toronto - October 16-18, 2012
  • Vancouver - November 16-18, 2012

Click here to access the registration form or contact Danielle Lavoie at

New ATAC Member

ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Operator Member:


Air Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Air Labrador is one of the oldest successfully operating airlines in the World. Established in 1948, it has been providing reliable services to remote communities for more than 60 years. Air Labrador provides essential scheduled, charter, cargo and emergency transportation for the Labrador and Quebec North Shore regions. Air Labrador is a dynamic company that is locally owned, Distinctly Inuit and Distinctly Labradorian.

Annual ATAC Committee Meetings

Held in conjunction with the ATAC AGM & Tradeshow, our meetings are fast approaching! Make your plans now to attend one or more of the following committee meetings in Vancouver this November: 

  • Technical Operations - Nov 13 am
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul - Nov 13 pm
  • Safety Advisory - Nov 13 pm
  • Joint Flight Operations & Flight Training Workshop: New NAV Canada CAP (Canada Air Pilot) Format and Approach Procedures - Nov 14 pm
  • Joint Flight Operations & Regional Operations - Nov 15 am
  • TC Civil Aviation Director General, Martin Eley - Nov 15 am
  • Flight Operations - Nov 15 pm
  • Regional Operations - Nov 15 pm

Many key subjects will be dealt with throughout the various sessions such as: TC Regs, NPAs and updates e.g. Electronic Flight Bags and Ageing Aircraft requirements; MRO Int'l Marketing; SMS Implementation and other Safety Initiatives including Emergency Response plans/cooperation; TSB Watchlist; NAV CANADA Updates; and the ever-popular Director General joint session on many hot-button Issues with TCCA.



MRO International Marketing

Following the success of our MRO participation in MRO Europe last September in Madrid we continue to work with our government colleagues at DFAIT to grow the Canadian MRO presence in Europe and are now developing plans for MRO Europe 2012 in Amsterdam, October 9-11. For those that are interested in sharing part of the Canadian MRO Alliance booth and/or taking part in a Canadian networking event please contact me as soon as possible.


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

New Format for Vancouver AGM
Flight Training Meetings


The Flight Training Committee Meetings scheduled for this fall in Vancouver will emphasize on Professional Development Workshops. The Agenda will include one and a half days of workshops, one day of traditional information sessions and a question and answer session with the regulator.


Day one  - Traditional agenda format

  • Open discussion identifying our common industry issues and concerns, without the presence of the regulator or press in the room.
  • Updates will follow - including an opportunity to ask questions of the regulator
  • Final session - Joint session with Flight Ops on the TSB Watchlist.

Day Two - Joint Workshop with Flight Operations

  • Canada Air Pilot new format orientation and operational update workshop will be presented on behalf of NAV CANADA by the CCAA.


Day Three

  • "Performance Management that Works" Workshop introducing concepts such as management metrics using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


Flight schools and air taxi operators are encouraged to participate as there will be rich information available, with take-aways from the workshops that can be applied directly to the operations of your company after the conference.


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

Facilitation Issues

Usually the summer time is a relatively quiet period in Ottawa, but in the aviation facilitation area that is not the case in 2012.  There are a number of facilitation issues actively proceeding this summer:

  1. Beyond the Borders - The agreement calls for duplicate use of information provided once by airlines along with coordinated border programs.  Working Groups have met a number of times this summer.  ATAC has participated.
  2. PNR "Push" - is a Passenger Name Record (Advance Passenger Information) system that fundamentally changes the approach by which information is transmitted.  The system went into effect this summer.  ATAC has represented members in this project.
  3. Advance Passenger Information Administrative Monetary Penalties (API-AMPS) - refers to the methods that Canada Border Services Agency will use to penalize airlines for not providing required information. A Working Group was established to work out a fair system.  ATAC sits on the Working Group.

Michael Skrobica, Senior Vice President and VP, Ontario  

In This Issue
ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow
ATAC SMS Workshops
New ATAC Member
Annual ATAC Committee Meetings // MRO International Marketing
New Format for Vancouver AGM Flight Training Meetings
Facilitation Issues


  A special thank you to our AGM Sponsors
to date
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Embraer Logo
Emond Harnden
FlightSafety Logo
Gowlings Logo   


Praff & Whitney


Seneca College
  Sunwing Logo
YVR Logo


Wings Magazine 




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