Vol. # 2014-01-E


January 21, 2014


ATAC's heading for 2014 is clearly set on a course towards resolving major member monetary, operational, technical, safety, security and training issues. The AGM last November provided a unique forum for members and ATAC staff to focus on current key issues, identifying irritants and drafting solutions.


Our Quarterly Member Conference Calls allow ATAC Members and Industry Partners the opportunity to keep informed of the latest developments and to offer input in the resolution process. The next call will be held on January 27 and we invite ATAC members to join us on this call. The list of issues discussed at these calls is released a week prior.


Involvement in ATAC is the best way to ensure that you reap the best benefits from your ATAC membership.



Les Aalders

ATAC Facilitates Canadian MRO Alliance @ Aviation Week's MRO Americas 2014  

For the 12th 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 Phoenix, AZ on April 8-10. In addition to facilitating trade show booths for Discovery Air Technical Services, Kelowna Flightcraft and Premier Aviation Overhaul Center, ATAC will also be facilitating B2B meetings and the always-successful Canadian MRO Business Development Networking Event. This year the Networking Event will take place on Wednesday, April 9th from 1730-1930. 

ATAC Represented at Triennial FAA Fire & Cabin Safety Conferenc

ATAC attended the event in Philadelphia at the beginning of December and obtained a thorough update on what the researchers and regulators are doing regarding fire prevention and mitigation efforts onboard aircraft.
Wayne Gouveia

ATAC SMS Toolkit "Now rewritten for 2014"  

The ATAC SMS Toolkit is a step by step guide on how to build a compliant SMS process that is commensurate with the size and complexity of your company. The original ATAC SMS Toolkit was provided to member companies in 2011 and presented to Transport Canada Regional Directors in the fall of 2012 with a briefing on the content. Based on comments by TC Directors that the Toolkit did not contain enough emphasis on Quality Assurance, the Toolkit has gone through several updates. The current version is a re-write of the Toolkit with more robust QA and improved work flows, simplifying the user experience.


The Transport Canada SMS experts have agreed to review the new version of the SMS Toolkit and will be providing their comments and suggestions to ATAC by the end of January 2014. TC feedback will be incorporated into the 2014 version of the Toolkit and then be sent via e-mail to all current ATAC member companies who are holding original copies of the old Toolkit and to any ATAC members who request it.

Mission to Singapore Airshow and China February 2014

ATAC will be participating in a Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) mission for Canadian Aerospace companies to the Singapore Airshow and China February 9-22, 2014.


The mission to Singapore will introduce Canadian Aerospace companies to prospective Asian partners and allow them to gain first-hand knowledge of the market environment. The planned activities will include one-on-one meetings, networking events and seminars. The focus will be on Canadian companies like FTUs to showcase their training capabilities to the Asian market. There are 10 companies participating in the mission representing a broad cross section of the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry.
Micahel Skrobica

Electronic Travel Authorization   

On December 7, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada gave formal notice of an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Fee. No amount was officially announced but the notice did refer to the comparable U.S. ESTA of $14 USD. The eTA will commence April 2015.

Interline Baggage Rules    

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced new Interline Baggage Rules. The rules are similar to the U.S. rules implemented in 2012.
ATAC Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow 2014

Monday, November 17 to Wednesday, November 19

Westin Bayshore Hotel
Vancouver, BC

ATAC Welcomes a New Member
- Island Express Air
  Abbotsford, BC

Air Transport Association of Canada
Association du transport aérien du Canada
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