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Air Transport Association of Canada

Volume # 2013-03-E 
March 19, 2013

ATAC Special General Meeting of the Members

ATAC Industry Symposium and Spring Reception


Thursday, May 23, 2013

The National Hotel and Suites

361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON



  • Committee Meetings
  • ATAC Special General Meeting of the Members
  • ATAC Industry Symposium **
  • Spring Reception

** Following the January 23rd meeting in Toronto with the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Transport, and subsequent written input provided by ATAC, the Minister has agreed to speak at the ATAC Industry Symposium on specific irritants arising from Transport Canada Regulations & Regulatory Programs.



This event is only open to members and invited guests. There are no registration fees for this event. Registration is now available online at http://springevent2013.weebly.com/ .



Make your hotel reservation at the National Hotel and Suites by calling toll-free 1-855-238-6001 or 613-238-6000 or by email at reservations@nationalhotelottawa.com and mention Group ID Code GSATAC to receive the discounted rate.  Deadline for discounted rate is April 23, 2013.


The group rate for a Premier Room is $155.00, a Studio Guestroom is $175.00 and a One Bedroom Suite is $195. The One Bedroom Suite rate includes one breakfast buffet voucher for Mystique Cafe.

ATAC Facilitates Canadian MRO Alliance @ Aviation Week's MRO Americas 2013

For the 11th consecutive year, ATAC continues to provide leadership and support for Canadian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) companies in their international business development and marketing. This year's key event MRO Americas, will take place in Atlanta, GA on April 16-18. In addition to facilitating the Canadian MRO Alliance booths, ATAC will once again be hosting the ever-successful Canadian MRO Business Development Networking Event. This year the Networking Event takes place on Wednesday, April 17th from 1730-1930 and will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza with welcome remarks by the Consular General from the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta. Please contact Les for any further details. 


Operations Committees Monthly

Conference Calls

Upcoming ATAC committee conference calls currently scheduled are: Flight Operations on March 19th from 1400-1500 ET; and Technical Operations on March 21st from 1400-1500 ET; and Cabin Operations on April 4th from 1300-1400 ET. We welcome your input at any time regarding topics to be discussed.  


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

ATAC Members Invited to Attend the Premier Regional Airline Industry Annual Convention

The Regional Airline Association is excited to team up with ATAC for its first international RAA convention.  This year's 38th convention will showcase the products and services of this vital segment of the air transportation system during an extensive exhibit hall and purchasing forum schedule.  Network with some 1500+ airline CEOs and managers, aviation stakeholders, government representatives, as well as business and trade media from around the world.  To mark the importance of our first international event, RAA in collaboration with our teammates (IATA, ICAO, NACA, NAAC, ATAC and others) will focus on a range of important cross-border issues.  Don't miss out!  Registration is free for all airline employees.  


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

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) changes Rules on Pocket Knives

The TSA announced March 5, 2013 that they are changing their Prohibited Item List (PIL) effective April 25, 2013. The PIL determines which items cannot pass pre-boarding security.


The changes include allowing:

  • Small knives with a blade length not exceeding 6 centimetre in length or 1.27 centimetre in width. Box cutters and razor blades are still prohibited.
  • Sports equipment including hockey sticks, golf clubs, ski poles, pool cues or lacrosse sticks.
  • Novelty bats - Provided it exceeds neither 24 inches in length or 24 ounces in weight.

This move will bring pressure on Transport Canada to follow suit. 


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

ATAC Welcomes New Members

ATAC is proud to welcome the following new Members:


Code Hunter LLP, Calgary, AB

Advocacy is the core of Code Hunter's practice. Commercial and constitutional litigation in trial and appellate courts is complemented by our role as counsel before regulatory tribunals and in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes. The hallmarks of our practice are trust, diligence and legal scholarship.


Springbank Air Training College, Calgary, AB

Springbank Air Training College (SATC) has been a certified vocational institute since 1999.   They have trained pilots in various skills, from Recreational to advanced Commercial and Multi-Engine I.F.R.   They also have fuel sales, tie downs, maintenance, upholstery, avionics, etc. SATC is located 10 minutes west of Calgary city limits at Springbank Airport. They are minutes away from the Canadian Rocky Mountains and their practice area is a short flight away from the airport.


Mark your calendars! 


ATAC Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow


November 17 - 19, 2013


Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel 

Montreal, QC





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