January 2016
ATAC Open Letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau
ATAC looks forward to formally meeting with Transport Minister Marc Garneau. We have identified key issues that require the Minister's immediate attention. Here are some of them:
Transport Canada Funding
The demand for air services in Canada has been growing at a rate of almost 5% annually while the budget allocated to Transport Canada - Aviation Safety & Security has been cut by 12.5% since 2012-13, making it increasingly difficult for Transport Canada to carry out its mandate and deliver the level of service our members are entitled to.
Flight Crew Fatigue Risk Management and Flight & Duty Times
This was the major regulatory issue addressed over the past year. ATAC wants to ensure that the serious impact of such a regulatory change is well understood by the regulator.
Flight Crew Medical Condition Reporting
The non-transmission by Transport Canada of notification to employers of loss of privileges for commercial pilots, air traffic controllers and aircraft maintenance engineers needs to be quickly resolved.
Flight Schools to Wave the Canadian Flag at Pilot Careers Live Event
The Global Opportunities for Associations (Global Affairs Canada) has approved a flight training mission in February 2016. It will support four Canadian flight schools travelling to Dublin to man a FlyCanada booth at the Pilot Careers Live Exhibition. This exhibition will reach out to passionate next generation pilots and operators in Ireland seeking partnership and training opportunities with Canadian flight schools. The four companies attending are Calgary Flying Club, Ottawa Aviation Services, Super T Aviation Academy and Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. The Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers will host a networking event prior to the exhibition at the official residence. The mission is the second visit to Dublin and will build on discussions with approved training organizations and airlines on partnerships which will facilitate the transfer of Canadian commercial pilot licenses to the Irish EASA commercial licenses for pilots returning to Ireland to fly with local operators.
ATAC Appears before the Ontario Associate Minister of Finance
ATAC appeared before Ontario's Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, on January 15, 2016 as part of her pre-budget consultation. Three items all relating to the Ontario Aviation Fuel Tax increases were highlighted. A copy of ATAC's presentation is available on our website. On January 22, ATAC presented to the Standing Committee on Finance during its pre-budget consultation.
December 14th, 2015 FAA NOTAM Amended
Airlines were at no point in time affected by the December 14 FAA NOTAM. However,
Commercial General Aviation (i.e. flight schools) was impacted. The revised FAA NOTAM issued January 16, 2016 restores the exemption to Commercial General Aviation provided they meet the requirements in Part 6 - Special Security of the NOTAM pertaining to the continuous transmission of an ATC assigned transporter code.

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