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Air Transport Association of Canada

Volume # 2013-06-E 
June 12, 2013

ATAC Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow

Sunday, November 17 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Montreal, QC


~ The premier national gathering for operators, suppliers to the industry and government stakeholders involved in commercial aviation and flight training in Canada ~


Exhibitor package and sponsorship opportunities are available on our website. Book early for best selection!  


For further information please contact Debbie Simpson at tradeshow@atac.ca.


A special thanks to the following Exhibitors to date:

Acorn Welding Ltd.

Aviall (Canada) Ltd.

Avjet Holding Inc.


Crestwood Technology Group

D.H. Kay Sales Inc.

Discovery Air Technical Services

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

FlightSafety International

Frasca International, Inc.

Labelmaster Canada 

Latitude Technologies


Plattsburgh International Airport

Pratt & Whitney Canada

Skeye Aviation Systems


SkyTrac Systems Ltd.

Talon Systems, LLC

Tulmar Safety Systems Inc.




ATAC Announces Training Partnership
with CCAA

ATAC announces a new partnership with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) to offer training and skills development opportunities to ATAC membership at a special discount price!


All CCAA training is directly linked to a national occupational standard or specific Transport Canada regulatory requirement. Customizable in-company options are also available upon request. More information can be found on the ATAC website

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ATAC New Initiative @ Aviation Week's
MRO Europe 2013

ATAC is again offering to facilitate MRO companies in their international business development and marketing. MRO Europe will take place in London, UK on September 25-26. In partnership with the Canadian High Commission in London, ATAC has made arrangements for a Canadian MRO booth, and is now soliciting interest for any Canadian MRO company that may wish to take advantage of this booth. For those "walking" the trade show this booth may be used for brochure distribution and as a meeting point. ATAC will be manning the booth and is available to facilitate B2B meetings for those attending or to act as a contact on behalf of those unable to attend in person. We are also planning a Canadian MRO Networking Event. Please let us know if you plan to attend the trade show and if you wish to have brochures distributed using our booth, if you wish ATAC to make contacts for you and/or if you wish to take part in sponsoring the networking Event.


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

Policy Update on the Moratorium on Funding of New Flight Training Programs

Recent renewed interest in the status of the moratorium was generated by the enquiries for the creation of new flight training programs. The biggest impact will affect partially funded programs operating with flight school partners. Colleges are required to remove attainment of a pilot license from the criteria for graduation by September 2014. To see the entire document follow link:......


ATAC Ottawa May Meeting Highlights

Flight Training Committee

ATAC Flight Training Committee met on May 22 in Ottawa. Presentations were provided on the following topics.

  • WATS and RAA Conferences.
  • China Outreach - DFAIT
  • Seneca College Research Project and Relocation Project.
  • Introduction to Commercial Pilot Instructor Guide
  • Performance Based Navigation.
  • Transport Canada Civil Aviation Licensing Statistics.
The presentations are available on our website.  Members can register here if you do not have a username and password.


Dangerous Goods Committee

The National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Dangerous Goods "Program Administrator (PA)" Professionals was previewed at the May 23rd meeting in Ottawa. 

  • NOS defines the personal characteristics, responsibilities and tasks incumbent on the TDG PA professional.
  • TDG PA challenge exam was also previewed to the group which will lead to certification of recognized professionals.

 For more information about the TDG PA contact Leslie Hogan at lhogan@avaerocouncil.ca.  


Wayne Gouveia, Vice President, Commercial General Aviation  

and VP, Prairies and Northen, wgouveia@atac.ca 

FAA Proposes Large Increase to Overflight Fee

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has served notice that they intend to seek a large increase in their Overflight Fee. The fee is charged to aircraft overflying (but not landing) U.S. airspace. The fee was authorized in 1996 and ATAC fought and won two legal battles with the FAA. The last rate setting took place in 2004. ATAC will sit on a consultation group of airlines.


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:


Kelly Aviation Center- Lockheed Martin Canada, St. Laurent, QC

Kelly Aviation Center's U.S. facility is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is recognized as a Center of Excellence for aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). In 2013, a second location was opened, Kelly Aviation Center Montreal, a Lockheed Martin Canada division. With the new facility, Kelly Aviation Center adds the capabilities of MRO and test for the CFM56-5 and CF34 engines as well as a full range of back shop repairs.


Parlee McLaws LLP, Calgary, AB

At Parlee McLaws LLP, the focus is providing superior counsel by putting relationships at the forefront of what they do. That is something they believe in and have put into practice for over one hundred and twenty five years. The Calgary office opened in 1883. In 1986, the firm became Parlee McLaws LLP after an uninterrupted succession of partnerships. Today, Parlee McLaws LLP comprises nearly 100 skilled lawyers and more than 150 support, administrative and secretarial staff.


A special thanks to our Sponsors to date 


2013 AGM Sponsors




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