Vol. # 2014-04-E


April 22, 2014

ATAC Industry Symposium
and Spring Reception

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

100 Kent Street, Ottawa


SCHEDULE (subject to change)
  • Symposium - Panel Discussion Theme: "Passenger Rights - A Shared Responsibility"
  • Reception - Theme: "Women and Aviation"
  • Committee Meetings (May 29 & 30)


Please register at http://atacspringevent2014.weebly.com/ by May 15, 2014.  There are no registration fees for these events.  


ACCOMMODATION - BOOK NOW!  Cut-off date is April 30 

A limited block of rooms is on hold at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel at the rate of $178 per night. Call 1-800-853-8463. Mention Group ID Code "ATAATAA" or book online.


For sponsorship opportunities - Please contact Debbie Simpson at 613-233-7727 ext. 312 or dsimpson@atac.ca. For general inquires - Please contact Danielle Lavoie at 613-233-7727 ext. 304 or dlavoie@atac.ca.

The paul mulrooney memorial award of excellence
Nominations are now being accepted for the Paul Mulrooney Memorial Award of Excellence. The application package is now available.

The award will be presented at ATAC's Annual General Meeting.

Submission deadline is May 28, 2014.
Les Aalders

Canadian MROs
@ MRO Americas 2014

ATAC and its MRO industry partners had a very successful Tradeshow and B2B meetings at the world's largest MRO show of 2014, MRO Americas, on April 8-10 in Phoenix, AZ. ATAC hosted the ever-popular and always-successful Canadian MRO Business Development Networking Event. The Canadian Honorary Consul General in Phoenix, Glenn Williamson, kicked off the event with a great speech highlighting the strong Canada-US relationship and how it benefits Canadian MROs and their customers.

Annual Fuel Efficiency/Emissions Data Gathering  

We are still seeking fuel efficiency data for the calendar year 2013 as part of  ATAC's annual input into the reporting for Canada's Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. Thank you to the many operators that have already provided their data. We encourage those of you that have not already done so to please forward to Les Aalders your 2013 data as soon as possible.

NRC-TC-FAA 100LL Fuel Workshop  

ATAC participated in a 100LL Fuel Workshop facilitated by TC and FAA and hosted by NRC at their facilities in Ottawa in March. The focus was on 100LL Fuel and its availability for now and the foreseeable future as well as alternative fuels under development and testing in North America and Europe. This fuel is key to the operation of piston aircraft used throughout our industry especially within the flight training segment as well as operators of radial engines. The presentations will be posted in the ATAC Members Only section of our website under the Flight Training Maintenance section.

Wayne Gouveia

ATAC Participation at World Airline Training Symposium (WATS)
april 2014 

ATAC was well represented at the WATS conferences with presentations from Joan Williams, Chair, Ottawa Aviation Services - Canadian perspective on pre-employment funding, incorporating tuition tax credits; Lynne McMullen, Chair of Aviation, Seneca College, describing deficiencies seen by airlines in new hire pilots; and Wayne Gouveia, Vice President General Commercial Aviation at ATAC placed a large amount of emphasis on supporting the implementation of SMS within members using the ATAC SMS Toolkit. Key themes at WATS included: cultures in aviation training, UAVs, increase of standards in maintenance training and pilot shortages.

Ontario Flight Schools Working Group - MPP Awareness Campaign  

The research program coordinated through ATAC is winding down after 2 months of work by student Lisa Aalders. Research identified key issues with the Private Career College regulation and facilitated 20 meetings with local MPPs in Ontario. Issues identified relate to the cost, scope and frequency of mandatory audits, the encroachment of PCC on the regulatory oversight of Transport Canada and arbitrary power of the MTCU with lack of understanding of flight schools business.

Micahel Skrobica

Search of Locked Bags  

As of April 1, 2014, CATSA increased the number of checked bags that it opens to resolve potential alarms at the orders of Transport Canada.


ATAC's Security Committee met with CATSA on March 19, 2014.  The short term fix is through:

  1. Advising passengers of the new change, and
  2. Educating counter staff on potential problems.

A longer term legislative fix is likely a year away. Transport Canada has begun a public consultation with travellers on the prospect of locks on bags being broken to facilitate search.


CATSA provided ATAC with communications material. This material was sent to ATAC's Security Committee. 

CBSA Releases First General Aviation IAPI Proposal  

The Canada Border Services Agency released a first proposal on Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) as it pertains to general aviation (15 passengers or less including crew) and corporate/business flights (aircraft used for business affairs with 39 passengers or less including crew). ATAC has solicited comments from this community.


  September 23-25, 2014
Calgary, AB

October 21-23, 2014
Toronto, ON

Special Offer 
for the first 10 companies to sign up before May 29  

See our website for registration and information

ATAC 80th Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow 2014

Monday, November 17 to Wednesday, November 19

Westin Bayshore Hotel
Vancouver, BC

Booth Sales Now Open!
Exhibitor Package is available on our website.

ATAC Welcomes a New Member
Conlin Bedard LLP
    Ottawa, ON

Air Transport Association of Canada
Association du transport aérien du Canada
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