Vol. # 2014-05-E


May 14, 2014

ATAC Industry Symposium
and Spring Reception

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

100 Kent Street, Ottawa



No registration fees to attend!



SCHEDULE (subject to change) 

14:30 - 16:30  -  Symposium - Panel Discussion


Theme: "Passenger Rights - A Shared Responsibility"


Bruce MacDougall, Partner, Paterson, MacDougall (Moderator) 

Greg Sheahan, General Counsel, Porter Airlines

Gordon Kenny, Director, Commercial Operations, Sunwing Airlines    


16:30 - 19:00  -  Spring Reception   


Theme: "Women and Aviation"


Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WomenAndAviation.    


Don't forget to register for the committee meetings too! 

 MAY 29

ATAC Committee Meetings (Members only) 

  • 08:30 - 13:00 - Flight Training Committee
  • 09:00 - 11:30 - Facilitation Committee 
  • 09:30 - 11:00 - Technical Operations / MRO Committee 
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Cabin Operations Committee
  • 12:30 - 14:00 - Flight Operations Committee
MAY 30
ATAC Committee Meetings (Members only)
  • 08:00 - 13:00 - Board of Directors' Meeting
  • 08:30 - 14:30 - Dangerous Goods Committee 


Although the reserved block of rooms is no longer available at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel rooms can still be booked by calling 1-800-853-8463.  


For sponsorship opportunities - Please contact Debbie Simpson at
613-233-7727 ext. 312 or


For general information - Please contact Danielle Lavoie at
613-233-7727 ext. 304 or




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

ATAC Supporting the ICAO Loss of Control In-flight Symposium
May 20-22

ICAO will convene a Loss of Control In-flight (LOCI) Symposium, supported by ATAC, on May 20-22, 2014 in Montreal to share information and experiences of professionals from a wide variety of aviation disciplines to address this safety priority. All those interested, are encouraged to join other aviation professionals from regulatory authorities, accident investigation bodies, manufacturers, airlines, training schools, international organisations, and members of the research and academic community to examine new standards, regulatory and operational approaches, human performance research, technological developments and training methods to address LOCI.

ATAC Welcomes TC Initiative to Amend Flight Attendant Requirements  

For many years and in particular since the turn of the 21st century, ATAC has advocated for the ability of airlines to choose between two equally proven safe methodologies in determining the number of flight attendants to be carried on board transport category aircraft operating under CAR Part 705. ATAC has proven time and again the equivalent level of safety provided under the current Canadian 1:40 ratio and the US 1:50 ratio with its additional requirements. In light of this ATAC is very happy to see the recent initiative by TC to produce a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) in this vein and to see it move forward as quickly as possible so that Canadian airlines can finally operate on an even playing field with US and the European airlines!

ATAC Industry Partners @ RAA 2014

ATAC and several of our industry partners recently participated in the 2014 Regional Airlines Association (RAA) convention and trade show in St. Louis, MO. ATAC facilitated a networking event and B2B meetings with customers.

Annual Fuel Efficiency/Emissions
Data Gathering

We have received 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 from many operators, some of them for the first time and from some sectors for the first time. However, we encourage those of you that have not already done so to please forward to Les Aalders your 2013 data as soon as possible.

Wayne Gouveia

ATAC now accepting "Expressions of Interest" for China Mission   

 Funding through Global Opportunities for Associations is available to support participation in missions to attend two China Aviation Training and Education Summits.

  1. The China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology (CAST) will hold its Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Ab-initio Training Summit October 20, 2014 in Sanya Hainan Province, China.
  2. The 5th China Aviation Training & Education Summit March 2015 will be held in Shanghai Hongqiao, China.

Contact Wayne Gouveia for more information. 

ATAC in attendance at Northern Air Transport Association (NATA) AGM  

ATAC was part of a record attendance of industry at the NATA 38th Annual General Meeting in Whitehorse. ATAC participated in Program Validation Inspections and Corrective Action Plans workshops led by Transport Canada inspectors from the PNR region. Informative presentations were provided by TSB and NAV CANADA. ATAC Director Joe Sparling (Air North) facilitated a Transport Canada panel which focused on Director General Martin Eley and Regional Director Kate Fletcher to address questions about Level of Service issues including tracking of service delivery, staffing, special operating certificates for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and more.

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace Announces Wage Subsidy Program  

The program provides a subsidy of 50% of a "new hires" salary until March 31, 2015 to a maximum contribution of $15,000 per employee. For more information follow this link http://www.avaerocouncil.ca/en/wage-subsidy-program-new-hires or contact Sarah Leclair at 613-727-8272 ext. 228; e-mail clientservices@avaerocouncil.ca  


Micahel Skrobica

CTA Announces New Interline Baggage Rules

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued a decision and an interpretation note on April 15, 2014 regarding a new Interline Baggage Rule. This rule would apply to flights originating or terminating in Canada. The intent is to standardize and make transparent what rules a passenger faces when taking an interline flight. ATAC was pleased to see the CTA essentially adopt the existing U.S. rule.


  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.

Our Exhibitors to Date
-Acorn Welding 
-CQFA Chicoutimi

-Cryotech Deicing

-Discovery Air Technical

-Falko Regional Aircraft 
-FlightSafety International 
-Frasca International 
-Intelisys Aviation Systems
-Labelmaster Canada 
-Latitude Technologies 
-Prairie Aircraft Sales

-Pratt & Whitney Canada
-Pulselite Canada 
-Skeye Aviation Systems 
-SkyTrac Systems 
-Sprung Structures 

Our Sponsors to Date
-Emond Harnden
-FlightSafety International
-Gowling Lafleur
-Pratt & Whitney Canada  
-Porter Airlines
-Seneca College
-Wings Magazine

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