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Air Transport Association of Canada

Volume # 2013-04-E 
April 12, 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
    Operator Members will be voting on the by-law amendments.  A set of modified bylaws were emailed to all members.
  • ATAC Industry Symposium
    The Honourable Steven Fletcher Addresses Industry "Irritants"
  • Spring Reception

For program details and registration please visit our website 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 discount rate is April 23, 2013



Premier Room $155

Studio Guestroom $175

One Bedroom Suite $195

"Issues Update" Member Calls

On April 8, ATAC held the first of a new series of quarterly "Issues Update" Member Calls.  The purpose of these calls is to inform members on all priority issues ATAC is addressing on behalf of its members and to get member feedback. It is an opportunity for members to input directly on our work and to be informed of the latest development on important issues which affect them directly.


Notices of calls and the tentative agendas will be sent to our Official Representative in member companies who in turn may relay it to their colleagues interested in the specific issues to be raised.


Member participation on this first call was excellent. We thank all those who phoned in.  Please send your comments and recommendations to John McKenna at jmckenna@atac.ca.


John McKenna, President and CEO, jmckenna@atac.ca

Operations Committees Monthly
Conference Calls

All ATAC members are encouraged to engage with other members within our active operations focused committees.  Upcoming scheduled ATAC operations committee conference calls are:

  • Flight Operations - April 16th from 1400-1500 ET
  • Technical Operations - April 18th from 1300-1400 ET
  • Cabin Operations - May 1st from 1300-1400 ET 

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

For the 11th consecutive year, ATAC is supporting Canadian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) companies in their international business development and marketing. The 2013 key MRO event is taking place in Atlanta 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 Consul General from the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta. Please contact Les Aalders for invitations or any further details.


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

RAA Annual Convention- Montreal - May 6-9


ATAC operator members are invited to attend the Regional Airline Association (RAA) annual convention being held for the first at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. RAA in collaboration with IATA, ICAO, NACA, NAAC, ATAC and others will focus on a range of important cross-border issues.  Check RAA`s website for more  details.  Registration is free for all airline employees.  Register here.

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

Ontario Flight Schools Working Group meets MTCU

The newly formed Ontario Flight Schools Working Group consisting of 21 Ontario flight schools was represented at a meeting with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) on March 27, 2013. The Assistant Deputy Minister, Nancy Naylor, and her team met the working group to discuss issues relating to communication and consultation, MOU with TC, better guidance material and better understanding of the audit process. Transport Canada was in attendance to explain to the MTCU their regulatory oversight of flight schools. 


Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) 2013-2014

The GOA program which supports the promotion of sector-specific international business development for ATAC members has been announced. The GOA year has been reduced to 10 months June 2013 to March 2014. ATAC is in the process of developing a proposal to support Phase II of the Opportunities Brazil initiative anchored on the Latin America Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE). Flight training companies interested in participating in a Canada booth and outreach meetings in Brazil please contact Wayne Gouveia at wgouviea@atac.ca to be included in the proposal for funding.


Wayne Gouveia, Vice President, Commercial General Aviation
and VP, Prairies and Northen, wgouveia@atac.ca  

CBSA Announces New System

The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) recently announced its intention to develop a new system for Non Visa Waiver Country Passengers. The system entitled eTA will authorize travel for this class of passenger. It will be similar to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's (CBP) ESTA Program. CBSA indicated that it may introduce a "competitive" fee for its usage. CBP charges $15 for its ESTA Program.


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:


GoHelico, Quebec City, QC

GoHelico is a helicopter operator who offers guided tours of Quebec City that give clients the opportunity to explore the spectacular countryside. The tours are specially designed so that everyone who climbs aboard receives an unforgettable experience.


Saltspring Air, Salt Spring Island, BC 

Founded in 1985,Saltspring Air offers direct flights between Saltspring Island and downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Airport, Richmond and provides a scheduled service out of Maple Bay, Pat Bay and the other Gulf Islands and charter flights to many locations.


Mark your calendars! 


ATAC Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow


November 17 - 19, 2013


Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel 

Montreal, QC


Exhibitor package is available on our website 


A special thanks to the following Exhibitors
to date 


Aviall (Canada)


Avjet Holding


D.H. Kay Sales


Discovery Air Technical Services


FlightSafety International


Labelmaster Canada


Latitude Technologies


Plattsburgh International Airport


Pratt & Whitney Canada


Skeye Aviation Systems


SkyTrac Systems


Talon Systems, LLC





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