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Air Transport Association of Canada

Volume # 2013-01-E 
January 21, 2013
Mark your calendar now for next year's  

ATAC Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow

Sunday, November 17 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, QC

ATAC Welcomes New Member

ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Associate Members:


Embraer, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Embraer is one of the world's main aircraft manufacturers, a position achieved due to the constant and determined pursuit of full customer satisfaction. With a global customer base and important internationally renowned partners, Embraer has been contributing, for more than 40 years, to world's integration through aviation. In Addition to design, development, manufacturing, sales and technical support for commercial, agricultural and executive aviation.  Embraer also offers integrated solutions for defense and security


L-3 Electronic System Services, Toronto, ON

L-3 Electronic System Services (ESS) is Canada's leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of advanced systems and electronic assemblies for the Aerospace & Defence industry, militaries and governments worldwide. L-3 Electronic System Services offers a diverse and growing portfolio of mission critical solutions and services, including vehicle suspension systems, cockpit displays, integrated systems, avionics MRO, logistics management, supply chain services as well as technical services.


United Parcel Service (UPS), Concord, ON

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. As the largest express carrier and package delivery company in the world, UPS is also a leading provider of specialized transportation, logistics, capital, and e-commerce services. Every day, UPS manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

ATAC Met With New TC Deputy Minister,
Louis Lévesque

On January 8th John McKenna led the ATAC team that introduced Louis Lévesque, the new Transport Canada Deputy Minister, to both ATAC and our current major issues involving TC. Also participating in the very productive meeting were Gerard McDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister Safety & Security and ATAC VPs Les Aalders, Wayne Gouveia and Mike Skrobica. The meeting proved to be an excellent initiation of open communication and constructive relations between ATAC and the new TC leader.


Civil Aviation Advisory Board (CAAB)

The ATAC-led Civil Aviation Advisory Board (CAAB) held its initial meeting with TC on December 3rd, 2012. The purpose of the CAAB is to identify and review civil aviation related operational, safety and level of service issues and to develop, propose and advocate for reasonable and implementable solutions nationwide in a timely manner. We plan to meet twice per year. I encourage your input of applicable issues in order that we can keep the "hot-button" issues out in the open and ensure they are discussed and dealt with.


Additional Operations Related Monthly Conference Calls Begin

As a new communication and engagement initiative we have added monthly Flight Operations and Technical Operations Committees calls. The first of these meetings were held mid-January and are planned to be held normally during the third week of each month unless there are conflicting events. I will be sending out suggested topics prior to each conference call but welcome your input at any time regarding other issues.


Minister of State for Transport Seeks Input
on Irritants

The Honourable Steven Fletcher is seeking input from Canadian industry regarding specific irritants or issues arising from Transport Canada Regulations & Regulatory Programs not already captured by other departmental regulatory reviews and updates. ATAC is providing the requested input based upon many of our ongoing priority issues by letter and will emphasize input via participation in the regional meetings wherever feasible. 


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

CNS/ATM - ICAO PBN Kit or iKit

Performance-based Navigation (PBN) has taken a major step forward following ICAO's recent symposium in Montreal. A special PBN implementation kit or iKit with essential explanatory information, practical documentation and guidance material on implementing PBN is available at:http://www.icao.int/safety/pbn/SitePages/PBN%20ikit.aspx


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

Canadian Pilot Training of International Students in Jeopardy 

The Canada Gazette Part 1 released December 29, 2012 is aimed at curbing international student related fraud. However, in the process of developing new regulation a list will be created to determine which educational institutions will be eligible to receive international students.


Under the new proposed regulation Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) would not play an active role in the educational institution designation processes, this would be decided by provinces and territories. This list will also be used by the DFAIT Imagine Education International Outreach Program. Exclusion from the list has dire consequences for all FTUs working with international pilot training. It will block the ability of foreign student pilots to obtain International student study permits to come to Canada.


Not all provinces and territories have the same opinion of including privately funded educational institutions on the list. This is a call to action to engage with the provinces about the importance of international students as an economic driver to FTUs across the country. Foreign pilot training account for 45% of Canadian commercial licenses issued in 2011 and is growing. For more information or to find out whom to reach for the provincial/territorial (PT) ministry of education please contact me directly.


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

CTA Tables Airfare Advertising Regulations  

The Canadian Transportation Agency finalized their anticipated airfare advertising regulations by having them publish in the Canada Gazette Part II on January 2, 2013. The provisions are only slightly altered. A contentious paragraph 135.8(1)(f) which requires airlines to advise passengers of other non airline collected charges and their amount will be administratively interpreted to require notification of the name of the charge and not the amount.


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

In This Issue
New ATAC Member
ATAC Met With New TC Deputy Minister Louis Lévesque // Civil Aviation Advisory Board (CAAB) // Additional Operations Related Monthly Conference Calls Begin // Minister of State for Transport Seeks Input
CNS/ATM - ICAO PBN Kit or iKit
Canadian Pilot Training of International Students in Jeopardy
CTA Tables Airfare Advertising Regulations




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