Vol. # 2014-11-E


November 4th, 2014

ATAC 80th annual general meeting
and tradeshow

Monday, November 17 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Westin Bayshore Hotel



"Celebrating 80 years!" 


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


Registration is now available online.


Book your accommodation directly with the Westin Bayshore. Rooms are still available. 


Exhibitor package and sponsorship opportunities are still available. The tradeshow floor is sold out but we have exhibitor spaces available in the foyer. For further information please contact Debbie Simpson at tradeshow@atac.ca 

or visit our website
Les Aalders

TC Pilot Flight & Duty Time Regulation Proposal is Potentially Disastrous

ATAC has been at the forefront of the deliberations on this subject for several years. After a long period of silence, on September 15th Transport Canada indicated that they plan to forge ahead with their concept of what is best for the Canadian industry through issuance of a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) that for the most part totally ignored the input from ATAC and eight other associations! However if the recent NPA is implemented as is, not only will safety not improve, air carrier service to communities will be drastically affected with many smaller population centres ending up with decreased levels of such an essential service and in many cases losing it all together. ATAC will continue to advocate for a more practical multi-faceted solution catering to the many different types and complexities of operators that improves safety but does so in a sustainable manner!

MRO Europe in MadrID

ATAC once again provided the Canadian MRO focal point at MRO Europe including a "Meet the Trade Commissioners" session at the embassy, the Canadian MRO booth in the Trade Show co-hosted by ATAC, the Government of Canada and Discovery Air Technical Services.     The very successful Canadian MRO Networking event was held for the first time at the official residence of the Canadian ambassador.

Wayne Gouveia

ATAC Flight Training Committee Gears up for November Meetings

The ATAC 80th Annual General Meeting at the Westin Hotel in Vancouver, BC promises to be the premier meeting of the aviation community in Canada.

The agenda for the Flight Training Committee consists of three and half days of workshops, presentations and meetings. The committee will engage in discussions on a wide variety of topics from Transport Canada level of service issues to UAVs, NAV CANADA VFR phraseology info, SMS and more. The must attend session with Transport Canada will create open dialogue with senior TC management.  Highlights will include the opportunity to participate in a workshop, to direct NSERC funded research topics to benefit the future of aviation training (Seneca College) as well as HR presentations on people, skills and training presentations by the CCAA. The CBSA will brief us on the latest reporting required for cross border travel.  The new TSB Chairperson, Kathy Fox, will discuss hazards that we should be aware of in assessing risk and building a robust SMS program. Presentations from law firms Emond Harnden LLP and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP will deliver cogent discussions on current topics relating to drugs and alcohol policies, SMS and UAV's. 

Micahel Skrobica

Canada Transportation Act Review Announced

On June 25, 2014 the Minister of Transport announced a statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act.   The announcement came a full year before the review was scheduled. A secretariat has been set up with former Vancouver Airport President, David Emerson, as Chairman.   Randall Meades is the Executive Director.   A six person group of advisors includes former Air Canada Executive Duncan Dee.   The secretariat has issued a discussion paper and will meet with airline representatives at ATAC's Annual General Meeting in Vancouver,  scheduled for November 17 - 19, 2014.   ATAC will suggest a number of revisions to the Act as well as responding to the discussion paper.  

 ATAC is proud to welcome the following new members:


Flightcraft Maintenance Services
Winnipeg, MB


SkyQuest Aviation 
Langley, BC



A special thanks to our sponsors to date

-  ATR Americas

-  BCIT British Columbia Institute of Technology  

-  Boeing Company (The)

-  Bombardier Commercial


-  Emond Harnden

-  FlightSafety International

-  Global Aerospace

-  Gowling Lafleur
    Henderson LLP
-  Hamilton Watches

-  Porter Airlines

-  Pratt & Whitney Canada

-  Seneca College

-  Sunwing Airlines

-  Vancouver Airport


-  WINGS Magazine


A special thanks to our exhibitors to date

- Acorn Welding 
-  Alsim Simulators 
- Applied Informatics & Research (AIRINC)
- Apron Fuel Services
- Aviall (Canada) 
-  Aviation Accreditation Board International 
-  Avro Strategies
- AvTech Aero Maintenance  - Blue Sky Booking
- Brandon Flight Center
- Canadian Aviator Magazine  
-  Cesium Inc .
-  CQFA Chicoutimi College 
- Cryotech Deicing Technology 
-  D.H. Kay Sales 
-  Discovery Air Technical Services 
-  Environment Canada 
-  Executive Flight Center 
-  Falko Regional Aircraft 
-  Flightcraft Maintenance Services 
- FlightSafety International 
-  Frasca International
-  Global Aerospace Corporation 
- Guardian Mobility
- Hamilton Watch
- Hope Air
- Intelisys Aviation Systems -  International Water-Guard Industries 
- Kelly Western Jet Centre, Epic Aviation 
-  Kelowna Flightcraft  
- Labelmaster Canada 
-  Latitude Technologies Corporation 
-  Nordic Aviation Capital A/S  -  Prairie Aircraft Sales 
-  Pratt & Whitney Canada 
-  Premier Aviation Overhaul -  Pulselite Canada 
- Seneca College 
-  Sennheiser Canada 
-  Skeye Aviation Systems  
- Skies Magazine 
-  Skyservice FBO 
-  SkyTrac Systems 
-  Sprung Structures 
-  Talon Systems  
-  TRU Simulation & Training  - Webster Trophy Competition
-  WINGS Magazine 

November 16, 2014
Vancouver, BC

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