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Air Transport Association of Canada

Volume # 2012-10-E 
October 3, 2012

ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow 

Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15, 2012

Westin Bayshore Hotel - Vancouver, BC   


Register Online!


View the full Preliminary Program and Committee Meeting Topics 

Opening Luncheon

Tony Gugliotta, Senior Vice President at Vancouver Airport Authority will be our Keynote Speaker for the opening luncheon on Wednesday, November 14.



A limited number of rooms are reserved 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 direct at (604) 682-3377 to make your reservation or you can book online at http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1112216788&key=D10F0.



Tradeshow and Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For further information please visit our website or contact Debbie Simpson at tradeshow@atac.ca


A special thanks to the following Exhibitors to date 

Alsim Simulators - Aon Hewitt - Apron Fuel Services - Aviall (Canada) - Canadian Skies Magazine - Cascade Aerospace - CQFA-Chicoutimi College - David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award - D.H. Kay Sales - 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 - PetroValue Products Canada - Prairie Aircraft Sales/Cessna Aircraft - Pulselite Canada - Pratt & Whitney Canada - Premier Aviation Overhaul Center - Sennheiser Canada - SkyTrac Systems - Summerside Airport - Talon Systems, LLC - The Trend Group - Transport Canada Civil Aviation - Tulmar Safety Systems - Webster Memorial Trophy Competition - WINGS Magazine


We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

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

Vancouver - November 16-18, 2012


Click here to access the registration form or contact Danielle Lavoie at dlavoie@atac.ca.

New ATAC Member

ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Operator and Associate Members:


Discovery Aviation Academy, Sudbury, ON

Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario that offers many different types of pilot flight training to meet

the needs of all aspiring aviators. Discovery Aviation Academy is one of the first aviation schools in Canada to be part of a large air operator: Discovery Air. "This unique advantage of our flight academy allows us to give our students exposure to real-world aviation and connect graduation to a pilot career." Within the Discovery Air network there are a number of prominent aviation companies, including Discovery Air Fire Services, Great Slave Helicopters, Air Tindi, Discovery Air Innovations, Discovery Air Technical Services, Discovery Mining, and Top Aces.


St. Thomas Flight Centre, St. Thomas, ON

Established in 1996, the St. Thomas Flight Centre offers flight training from the Recreational Pilot Permit through to Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Instrument Ratings. The Flight Centre has been granted "Private Career College" status by the Provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, providing complete training of Commercial Pilots and Flight Instructors.


McMillan LLP, Toronto, ON

McMillan LLP offices are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Hong Kong. Our industry-focused teams follow industry developments and participate in industry associations and events, enabling us to deliver sound practical legal advice informed by knowledge of our clients and their industries. By way of example, we have teams concentrating on the energy, oil and gas, mining, media andentertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors.

Upcoming Committee Meetings and Events 


Annual ATAC Committee Meetings and Workshops Topics
This year's meetings during the ATAC AGM & Trade Show in Vancouver are on track to be more interesting and useful than ever! Make your plans now to attend! The following are only a sample of the many topics that will be presented on and discussed based on your areas of interest:


Flight Ops
Fatigue Risk Management System; Runway End Safety Area; PBN; RNP/RNAV; ADS-B Plans and Status; CPDLC required for NAT; Canada's Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation; New CAR 704 Performance Regulations; YVR Overflights; NC Windsor-Toronto-Montreal Airspace Project; Alberta Airspace Project; Weather Initiatives; AIS products overview; Future airspace changes; NC FIC services; Collaborative Flight Planning System; NC ATOCC/ANSNAC Issues.


Cabin Ops
TC Regulatory Initiatives Update; Open and New Issues.


Technical Ops:
Stream-lining Import-Export of Aircraft and Parts; Maintenance Releases Outside of Canada; International Agreements; Maintenance and Aircraft Certification related Regulations, Standards and Guidance Material.


2012 and 2013 Activities; Global Parts - Partnering for Success; Leveraging Advertising Technology; SMEs Doing Business with the Canadian Government.


Emergency Response Plans - Sharing Best Practices; NAV CANADA Safety Initiatives: Best Practices Working Group briefing, Joint Pilot-Controller operations initiatives, Safety Management System follow-up activities, and Runway Safety and Incursion Prevention Panel (RSIP) Update; TSB Watchlist; TSB Accident Investigations Briefing.


For more information on the above please contact Les Aalders.


Les Aalders, Executive Vice President and VP, Atlantic Canada & British Columbia, laalders@atac.ca

Report of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Flight Crew Fatigue Management Working Group

This TC Working Group report will be presented at a Special CARAC Technical Committee meeting in Ottawa on 6 and 7 November 2012. Air operators are encouraged to read the report at http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/npa-apm/t_c_m_d.aspx?lang=eng&m_id=240 and assess the impact of the proposed regulatory recommendations to their operations and forward your comments to ATAC.


Bill Boucher, Special Advisor and VP, Quebec, bboucher@atac.ca  

Flight Training Mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil August 12-17

The Canadian delegation consisted of three ATAC companies - Ottawa Aviation Services, Diamond Flight Centre and Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre along with Wayne Gouveia (ATAC). Five days in-country and 10 meetings with key players in the Brazilian Aviation market, including Brazilian operator Azul Airlines, Flight Schools, Universities, Bombardier representatives, Citizen Immigration Canada and Senior DFAIT representatives. In addition the group visited the ABAG business aviation show. ATAC companies came away with tangible information about how Canadian FTUs can help fill the gaps for advanced pilot training of Brazilian student pilots. ATAC companies will be returning to establish partnerships with Brazilian operators.


Wayne Gouveia, Vice President Commercial General Aviation and VP, Prairie and Northern, wgouveia@atac.ca 

New Tourism Tax is Advocated by the CTC

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), a semi official organ of Industry Canada is advocating a new $15 tax on incoming international passengers. The lobbying effort comes after the CTC's cut in funding in the budget, and the launch of a U.S. media campaign called "Land of Dreams".


The tax would only apply to air passengers and would not be collected at land borders. ATAC has opposed this proposal.


CTA Publishes First Draft of Airfare Advertising Regulations

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) published its anticipated Airfare Advertising Regulations. ATAC and a number of its members had participated in early discussions with the CTA on its announcement setting out their intentions to regulate.


For the most part the regulations set out in Canada Gazette Part I were in line with ATAC members expectations. However, the CTA did include one item which ATAC opposed. The issue is with respect to advising the passenger on non ticket collected taxes/fees that may be collected by governments and other authorities at the airport. Collecting and maintaining such a worldwide database would be difficult and expensive. 


Michael Skrobica, Senior Vice President & CFO and VP, Ontario, mikes@atac.ca 

In This Issue
Upcoming ATAC SMS Toolkit Workshops
New ATAC Member
Upcoming Committee Meetings and Events
Report of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Flight Crew Fatigue Management
Flight Training Mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil
New Tourism Tax is Advocated by the CTC // CTA Publishes First Draft of Airfare Advertising Regulations


  A special thank you to our Sponsors
to date
ATR North America 
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 BCIT Logo 
Embraer Logo
Emond Harnden
FlightSafety Logo
Gowlings Logo


Praff & Whitney


Seneca College
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Wings Magazine 



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