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President's Message

HAC's 22nd Annual Convention – A Success!

December 1, 2017 - While I must confess to still experiencing a little PCPTSD (Post-Convention PTSD), I feel like I am on the road to recovery. We conducted a few experiments with the convention this year, and they were largely successful. I have learned over the years, that Conventions are fundamentally a product of experience, rather than logic. This year, we moved to a Thursday through Saturday Convention, with a closing banquet, rather than a lunch – to facilitate the Remembrance Day service on the Hill. Our Closing banquet numbers were down a bit, since a number of our exhibitors, and even some of our operators, were interested in getting home to enjoy the Sunday with family. The move to Thursday through Saturday, did facilitate the attendance of many Transport Canada staff (over 30). It was much appreciated to have them in attendance, and I had many positive comments on their participation at our committee meetings. Our Friday Safety Forum was well received by all, and I had a number of complementary remarks about the presentations by Graham Braithwaite and Scott Shappell. Our HAC Committee Meetings were universally well attended. Thank-you to our Committee Chairs and Vices, who took time away from their day jobs to organize speakers and Agendas!

Next year in Vancouver, we will retain the Thursday through Saturday format (November 1-3), but we are currently contemplating the addition of a second day to the front end of the convention, devoted to safety. I welcome your thoughts on this idea. Since we are moving off the Remembrance Day weekend in 2018, we will return to our traditional Awards Luncheon, rather than a Closing Dinner. Thank you, all, who attended and participated in our Ottawa Convention!


ACP Risk Assessment Presented to TC Management

December 1, 2017 - For some time now, HAC and Transport Canada have been receiving complaints from individuals with ACP authority, about their inability to schedule re-rides. For a variety of reasons, Transport Canada has been unable to provide enough qualified Inspectors to carry out the re-rides. With participation from industry, Transport Canada has recently completed its Risk Assessment on this subject. The report has recently been tabled to Transport Canada management, and we expect to have a position from Transport Canada on this subject, once senior management have reviewed the report. A separate, but related issue that also still needs to be addressed by Transport Canada is the number of aircraft types that an ACP can be qualified on. While the Risk Assessment is being reviewed by Transport Canada Management, we expect to see existing ACP Authorities extended, again.


HAC's Members Elect a New Board of Directors

December 1, 2017 - Six Directors positions were up for election at our Ottawa Convention, and we have set out below the results of the election:

Jen Norie, VIH, Chair (Operator - Western Canada)
Jacob Forman, Yellowhead, Vice-Chair (Operator – Western Canada)
Maury Wood, Avialta Helicopter Maintenance RE-ELECTED (Associate)
Shane Cyr, Universal Helicopters, Corporate Secretary, RE-ELECTED (Operator – Eastern Canada)
Brian Clegg, Skyline Helicopters, Treasurer, RE-ELECTED (Operator – Western Canada)
Steven Williams, Emond Harnden LLP, RE-ELECTED (Associate)
Brendan McCormick, HeliJet, NEWLY ELECTED (Operator – Western Canada)
Paul Carter, Cougar Helicopters, NEWLY ELECTED (Operator – Eastern Canada)
Rob Gallagher, Coldstream Helicopters (Operator – Western Canada)

Stepping Down from the Board at the 2017 Convention are Brad Fandrich of Valley Helicopters and Sylvain Seguin of CHL. Both gentlemen have served on our Board for eight years, and they are stepping down because they have served out the eight-year term limit set out in HAC's Bylaws. HAC and its members would like to express our thanks for their dedication to the association.


James Neill Receives the AGAR-STRINGER Award in Ottawa

December 1, 2017 - Jim Neill received our prestigious Agar-Stringer Award at Ottawa's Awards dinner on November 11 2017. Jim was honoured for his lifetime contributions to the Canadian helicopter industry. Congratulations, Jim! You can read a little bit about Jim's background, below.

Jim began his career in 1967 with Highland Helicopters as an Apprentice AME, and between then and now he has worked for a variety of other companies, including Transwest, Okanagan, Can Arc, Canadian, Coulson, and VIH. He is a ATPL Pilot and Engineer, and has worked as a Training Pilot, a Check Pilot, an IFR Offshore Captain, and an International Project Manager, and Ops Manager. He has operated everything from the Bell 47 and 206, Hughes 369 and Hiller 12E to the Super Puma and S61, Ka32, and the Bell 212, and 204. Most of his 15,000 hours has been spent as an IFR off-shore captain, but he has roughly 7000 hours on a long-line. He's worked in a variety of countries including Brunei, Kuwait, and Argentina. Until very recently, he continued to work in our industry as a consultant and Check Pilot, but as of June 30 of this year, he has officially retired from a long and successful career in our industry.

Corey Taylor, Bill Ross, and Charlie Mooney regaled the crowd with a short "Celebrity Roast" at our Awards dinner and a few of their own personal stories about Jim, as well.


President's Message

We Know You are Busy [Finally] - but Don't Forget to Prepare for Our Ottawa Convention

October 2, 2017 - Yes, the fires are still burning…but don't forget to register for HAC's Convention in Ottawa November 9-11 2017. This year's program promises to be outstanding. Between our new Safety Forum on November 9, and Derek Seguin: Overtourqued (see below); and Canada's 150th Birthday; and the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge, this year's convention will be an event to remember! Our tradeshow overflow space is selling out, and our host hotel is overbooked (now in to our overflow hotel). Lot's to talk about after a busy operating season! Don't delay booking your accommodation any longer! For more details, see the articles, below!


Taming the Helicopter in a Single Flight

October 2, 2017 - Those of you that follow Derek Seguin on Twitter will know that Derek "Freed the surly bonds of earth…" recently in an effort to tame a Jet Ranger. Well, Derek's video record of the experience, and his insight in to that wild ride will be sure to entertain us all at the HAC Convention at our Gala Dinner on November 11 at the HAC Convention in Ottawa during the period November 9-11 2017.

Don't miss Derek Seguin: Overtorqued at the Shaw Convention Centre in the evening of November 11!

A thank-you to HTSC who offered up their aircraft for Derek's experience!


Transport Canada Consulting on Industry Use of TAWS

October 2, 2017 - In the wake of the ORNGE accident, Transport Canada is consulting with industry on the use of Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS). In the ORNGE accident report, the TSB said: "The Department of Transport require awareness and warning systems for commercial helicopters that operate at night or in instrument meteorological conditions."

Transport Canada is first attempting to determine how many helicopters are equipped with TAWS, and then to determine what their experience has been with this equipment. They would also like to find out what industry best practices are, and they are encouraging operators to share their Lessons Learned.

Operator-members using TAWS are encouraged to contact HAC at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca with their views on this subject.


HAC Makes its Views Known on Bill C-49

October 2, 2017 - Recently, HAC commented on the content of Bill C-49 to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Committee (TRAN Committee). HAC commented on the applicability of the new Passenger Rights section, and elements relating to the increase in the foreign ownership limts.

Read the submission here.


HAC Adds a Wires Course to the Convention Professional Development Program

October 2, 2017 - Building on the resounding success of last year's Wires Course in Edmonton, HAC will be running a Wires Course at its Ottawa Convention, on November 8 2017. See our complete Professional development program, below.


HAC's 2017 Convention in Ottawa November 9-11 — NOT TO BE MISSED!

October 2, 2017 - With the departure of CHC's Safety & Quality Summit to Texas, HAC is kicking up its safety offerings in 2017.

We are dedicating one day exclusively to topical safety issues in the helicopter community and we have partnered with Transport Canada to deliver an outstanding safety program, themed "Enhancing Safety in Challenging Economic Circumstances".

We have invited some high-profile international speakers, and we have taken steps to re-engage with Regional and Headquarters Inspectorate staff at HAC's Convention, and specifically with respect to their engagement with HAC's Committees."

CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

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IT IS TIME TO REGISTER!

October 2, 2017 - 2017 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

REGISTER TO ATTEND ON-LINE



Annual Dues must be paid in full for member rate.


BOOK ACCOMMODATION

October 2, 2017, 2017 - Our Host Hotel room block is now at capacity at The Westin Ottawa.

The hotel may have select rooms available and you are welcome to contact them directly to determine availability and best available rates.

Please be sure to advise that you are attending the HAC 2017 Conference. Call Direct 613 560 7000 – in house reservations.

Our overflow hotel, The Novotel Ottawa is now available for booking via the link on our accommodation page or see below. You are also welcome to contact the hotel directly quoting the following booking code: 192700 for HAC 2017 Conference

Call Direct 613 230 3033 – in house reservations.

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October 2, 2017 - Due to high demand, additional trade show space has been made available

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President's Message

Member-Comments on the Proposed Fatigue Management Regulations

August 17, 2017 - Admittedly, consulting on the content of any regulation in the heart of a busy helicopter operating season is less-than-desirable, but in response to my request for comments on the Gazette I version of the DRAFT Fatigue Management regulations, I did receive some feedback. I had invited operator-members to comment on the most problematic elements of the proposed regulations, but also to include their suggestions for changes that would mitigate those offending sections.

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HAC's TDG Committee Comments on Changes to Part 12 of the TDGR

August 17, 2017 - Recently, HAC's Operator-members and TDG Committee Members commented on draft revisions to Part 12 of the TDGR. HAC's comments focused on changes relating to the remote access provisions, and on the ability of operators to carry Start Pac-types of batteries, habitually used while operating in the field.

Read the submission, here


Derek Seguin — Overtorqued at HAC's Convention

August 17, 2017 - For those of you who have listened to CBC's The Debaters, you will know that Derek Seguin is one of its most hilarious entertainers. His irreverent style, and his plainspoken and intense French-Canadian delivery, make him one of the hottest comedians in Canada, today.

Meet Derek Seguin, here


HAC Preparing Submission on new H1 Heliport Standards

August 17, 2017 - Please find below a link to a DRAFT Advisory Circular AC 305-001-v1, - Standards Associated with H1 Classified Heliports, RDIMS # 13101141-v1, recently provided to HAC by Transport Canada for consultation purposes.

You may recall at last year's HAC Convention, there was some considerable confusion in the industry about the interpretation of the H1 heliport design characteristics and the associated aircraft performance requirements. The DRAFT AC has being produced by Transport Canada to clarify their intent.

Please consult the content of this DRAFT AC with your management team and all employees related to this area of responsibility. Please forward your comments to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca before August 19, when HAC will be preparing an Association submission on this subject. The content of the draft AC was circulated to HAC operator members in the form of Bulletin a week ago, but there is still a short opportunity to comment if you believe the DRAFT AC is in need of change.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


HAC Annual Renewals Underway

August 17, 2017 - September 1st marks the HAC new fiscal year and renewal invoices have been emailed to all member representatives along with an Update Form. Easy on-line renewal from the HAC home page – just click on the BIG RED BUTTON


HAC New Members-Only Site now Operational and Populating Participants

August 17, 2017 - All HAC Member Representatives have been registered on the new site "MyCommittee". The new site is intended to facilitate communications between Committee Members. "The new site will simplify the exchange of information among members and has a much more user-friendly interface that the previous SharePoint Site. It has a variety of canned features that will also facilitate the good work of our HAC Committees" said Fred Jones, HAC's President & CEO.

Member Reps should have received an email from "MyCommittee" advising that you have been registered and to click on a link. Once you click on the link you will be asked for a username and to create your password. This process activates your registration and is a one-time event. Please check to see that this email from "Mycommittee" has not been directed to your spam or junk file.

By default, you have been registered for access to all of the committees, but you may edit the committees that include you on their messaging. At the "Dashboard" click on the Committee you wish to enter, then on the menu click "Document". All documents pertaining to that committee are located there. Each committee site should have a list of committee documents that are available to HAC members and Associates. All Committee documents previously posted to the SharePoint site have been migrated to the new site.

You can learn more about the new HAC committee site and log in at any time by going to the HAC website home page: www.h-a-c.ca and clicking on the "HAC Committee Access" link top left of the screen - above the HAC logo. This will take you to the HAC Committee Page where you will see a "QUICK START GUIDE" and also a "CLICK HERE TO LOGIN". Should you forget your password, there is the ability to change it at any time.

Should you have additional company personnel that you wish to provide access to, please email barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca with their names, titles and email addresses. (Please note – the company name must be a part of the email address ie. No hotmail or gmail accounts, please)

Please contact Barb if we can be of further assistance. We appreciate any feedback you may have on the new site.


President's Message

Heightened Sensitivity to Drug and Alcohol Issues

August 3, 2017 - n the wake of Transport Canada's recent Fitness for Flight Workshop in Ottawa, HAC will be delivering a panel discussion on Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) at its own Safety Forum at this year's Ottawa Convention (November 9-11). The panel will be populated with medical personnel and representatives from companies with established EAP programs. A heightened sensitivity to alcohol abuse issues inside Transport Canada, and the looming legalization of marijuana have led Transport Canada to focus on a number of thorny substance abuse issues recently, including drug and alcohol testing programs and EAPs.

Also, as you may know, Transport Canada has plans to increase the 8-hour pre-flight prohibition on the consumption of alcohol, to 12-hours, and it is very likely that marijuana will become a prohibited drug for active flight crews. Some airlines have achieved a 95% success rate reintegrating flight crews and engineers through the use of voluntary treatment programs, Peer-to-Peer counseling, and voluntary random drug and alcohol testing programs. Make sure that you are able to join us in Ottawa for our 2017 Convention and our first-ever Safety Forum, themed Enhancing Safety in Challenging Economic Circumstances, on November 10.


Advisory Circulars on Fatigue Management Now Available

August 3, 2017 - We have been advised that the ACs to support Flight & Duty time & FRMS should have been published with Gazette 1 on July 1st along with the DRAFT Regs, however regrettably there was a delay in their release by Transport Canada. They are set out below for your review and comments. Comments directed to HAC will be consolidated and included in our Canada Gazette I submission:

Flight Crew Fatigue Management – Prescriptive Limitations

Fatigue Risk Management System Requirements

Fatigue Risk Management System Implementation Procedures

Please direct any questions, concerns, or comments that you have relating to the content of the above-referenced documents to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca, on or before August 10 2017.


Notice to CARAC members,

This is to advise that the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, July 15, 2017 Edition.

The 90-day consultation period ends on October 13, 2017. Comments may be sent via email to CARAC at carrac@tc.gc.ca or to HAC where comments will be consolidated in an Association submission.

In support of the proposed regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Transport Canada (TC) will be hosting a series of stakeholder engagement sessions in select cities across the country. These sessions will focus on TC's risk-based approach to regulating UAS 25 kilograms or less that operate within visual line-of-sight.

Event details and registration information will follow in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned to the Newsletter.


Airbus Helicopters Canada Now taking nominations for the 2017 HAC Safety Awards for both Pilot and AME categories.

August 3, 2017 - Call to nominate Canadian rotorcraft professionals for outstanding achievements



As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals. The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada's annual conference, November 9th – 11th in Ottawa, ON. The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to recognition from the industry.

"Airbus Helicopters is proud to demonstrate our commitment to supporting and fostering a culture of aviation safety," said Romain Trapp, President, Airbus Helicopters Canada. "With this award, Airbus Helicopters honours individuals and/or organizations across Canada who are carrying out their commitment to safety, with the introduction of processes and procedures that are both proactive and preventative."

READ MORE


Ottawa Booth Sales Still Brisk: Exhibitors, Don't be Disappointed when our Floor Sells Out — Book your Space NOW

August 3, 2017 - Book your space HERE

See the Floor HERE

Book your room at the Host Hotel, the Ottawa Westin HERE


2017 Conference Sponsorship Program now available.

August 3, 2017 - Get some elevated visibility at the Ottawa Convention. We have Sponsorship items to suit every budget!.


President's Message

Transport Canada recently published the DRAFT Fatigue Management Regulations in Canada Gazette I

July 20, 2017 - If you saw the last edition of the Newsletter, you will know that Transport Canada recently published the DRAFT Fatigue Management Regulations in Canada Gazette I on July 1, with a 90-day comment period. See the report (bilingual) at page 2909. The associated draft Standards can be found on the CARAC reporting system. While our lobbying efforts on this subject will continue, at the same time we are preparing a submission to the publication of the draft regulations in Canada Gazette I. As part of that effort, we are canvassing members to determine which elements of the draft regulations are most problematic – but more importantly to solicit your suggestions to change them. Making them "all go away" altogether is not a strategy that is likely to be successful. Already, some members have suggested that we should eliminate the cumulative duty hour limit, or at least reinstate the "zeroing provisions" as they apply to 7 and 28-day limits for both flight time and for cumulative duty hours, for example. This proposal is entirely consistent with the fatigue-related science, which suggests that even three consecutive days off, will eliminate all fatigue.

Please forward your suggestions for change to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca. In the form of a Bulletin to members, HAC will provide you with a short summary of the proposals received.


Transport Canada Publishes Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft

July 20, 2017 - This is to advise that Interim Order No. 8 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, July 1, 2017

It is effective from June 16, 2017 to June 16, 2018.

HAC applauds the efforts by Transport Canada to give teeth to the prohibition on the operation of these aircraft around airports and heliports. HAC believes that these model aircraft present one of the greatest threats to safety in the helicopter community, today.


Ottawa Booth Sales Still Brisk: Exhibitors, Don't be Disappointed when our Floor Sells Out — Book your Space NOW

July 20, 2017 - Book your space HERE

See the Floor HERE

Book your room at the Host Hotel, the Ottawa Westin HERE


2017 Conference Sponsorship Program now available.

July 20, 2017 - Get some elevated visibility at the Ottawa Convention. We have Sponsorship items to suit every budget!.


HAC Now taking nominations for the 2016 HAC Safety Awards for both Pilot and AME categories.

July 20, 2017 - All recipients will be mentioned at the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 and certificates will be mailed out to the nominating company following the conference.

Nomination forms can be found HERE

Award Criteria:

A Pilot may be eligible for an award for periods of 5,000 accident- and violation-free flight hours. Flight time earned during previous military service is eligible however the majority of time must have been flown within the civilian industry. For purposes of determining eligibility, the pilot must not have been a cause factor in an accident. A pilot may only be nominated by a member company's Chief Pilot or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5000 hrs.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) may be eligible for an award for violation-free periods of 5 years during which the AME has not been a cause factor in an accident. Previous time with a military organization is eligible however the majority of time must have been within the civilian industry. An AME may only be nominated by a member company's Maintenance Director or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5 years.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, an accident will be defined as: An aviation occurrence in which: (a) a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of: being on board the aircraft, coming into contact with any part of the aircraft or its contents, or being directly exposed to the rotor downwash of the aircraft; (b) the aircraft sustains damage or failure that adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft and that requires major repair or replacement of any affected component or part; or (c) the aircraft is missing or inaccessible.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, a violation will be defined as: A finding of contravention or guilt as it relates to the operation or maintenance of an aircraft for a Criminal offence or a contravention of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please submit your applications to:

Helicopter Association of Canada Safety Awards
2210 Prince of Wales Drive, Unit 502,
Nepean, Ontario K2E 6Z9
Fax: (613) 369-5097
Barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca


President's Message

Transport Canada Publishes Fatigue Management Regulations in Canada Gazette I

July 6, 2017 - On July 1 2017 Transport Canada published their DRAFT Fatigue Management Regulations and Guidance Material in Canada Gazette I, over the objections of virtually every association representing commercial aviation in Canada – including HAC. See the report (bilingual) at page 2909. The associated draft Standards can be found on the CARAC reporting system.

Apparently, Minister Garneau's answer to the TRAN Committee's recommendation (see TRAN Committee Releases… article, below) to consult the draft regulation with a view to modifying it to accommodate different regions of Canada was to publish in Canada Gazette I as planned - but extend the comment period to 90 days. We don't often see significant changes to a regulation post CG1, but the Minister's staff says they are open to proposals. Time will tell.

Your association will continue its lobbying efforts on this important subject, but at the same time we will consulting with our Operator-members to identify the most offensive elements of the regulation, with a view to developing proposals that will mitigate them.

By all accounts, the 90-day consultation period, even in a best-case scenario, will delay the publication of the regulations in Canada Gazette II until the Spring of 2018. When the regulations are published in Canada Gazette II, they will come in to force for CAR 703 and 704 operators, four years later. CAR 702 and CAR 604 operations will still be excluded.


TRAN Committee Releases its Report on Aviation Safety

July 6, 2017 - Late last month, the TRAN Committee released its report on Aviation Safety in Canada

At page 8, the Committee made the following recommendation:

"That Transport Canada use its proposed regulation for fatigue management, based on scientific evidence and with safety as a primary concern, for the purpose of soliciting comment and advice, while pursuing consultation with stakeholders, in order to find ways to take into account the specific operating conditions of certain regions."

All of the Associations representing the interests of Commercial Air Operators that testified at the TRAN made it clear that "One size fits all" doesn't work. We all urged the TRAN to recommend to the Minister that he develop industry segment-specific solutions. The TRAN's recommendation to the Minister wasn't completely faithful to the evidence from commercial air operators however, it did ask him to "take in to account the specific operating conditions of certain regions". The extent to which this can be accomplished in a meaningful way, through amendments to the Canada Gazette I draft at the eleventh-hour, will depend to a very large extent on the willingness of Minister to recognize and mitigate the damage to our industry that these new regulations will cause. It will also depend on our ability to advance new proposals that are consistent with the fatigue-related science with respect to the elements of the draft regulation that would hurt our industry, most.


2017 Safety Forum theme "Advancing Safety in Challenging Economic Circumstances"

July 6, 2017 - With the departure of the CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HAC will be stepping up its safety offerings at this Fall's Conference and AGM. HAC's President said "We will be dedicating one day of our conference exclusively to safety, and inviting high profile speakers from inside Canada, and around the world." Dr. Scott Shappell, Department Chair and Professor of Human Factors Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Graham Braithwaite, Director of Transport Systems; Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation at Cranfield University are just two of the world-renowned speakers who will be offering sessions at the HAC Convention on November 10 at the Safety Forum. A presentation from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will also outline the heli-specific elements of their Air Taxi Safety study, due to be released late this year.

The HAC convention will be taking place November 9-11 2017 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. HAC's Operator-Members are reminded to book their rooms at the Westin without delay, as our convention room block is filling up fast. As usual, HAC will be holding its professional development courses on November 8. The full program is soon-to-be released.


HAC goes out with RFP for New Group Health Benefits Program

July 6, 2017 - The four-year agreement with AON Hewitt having expired, HAC has recently released an RFP for a new Group Health Plan service provider. Insurance suppliers with an interest in submitting a proposal should contact Barb Priestley at barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca for a copy of the RFP.


Ottawa Booth Sales Still Brisk: Exhibitors, Don't be Disappointed when our Floor Sells Out — Book your Space NOW

July 6, 2017 - Book your space HERE

See the Floor HERE

Book your room at the Host Hotel, the Ottawa Westin HERE


2017 Conference Sponsorship Program now available.

July 6, 2017 - Get some elevated visibility at the Ottawa Convention. We have Sponsorship items to suit every budget!.


HAC Now taking nominations for the 2016 HAC Safety Awards for both Pilot and AME categories.

July 6, 2017 - All recipients will be mentioned at the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 and certificates will be mailed out to the nominating company following the conference.

Nomination forms can be found HERE

Award Criteria:

A Pilot may be eligible for an award for periods of 5,000 accident- and violation-free flight hours. Flight time earned during previous military service is eligible however the majority of time must have been flown within the civilian industry. For purposes of determining eligibility, the pilot must not have been a cause factor in an accident. A pilot may only be nominated by a member company's Chief Pilot or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5000 hrs.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) may be eligible for an award for violation-free periods of 5 years during which the AME has not been a cause factor in an accident. Previous time with a military organization is eligible however the majority of time must have been within the civilian industry. An AME may only be nominated by a member company's Maintenance Director or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5 years.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, an accident will be defined as: An aviation occurrence in which: (a) a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of: being on board the aircraft, coming into contact with any part of the aircraft or its contents, or being directly exposed to the rotor downwash of the aircraft; (b) the aircraft sustains damage or failure that adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft and that requires major repair or replacement of any affected component or part; or (c) the aircraft is missing or inaccessible.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, a violation will be defined as: A finding of contravention or guilt as it relates to the operation or maintenance of an aircraft for a Criminal offence or a contravention of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please submit your applications to:

Helicopter Association of Canada Safety Awards
2210 Prince of Wales Drive, Unit 502,
Nepean, Ontario K2E 6Z9
Fax: (613) 369-5097
Barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca


President's Message

Fit to Fly Workshop Had Some Key Messages

June 22, 2017 - The Fit to Fly Workshop held earlier this month held some surprises for many of us in attendance. The two-day workshop was held in Gatineau, QC, June 6-7, and it was an interesting opportunity to learn about the recognition and treatment of some common illnesses in the aviation community, but also to learn what Transport Canada is considering for the commercial aviation community, going forward. Apparently, commercial pilots are no more, or less prone than members of the general public to suffer from illnesses like substance abuse or depression. Clearly the stakes are higher when it goes unrecognized or treated.

The program included a host of panels and speakers that discussed the prevalence and treatment of drugs and alcohol, but also discussed depression and other psychological disorders that have the potential to affect flight safety. The focus was on recognition and treatment rather than punishment. We heard about Random, For-Cause, Follow-up, and Pre-Employment testing programs, currently in use. Of particular interest was a description by some of the large fixed-wing carriers about their Employee Assistance Programs, and Peer-to-Peer counseling. We heard the role that Transport Canada plays in these voluntary diversion programs, and how flight crew members with drug or alcohol abuse problems who voluntarily submit to treatment programs are often re-integrated to the Flight Line and monitored as part of programs that have a 95 per cent success rate.

There was considerable interest from the audience about how Transport Canada intends to deal with the looming legalization of Marijuana in Canada. I was surprised to learn that THC is stored in our fatty cells for four to six weeks, and under periods of stress (read, in an emergency), can enter the blood stream, and cause individuals to be impaired — even though they haven't used Marijuana for an extended period of time. Transport Canada made it clear that they have a "zero tolerance" for the use of drugs that can impair your ability — but at the same time, they are still coming to grips with a way to measure impairment. It was also clear that Marijuana's effect is different for occasional users, versus habitual users. While they did not say what their plans were on the subject of Marijuana, there were suggestions that perhaps Marijuana could be a prohibited drug for pilots when they may be operating an aircraft within four to six weeks of use. While the Department was still less definitive on the subject of mandatory drug and alcohol testing, they did say that they needed to consult further with the commercial aviation community on this subject.


Transport Canada still preparing for a June Canada Gazette Publication Date for the Draft Fatigue Management Regulations

June 22, 2017 - Transport Canada is still preparing for a June 2017 publication date however, the draft Regulations still need to clear Treasury Board before they are released for publication. If Transport Canada is unable to receive Treasury Board approval to publish in June, they may very well be delayed until the Fall of this year.

Treasury Board plays something of a watchdog role inside government to ensure that the integrity of the process running up to publication is preserved, and they are entitled to ask questions about the process, guided by the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management.


Transport Canada planning a risk assessment in September to address ACP issues

June 22, 2017 - Approved Check Pilots with Re-Rides coming up, can expect an extension to their authority while Transport Canada comes to grips with a longer term solution.

HAC has been receiving a flurry of calls from members with complaints about delays getting rides, running in to the operating season. Extending ACP authorities is only part of the solution. HAC has been encouraging TC to delegate ACP Authorities to selected Chief Pilots, and to do it soon. The refusal by Transport Canada Inspectors to conduct re-rides from the rear of the aircraft, or to sit at the controls of an aircraft they are not current on; and the new four-aircraft limitation for ACPs; and Transport's reluctance to delegate any new ACPs, have all contributed to the current dilemma faced by many operators — some have aircraft that are sitting on the ground waiting for an ACP to become available. HAC and selected operator-representatives will be participating on the Risk Assessment in the Fall. Stay tuned to the Newsletter for more...


Danny Sitnam of HeliJet: CAHF's Newest Member

June 22, 2017 - Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) inducted four new members, and recognized a Belt of Orion recipient, at its 44th annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held at Vancouver International Airport. HAC's congratulations go out to Danny.

The new members are:
• James Erroll Boyd: WWI pilot and co-founder of the Air Scouts of Canada
• Robert John Deluce: Aviation executive; founder of Porter Airlines
• Daniel A Sitnam: Aviation executive; founder of Helijet Airways and Pacific Heliport Services
• Rogers Eben Smith: NASA and NRC test pilot; RCAF pilot
• Royal Canadian Air Force "Golden Hawks" aerobatic team: Belt of Orion Award for Excellence


Photo credit to Heath Moffatt Photography.


Transition to Satellite Nav

June 22, 2017 - NAV CANADA is planning to transition the Air Navigation System (ANS) from one based on conventional NAVAID (NDB and VOR) to a satellite navigation system. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) will form the backbone of the new structure, rendering the current system of NDB and VOR redundant. NAV CANADA is conducting an aeronautical study to examine the proposal to decommission a number of NDB and VOR to support the plan to transition to a fully-implemented, satellite-based air navigation system (ANS).

NAV CANADA's current plan is to retain a basic conventional NAVAID network sufficient to allow aircraft to land at a suitable airport or continue as directed by ATC in the unlikely event of a wide-spread, prolonged GNSS failure.

Attached is list of the NAVAID proposed for decommissioning in each FIR under the NAVAID Modernization Plan aeronautical study. Also included are the instrument procedures which would be revoked and those that would remain to provide IFR access to the airport.

NAV has asked us to distribute this note to our members and identify any needs, issues or concerns as they relate to the removal of NDB and VOR that are not required for the provision of air navigation services or supporting a recovery NAVAID network in the unlikely event of a wide-spread, prolonged GNSS failure.

The actual decommissioning of the NAVAID sites will occur over a period of several years. The NAVAID to be decommissioned must be identified at this time to allow for the development of a sound implementation strategy that meets the needs of aircraft operators and air traffic controllers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Stockall at:

Brian K. Stockall
Manager, Level of Service and Aeronautical Studies | Gestionnaire, Niveau de service et d'études aéronautiques NAV CANADA
stockab@navcanada.ca
Edmonton Area Control Centre
4396 34 St E
Edmonton International Airport,
AB T9E 0V4
T. 780-890-3024
C. 780-913-1005
www.navcanada.ca

NAVAID Decommission List — Edmonton FIR / Montreal FIR / Vancouver FIR / Winnipeg FIR / Moncton FIR / Toronto FIR / Gander FIR


Still having problems with border crossings under NAFTA?

June 22, 2017 - With the very real potential that NAFTA will be renegotiated under President Trump, operators are being asked to contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca to relate any problems with NAFTA or with trans-border crossings while conducting NAFTA operations in the USA. He can also be reached on his cell at 613-884-1422.


Ottawa Booth Sales Still Brisk: Exhibitors, Don't be Disappointed when our Floor Sells Out — Book your Space NOW

June 22, 2017 - Book your space HERE

See the Floor HERE

Book your room at the Host Hotel, the Ottawa Westin HERE


2017 Conference Sponsorship Program now available.

June 22, 2017 - Get some elevated visibility at the Ottawa Convention. We have Sponsorship items to suit every budget!.


HAC Now taking nominations for the 2016 HAC Safety Awards for both Pilot and AME categories.

June 22, 2017 - All recipients will be mentioned at the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 and certificates will be mailed out to the nominating company following the conference.

Nomination forms can be found HERE

Award Criteria:

A Pilot may be eligible for an award for periods of 5,000 accident- and violation-free flight hours. Flight time earned during previous military service is eligible however the majority of time must have been flown within the civilian industry. For purposes of determining eligibility, the pilot must not have been a cause factor in an accident. A pilot may only be nominated by a member company's Chief Pilot or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5000 hrs.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) may be eligible for an award for violation-free periods of 5 years during which the AME has not been a cause factor in an accident. Previous time with a military organization is eligible however the majority of time must have been within the civilian industry. An AME may only be nominated by a member company's Maintenance Director or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5 years.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, an accident will be defined as: An aviation occurrence in which: (a) a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of: being on board the aircraft, coming into contact with any part of the aircraft or its contents, or being directly exposed to the rotor downwash of the aircraft; (b) the aircraft sustains damage or failure that adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft and that requires major repair or replacement of any affected component or part; or (c) the aircraft is missing or inaccessible.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, a violation will be defined as: A finding of contravention or guilt as it relates to the operation or maintenance of an aircraft for a Criminal offence or a contravention of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please submit your applications to:

Helicopter Association of Canada Safety Awards
2210 Prince of Wales Drive, Unit 502,
Nepean, Ontario K2E 6Z9
Fax: (613) 369-5097
Barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca


President's Message

Function over Fashion

June 8, 2017 - Sometimes, no matter how high you fly, or what you wear, and how well you are prepared, the aircraft hardly seems to move, and that ice just goes on forever… A few years ago, in mid-July Flying along the south coast of the Hudson Strait, I was struck by the enormity of the melting ice. Somehow, it was difficult to imagine that there would still be ice on the water at that time of the year.



Floats on the aircraft, PFDs, Immersion Suits, Survival kits and life rafts help prepare us for the potential that the could end up on the ice, or in the water. There are those that have experienced the ordeal of being stranded following-on an inflight emergency, and those that haven't experienced it, yet. It may seem like only so much extra baggage while you are preparing to depart, and a major inconvenience for a low-probability event, but we should all try to avoid taking any short-cuts. Extended operations over water or ice flows call for special precautions for you and your passengers. Take the time to provide a special briefing to your passengers that includes, emergency egress, PFD inflation outside the aircraft, and procedures for the deployment and inflation of the life raft. And if the aircraft is on the water right-side-up, don't forget to remove the ELT, before departing the cockpit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

HAC's President Meets with the CTA to Discuss Phase II of their Regulatory Modernization (RMI) Initiative

June 8, 2017 - Last week, HAC's President met with CTA staff to highlight some of industry's views on the way that the CTA carries our its work. Some of the points raised by HAC included:

• The lack of transparency and the absence of reasons provided by the CTA where decisions are rendered on the subject of ownership restructuring of Canadian CTA Licence holders

• The CTA invited comments on the adequacy of the passenger and public liability mandatory insurance requirements set out in the Act, and the annual filing requirement

• Are there changes required to the current list of excluded air services in the Act?

• Are the Interpretation Notes provided to Industry, useful?

• Under what circumstances should the Agency make public its determinations on the subject of “control in fact”? What would be the benefits of adopting such an approach: for the industry, for licence applicants and licence holders, and for Canadians more broadly?

• How should the Agency's monitoring, compliance, and enforcement regime be updated? Do the Agency's communications and guidance materials and tools support the achievement of ongoing compliance with Agency decisions, determinations and regulatory requirements?

HAC is planning to engage in its own consultation process on these subjects to include a sample of Operator-members directly, with a view to providing a written submission to the CTA this summer.


 

Latest version of Fatigue Management Guidance Material Available for Comment

June 8, 2017 - Transport Canada is still preparing to move forward to Canada Gazette I with their Notice of Intent version of the Fatigue Management Regulations in June. At the same time, they plan to publish three Advisory Circulars. Two of the DRAFT Advisory Circulars set out below are intended to provide operators who establish an FRMS with guidance on establishing alternatives to the prescriptive regulations. The third DRAFT Advisory Circular is intended to provide guidance on the application of the prescriptive regulations. Your comments on the draft guidance material are welcome. The latest versions of the DRAFT Advisory Circulars can be found HERE:

FRMS Requirements

Fatigue Risk Management

Circular Prescriptive

Please direct your comments to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


 

Derek Seguin: Overtorqued

June 8, 2017 - For those of you that haven't heard Derek Seguin's stand-up comedy – you are in for a treat – but only if you attend this year's HAC Convention in Ottawa. The convention is taking place during the period November 9-11. Derek is best known for his hilarious Improv comedy on the CBC's Debaters. Derek will provide the post-dinner entertainment at our Saturday night Closing Banquet at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on November 11. You can expect at least 110% out of Derek – for more than five seconds…

Take a look at some of Derek's material:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=123_x7yHVL4&t=98s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80s6co1kc3Q&t=294s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPPNaTCdEks&t=17s


 

Ottawa Booth Sales Still Brisk: Exhibitors, Don't be Disappointed when our Floor Sells Out — Book your Space NOW

June 8, 2017 - Book your space HERE

See the Floor HERE

Book your room at the Host Hotel, the Ottawa Westin HERE


 

2017 Conference Sponsorship Program now available.

June 8, 2017 - Get some elevated visibility at the Ottawa Convention. We have Sponsorship items to suit every budget!.


 

NEW HAC Members-Only Site "Mycommittee"

June 8, 2017 - The new site is now up and running, and intended to create a virtual community of operators and committee members who might otherwise connect, only rarely. The site allows you to post documents, and questions, and is intended to improve communications between members and associates and facilitate committee meetings between Conventions. This site replaces the previous "Sharepoint" site and is much easier to use. Your previously-posted committee documents have been relocated to this site including Best Practices. Our HAC Template Employment Agreements are now posted to the HR Committee Area of the site.

All company representatives have been pre-registered for use of the new MYCOMITTEE site – now you need to activate your registration to participate. All those registered should have received an invitation email from "Mycommittee" containing a link to activate your site registration and create your personal password. Check your spam or junk file if you have not received it, or contact Barb Priestley for re-issuance. Should you wish to add company personnel for access to the site as well, email Barb Priestley providing name, title and email of those you wish to be added. Please note all email addresses must contain the company name.


 

HAC Now taking nominations for the 2016 HAC Safety Awards for both Pilot and AME categories.

June 8, 2017 - All recipients will be mentioned at the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 and certificates will be mailed out to the nominating company following the conference.

Nomination forms can be found HERE

Award Criteria:

A Pilot may be eligible for an award for periods of 5,000 accident- and violation-free flight hours. Flight time earned during previous military service is eligible however the majority of time must have been flown within the civilian industry. For purposes of determining eligibility, the pilot must not have been a cause factor in an accident. A pilot may only be nominated by a member company's Chief Pilot or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5000 hrs.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) may be eligible for an award for violation-free periods of 5 years during which the AME has not been a cause factor in an accident. Previous time with a military organization is eligible however the majority of time must have been within the civilian industry. An AME may only be nominated by a member company's Maintenance Director or a person in an equivalent position. Certificate will be issued in increments of 5 years.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, an accident will be defined as: An aviation occurrence in which: (a) a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of: being on board the aircraft, coming into contact with any part of the aircraft or its contents, or being directly exposed to the rotor downwash of the aircraft; (b) the aircraft sustains damage or failure that adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft and that requires major repair or replacement of any affected component or part; or (c) the aircraft is missing or inaccessible.

For the purposes of determining eligibility, a violation will be defined as: A finding of contravention or guilt as it relates to the operation or maintenance of an aircraft for a Criminal offence or a contravention of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please submit your applications to:

Helicopter Association of Canada Safety Awards
2210 Prince of Wales Drive, Unit 502,
Nepean, Ontario K2E 6Z9
Fax: (613) 369-5097
Barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca


 

President's Message

Your Advocacy on the Fatigue Management Issue is Critical

May 25, 2017 - First of all, thank-you to all of our members who have responded to our recent Call to Action. Engaging with your MPs and customers, and the communities that you serve is having a positive effect. Your efforts are helping to make them aware of the implications of these proposed new regulations, and the effect that they will have on the cost of service, and the level of service that you will be able to provide if they come in to force in their current form. It might be useful to discuss with your customer a "typical" deployed operation – a comparison of life today, and under the proposed new regulations.

For example: The proposed regulation calls for five consecutive days off in 28 days which would make the pilot available for duty for a maximum of 23 consecutive days (no early duty, late duty or nights – and no Flight Duty Period greater than 12 hours). Let's say that the pilot takes one day to travel to and from the works site for a maximum of 21 productive 12-hour days on each tour. With a flight time limit of 112 hours in those 21 days, the pilot would be able to fly an average of 5.3 hours per day during each tour, and work an average maximum 10-hour Flight Duty Period. If, for example, the Flight Duty Period began at 7am, then it would need to be complete by 5pm to avoid mortgaging the following Flight Duty Periods. The combination of the Cumulative Flight Duty Period limit and the daily average flight time limit would require two pilots on site, under circumstances where the customer could generally require more than 5.3 flying hours each day, or require a consistently longer Flight Duty Period. This translates to higher crew costs and considerably more frequent crew rotations, in an industry segment were fatigue is already being well managed.

If you have not engaged with your local MP or your customers, please contact HAC for guidance using our Call to Action. Please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


Minister Garneau Tables Bill C-49 — The Transportation Modernization Act

May 25, 2017 - On May 17 the Minister tabled the Transportation Modernization Act. Bill C- 49 will amend the Canada Transportation Act to, which notably includes provisions to liberalize international investment of Canadian air carriers.

The Minister has indicated that the changes will:

• Liberalize international ownership restrictions for Canadian air carriers from 25% to 49%, while retaining 25% for specialty air services and,

• No single foreign investor or any combination of foreign air carriers may own more than 25% of the voting interest

HAC and others have argued that the maintenance of the 25% foreign ownership limit for Specialty Air Servies will provide some protection for Canadian helicopter operators – who virtually all provide both CAR 703 and CAR 702 services. HAC and other stakeholders have concerns that the "no single foreign investor" limit could be circumvented.

Minister Garneau claims that the changes will:

• Support the development of new services and increased competition in the Canadian marketplace, and lower prices for Canadian travellers

• Would provide Canadian air carriers with greater access to capital and encourage more competition in the air sector

• Would result in greater choice, more options and lower costs for the traveller

The full text of Bill C-49 can be viewed at:

http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=8945674


HAC Presents at Helicat Canada Spring Convention in Penticton

May 25, 2017 - In the wake of an upturn in the Heliski activity last winter, and an increase in the number of heliski-related incidents, HAC's President was invited to speak to Helicat Canada's members on helicopter safety, and current projects underway to improve our Canadian safety experience.

Helicat Canada has undertaken a project to review the historical safety record of Heliski and Helicat activities, with a view ultimately to making recommendations for safety enhancements to these activities through their association.


Changes coming on the Use of Voice & Video Recordings in the Aviation Industry

May 25, 2017 - On May 16, the Minister of Transport introduced a Bill entitled Transportation Modernization Act in the House of Commons. This Bill is proposing some amendments to the Railway Safety Act (RSA) and the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act (CTAISB Act). One key provision of this new legislation pertains to locomotive voice and video recorders (LVVRs).

The proposed amendments to the RSA call for the mandatory installation of LVVRs in locomotives, specify the type of uses that can be made of the recordings and provide authority for Transport Canada (TC) to make regulations governing LVVRs.

The proposed amendment to the CTAISB Act will remove the current legislative barrier that precludes anyone but the TSB from using on-board voice and video recordings and pave the way for the use of these recordings for proactive safety management purposes as specifically permitted by the RSA. On-board recordings will however continue to be privileged under the CTAISB Act in order to protect worker privacy.

The expanded use of on-board recordings can only be implemented through the combined amendment of the RSA and the CTAISB Act, as well as the issuance of new regulations by TC. Similarly, the expanded use of on-board recordings in aviation, marine and pipeline will require amendments to the appropriate modal legislation and regulations. There are no immediate plans to introduce such amendments in the other modes. The priority for TC and the TSB is to proceed with implementation of LVVR.

Shortly, HAC will be receiving a briefing on the impact of the proposed amendments on the aviation industry.


Members Claim that ACP & PPC Delays Rapidly Reaching Crisis Proportions

May 25, 2017 - A number of members have been contacting HAC to indicate that many Transport Canada inspectors are refusing to conduct ACP and PPC rides from the rear of the aircraft, but also claim that they are unqualified to be at the controls. To make matters worse, Transport Canada has limited the number of aircraft that an ACP may be qualified on, and also appears to be preventing new ACPs from being issued new delegated authority. This problem has been particularly acute on a number of aircraft types that are not widely used in Canada, like the Bell 430 and AW Koala.

Recently, Transport Canada has suggested that operators should be qualifying their flight crews through the use of a simulator (frequently only available in the USA, if at all), rather than in the aircraft – at a significantly increased cost to the operator. This has placed an intense financial burden on small operators, who are at a point where they cannot receive timely or cost-effective ACP or PPC services for their operations. If you are experiencing this problem, please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca with specifics.

HAC will be preparing a submission on this subject to express the frustration of its members on this important subject, and will be following up with a meeting with senior Transport Canada staff this week.


HAC's 2017 Trade Show is Selling Out quickly

May 25, 2017 - Showcase your products and services at Canada's largest gathering of the helicopter industry.

BOOK YOUR EXHIBITOR SPACE ONLINE

VIEW OUR CURRENT FLOOR PLAN HERE


President's Message

A Call To Action



May 11, 2017 - Today you should receive a "Call to Action" from your Association – part of a Coalition of nine associations from across Canada that have come together to oppose Transport Canada's proposal to overhaul Canada's Fatigue Management regulations. HAC, and the other eight associations believe that this new regulatory proposal will not improve safety, but it will cripple our industry with complicated and burdensome new regulations, drafted principally to cater to the demand of organized labour at Canada's largest airlines. For those of you that took comfort from the fact that these new regulations would only come in to force for our industry four or five years from now - take comfort no longer. If organized labour has their way, they will come in to force two years from now – when the CAR 705 regulations come in to force. Yes, the unions are now asking the Minister of Transport to accelerate the implementation of the new regulations for CAR 703 and 704 operators, and inviting member of the public to sign a petition that will, among other things, "Afford pilots and passengers of all sizes of aircraft – whether they carry passengers or cargo – the same protective fatigue limits, coming into force at the same time." The proposed new regulations were published in the form of a Notice of Intent in Canada Gazette I on March 25 2017, and can be found here.

We expect the Canada Gazette I version of the regulations to be published for comment in June of this year, and Transport Canada has indicated that they plan to have the final version of the regulations published in Canada Gazette II before the end of the calendar year - with the in-force date for the regulations to occur one year later for CAR 705, and three years after that, for CAR 703 and 704 Operators.

If you are NOT a member of the association - you should be – join forces with us to oppose these oppressive new proposed regulations by joining HAC at http://h-a-c.ca/join_now.html. If you are a member of the Association, thank-you, and please join with other operator-members by following the instructions in our Call to Action


The Canadian Transportation Agency Conducting Phase II of their Regulatory Modernization Initiative

May 11, 2017 - The CTA is embarking on Phase II of their Regulatory Modernization Initiative (RMI). HAC welcomes the opportunity to participate in the process, particularly since one of our long-standing concerns has been the method for determining "control in fact", and the transparency of CTA's decisions – or the lack thereof. The CTA has commented recently, "With the planned increase in thresholds in foreign ownership recently announced by the Government of Canada, a logical, predictable set of criteria and steps for control-in-fact determinations becomes even more important. To get there, the Agency will look at approaches used in other jurisdictions and increase the transparency of determinations." HAC applauds the focus of the government on this subject. Other details relating to Phase II can be found here.

HAC invites the comments of its operator-members on this subject by May 20. Comments received will be incorporated in the HAC submission.


Exhibit Space for HAC's 2017 Convention is Now Available for Purchase — but Selling FAST

May 11, 2017 - Don't delay booking your Exhibit Space for HAC's Convention November 9-11 2017 at the Ottawa Westin! See the floor plan here.


The Ottawa Westin Hotel is now available for Reservations for HAC's Convention November 9-11 2017

May 11, 2017 - Don't delay making your reservations. For more information, please visit http://h-a-c.ca/HAC_2017_Conference_Host_Hotel.pdf and stay tuned to the HAC 2017 Conference page for more information, as it becomes available at http://h-a-c.ca/convention.html


HAC Makes its Written Submission on the FRMS Guidance Material

May 11, 2017 - HAC recently made a written submission on the content of the FRMS Guidance Material - notwithstanding that we don't agree with the content of the regulations on which they are based… In the same way that Transport Canada is unable to come to grips with the application of the fatigue management regulations or SMS to small operators, they have drafted FRMS Guidance material that is suited only to the largest fixed-wing operators.

READ the submission

Thank-you to those members that offered their comments on the DRAFT Guidance Material!


President's Message

April 27, 2017 - New Format for HAC's 2017 Convention in Ottawa

April 27, 2017, 2017 - HAC will be changing a few things in 2017 in Ottawa, that you should be aware of. The Convention will run November 9-11 (Thursday through Saturday), with a Closing Dinner on November 11 in the Shaw Convention Centre. What's more, we will be breaking the Convention for a couple of hours on November 11 for delegates to attend the Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial, just two blocks from the Westin. Our tradeshow setup will take place on November 9, and the tradeshow will run November 10, 11 with lots of opportunities for networking! This is Canada’s 150th birthday, and the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, so these events are not to be missed!

HAC Committees Day will take place on November 9, but November 10 will be dedicated to Safety in the Canadian helicopter industry. Stay tuned to the newsletter for our complete roster of Speakers, workshops and Educational Sessions. This year, in response to feedback we received from last year's survey, we have reached out to Transport Canada for their involvement in our safety focus discussions. If you have any thoughts on speakers or topics, please forward them to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


Canadore College AMT Reunion

April 27, 2017, 2017 - Canadore College will be having an Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Class of 1980 Reunion, just prior to the HAC 2017 Reunion in Ottawa. The reunion will be held in Dorval, QC with a meet & mingle the evening of Wednesday November 8th, 2017, dinner etc. on Thursday November 9th, 2017 and classmates can then depart on Friday morning for their attendance at the HAC Conference.

Interested Canadore AMT Grads should contact Steve Haws via email, preferably at: Stevehaws@adjustersssa.ca, or alternatively, on his cell # 705-498-3704.


FAA Declares it will Not Extend the Date for ADS-B Compliance

April 27, 2017 - All domestic and foreign operators must comply with these requirements in order to maintain access to the affected airspace. The FAA will not extend the effective date of this rule, as implementation of ADS-B Out is a critical foundational element of the U.S. NextGen program. For further information, please visit

https:/www.faa.gov/nextgen/programs/adsb/

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HAC is pleased to Announce that Derek Seguin of CBC's Debaters will be HAC's Dinner Speaker at the 2017 Convention in Ottawa November 9-11 2017

April 27, 2017 - HAC is delighted to have Derek to entertain our delegates in Ottawa on Saturday night. Derek will be well known to any of you that listen to CBC's Debaters. The dinner event will take place in the Shaw Convention Centre, in the evening of November 11, immediately adjacent to the Ottawa Westin – HAC's 2017 Host Hotel.

Listen to Derek on the Debaters

or watch him at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival


Operators Invited to Comment on the DRAFT FRMS Guidance Material

April 27, 2017 - We are advised that it is Transport Canada's intention to publish the FRMS Guidance Material and the Prescriptive Regulation Guidance Material in Canada Gazette I at the same time they publish the Prescriptive Regulations and FRMS Regulations. In response to a previous request for comments, HAC received little feedback on either. Please pay special attention to the FRMS Guidance Material and please provide your comments on how it could be modified to make it applicable to the helicopter industry. It has been HAC's view that in its current form, it is beyond the reach of virtually all helicopter operators in Canada, and Transport Canada has asked which changes should be made to make it less complicated and more relevant to small operators. Please provide your comments (bulleted points would fine) to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca on or before May 1 2017.

Latest DRAFT Regulation

Latest DRAFT FRMS Guidance Material

Latest Prescriptive Guidance Material


Book Your Convention Hotel NOW and Avoid the Bates Motel

April 27, 2017 - The link for HAC's 2017 Convention Host Hotel – the Westin Ottawa, is now open for reservations!

READ MORE


HAC Launching NEW MYCOMMITTEE Site for HAC's Committee Use

April 27, 2017 - Shortly, all Operator and Associate representatives will be contacted by HAC to identify those individuals from inside the company, that they would like see added to HAC's Committees. Last year, HAC shut down to the SharePoint Committees site in order to update the platform to facilitate Committee deliberations.

Click the link at the top left of the HAC Splashpage to learn more or go here


President's Message

April 13, 2017 - HAC Testifies at SCOTIC

On April 4, HAC's President testified at the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities (SCOTIC) which is focusing its deliberations on Aviation Safety. HAC's written Submission can be found here.

The April 4 SCOTIC deliberations in their entirety can be heard here. The committee is focusing a considerable amount of time on the issue of Pilot Fatigue, and the issue was front-and-center in HAC's submission. It is interesting to note that in evidence from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the issue of fatigue was also addressed. The TSB's Chairperson, Kathy Fox said in part, that since the year 2000, there have been five or six incidents or accidents occurring to flight crews in commercial operation, where fatigue was a "factor".

This is a particularly interesting statement by the TSB, since fatigue could be a "factor", even if it is completely unrelated to the application of the current regulations. Fatigue could be the result of a crying baby, insomnia, a second job, or a late night on-the-town prior to duty, for example. The thrust of HAC's submission was that the draft regulations being promoted by Transport Canada are not proportional to the risk that fatigue currently presents in the Canadian commercial aviation community. Regulations, when they are ill conceived, or out of proportion to the risk, only serve to suffocate aviation, and may even be counter-productive in terms of safety. HAC has asked the SCOTIC to recommend to the Minister of Transport that he pause, and revisit the proposed regulations on this subject when the recommendations of SCOTIC have been tabled.


HAC and Its Members are Saddened to Note the Passing of Barry Aylward of Kitchener Aero Avionics Limited

April 13, 2017 - Barry, and Kitchener Aero are well known to HAC and its Members and Associates, and it is with great sadness that we acknowledge his passing. Our hearts go out to his other friends, and family. His obituary and details relating to his April 22 Celebration of Life can be found, here and here.


HAC's Spring Reception in Winnipeg a Great Success!

April 13, 2017 - On April 6, about 70 people representing Operators and Associates, met at HAC's Spring Reception at the Fort Garry Hotel. HAC would like to extend a special thank-you to StandardAero for their sponsorship of the event, and the tour of their Winnipeg facilities.




HAC's Board Considers Convention Timing & Venue Survey Results

April 13, 2017 - HAC's Board considered the results of a recent survey of Operators and Associates with respect to future Convention venues and timing at its April 6 2017 meeting.

Members and Associates were both in favour of moving off the Remembrance Day weekend, while Operators and Associates were somewhat split on a prospective move to weekdays, rather than our traditional Friday-through-Sunday format, with Operators slightly favouring our current weekend format, and Associates favouring weekdays.

Operators and Associates were both evenly divided on the West-West-East (i.e. Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton, Ottawa or Montreal or Quebec City) and the Vancouver-Vancouver-East, option. All-of-this-to-say, the Jury is still out on our 2019 venue, but a decision will be taken shortly. Stay tuned to the Newsletter for further…


HAC's Board Deliberations on April 6 in Winnipeg

April 13, 2017 - HAC's Board met for the better part of the day on April 6 to discuss a variety of industry issues, including:

1. Consideration of the most recent Monthly Financial Statements for HAC;
2. Review of HAC's Survey Results on Convention Venues & Timing
3. Discussion of possible future Convention Dates and Venues for 2019;
4. Discussion of our Flight & Duty Time Advocacy Efforts.


Ever Considered Running for the HAC Board of Directors?

April 13, 2017 - At this year's Ottawa Convention, six of HAC's nine Director positions (Four Operator-Directors and two Associate Directors) will be up for election. Two of those Operator Directors will be ineligible for re-election, owing to the Term Limit provisions of our Bylaws. In advance of the AGM, HAC will be distributing Nomination Forms and a description of the Nomination and Election process for both Operator and Associate Directors. If you are considering running for election, and you have any questions about the duties of Directors, you are invited to contact Fred Jones on his cell at (613) 884-1422 or by email at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


HAC's 2017 YOW Convention Floor Selling Fast

April 13, 2017 - Companies interested in exhibiting at HAC's 2017 Ottawa Convention should contact barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca without delay.

Please visit our convention page at http://www.h-a-c.ca/convention.html for more information about the Ottawa show.


President's Message

March 30, 2017 - Transport Canada Publishes NOI on Fatigue Management …

Last Friday, Aaron McCrorie, (Transport Canada's Director General Civil Aviation) held a meeting in Ottawa to advise stakeholders that they have published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in Canada Gazette I, and available here.

The latest version of the prescriptive Fatigue Management Regulations is a "very mature" draft of the prescriptive F&DT regulations and the FRMS Regulations. Transport Canada intends to publish a final draft for formal comment in Canada Gazette I "before this summer". Aaron said that they would receive comments on the NOI version, but would respond only with an acknowledgement-of-receipt.

. It is unclear how much the final DRAFT that will be published in Canada Gazette I, will evolve in response to comments received on the NOI version. The Ottawa-based Associations met on Friday of last week, and we are currently reviewing the NOI DRAFT, with a view to determining the changes since the Working Draft that was released in January, and our next-steps. We will continue to keep you advised of our evolving strategy, moving forward.


Minister Garneau Issues UAV Interim Order

March 30, 2017 - On March 16, Minister Garneau made an announcement regarding the use of recreational drones. Please be advised that the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft is currently in effect.

Additional information regarding "Flying your drone safely and legally" can be found here or in French here

HAC applauds this effort by the Minister to control the operation of recreational UAVs under circumstances where they are most likely to present a threat to manned aircraft operations.


Spring Reception on April 6 Sponsored by StandardAero! Everyone Welcome!

March 30, 2017 - This year's Spring Reception will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg on April 6 from 5-7pm local time. The reception has been generously sponsored by StandardAero, who will also be sponsoring a tour of their Winnipeg facilities in the morning of April 7.

Buses will leave the Fort Garry Hotel at 0830, and participants flying out of YWG will be delivered to the airport after the tour ends at 11am. Please RSVP to barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca. All Operators and suppliers are most welcome to attend the reception and the tour!
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China Civil Helicopter Operation & Development Forum June 8-9 2017, Beijing China

March 30, 2017 - The General Aviation Committee of China is holding a conference in Beijing China from June 8-9. This may present an opportunity for Canadian Operators or Suppliers to explore the business potential in the growing Chinese market.
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HAC Accepting Applications for HAC 2017 Exhibit Space!

March 30, 2017 - HAC is now accepting applications for our 2017 Ottawa Convention Exhibit space! Don't delay reserving your space. Last time we were in Ottawa, our floor sold out in March!

22nd Annual Conference & Trade Show
November 9-11
Westin Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Visit the HAC Conference Page for details and a description of our application process.

Please note HAC's Priority Placement Policy:

Priority 1: HAC Corporate Sponsor Companies
Priority 2: HAC Associates & Previous Exhibitors
Priority 3: All Others


Transport Canada Organizing a Fitness to Fly Workshop

March 30, 2017 - Transport Canada is very pleased to be organizing its very first Fit to Fly Workshop, taking place in Gatineau, Quebec, from June 6th to June 7th, 2017 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel. The Workshop is centred on supporting aviation personnel in the interest of aviation safety. Through the workshop, they aim to:

• Raise awareness on the importance of employee assistance programs;
• Provide information on practical methods of promoting a healthy workforce;
• Establish networks for information-sharing and partnerships;
• Provide health services information; and
• Clarify the ability to conduct random alcohol and drug testing.
To register for this workshop, please visit: www.tc.gc.ca/FitToFly If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Wright, A. Regulatory Program Advisor at Shannon.Wright@tc.gc.ca.

Sincerely,
Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council
Transport Canada / Government of Canada
carrac@tc.gc.ca / TTY: 1-888-675-6863


Transport Canada Investigating the Use of TAWS in Helicopters

March 30, 2017 - In response to a TSB Recommendation contained in the ORNGE Accident Report, Transport Canada has invited HAC to encourage HAC’s members who operate their aircraft at night or IFR to respond to a few short questions to help inform Transport's response to the TSB, and their next-steps. Please provide your responses to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


President's Message

March 16, 2017 - HAC Rocks Heli-Expo 2017 …

As usual, HAC’s staff were out in full force at Heli-Expo 2017. Myself, Barb Priestley and Sherri Pickard were in attendance at the HAC Booth. Thank-you to all those that stopped by to say Hello. By comparison with Louisville KY last year, there were many Canadians in attendance, in spite of the weak Canadian dollar. HAC uses the opportunity to hold an HAC Board meeting (see, below); to meet with it’s Canadian Members and Associates; to market HAC’s Convention to Heli-Expo Exhibitors and Delegates; and to attend and present at a variety of HAI activities, including this year – a panel session on ICAO’s Fatigue Working Group and ICAO’s Performance Working; a meeting of the International Federation of Helicopter Associations (IFHA); the Connect to Canada event, and a presentation at the IHST Regional Up-date session.




Sadly, the Prospectors and Developers Conference (PDAC) in Toronto was going on at the same time as Heli-Expo, but sources in attendance there have indicated that there was a distinct sense of optimism in the air, with a number of exploration projects starting up.

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New Officers of the HAC Board

March 16, 2017 - Recently, there were some changes to HAC’s Corporate Officers. A number of the Board Officers changed in the following way: Jen Norie of VIH will assume the Chair’s position until November of 2018. HAC would like to thank the outgoing Chair, Sylvain Seguin of CHL for his years of service and leadership. Sylvain will continue to serve on the HAC Board, until his Term Limit expires in November 2018, after eight years.

Jacob Forman of Yellowhead will move from Treasurer of HAC, to the Vice-Chair. HAC would like to thank Jacob for his guidance and years of service as Treasurer.

Maury Wood will assume the responsibility of Corporate Secretary for HAC.

Brian Clegg of Skyline will be assuming the responsibilities of Treasurer.

Thank-you to all Board Members, but particularly to those Board Members who assume additional responsibility as Officers of the Corporation.


Transport Canada Investigating the Use of TAWS in Helicopters

March 16, 2017 - In response to a TSB Recommendation contained in the ORNGE Accident Report, Transport Canada has invited HAC to encourage HAC’s members who operate their aircraft at night or IFR to respond to a few short questions to help inform Transport's response to the TSB, and their next-steps. Please provide your responses to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


HAC's Board Meets at Heli-Expo

March 16, 2017 - HAC’s Board met for the better part of a day at Heli-Expo to discuss a wide variety of issues, including:

1. To review the Minutes of the Audit & Finance Committee and to review and approve the December 31 2016 month-end Financial Statements;

2. To consider the results of the survey of Members and Associates with respect to Convention timing and location;

3. To consider the status of HAC’s Group Health Insurance Plan, and consider the prospect of an HAC Group Pension Plan;

4. To consider the progress of HAC’s advocacy efforts with respect to Flight & Duty Time;

5. To consider the prospect of a National Safety Data Management Program for HAC;

6. To consider Phase II of the CTA Review.


HAC's Spring Reception 2017 in Winnipeg — Sponsored by StandardAero!

March 16, 2017 - HAC will be holding its Annual Spring Reception in Winnipeg on April 6 from 5-7pm at the Fort Garry Hotel. All Operators, Associates and prospective Members are most welcome to attend. Thank-you StandardAero for sponsoring our event this year! StandardAero has graciously organized a tour of their Winnipeg facilities in the morning of April 7, for anyone that would like to participate.

Transportation from the Fort Garry will be provided by StandardAero to their facilities, and then to the Airport afterwards, for those that are interested in participating. Please RSVP Barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca.


Substance Abuse

March 16, 2017 - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is reaching out to safety-sensitive businesses (e.g. transportation, construction, law enforcement, etc.) to learn about their policies and practices for substance use in the workplace, and inviting them to participate in a short online survey. The information collected through the survey will be used to develop openly available tools and resources to help businesses address substance use in the workplace.

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Operators Report Receiving ATIP Requests Relating to their Flight & Duty Time RIAS Survey Responses

March 16, 2017 - A number of operators have contacted HAC to report that they have received requests to release the results of their F&DT Survey responses. HAC is suggesting that recipients of the ATIP requests respond by commenting that they had received assurances that the results of the survey would be kept confidential. Surveys conducted by the Federal Government are always subject to ATIP however, respondents should be reminded of this when they are contemplating whether or not to complete a survey.

Operators should also consider their specific responses to the RIAS questions, in the context of whether they are "commercially sensitive" or not, and specifically identify those parts that they believe may be commercially sensitive, and therefore redacted by the government from the information provided to the ATIP applicant.


HAC's Ottawa 2017 Trade Show Floor will be Open For Sale Shortly

March 16, 2017 - HAC will be holding its 2017 Convention at the Ottawa Westin Hotel, November 9-11 2017. The floor plan for the trade show is almost ready to be posted to the HAC website. Check out our 2017 Conference page at http://www.h-a-c.ca/convention.html, so you get a choice spot, before they are gone! The last time we held our Conference in the East, the floor SOLD OUT in March!



President's Message

March 3, 2017 - Coalition Associations Meet with Minister Garneau …

On February 7, four associations met with Minister Garneau to discuss our concerns with the looming publication of new Fatigue Management Regulations in Canada Gazette I – the first step in the public consultation phase. The new rules - when they become final - would come in to force roughly five years later. The four national associations have joined with five other Regional Associations representing the interests of all segments of the commercial aviation community from across Canada, to oppose the proposed new rules in their current form.

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HAC's Spring Reception Set for April 6 2017 in Winnipeg

March 3, 2017 - HAC's 2017 Spring Reception – sponsored by StandardAero - will be held in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry Hotel from 5 to 7pm on April 6. All Operators and Suppliers are most welcome to attend.

Please feel free to invite any prospective Members or Associates to participate. HAC would like to extend its thanks to StandardAero for their generous sponsorship of the event. A tour of the StandardAero Winnipeg facilities will take place in the morning of April 7 - time to be determined. A complimentary shuttle will be provided for those that would like to participate.

Please RSVP to barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca


HAC Exhibiting at HAI in Dallas

March 3, 2017 - HAC will be exhibiting at HAI in Dallas again this year. Stop by to visit with us at our HAC Booth, #6617 and pick up some Canadian swag.

Please also join us at the CONNECT TO CANADA EVENT to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)
Fair Park 1 Room on the 3rd floor of the Omni Hotel
555 S Lamar St
Dallas, Texas 75202


Transport Canada Sets Date for Fitness for Flight Workshop

March 3, 2017 - Transport Canada is planning to hold a Fitness for Flight Workshop June 6-7 2017 in the Casino Lac Leamy, to dialogue with industry over a variety of issues relating to Drug & Alcohol, and psychological fitness for flight – excluding notably, Fatigue Management. Watch the Newsletter for more details to follow.



President's Message

February 16, 2017 - HAC's 2017 Convention & Tradeshow Moves to a New Format …

HAC's 2017 Ottawa Convention dates have shifted slightly from November 10-12 2017 to November 9-11 2017. In a move from its traditional Friday-through-Sunday format, HAC's Ottawa Convention dates have moved to a Thursday-through-Saturday format to accommodate attendance by delegates at the 2017 Remembrance Day services at the War Memorial, nearby the Host Hotel – the Ottawa WESTIN.

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Transport Canada Issues DRAFT "One Size Fits All" FRMS Guidance Material for Comment

February 16, 2017 - In spite of many complaints from industry that the proposed new Fatigue Management Regulations are more suited to CAR 705 international operations, than to CAR 703/704 Operations, Transport Canada has released DRAFT Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) Guidance Material that is also not suited to small operators.

FRMS was intended to provide a safer, more flexible alternative to the prescriptive DRAFT regulations. But HAC's President said “HAC believes that the FRMS Guidance Material, as currently drafted is largely beyond the reach of smaller fixed-wing and helicopter operators, and in its current form will force operators to use the oppressive prescriptive regulations currently being advanced by Transport Canada. If Transport Canada continues to move forward with these proposed new regulations, they will come in to force at a huge cost to our customers and our industry – without any attendant improvement to safety”. Operators are invited to comment on the DRAFT Guidance Material to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca by March 10 2017. HAC will be consolidating comments from operators in an Association submission to Transport Canada.

Read a WORKING DRAFT of the proposed new Regulations

Read the DRAFT FRMS Guidance Material

Read the DRAFT Guidance Material for the DRAFT Prescriptive Fatigue Management Regulations


RIAS Survey Cannot be used as the Basis for the New Fatigue Management Regulations says HAC's President

February 16, 2017 - As you may recall, last July, in the heart of the operating season, Transport Canada, without consulting with any industry association on its content, and without notice, invited Operators of all sizes to complete a survey on the cost of the proposed new Fatigue Management Regulations for flight crew members. The survey was being conducted in support of the Regulatory Impact Analysis Survey (RIAS) that accompanies the publication of DRAFT Regulations in Canada Gazette I. You may also recall that they refused to consider any potential effect that the new rules could have on revenue.
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Looking for some Exposure for your Products and Services?

February 16, 2017 - Since 2014, when HAC partnered with MultiView to produce its weekly HAC Communique, it has been distributed to the inboxes of over 1000 industry professionals every Thursday, and features hand-curated articles related to the Canadian helicopter industry. Select industry suppliers also have the opportunity to advertise in this publication, allowing your company to push its message directly to our subscribers' inboxes and take advantage of the association's brand affinity. On occasion, a MultiView marketing consultant may reach out to you about the opportunity. MultiView is the association world's largest B2B publisher and has a long history of selling digital advertising positions into association publications.

MultiView's briefs combine the authority of our association with the relevancy of top industry content to put your business in front of potential buyers in a way that makes you stand out. With industry-leading open rates and full-service creative and account management teams, your company connects with your niche audience in a direct way they're sure to see. So why advertise in our publication? Here are some great reasons:
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President's Message

February 10, 2017 - Al Eustis May 28, 1933 - December 20, 2016 …

Al's love for aviation began when he started watching RCAF aircraft depart from the Boundary Bay airport from the south slope of Burnaby.

He joined the RCAF Reserve forces and transferred to the Regular Forces in the hope that he would be trained as a pilot, but instead he was commissioned as an Aircrew Radio Officer. He found it interesting, but it was not really what he wanted to do and his job was becoming redundant because VHF radios were making communications directly from the cockpit, easier.
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Skilled Workers in the Canadian Aviation Industry

February 10, 2017 - HAC and CCAA are working together to enhance knowledge of the demand for skilled workers in aviation and aerospace manufacturing; what kind of people are needed? Which occupations? What skills are most in demand? How long does it take you to hire for certain job vacancies? What can the Canadian government do to make hiring and training the right people easier?

With a clear knowledge of what industry needs, HAC can help government formulate policies and provide programs to support the human resource needs of our members. Canada's aviation and aerospace companies could not just meet current needs, but could prepare for growth. We ask that you assign time to respond to questions about your workforce, either online, or through a call or visit with a CCAA interviewer to help us understand your needs.

Please contact CCAA with questions or to arrange an interview, or follow this link directly to participate in the current study.
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Preventing Impaired Flying — Where Do We Go from Here?

February 10, 2017 - Recently, Emond Harnden LLP released an Aviation Law Briefing on this topical issue, that can be found at :
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Mark Your Calendars!! HAC's Spring Reception Set for the Evening of April 6 2017 — Sponsored by Standard Aero

February 10, 2017 - HAC is pleased to announce that Standard Aero will be sponsoring our Spring Reception in Winnipeg on April 6 2017. Stay-tuned to the Newsletter for more details on the location of the event.

The next morning, the reception will be followed by a tour of the Standard Aero facilities at Winnipeg Airport. Thank-you, Standard Aero!


ACP Issues

January 18, 2017 - In the last issue of the HAC Newsletter, you may recall we identified some concerns that were raised with the association relating to ACP Monitor Rides, historically carried out by Transport Canada from the rear of the helicopter.
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Flight & Duty Time Advocacy

January 18, 2017 - Recently, you may have been contacted by HAC to participate in our Fatigue Management Advocacy Campaign. Selected members were urged to participate with the association in our efforts to oppose the oppressive new Fatigue Management regime that is being proposed by Transport Canada. HAC is working closely with other like-minded Associations and communities from across Canada who recognize that these proposed regulations are not supported by the fatigue-related science, and that they will not improve safety – but will erode safety – at a huge cost to the commercial aviation community and the customers and communities that we serve. If you have any questions on this subject, please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


CCTA Releases Discussion Paper on Regulatory Modernization for Air Transportation

January 18, 2017 - The CTA has embarked on Phase II of its Regulatory Modernization Review, and they have circulated the following Discussion Paper for consultation purposes. Members with comments, should forward them to HAC at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca., or directly to the CTA at consultations@otc-cta.gc.ca, , with a copy to HAC. HAC will be making a submission on behalf of our Operator-Members.
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President's Message

January 10, 2017 - Transport Canada Struggling to Preserve CARAC in the Face of Financial Limitations …

The CARAC Plenary took place on December 13th in Ottawa, and it was clear that Transport Canada was struggling to preserve the essential elements of a process that was designed to receive meaningful input from industry, in the face of ever-increasing financial limitations. The CARAC Plenary, which has historically been held once each year to review how the process is functioning, has not been held for three years – which is already a pretty good indication of the priority that the Department attaches to the process.
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Minister Garneau Announces His Intention to Modify the Foreign Ownership Limits

January 10, 2017 - Just prior to Christmas, Minister Garneau announced his intention raise the foreign ownership limit from 25% to 49%. The change, while it will not apply to CAR 702 certificate holders, will apply to all CAR 703, 704, and 705 operators. The move is being made over the objections of virtually all the national associations representing the interests of Commercial air operators. The Minister intends to limit the ability of any one foreign shareholder to hold more than 25% of the voting shares.


Transport Canada Preparing to Issue Policy on Monitor Rides Being Conducted from the Rear Seat

January 10, 2017 - A number of operators have contacted HAC about the refusal of some Transport Canada Inspectorate staff to conduct Monitor Rides from the rear seat of helicopters.

In a discussion with HAC, Transport Canada has raised concerns over safety, and the ability of Inspectors to effectively monitor the ride being conducted, from the rear seat. Concerns have been raised by inspectors about their safety if they are not buckled up. Furthermore, the department has raised concerns over the effectiveness of a monitor ride conducted from the rear of the helicopter, under any circumstances, owing to awkward geometry for surveillance from the rear of most helicopters. Inspectors are also struggling with a lack of recent experience on some types of helicopters. HAC has offered to work with Transport Canada to help resolve these thorny issues.


Constructive Dismissal — Training Bond — Wildcat Helicopters Inc. v. Ellis

January 10, 2017 - Employer claim for reimbursement of training bond as per employment agreement - Employee failed to prove constructive dismissal - Employer awarded full training bond.
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12.12 Aerial Work Requirements — Avalanche Control Operations

[The following article is being circulated at the request of the HAC TDG Committee]

With the arrival of the cold and snow in many remote regions, many operators will be engaged in Avalanche Control operations for their clients.

So, in response to several questions from its membership, the HAC Dangerous Goods Committee has put out a short clarification on what this requires from a DG perspective.

TDG Regulation 12.12(1)(e) mentions Avalanche Control as an activity that is clearly covered as a valid Aerial Work activity. This means that an Equivalency Certificate IS NOT required for Avalanche Control operations.

However, along with observance of the general TDG regulations, the following basic conditions and procedures will need to be followed:

• the person who loads and secures the dangerous goods on board the aircraft must be trained, or works under the direct supervision of a person who is trained in the Dangerous Goods regulations and procedures;

• if the dangerous goods are handled or transported by a person other than an employee of the air carrier, that person must be trained as well in both Dangerous Goods, as well as trained and certified in the handling of the explosives they will be using;

• If the dangerous goods are loaded onboard the aircraft by the pilot-in-command or by an individual under his direct supervision, a NOTOC form is not required. Otherwise the person who loads and secures the dangerous goods must give the pilot-in-command a written document with the item’s shipping name, UN number, class, and the gross mass of the dangerous goods and, in the case of explosives, the net explosives quantity;

• the operator must have clear and documented operational guidelines and procedures for avalanche control operations;

• the pilot-in-command must be informed of the nature and quantity of the explosive to be used, as well as any special operational or safety considerations to be observed;

• in the event of a dangerous goods incident or emergency, the incident must be reported to CANUTEC and any other related agencies as soon as possible, as per TDG Part 8 regulations;

• The nature of the operation should be annotated on the flight document.

As with everything else in this industry, it’s all about managing the risks and bringing everybody back safely.

Stay Safe and have a Great Winter Season, The HAC Dangerous Goods Committee


President's Message

December 16, 2016 - Sausages and the CARs …

Mark Twain once said, "Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made." Sadly, Mr. Twain's statement aptly applies to the process leading up to the coming-in-to-force of many regulations – including the CARs. I am constantly amazed by the variety of forces that influence the evolution of our regulatory environment. HAC applauds the government's efforts to move toward "evidence-based decision making", but we still have a long way to go. In life, and in law-making, sometimes it is more gratifying (and less depressing) to remind ourselves "where we have come from", rather than "where we would like to be".
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Helijet's S76C+ Flights Resume in BC

December 16, 2016 - Recently Transport Canada approved a new flight manual supplement for the Sikorsky S76C helicopters used by Helijet. Approval of the new supplement follows months of intensive collaboration between BCEHS, Helijet, Maxcraft Avionics, Sikorsky Aircraft and Transport Canada to test and validate certain flight operating procedures for the aircraft.
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Transport Canada Preparing H1 Interpretation Bulletin

December 16, 2016 - Transport Canada has acknowledged that the industry could benefit from a better understanding of the performance requirements for H1 Heliports, and they are preparing a document that can be used as an aid by industry for the purpose of determining whether the aircraft that they operate are in compliance with the regulations. A number of questions were raised by members on this subject at HAC's recent Convention in Edmonton.


CARAC Plenary to Take Place on December 13 2016

December 16, 2016 - The long-overdue Canadian Aviation Regulatory Advisory Council (CARAC) Plenary will take place on December 13 2016, in Ottawa. One of the items under review will be the CARAC Charter, which provides a roadmap for the consultation process with stakeholders – a process originally crafted over ten years ago, to facilitate the input of industry on Transport Canada's regulatory initiatives. In the last ten years, the process was used to generate hundreds of regulatory amendments – all but a very few have been abandoned by Transport Canada.

The new process, modified to reflect the ability of the regulator to accommodate a very few regulatory changes each year, and to reduce the number of costly and time-consuming face-to-face meetings under the old system, HAC believes has been crafted to primarily recognize the economic realities faced by the Department.
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President's Message

November 24, 2016 - HAC's Convention Lived Up to the Hype

By all accounts the Convention was a resounding success. Five Static Display aircraft arrived and departed uneventfully from the Edmonton Convention Centre. I was particularly impressed by the willingness of ALL company personnel to help everyone move their aircraft on to the floor. There was an extraordinary effort (with the aid of a shoehorn and some axel grease) to get Black Swan's Bell 204 through the Convention Centre's bay door. We had 35 people on the pre-landing and pre-take off FOD-walks. Thank-you all for pitching in!


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HAC to Revisit Convention Timing

November 24, 2016 - A number of delegates in YEG commented that it may be time to canvass members and associates on the timing for the Convention. The last couple of years we have scheduled the convention to take place on the Remembrance Day weekend. In the same survey, HAC has agreed to invite members to comment on Mid-week versus weekend; and on our current West-West-East format for the selection of Convention venues. Some have suggested that we should be moving to a Vancouver-Vancouver-East format. As it is, we are committed to Ottawa in 2017 on the Remembrance Day weekend during the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

The convention will break to allow those who wish to attend, the opportunity to walk to the Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial – just two blocks from the Westin Ottawa. As you may know, 2017 is also the 150th Anniversary of Canada, so there will be lots going on in Bytown! In 2018, we will be back in Vancouver again, but after that, it is anyone's guess!

Owing to the busy Fall convention period, and the limited number of Convention Centre venues that can accommodate our growing show, HAC has been driven to book our venues at least two years in advance


HAC Board — Election Results

November 24, 2016 - There were three Operator-Director positions up for election in Edmonton. Jen Norie of VIH and Jacob Forman of Yellowhead were re-elected, and Rob Gallagher of Coldstream was elected. Your current Board of Directors is as follows:

Sylvain Seguin, CHL, Chair
Brad Fandrich, Valley Helicopters, Vice
Jen Norie, VIH, Corporate Secretary (Re-Elected)
Jacob Forman, Yellowhead, Treasurer (Re-Elected)
Shane Cyr, UHNL
Brian Clegg, Skyline
Steve Williams, Emond Harnden LLP
Maury Wood, Avialta
Rob Gallagher, Coldstream (Newly Elected)


Some Messages Received While Running Through the Convention

November 24, 2016 - As I was running through the Edmonton Shaw Convention Centre, a number of members managed to slow me down long enough to bend my ear on some outstanding issue. Here are a few them, in no particular order:

1. Levels of Service from Transport Canada – It is taking 90 days to have an aircraft registration processed. Upon the importation of an aircraft, the entire importation process can be completed with a Certificate of Airworthiness issued, and yet the aircraft must sit on the ground, not generating revenue or available for private use as the Certificate of Registration has not been processed.

2. Commercial Operators access to SURs, CADs, IPBs, MSIs and similar publications, should be reinstated. Denying access to these documents negatively affects aviation safety in Canada.

3. Regional Disparity – there are huge difference between regions across Canada that are evident across a broad range of services, including applications for Low Flying Permits, Service Levels, Regulatory interpretations, to name only a few.

4. Termination of the CAIRS System. It is no longer possible to have a higher authority review an interpretation that has been provided by the Region.


President's Message

October 13, 2016 - There is no Handicapped Parking in the Jungle — How HAC Tries to Develop Policy that Transcends the Business Interests of a Few Individual Operators

I am often asked how the Association arrives at an "industry position" on any given issue. My answer is rooted in a few basic principles that I have tried to apply over the years, across associations that...
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HAC Launches New Website

October 13, 2016 - HAC is preparing to launch its new website. The new site has updated content and a more user-friendly format. Members or Associates with helicopter photos they would like to see on the website should forward them to barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca

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HAC Participates in Risk Assessment of CAR 702 Operations

October 13, 2016 - Last week, HAC and CHL participated in a Transport Canada-sponsored Risk Assessment of CAR 702 operations. Transport Canada is reviewing the manner in which this segment of the aviation community (both fixed-wing and helicopter) is being oversighted. All but two of Canada's CAR 702 Helicopter Operators also hold CAR 703 AOCs, and some held CAR 604 POCs, too.

Unlike most Risk Assessments, where the risk of a specific change is assessed, this Risk Assessment considered a broad spectrum of alternatives to traditional oversight for this segment of the industry, including complete deregulation; further delegations of authority for specific industry segments; Regulatory Stewardship (similar to the Canadian Business Aviation Association program from eight years ago), and many others.

Transport Canada will be using the RA process to evaluate the current allocation of their inspectorate resources, with a view to determining the most efficient ways to improve the safety of CAR 702 operations, while at the same time coping with the prospect of reduced funding for Transport Canada.


HAC Receiving an Earful Over Proposed Flight & Duty Time Regulations

October 13, 2016 - All indications are that the response to Transport Canada's Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) Survey has been underwhelming. Our last report, from two weeks ago, indicated that Transport has received about 30 responses. "There has been no shortage of feedback to HAC, however", said HAC's President & CEO". He went on to say, "Operators were confused by the incomplete summary of the regulations that accompanied the RIAS survey, but it is still clear that the latest proposal has not come far enough to accommodate the unique requirements of our industry".

As part of an advocacy campaign that will be closely aligned with other like-minded Associations, members will be invited to work together with HAC and their Federal MPs over the Christmas period to highlight the damaging effect that the latest proposed regulations would have on the helicopter industry, and on the customers and communities that they serve.

More details relating to the latest chapter in this saga will be made known to members in the coming few weeks, and we will enlisting your support and assistance to make your views on this critically important subject known to your elected representatives, prior to their publication for comment in Gazette I in the Spring of 2017.


Don't Wait Any Longer to Book Your Professional Development Courses at the Edmonton Convention!

HAC's Convention Courses are filling up fast, so don't delay!

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Register for the Convention On-Line Today!

Register Here.


Westin Edmonton SOLD OUT — Overflow Hotel Chateau LaCombe Selling Out FAST

October 13, 2016 - Book at the Chateau LaCombe HERE.

Or contact the hotel directly at Tel: 780-428-6611

Toll Free: 1-800-661-8801

block code: Hel_001

Visit the HAC Convention Page for other options, when these fill up!

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HEC Harnesses

February 19, 2016

Are you involved in human external cargo (HEC) operations? If so, you will be interested to know that Transport Canada (TC) has approached HAC to help organize a Working Group to ensure the equipment you are using to carry those people outside your helicopters is, and continues to be, safe.

Canadian regulations require that equipment used for HEC operations is approved for that purpose, but for some harnesses that are used by some Canadian operators to carry people outside their helicopters, the required approval does not exist. TC needs input from the operating and supplier communities so that they can finalize a Global Exemption that will be the basis for continued use of certain harnesses, which comply with its terms. Operators will work with TC Regional offices to make use of this exemption, when it is finalized.

Within an agreed-upon period of time after being granted the exemption it is expected that all harnesses will be approved using a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). There will be an Advisory Circular (AC) developed by TC to help Operators and Inspectors interpret and apply the terms of the regulations as they apply to the certification of harnesses that will be used during HEC operations. The AC will be used by STC applicants and TC to ensure that requirements for certification are clearly understood and consistently applied. TC intends to consult with industry during development of the AC. TC is working with the HAC Class D sub–committee of the HAC Air Taxi committee to consult with industry as they move forward with this initiative.

Please monitor the HAC Newsletter for more information as it becomes available.


I Always Feel Like I am "Hanging Out There" — But This Time I Really Was...

Courtesy of GSH, I had a chance to experience a hoist demonstration in YVR – at what most pilots would agree, was the wrong end of the rope - played at our Keynote Luncheon:

https://youtu.be/NlWkM2EMkNk

PRESIDENT"S MESSAGE

March 8, 2016

 

CTA Report Released

 

Late last week, the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Report was released (see the CTA Review Report article, below). It contains a wide variety of recommendations touching on many segments of the Canadian Transportation sector, including the Air, Rail, and Marine modes. The report also serves to situate the importance of the Canadian transportation system for the prosperity of Canada and Canadians.

READ MORE.


 

Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Report

March 8, 2016

 

On February 25, 2016, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, tabled the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Report in Parliament. The Review undertook a broad examination of the national transportation system and identified potential actions to enhance the system's ability to support Canada's international competitiveness, trade, and prosperity.

 

The Report, entitled Pathways: Connecting Canada's Transportation System to the World, represents 18 months of analysis including: over 340 stakeholder consultations across Canada and international travel to research and analyze models and best practices; over 200 stakeholder submissions; and over 30 Review Secretariat commissioned studies.

 

The Report, in its entirety, is now available on Transport Canada's website at: www.tc.gc.ca/ctareview2014. Abstracts of the studies commissioned by the Secretariat are also available through this link. The Report makes a number of critical observations; chief among them is the critical role that transportation plays in a high-performing economy. Ultimately, the Minister views the Report as an important contribution to the advancement of a more well-defined and ambitious vision for transportation in Canada. A detailed assessment of the Report's findings and recommendations is ongoing.

 

Collaboration with key partners, including provincial and territorial governments and the private sector, is essential to ensure Canada's transportation system is positioned to capitalize on global opportunities, contribute to a high-performing economy, and meet the evolving needs of Canadians. At our recent Council meeting on January 27, 2016, the Minister had the opportunity to hear about current provincial and territorial transportation priorities. Those issues will be considered as the Government shapes its long-term transportation system agenda.


 

Mark the Spring Reception Date! April 20 at Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites in Old Montreal

March 8, 2016

 

HAC's Spring Reception will take place at the Place D'Darmes Hotel at 55, Saint-Jacques West Montreal from 5-7 pm on April 20 in Old Montreal. Please RSVP to barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca. Details relating to the Room Block rate will be available in a Bulletin, shortly.

 

The Helicopter Association of Canada and the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace are pleased to offer a one-day Company Aviation Safety Officer (CASO) Workshop. Participants will benefit from a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of the Safety Management Officer while also providing a thorough understanding of how to manage the various aspects of a Safety Management System. Register now to attend!


 

HAC to Raise H1 Helipad Access Issues

March 8, 2016

 

The Association has been receiving a flurry of calls – both from operators and hospitals – about helicopter access to H1 Helipads. Apparently, Transport Canada has been providing instructions to helicopter operators that under no circumstances shall a Single-Engine Helicopter or Class II Multi-Engine helicopter approach to land at an H1 Helipad – even for the purposes of saving human life. Strictly applied, this would mean that a patient with life-threatening injuries would need to be transferred to an airport by helicopter, before being brought to a hospital via land ambulance. HAC has questioned this interpretation. This could present a potentially life-threatening delay that could be avoided by allowing the helicopter to deliver the patient directly to the hospital, with very little risk. What's more, most of the helicopters that are currently certified for operations in to H1 helipads, are not widely available in many areas of Canada, and many of them are not capable of landing at accident scenes in the bush or on a mountainside where ad hoc emergency evacuation is often required.


 

HEC Harness Working Group Meeting Delayed to Mid-March

March 8, 2016

 

The HEC Harness Working group meeting, tentatively scheduled to take place in early March has been postponed by Transport Canada until Mid-March. HAC expects to be able to release the DRAFT Global Exemption prior to the meeting to be able to provide interested parties with an opportunity to review the document and provide their initial comments at the meeting.


 

CASO Course Being Delivered the Day-Of the Spring Reception in Montreal on April 20 — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

February 19, 2016

 

The Helicopter Association of Canada and the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace are pleased to offer a one-day Company Aviation Safety Officer Workshop.

Participants will benefit from a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of the Safety Management Officer while also providing a thorough understanding of how to manage the various aspects of a Safety Management System.

 

Register now to attend.
April 20, 2016
Montreal, Quebec [Venue TBC]

 

All Registrants are also welcome to attend the HAC Spring Reception on the same day in the evening — in the same hotel TBC.


 

PRESIDENT"S MESSAGE

February 19, 2016

 

Be Careful What You Ask For...

 

I can't claim to know everything about our business, so when I become involved in a new area, I generally make-the-rounds on the phone, and talk to Members and Associates to orient myself to the new subject matter. Its my way of trying to determine "where the land mines are located." Occasionally, I still get burned when they go off. About a week ago, when HAC went out with a Bulletin on the subject of HEC Harnesses (see below), and I contacted eight or ten HEC Operators and harness manufacturers, I had to don my NOMEX business suit. Many others left messages on my voicemail, or sent me emails.

 

Some Operators wanted access to harnesses that were Airworthiness Approved, but available at a reasonable price. OEMs wanted relief from some of the most unreasonable and burdensome elements in the current TSO Standard, but at the same time felt as if their investment in the current standard might be wasted if the proverbial bar was lowered too far. Manufacturers raised concerns over regional differences in the Airworthiness Approval process for harnesses. Some individuals questioned the need for any Airworthiness approval, at all.

 

For those that I DID speak with, thank you for your comments. For those that I didn't speak with, thank you for your voicemails and emails. Without your input, I can't possibly provide any advice to Transport Canada on the way forward. In this case, there are so many conflicting points of view, that HAC has prevailed upon Transport Canada to include all Interested Parties in a discussion of this subject, including the members of the HAC Class D Sub-Committee.

 

Please keep an eye on the Newsletter for more information. Transport Canada has committed to form a Working Group to receive feedback from HEC Operators, users, and OEMs. We expect that the consultation process will spin-up in early March. If you have any questions between now and then, please contact me anytime, on my cell at 613-884-1422 or by email at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


 

Take a TEST-FLIGHT at HELI-EXPO!

February 19, 2016


HNZ and Frasca International will be displaying HNZ Topflight's new combined Airbus AS350 B2/H125 Level 7 Flight Training Device at HELI-EXPO 2016, Louisville, KY (Booth #9256).

 

If you are interested in booking a complimentary "test-flight," please contact Mark Olson at 780-429-6928 or by email at molson@hnz.com.

 

Don't delay! Spaces are filling fast!

 

The FTD will move to its permanent location at the Edmonton International Airport in the Fall of 2016. It will be available, through the HNZ Topflight, to operators who are interested in utilizing this device as part of their training programs. Flight hour credits may be obtained as part of a CAA approved training program.


 

The Government of Canada and HAC are Hosting a Networking Reception at HAI on March 2

February 19, 2016


Please see the attached invitation. All Operators and Associates are welcome to attend. The more-the-merrier. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Feb 23, 2016 HERE..


 

PRESIDENT"S MESSAGE

February 5, 2016

 

On the Road Again…

 

For the better part of the last two weeks I have been on-the-road in BC, visiting with Operator-members and prospects. I met with about 14 Operators – at their hangars, but also at the Mining Roundup in Vancouver. It is always gratifying to meet with operators face-to-face, because I have found it is the best way to really appreciate industry circumstances. It will come as no surprise, that helicopter operators rarely mince words. I never once left a conversation wondering how they "really felt". I departed the province of British Columbia confident that not one of these operators missed their calling in the Diplomatic Service.

 

In short, our industry has some difficult times ahead. Between a flagging economy, declining commodity prices, a weak Canadian dollar, and UAVs, there are some challenges. The only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy horizon was the logging industry. While a number of operators were still optimistic, many were "battening down the hatches" for a challenging season, and a few of them commented that they had far more resumes from experienced drivers and engineers on their desks than they have had in recent years. Many commented on the consolidations that have taken place in recent history and lamented the "race to the bottom" on rates that has been taking place in many areas. They commented that customers often select an operator based on an assessment of rates-alone, with little consideration for their safety systems, or accident experience.

 

Having said all that, operators were still optimistic that the economy would rebound in time, and that this economic malaise would make them stronger when it was over.


 

HAC Exhibiting at HAI in Louisville KY in 2016

February 5, 2016

 

HAC is exhibiting at HAI again this year! Stop by and see us at Booth #9040 – just look for the big Canadian flag!


 

Survival Systems Training and Total Response Solutions Delivering International Hoist Emergency Response Training Symposium

February 5, 2016

 

Survival Systems Training (SSTL) has partnered with Total Response Solutions (TRS) to deliver their first International Hoist Emergency Response Training (HERT) Symposium in Dartmouth Nova Scotia on March 31st 2016.

 

This is an event that may be of interest to members of HAC that are engaged in using helicopter hoists to lift or rescue personnel as part of their operations. Read more


 

HAC's Oil & Gas Committee Holding a WEBEX Conference Call on Feb 16 2016 at 1400 PST

February 5, 2016

 

HAC Operators and Associates, please take notice that the HAC Oil & Gas Committee will be holding a WEBEX conference call on Feb 16 2016 at 1400 PST. Agenda to follow.

 

Details are set out below:

 

1. Please join the meeting, Feb 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM PST. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/255482877

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial 1 (647) 497-9371
Access Code: 255-482-877
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 255-482-877

Members and Associates with questions, should contact the Committee's Chair Marc Shoenrank at mschoenrank@gmail.com


 

HAC's President Presenting on Behalf of IHST at the CHC Safety & Quality Summit

February 5, 2016

 

HAC's President and CEO has been a member of the International Helicopter Safety Team's (IHST) Executive Committee for seven years and this year he will be making a presentation at the CHC S&Q Summit. This year will mark IHST's 10th anniversary. He will be discussing our safety-progress – both domestically and as part of the global helicopter community.


 

HAC's Spring Reception in Montreal on April 20 2016

February 5, 2016

 

Mark your calendar, now! HAC's Annual Spring Reception will be held in Montreal in the evening of April 20. The Association will also be arranging for a pre-reception Professional Development course to be delivered on-site. Stay tuned for more details relating to the venue, timing, and the course. HAC would also like to invite any of its Associates that would be good enough to sponsor the reception, to contact Fred Jones at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca

 


 

Spring Reception 2016 — April 20 in Montreal — Hold the Date

January 29, 2016

 

In a recent meeting the Board decided to hold our annual Spring Reception in Montreal in the evening of April 20, at a location, tbd. Shortly, the association will be announcing the venue and the time for the event. Also the Association will be holding a Professional Development program on the day of the reception. Stand-by for more details.


 

Canadian Trade Commission-Sponsored Reception for Canadian Operators and Associates at HAI In The Works

January 29, 2016

 

HAC and the Canadian Trade Commission are planning a networking event in Louisville KY at HELI-EXPO this year, for HAC's Operators and Associates in attendance. Details relating to the date and time of the event will be available shortly.


 

Transport Canada to Issue Updated MD500 AD 2005-21-02

January 29, 2016

 

In response to a request from our affected operator-members through HAC, Transport Canada will be re-issuing an updated AD 2005-21-02 exemption to incorporate the latest inspection techniques. Their plans are to have the updated exemption valid for three-years, and they hope to have it renewed by Feb 4 2016, when the current exemption will expire.


 

Air Time & Flight Time — National Interpretation Looming

January 29, 2016

 

There has recently been some considerable discussion between one of our Operator-Members and their Region on the subject of Air Time and Flight Time in helicopters, and how they should be recorded in the Journey Log, but also how Flight Time should be recorded in a Pilot's Personal Log Book. The issue is critically important – for the calculation of maintenance-related items, but also with respect to the recording of Revenue Time and for the purpose of calculating Flight Time Limits, and Flight Time for Licensing purposes.

 

We are aware that there is considerable disagreement – both between Regions and within Regions on this subject, and HAC is becoming engaged in the discussion, with a view to developing an industry position on this important subject.



HAC and Its Members Invited by Transport Canada to Consult on Harness Requirements for Human External Load Operations

January 28, 2016


Just after Christmas, HAC and its members were invited to participate with Transport Canada in a dialogue on harness requirements for human external load operations. Efforts will be made to discuss and reconcile the different types of available equipment – both certified and uncertified.

 

The Terms of Reference for the discussion are in the process of being drafted, and HAC's members involved in these operations (both operators and equipment suppliers) will be invited to participate. Stand-by for more…


 

The Aviation Community Comes Together on a Joint Submission to the Minister of Transport on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

January 28, 2016

 

Just prior to Christmas, 13 Aviation associations from across the country made a joint submission to the new Minister of Transport on the importance of taking control of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) issue

 

Interest in this issue from all segments of the aviation community has intensified in the wake of a couple of recent near-misses between recreationally operated UAVs and manned aircraft near Ottawa and Waterloo Ontario. We all know that these incidents are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and very soon all those new Christmas UAVs (estimated to be 1,000,000 in North America) will be taking to the air – and potentially increasing the threat to helicopter operations.

 

The letter follows up a series of meetings that have been taking place in Ottawa and across the country between Transport Canada and members of the aviation community.

Read the Joint Submission HERE

 


 

Ten Years of IHST — Canadian Safety Efforts Bear Fruit

January 28, 2016

 

On Tuesday March 1 2016 at Heli-Expo, there will be public signing ceremony for the NEW International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Charter, where participating IHST Countries will renew their commitment to the goal of "Zero Accidents". The original Charter was signed ten years ago in 2005. HAC's President and CEO will be at the ceremony and is proud to serve on the IHST Executive Committee — the IHST's senior-most governing body.

 

In a letter from the IHST Co-Chairs, announcing the event Canadian operators were recognized for having experienced 18-months without a single fatal accident. [read the letter HERE]. With the exception of the last eighteen month period, Canadian helicopter operators have averaged roughly 3.5 fatal accidents per year with an average of 5.8 fatalities per year. Our Canadian helicopter accident rate has been trending steadily down in the last ten years.

ALERT — R44 Main Rotor Blades

March 20, 2015

Transport Canada has alerted HAC to a potential concern relating to certain R44 main rotor blades, arising as a result of an accident recently in New Zealand on February 19 2015. Transport Canada is currently discussing this issue with the FAA regarding appropriate corrective action however, in the meantime operators with affected blades are encouraged to carry out the actions in the attached Robinson Safety Alert.

READ MORE


Get Some Great Discounted Training for Staff and Support Your Association — All at the Same Time...

February 19, 2015

READ MORE


HAC and HELI-EXPO — Why is Delegate Pricing So Different?

February 19, 2015

READ MORE


Alert to Aircraft Transiting North Western BC Below 12,000 Feet

Link to file


 

HAC Members Make Their Views Known on Low Flying Permits

Read the submission.

Following your feedback in writing and during the technical briefing of April 11th, Transport Canada has made revisions and posted a revised Notice of Proposed Amendment on Crew Resource Management (under Activity #2014-021).

The revised document can be found in the CARAC Activity Reporting System HERE

Select "Revised Notice of Proposed Amendment – Crew Resource Management". For ease of reference, the changes from the original NPA are tracked in blue font or are underlined.

Please provide your comments on the revised NPA to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca on or before June 1 2016 when industry comments will be consolidated and HAC will make its formal submission on the content of the proposed new regulations.

HAC's New Board of Directors Met for the First Time on November 15, 2015

December 10, 2015

 

HAC's new Board of Directors met for the first time on November 15 2015, just after the Vancouver Convention wrapped-up. Among other things, they met briefly to:


1. Elect the Officers of the Board, as follows:

• Sylvain Seguin – Chair
• Brad Fandrich – Vice
• Jen Norie-Cross – Corporate Secretary
• Jacob Forman – Treasurer

2. Establish the New Committee Liaisons – as follows:

• Steven Williams - Human Resources
• Brad Fandrich - Maintenance & Manufacturing
• Maury Wood - Flight Training
• Jonathan Burke - Class D
• Jen Norie - Air Taxi
• Jacob Forman - Oil & Gas, TDG
• Shane Cyr - Safety
• Brian Clegg - IFR
• Sylvain Seguin - UFOC

Each serving Board member acts as a Committee Liaison to provide regular up-dates to the rest of the Board, with respect to their committee's issues and progress.


 

A Thank-You to Heli-College Canada and Their Student Volunteers!

December 10, 2015

 

HAC would like to extend a big thank-you to our volunteer-students from Heli-College Canada!

 

Remember these faces if they come visiting to look for work!

 

 

Volunteers L-R (in front of HeliJet's S76)

James O'Conner
Shane Stuart
Kimberley Hall
David Hall
Kelsey Menczel
Denis Giacometti
Mark Green (not shown)
Matt Fargey (not shown)


 

Rod Wood Awarded Honorary Life Member Award

December 10, 2015

 

Rod Wood received HAC's Honorary Life Member Award at the Vancouver Convention.

 

The award is made to individuals, selected by the Board who have distinguished themselves by making an outstanding contribution to the HAC.

 

 

 

Above, Rod Wood (centre) receiving his award, with Sylvain Seguin (HAC’s Chair) and Fred Jones. Top photo – Rod, a few years earlier with his lovely wife, Sharon.


 

Jim Davies and Terry Jones Receive Agar-Stringer Awards

December 10, 2015

 

Jim Davies and Terry Jones both received an Agar-Stringer Award at the Vancouver convention. The award is made to individuals selected by the Board, based on nominations received from members.

Pioneers in our industry who have made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian Helicopter community are eligible to receive the award.

 

Jim Davies depicted above – before approved cargo restraint systems became an issue….

 

 

Terry Jones depicted above.

 


 

President's Message

December 10, 2015

 

Associations Unite to Prepare a Joint Submission on UAV's

 

Earlier in the Fall, HAC made a submission to Transport Canada on the subject of the operation of UAVs.

 

Since then, seven associations have been meeting to draft a joint submission to identify the major safety issues with respect to the operation of UAVs, for our new Minister of Transport.

 

There seems to be some agreement among the associations that the recreational UAV operator presents the highest level of threat to conventional manned operations, particularly in light of a couple of recent near-misses near Rockcliffe and Waterloo airports occurring during recreational UAV operations. The arrival of thousands of new UAVs under Canadian Christmas trees this year has only intensified our concerns.

 

The Associations have discussed a variety of concerns around the operation of these aircraft, including the need to Mark and Register them; the need to implement serious sanctions relating to their operations near aerodromes or in areas where they are likely to come in to conflict with manned aircraft; the need to explore "geo-fencing" technology; the need for education for recreational users and a requirement for commercial UAV operators to hold a permit; the need for warnings relating to unsafe operations on the boxes of UAVs sold for recreational use, to name only a few.

 

HAC believes that helicopter operators are among the most vulnerable to conflicts with UAVs, since we will generally operate in the same low-level airspace, and may be conducting similar types of operations in the same areas.

 

Your association will stay at the forefront of this issue, and will continue to keep you informed as the Department's policy takes shape.


 

Static Display

December 9, 2015

 

It took us seven months to plan, and three hours to execute, but our first ever full-on Static Display came off flawlessly.

The weather didn't exactly cooperate for our arrivals and departures, but all six aircraft managed to get in and get out without incident on our primary arrival and departure days. Six aircraft on the West Terrace made for a pretty picture (see below).

 

 

The digital Orca presented a significant obstacle in the LZ, and prompted more than one observer to suggest that we should “Free Willy” in Vancouver Harbour.

 

HAC would like to recognize Shari Currie, Trevor Heryet, Stacey Mason, Danielle Rehm, and Rick Shobesberger of Transport Canada for their help. HAC also would like to recognize the efforts of Ken Glaze of VertiFlight International Consulting Inc., who led the Temporary Landing Permit application process, and executed the on-site coordination.

 

Check-out HeliJet's 76, arriving on the West Terrace!


 

HAC Has a New Board of Directors

December 9, 2015


HAC has a number of new Board Members! Your new Board of Directors is as follows – including their company affiliation, their position as an Officer of the Board (as applicable), their status on the Board, and whether they represent a Western or Eastern Operator, or an Associate:


Sylvain Seguin, CHL, Chair (Re-Elected) – Eastern Operator
Brad Fandrich, Valley Helicopters, Vice-Chair (Re-Elected) – Western Operator
Jen Norie, VIH, Corporate Secretary (mid-term – not up for election) – Western Operator
• Jonathan Burke, Blackcomb Aviation, Director (Newly-Elected) – Western Operator
Brian Clegg, Skyline Helicopters, Director (Newly-Elected) – Western Operator
Shane Cyr, Universal Helicopters Newfoundland, Director (Newly-Elected) – Eastern Operator
Jacob Forman, Yellowhead Helicopters, Director (mid-term – not up for election) – Western Operator
Steven Williams, Emond Harnden LLP, Director (Re-Elected as an Associate Director by Acclamation) – Associate
Maury Wood, Avialta, Director (Elected as an Associate Director by Acclamation) - Associate


Contact information for your new Board will be posted to the HAC web site, shortly.

Our Board is composed of nine members – two Operator-Directors from East of the Manitoba-Ontario border; two Operator-Directors from West of the Manitoba-Ontario border; three Operator-Directors can be from the East or the West; and two Associate Directors. All Board members serve two-year terms.

In 2016, the positions currently occupied by Jen Norie and Jacob Forman will be up for election.


 

Our 2015 Trade Show SOLD OUT - They Had to be Fast...

December 9, 2015

Our exhibitors are fast…well, maybe not this fast…

https://vimeo.com/146188509

 

Our 2015 Trade Show was our biggest and best so-far, with roughly 135 exhibitors.

 

The floor was often crowded during our receptions, lunches, breakfasts and coffee breaks! Thank-you to all our 2015 exhibitors, and to our 2016 Corporate Sponsors and our 2015 Convention Sponsors!

 

 

 


 

Record Number of Delegates

December 9, 2015

 

As-of the deadline for the Newsletter, we don't have exact numbers, but we do know that we had roughly 1000 delegates in attendance at this year's convention – a record for HAC.

 


 

Two New Committees in the Process of Forming

December 9, 2015

 

In response to interest from members, two new committees-in-the making met for the first time in Vancouver. A New Human Resources Committee and a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Committee met to gauge the interest of members. Between now and Christmas, both groups will present Terms of Reference to the HAC Board for approval.


 

Equivalency Certificate SA 7720 (Ren. 9)

December 9, 2015

 

Please click here to read the latest Equivalency Certificate from Transport Canada Safety and Security


 

HAC Making Progress on Discussions with PICTIA — and the Transition to the Ministry of Advanced Education

April 5, 2015

You may recall that that the transition from the Private Career Training Institutions Agency [of BC] — also known as PICTIA — is underway, and HAC's Flight Training Committee Chair — Lyle Watts, HAC's President & CEO, and ATAC have been engaged in discussions with the Ministry to try and ensure that the costs of the new system to BC's Flight Training Units are kept to a minimum, and that a Risk Assessment will drive the frequency and complexity of their new oversight processes.

Other issues, like the inclusion of aircraft in the "tuition" costs and accessibility to EQA have also been important issues relating to the review process and our access to foreign students. HAC will be coordinating a submission on these important issues to the Ministry of Advanced Education.


 

President's Message

A Growing Tide of Operators are Providing IFR

May 14, 2015

Training — to their VFR Helicopter Pilots

For years, the conventional wisdom in the helicopter industry has been NOT to provide IFR training to VFR helicopter pilots — "Because they should be avoiding IMC at all costs — particularly when they are low-and-slow. A little IFR knowledge may lead them to believe that they can proceed in IMC, when in fact their chances of landing successfully are very slim."

READ MORE


 

Transport Canada About to Release DRAFT F&DT Regulations

 

On Monday September 15, we are led to believe that Transport Canada will be releasing the first draft of new Flight & Duty Time Regulations for the Commercial and Business Aviation Communities. It has been almost two years since the Flight & Duty Time Working Group Report was tabled in the CARAC process, over the objections of HAC and eight other allied regional and National Associations.

With the exception of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) all the national and regional associations in Canada representing the interests of Commercial and Business Aviation joined forces in opposition to the Recommendations contained in the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group Report

Read the Working Group Report

 

Nine Associations including the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), Association québécoise du transport aérien (AQTA), Aviation Alberta (AA), British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC), Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), Manitoba Aviation Council (MAC), Northern Air Transport Association (NATA), and the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC), and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), joined forces to reject the Recommendations contained in the report.

Read the Dissent

 

The content of the draft Regulations has been a closely-held secret, but HAC and its allies will be reviewing the regulations this week, and planning our the next-steps in our advocacy efforts based on their content. Stay tuned for more.


 

HAC Convention Sponsorship Opportunities (November 7-9 2014) — Options for Every Budget

 

HAC has rolled-out its most extensive Convention Sponsorship Program, ever, in preparation for this November's Convention in Montreal. Don't miss out on some extended exposure for your company! Montreal is not-to-be-missed!
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AGAR-STRINGER Award Nominations NOW Open

 

Are you aware of someone who has made an exceptional contribution to our industry? They may be deserving of our AGAR-STRINGER Award. Nominations must be received by August 31 2014. Award recipients are recognized at our Annual Luncheon, scheduled to take place on November 8 in Montreal, Quebec.


 

Airbus Hosting First International Symposium on Rotary Wing Operations in a Hydro Environment

 

The symposium is open to Hydro Agencies, Operators, Safety Advisors, Trade Associations, Hydro Procurement Officers and End Users. For additional information please contact: Nitin Sareen, Marketing Manager for Airbus Helicopters Canada at 905-994-2948 or by email at Nitin.Sareen@Airbus.com.

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Charm School for Helicopter Pilots

 

Do you have some crew members that have "Hands and Feet", but seem to be constantly causing friction with your customers? Do some of your pilots lack diplomacy or tact? Do ALL of your pilots lack diplomacy or tact? This year at the HAC Convention in Montreal, the association will be offering Charm School for Helicopter Pilots.

 

This half-day workshop will provide pilots will some of the essential interpersonal skills to tactfully manage their way through difficult real-life operational circumstances, and will include participation from customer groups who will help identify some of the most common "sore points".

We can't promise that we will take all the hard edges off, but let's think of them as works-in-progress…

 

Watch for the HAC web site for more Convention Program details as they become available.


 

Career Focus Opportunities Still available


July 4, 2013

Career Focus provides funding for employers and organizations to create career-related work experiences for post-secondary graduates. The program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy, a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies. As an industry, Canadian helicopter operators have been one of the largest users of this program in recent history.


More information can be found HERE


 

HAC's President & CEO "Takes it on the Road"


July 4, 2013

Fred has been traveling a bit more this Spring and Summer, for the purpose of meeting with members and prospective members. "More than 80% of the civil helicopters in Canada today are operated by HAC members, but we are pushing for the last 20%" said HAC's President & CEO. This Spring, Fred visited with five Quebec operators, nine BC operators and Associates, and most recently two weeks ago, seven Alberta operators.

 

Fred also commented, "The remote nature of our business makes visiting with ALL our members challenging, but it is important to visit with operators and listen to their opinions and concerns whenever possible. There is no substitute for it. Non-member operators also need to be made aware of the importance of joining. The work that HAC does benefits all Canadian operators."



HAC's Trade Show Now Over 50% Sold-Out!


July 4, 2013

The best locations are going fast! HAC's trade show floor opened for sales about six weeks ago, and the space is selling like hot-cakes. Sales were initially limited to Corporate Sponsors, then Associates and previous exhibitors, but now the floor is open for sales to others.

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Check-out our convention page, here where you will find the current floor plan and occupancy as well as our Preliminary Program. You can even book space on-line. Our Vancouver Convention and Trade Show promises to be our biggest ever, and our first full Fall Show in Vancouver.


 

Training Agreement Now Available to HAC Members


June 20, 2013

In response to demand from members, HAC has developed a Training Agreement template. The agreement, which can be tailored to suit individual company circumstances, is designed to preserve the ability of operators to deliver the best possible training to pilots (both employees and contractors), but at the same time ensuring that they receive a reasonable return on their investment in the form of service from the flight crew member. HAC's President & CEO said, "Operators frequently invest tens of thousands of dollars in flight crew training every year, without any certainty that they will recoup that investment." All HAC operator-members will be receiving a copy of the template Agreement by email. Members may also contact HAC directly to receive the document.


 

Three New Courses Added to the HAC Vancouver 2013 Program


June 20, 2013

HAC's training and Professional Development program in Vancouver will be our largest ever. Recently, three new courses have been added to our already extensive program which can be found at http://www.h-a-c.ca/Preliminary_Program.pdf.


The newest additions to our Professional Development lineup include a PRMC Course, a CASO Course, and an Executive Briefing on Accountability and Liability aimed at helping Accountable Executives learn ways to identify, mitigate and manage their risks. Registration for our Training and Professional Development Programs will open soon. Don't wait until these programs are full….! These courses are bound to sell-out.



HAC's Trade Show Floor - Our Largest Ever – And Selling-Out FAST!


June 20, 2013

In response to demand from our valued Associates and Exhibitors, HAC's Vancouver 2013 trade show floor will be our largest ever, and 50% larger than our next largest show floor in Ottawa in the Spring of 2012! The floor opened for sale about four weeks ago, and it is almost 50% sold-out, already.


Check-out the floor plan!


[Apply for exhibit space on-line, now!


HAC has consistently sold-out its trade show floor EVERY year. Our unique trade show model constantly puts your operator-customers on the floor – and provide you with the maximum exposure.

 

With the exception of our off-site "After Hours" event, and our Opening Luncheon, all our breaks, and our Opening Reception and meal functions are all on the trade show floor. No one in the business provides you with better exposure. Our operator-members collectively account for over 80% of the Canadian civil helicopters operating in Canada today, and Vancouver is our most popular Convention venue. We are expecting over 800 delegates. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Priestley at barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca, today!


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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Scallywag Housing Companies


June 20, 2013

HAC has recently received information that some exhibitors have been approached by “Pirate” housing companies offering rooms for HAC 2013. Do not be fooled by these companies implying an affiliation to HAC, or suggesting that Vancouver hotels are already sold out. Accommodation for HAC 2013 Vancouver 18th Annual Convention & Trade Show has been amply secured. This is a scam and once you provide your credit card details to secure your rooms, you may later discover that no rooms have been reserved and that your wallet has been pillaged by the scurvy dogs.


HAC has negotiated a preferred rate at the Conference Host Hotel, Pan Pacific Vancouver, and several other desirable hotels within walking distance from the Vancouver Convention Centre have been secured at preferred rates once HAC has reached our room obligation with the Pan Pacific. HAC cannot be held responsible for rooms booked outside the HAC Block. Click Here For HAC Accommodation Details


SUPPORT YOUR CONVENTION – BOOK AT THE HOST HOTEL



Strong Response from HAC's Operator Members in Favour of Developing a Training Bond Agreement


June 7, 2013

Recently, HAC went out to its Operator-members to survey them on the need for HAC to develop a template Training Bond Agreement. The agreement was intended to address the scenario where a flight crew member receives flight training at considerable expense to the operator - and then leaves the employ of that operator shortly therafter. These agreements, HAC has learned, can be structured in a variety of successful… and unsuccessful ways.


Thirty operators responded – virtually all them in favour of a template document being developed by the association. Here are some of the highlights of the survey responses:

  1. Most operators felt that the agreement should be drafted to apply to employees and contractors
  2. Half of the operators that responded already use a Training Bond-type of agreement
  3. Most operators responding felt that direct operating costs should be applied where the cost of the flight training is concerned, but many also felt that travel, meals, and accommodation costs, and the pilot's daily rate should be recoverable if the pilot departs the company prematurely
  4. Operators generally felt that the return-on-investement period for pilots would change, based on the size of helicopter being used, in the following general way – initial piston endorsement (1-3 years); Initial Light Turbine endorsement (1-3 years); Intermediate Turbine endorsement (1-4 years); Initial Heavy Turbine endorsement Over 12000 lbs (2-5 years)
  5. Most operators made no deductions from the pilots wages prior to the departure of the pilot
  6. Roughly 25% of the operators responding who used Training Bond-type agreements, applied them to contractors as well as employees
  7. For operators who have used these agreements, roughly 20% of them of them have been challenged – roughly half of those, successfully
  8. About half of the operators who responded felt that there would be resistance from new flight crews to signing a Training Bond-type Agreement

Read the complete survey results here.


 

 

Government of Canada Pursuing an Ambitious Trade Agenda relating to Specialty Air Services

 

June 7, 2013

The Canadian Government is currently pursuing an ambitious trade and investment agenda. In order that the Government can advocate in the best interests of the Canadian helicopter industry, they have approached HAC to survey its members on issues affecting the provision of specialty air services.


Shortly, HAC will be carrying out a survey of its members to determine their interests in providing specialty air services internationally, and to determine if our operator-members have any concerns with foreign operators providing specialty air services in Canada. HAC will be circulating the survey to Operator-Members shortly, in a Bulletin format in the coming week. Stand-by for more…


 

GE Capital to Deliver Two Pre-Convention Half-Day Courses on Operating "Lean" and Succession Planning

 

June 7, 2013

Through the generous support of GE Capital - one of HAC's Corporate Sponsors, the company will be delivering two half-day courses at the Vancouver 2013 Convention – one dealing with ways to cut-costs in your operation while continuing to deliver maximum value, and another which will help operators deal with the growing problem of succession planning. With a growing consolidation trend in our industry lately, and an aging demographic of owner-operators looking to retire and transition their operations to a family member or third-party, the course is guaranteed to be helpful to our operator-members. Watch the HAC Convention page for more information and registration forms. These courses are sure to sell out early.


 

Second Aviation Training Congress China on Oct.18-19 in Xi’An, China

 

June 7, 2013

To promote aviation training and the Chinese market development, the 2nd annual Aviation Training Congress China 2013 will be held October 18-20 2013 in Xi’An City of China. Approved by the Chinese government, the conference organizers are focusing the 2013 event to further discuss the ongoing aviation training market realities, opportunities, and challenges in the Chinese market. With support from the Chinese government and with more than 300+ high profile attendees and a concurrent exhibition, the 2013 event promises to be a success. For more information, please visit the convention website

 


 

Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities At Canada’s Premier Helicopter Event

November 8-10, 2013 – Vancouver Convention Centre

 

May 23, 2013

The Helicopter Association of Canada’s Annual Convention and Trade Show, is the only event of its kind in Canada, allowing exhibitors to reach Canadian helicopter owner/operators, OEM’s, management companies and suppliers to the Canadian helicopter industry.

We have enhanced the sponsorship program this year, with an expanded range of opportunities and prices to meet every budget and marketing strategy, offering unique and valuable benefits in every category. HAC will work with you to ensure that your sponsorship helps you to reach your target audience effectively and within your budget. Co-sponsorships are also available.

View All Details Here


 

Now Taking Exhibitor Applications for Vancouver 2013! Helicopter Association of Canada ‘s 18th Annual Convention & Trade Show

May 23, 2013

November 8-10 - Vancouver Convention Centre

On-Line Application & Conference Details

 

In response to increased demand from HAC's Associates, the Vancouver trade show floor has increased considerably in size, and it will be our biggest show, ever. HAC's largest show floor to-date was Ottawa in the Spring of 2012 with 120 booths. The show floor in the Vancouver Convention Centre will showcase over 180 booths. HAC's President & CEO said, "Our valued Associates and exhibitors are taking the HAC trade show to new heights. Our floor has tripled in size since 2009."

 

New This Year in Vancouver!
Product Presentation Forum - Book Now!
Saturday November 9 , 2013

Have a special marketing based message to deliver or a demo that exceeds your booth capabilities? Consider booking a time slot in our briefing room.

Time slots will be confirmed on a first come basis pending approval of suitable session outline

Read more


 

Gord Dupont's System Safety Services to Deliver One-Day Helicopter PDM Course on November 7 at HAC in Vancouver


May 23, 2013

HAC is pleased to announce that System Safety Services will be delivering a one-day PDM course on November 7, just prior to the HAC Convention in Vancouver. Interested in attending? For course details and registration, watch the HAC Convention page.


 

Victor Bailey of Enviroblast NDT to deliver Bell Ultrasound Grip Inspection Course November 6-7 in Vancouver

 

May 23, 2013

HAC is pleased to announce that Vic Bailey of Enviroblast will be delivering an initial Bell Ultrasound Grip Inspection course on November 6-7 2013, just prior to the HAC Convention. The second day of the course will also be available as a refresher for anyone that has already taken the initial course. The courses will be offered at a cost of $300/day and registration will soon be open through the HAC Convention page.


 

UAS Courses to be delivered in YVR for the Fifth Consecutive Convention

 

May 23, 2013

By popular demand, Bob Fearst of Utilities Aviation Specialists will be delivering Parts I and II in Vancouver on November 6 and 7. The courses sold-out to standing-room-only attendance in Calgary, so HAC will be increasing the room size to accommodate the overwhelming demand for Bob's courses from our operator-members.


 

Rohmer & Fenn to Brief Members on the Use of Training Bonds at the Vancouver Convention

 

May 23, 2013

In response to interest from members in the subject, the law firm of Rohmer & Fenn will be briefing members on the use of Training Bonds at the Vancouver Convention. Preliminary results of HAC's survey on this subject (to be released in the next Communique) indicate that HAC should be producing a template agreement on this subject. In the same session, Rohmer & Fenn will also be briefing on "What to Do When Enforcement Comes Knocking" and will brief on the process to hold a Hearing before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.


 

Training Bond Survey

 

May 9, 2013

A number of operator-members have recently called HAC to raise concerns over employees and contract-pilots that receive costly training paid for by the employer – and then leave the employ of the Operator to find work elsewhere shortly after training has been completed. HAC is considering developing a template Training Bond Agreement that would notionally be signed by the Operator and the Pilot, pre-hire. We need to know if our Operator-members are interested. Please take a few minutes on or before May 21 to complete our short survey at the link below.

Click here for survey


 

HAC Spring Housekeeping – Plaque Decals

 

May 9, 2013

In an attempt to ensure that all HAC Operator and Associate plaques are right up to date and proudly displayed, please let us know if your plaque is missing decals – we’d be happy to get them out in the mail to you.

Email: barb.priestley or call (613) 231-1110 ext 237.


 

Implement Your New Company Policy Manual at the HAC Convention

 

May 9, 2013

HAC is teeing-up a one-day session on November 7 2013 in Vancouver to help participating operators implement the new Template HAC Policy Manual for Helicopter Operators. Use of the manual by operators will help establish a new due diligence standard in our industry, and help operators move from one-of decision making with respect to individual employees, to a policy-based framework that will provide more predictability for everyone on a broad range of issues from probation periods to the pre-hire falsification of personal log books.

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HAC has enlisted the support of Emond Harnden, a firm specializing in Labour Law, and an HR industry-specialist to help participating operators choose the parts of the manual that are appropriate to their operations, but also to answer questions relating to HR issues arising in the context of your operation.


 

Gord Dupont's System Safety Services to Deliver a Helicopter Maintenance Advanced Human Factors Course in YVR

 

May 9, 2013

HAC is pleased to announce that System Safety Services will be delivering a one-day Helicopter Maintenance Advanced Human Factors Course in Vancouver on November 7. A number of operators approached HAC about asking Gord to deliver his Human Factors course at HAC in 2013. Course participants will receive a certificate of completion, and the course can be used for the purpose of satisfying Transport CAnada's recurrent training requirement.

For more details, please keep an eye on the HAC website Convention Page.


 

YVR HAC Convention 2013 ALERT - Hotel Scam

 

April 25, 2013

A number of members have contacted HAC to alert us to a hotel booking scam that is occurring currently. A number of our members have been contacted by a company about hotel arrangements for the upcoming HAC 2013 Convention in Vancouver.

Read More


 

HAC Investigating the use of aTemplate "Training Bond"

 

April 25, 2013

Each year at HAC - and particularly in the Spring, HAC receives a flurry of calls from Operator-members who have invested a considerable amount of time and money training pilots (contract pilots and employees) for the season, who then depart the company to work for the competition – sometimes within a few days and for just a few dollars more.

The cost to the operator of this wasted training is significant, particularly where type endorsements on mediums and in IFR operations or where other costly training is concerned. Frequently the pilot is paid a substantial daily rate during training and there are travel, meals and accommodation expenses too, which only serve to aggravate the situation.

The concept of a "Training Bond" would ensure that the operator receives a return on their investment in new-hire training, with a declining obligation on the part of the pilot to repay the cost of training until a reasonable term of employment or contract employment has been completed. Stand–by for a survey of members on this subject from HAC. If you have any strong views on this issue, please send them to fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


 

HAC Invites RFPs on a Prospective Group Benefits Program

 

April 25, 2013

You will recall that recently HAC conducted a survey of Operators and Associates with respect to their interest in a Group Benefits Plan. A summary of the survey results is available on the HAC website. Based on the significant interest from members on this subject, HAC just released an RFP for the prospective program to the Broker community. The opportunity to submit an RFP is open to HAC Associates and Non-Associates however, HAC has an "Associates-first" policy.

Read the RFP here


 

HAC Policy Manual Nearing Completion

 

April 25, 2013

You may recall at our November Convention last year that HAC embarked on the development of a Policy Manual template document. The document was being developed with the assistance of CPM Manuals, and is intended to provide a framework for operators to establish company policy on a broad range of issues including probationary periods, background checks, the consequences of falsifying log books as the basis for a hiring decision, disciplinary action, bereavement leave, and jury duty, to name only a very few.

 

The template document, developed with the assistance of a number of operator members will be completely customizable by individual members, and will be available in WORD format. HAC will be holding a one-day session at its Vancouver Convention to assist operator-members to implement the document in their operations, to help them decide which elements of the document are best-suited to them. The Manual should be available through CPM Manuals in the next four weeks.


 

Summary of the HAC Board Meeting of March 27, 2013

 

April 25, 2013

In their meeting of March 27, the Board discussed the following issues:

  1. The status of the HAC Template Policy Document Project

  2. The status of the Labour Canada - Hours of Work Project (see the article on the HAC site)

  3. The form and content for the new Newsletter format with Vertical Magazine

  4. The status of the prospective HAC Group Health Plan Project

  5. The status of HAC's Operator-recruitment drive in BC and recent visits with BC-based members and Associates

  6. The status of HAC's efforts to orchestrate static display aircraft on the floor in Vancouver of 2013

  7. The Terms of Reference for a Governance Committee of the Board to review prospective changes to HAC's By-Laws and Letters Patent, scheduled for presentation and discussion at the November 2013 AGM in Vancouver

  8. In response to questions from members, the Board reviewed a draft article for the Newsletter and website to clarify HAC's Policy on the use of helmets for flight crews at it relates to exceptions to its strong recommendation for their use "when operation circumstances permit" (see the article on the HAC site)

  9. Recent use by Transport Canada of the "continuing offence provisions" whereby Transport Canada can enforce against an operator for multiple flights following-on a single act or omission on the part of the AOC holder

  10. A review of the February 2013 HAC Monthly Financial Statements and a report from the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board

  11. A review of the first DRAFT Program for the Vancouver 2013 Convention and a discussion of the After-Hours Event Concept under consideration

  12. Consideration for the prospective dates for the 2014 Convention in Montreal

  13. Board Committee Liaisons provided up-dates on the activity of their committee


 

HAC's By-Laws Under Review – Again

For the third time in the last four years, HAC's Board has undertaken a review of its By-Laws. The new Canadian Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNFPCA) is calling for a variety of mandatory revisions to our By-Laws, but the HAC Board has taken the opportunity to discuss a list of other issues that have arisen over the last couple of years – as part of a Corporate Housekeeping process.

Some of the issues under discussion include Term Limits for Board Members; the process of engaging with Associates to identify Associate Board members; a review of our Letters Patent to bring them up-to-date if necessary; Director's term-lengths; Qualifications of Board members; a review of the different types of Operator-members and Associates vis-a-vis their rights and obligations in HAC and eligibility for Board service; a review of Associate Board member term limits; the status of the President & CEO as a member of the Board in light of the new CNFPCA requirements; proxy voting in the electronic-age, to name only a few.


 

HAC's First Spring Reception in Montreal a Smash – Old Montreal Will Never be the Same

 

Roughly 70 Members and Associates turned-out for HAC's first Spring-format reception in Old Montreal on March 27, graciously sponsored by AgustaWestland. The HAC Board met on March 27 all-day, to discuss association business.

 

The reception coincided with two one-day courses sponsored by GE Capital and the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA). Both courses were well-received and HAC would like to thank GE and CCAA for their support. We would also like to thank HELICOPTERS Magazine for sponsoring the coffee breaks. Last, but certainly not-least, HAC would like to thank Bell Helicopters for sponsoring a tour of their Mirabel facilities for about 45 people in the morning of March 28th, although some members of the tour required the "tinted" safety glasses. Bell was good enough to provide the tour and the bus transportation for the event. Operators and Associates had some very complementary remarks about the tour, the courses, and the reception.

 

Photos of Reception

Click on image to enlarge

 


 

“When Operational Circumstances Permit”

 

In response to a recommendation from the HAC Safety Committee passed at the HAC Convention in the Spring of 2011, the HAC Board approved a resolution on the use of helmets by helicopter flight crews. 


The issue was brought sharply in to focus when the Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Advisory in the Fall of 2009. The Advisory encouraged HAC to develop an advocacy program aimed at increasing the use of helmets by helicopter flight crews. The Advisory cited a number of helicopter accidents where injuries to the flight crew were reduced, or could have been reduced through the use of a helmet.

Read More


 

Canadian Civil Helicopter Hours: On the Rise

 

For those of you that have some doubts that our industry is recovering, HAC recently obtained the total hours for Canadian Civil Registered Helicopters by-Year. The bad news is, we haven't reached the 2007-peak, yet….

The data was obtained through Transport Canada and was collected using information provided by Canadian operators in the Annual Airworthiness Information Reporting (AAIR) system.


 

39 Companies Respond to HAC's Survey on a Prospective HAC Group Benefits Plan

Read the survey results and an Executive Summary


 

HAC Adopts Two NEW Best Practices and Amends the Pilot Competencies for Helicopter Wildfire Operations

 

HAC would like to recognize the outstanding work of our Air Taxi, Utility Flight Operations and Oil & Gas Committee members. Fred Jones, HAC's President & CEO commented "These new Best Practice documents represent the culmination of years of hard work by these HAC committees. To their credit, these Best Practices will help "

 

These documents represent the collaborative efforts of HAC operators and their major customers. HAC operators have been driving this process for years in an effort to articulate the for prudent operators in our industry.

 

Pilot Competencies for Helicopter Wildfire Operations Amendment 1

Helicopter Guidelines for Canadian Onshore Seismic Operations

Utility Flight Operations Best Practices and Safety Guide for Helicopter Operations


 

Two NEW DRAFT Best Practices available for Comment on the HAC Website

 

HAC's Air Taxi Committee recently overhauled two of HAC's most long-standing Best Practices, and released them for comment on the HAC website. The committee recently published the DRAFT Heli-Ski Training Best Practices [read the document] and DRAFT Mountain Flying Best Practice [read the document]. Members and others with comments on these new documents are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Air Taxi Committee, Jen Norie.


 

Board Elections at HAC

On November 5 2012 in Calgary, Jen Norie of VIH was re-elected to the HAC Board by acclamation. Only one Board position was up for re-election in Calgary. Congratulations, Jen!

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There were also some changes to the Officers of the HAC Board. Teri Northcott stepped-down as the Chair of the HAC Board after two and a half years. HAC would like to thank Teri and recognize her for her service to HAC and the industry. We are certainly pleased that Teri will be remaining on the Board as the Immediate Past Chair for another two-year term.

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As-of November 5 2012 Sylvain Seguin of CHL assumed the position of Chair of the HAC Board and Brad Fandrich of Valley Helicopters has assumed the role of Vice-Chair. Welcome gentlemen, to your new positions!

Gary McDermid of Helifor will remain as the HAC Treasurer, and Jen Norie of VIH will remain as HAC's Corporate Secretary. Thank-you both.

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A complete listing of HAC Board members can be found here.


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Summary of the HAC Board Meetiing March 3, 2012

In the interests of transparency in governance, and to ensure that our members are kept informed of the activities of the Board in a timely way, the Board has recently adopted the policy of posting a summary of its meetings to the HAC website. [Read the summary.]


 

HAC's Calgary Convention a Resounding Success

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Notwithstanding that it was our second Convention in 2012, HAC's Calgary Convention during the period November 4-5 2012 drew over 400 delegates. The trade show floor sold-out over six weeks in advance of the meeting, and the courses were full-to-overflowing. The Calgary Convention was a promising start to our new Fall format. In 2013 our Convention and AGM will take place during the period November 7-10 at the Pan Pacific Hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Some of the highlights were the session with Martin Eley and HAC's President, Fred Jones, and the "Advancing Helicopter Safety in Canada" presentation by Wendy Tadros, the Chair of the TSB.

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The "After-Hours" event at the Palomino was jammed to the rafters and should have been called the "Wee Hours" event. The evening culminated with Karoke by Corey Taylor, followed shortly thereafter by breakfast on the trade show floor.

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HAC rolled-out two new projects in Calgary – one being delivered with CPM Manuals that will provide Operators and Associates with a Policy Manual template to assist them to implement company policies for Jury Duty, Bereavement Leave, use of company vehicles, and a broad range of other subjects. The second project will see HAC engage in a dialogue with Labour Canada to develop Employment Templates and guidance to help members better structure their employment relationships with pilots and engineers to avoid criticism from Labour Canada.


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HAC Requests a Meeting with the Minister on the Canadian Ownership Issue

On January 28, HAC delivered a second written submission to the the Minister of Transport Chuck Strahl, and requested a meeting to discuss the issue face-to-face. The Association continues to receive calls and emails from members who want to see the Canadian Ownership status of Alpine Helicopters resolved without delay.

 

The January 28 letter is the fifth in a series of letters delivered to Transport Canada on this subject since the Fall of 2010, and the second letter to the Minister. The issue continues to go unresolved in the face of growing frustration from a broad spectrum of aviation stakeholders.


 

HAC Makes Fourth Submission on Alpine’s Reassessment

On December 22, HAC made a written submission directly to the Minister of Transport on the reassessment of Alpine’s exemption to the Canadian ownership requirements.  This is the fourth submission by HAC on the subject in response to a groundswell of opposition from members to any extension or re-issuance of the exemption.

Read the Letter

Background and First Two Submissions

Third submission


 

Other Associations Lend Their Support to HAC on the Canadian Ownership Issue

In response to a request for support, four other Associations have contacted the Minister’s office to lend their support to HAC’s Position on the reassessment of Alpine’s Exemption. NATA, AQTA, ATAC, MAC and SAC all wholeheartedly supported the HAC position in separate letters to the Minister on this subject. See above links for individual letters.


 

Jan Rustad Receives Canadian Air Force Association’s J.A.D. McCurdy Award

 

HAC would like to congratulate Jan on receiving this prestigious award from the Air Force Association for his years of dedicated service at CHL's Flight School in Penticton. Jan is seen here with his son Ryan Rustad, and Lt Col Dennis Levesque who presented the award in October of 2010 at the Canadian Air Force Association’s annual banquet in Courtney BC.

Read the Article in Penticton Western News

 


 

HAC Establishes New Regional Disparity “Watch List”

 

HAC’s members have been identifying a growing list of issues which relate to the inconsistent interpretation of Regulations across Regions. These issues cause considerable angst among affected operators and consume a considerable amount of HAC’s time to try and unravel. The problems stem from the lack of any reporting relationship on regulatory interpretation issues between the Regions and Transport Canada HQ in an area of jurisdiction which is clearly Federal.  

In a recent meeting with Transport Canada’s Director General Civil Aviation, Martin Eley, he suggested that HAC and its members should bring those issues to the attention of Transport Canada through Transport Canada’s Director, Standards Don Sherritt, and a committee of Transport Canada Regional Directors tasked with resolving these issues.   Members are asked to identify those issue to HAC’s President & CEO, who will then raise them and track Transport Canada’s progress on these issues.  Members may also want to contact Transport Canada’s Director, Standards Don Sherritt directly at don.sherritt@tc.gc.ca.  

The Watch List so-far includes:

  • An inconsistent process to obtain Low Flying Permits
  • Class D Single Engine Training – *Recently Resolved
  • The use of H1 Heliports by EMS Aircraft
  • Inconsistent interpretation of the requirement to change Safety Briefing Cards when the aircraft is reconfigured (Install or remove cargo baskets, seats, or floats for example.)


Members with other issues should contact HAC’s President & CEO at fred.jones@h-a-c.ca


 

Peter Murray Honoured for 20 Years of Rescue Service

 

Peter Murray of Talon Helicopters was recently recognized for 20 years of service rescuing stranded hikers and skiers in BC.  HAC would like to congratulate Peter on the award and for helping establish a positive image for the helicopter industry in Canada.

See the video

 


 

Helicopter Student Pilots and Engineering Students Extended Deep Discounts at HAC This Year

In an effort to assist the future pilots and engineers that will be the backbone of our industry in the years-to-come, HAC and Vertical Magazine are extending special convention registration rates to Student Helicopter Pilots and Student Engineers/Apprentices.  

On March 25th, Vertical Magazine is sponsoring a complimentary one-day registration to the first 80 helicopter Student Pilots and Student Engineers and Apprentices that register on-site (normally $299 for individual non-HAC members). For other students on March 25, HAC will extend a $50 One-Day on-site registration.

For students wishing to attend HAC on March 26, HAC is extending a One-Day Registration of $75.00 (Luncheon not included).  All students accessing these special rates will require Student Identification or a School Letter.


 

Intensive Mountain Flying Ground School to Student Pilots for $100 Each

Seven available places on HAC’s One-Day Mountain Flying Ground School Course being put on by CHL on March 28 are being offered at a cost of $100 each. The course already offered at a discount to HAC members at a cost of $400 is normally offered by CHL at a cost of $700 per student.  The student discounts are being offered on a lottery basis to any student pilots that register for the HAC Convention on March 25.  A draw will be held at the close of registration at the end of the day.


 

Flight & Duty Time Working Group in Difficult Territory

In the Fall of last year Transport Canada convened a Working Group to examine the existing prescriptive Flight and Duty Time Limitations with a view to determining if and how they should be revised. The group has met four times and has been considering a variety of factors including the latest scientific research on fatigue; the possible use or integration of Fatigue Risk Management System principles; and the evolution of fatigue management regulations in other jurisdictions and in the international community.

read more


 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Working Group Sets Aggressive Timetable

 

Based on a 2007 Working Group report generated by the UAV community Transport Canada has established a number of Working Groups tasked with integrating UAV operations into existing airspace, and in to the operational community. UAVs will eat your lunch.

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Transport Canada Sends State Operators Issue to Working Group

 

In the Spring of this year, Transport Canada proposed new regulations (CAR 607) which created a State Operators section in the CARs were tabled in the CARAC process. About two days earlier, the Minister made an announcement that he would be repatriating oversight of the business aviation community and the POC program back to Transport Canada. Following on some discussion with industry as part of the CARAC process, the new regulations were withdrawn, for now.

Read More

 


 

Transport Canada Re-Issues MD 500 M/R Torque Event Inspection Exemption

Read More

 


 

NEW Exemption to 703.91 Now Available

 

The new “Transitional Exemption” to allow a two-year PPC is now available from Transport Canada, here.  The exemption will run for one more year, until June 15 2011.

 


 

SMS Implementation for CAR 702, 703, 704 Operators Delayed...Again

 

Transport Canada recently announced that SMS for smaller operators has been delayed again. The Department is currently targeting a new start date for the phased implementation early in 2012.

 

 

HAC Makes Third Submission on Alpine’s Reassessment

Read the Letter

 

BC Natural Resources Sector Reorganizes

High level description

Q&A document


Transport Canada Reverses Position on Class D SE External Load Training

Read More

Transport Canada Response

 

HAC Addresses SCOTIC on Safety

Read more

 

Ten HAC members taking advantage of the CAMC Career Focus Wage Subsidy Program

Read More

 

CTA Issues Decision on CHC Helicopters

Canada Inc.

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Fatigue Management Working Group Holds First Meeting – Operator-Member Participation Required

Read More

 

WCB Rates On-The-Rise in BC

Read More

 

Professional Pilot Occupational Standard Working Group Meetings to be Held November 2 (Toronto) and 23 (Montreal)

November 2 Meeting Invitation – Toronto
November 23 Meeting Invitation  - Montreal

 

CAMC Wage Subsidy Program Accepting New Participants

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HAC Makes Written Submissions on Transport Canada’s Reassessment of Alpine Helicopter’s Exemption to the Canadian Ownership requirements

Read More

 

HAC’s IFR Committee Active in H1 Heliport & NVIS Discussions

Read the Minutes of the Spring meeting

Read the IFR Committee’s Action Items List

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ICAO Air Navigation Commissioners Meeting with HAC and Others on June 28

 

June 7, 2013

HAC and other National aviation associations will be meeting the ICAO's 16 member Air Navigation Commissioners (ANC) on Friday, June 28th .The commissioners wish to have an open dialogue around a meeting table on issues and irritants related to ICAO and its requirements/documentation, or lack thereof. Under discussion will be, SMS Implementation, Fatigue Risk Management/Flight & Duty Times, and International Recognition of Pilot Training and Licensing, and Helicopter Performance Regulations, to name a few.


The HSG (Helicopter Sub-Group) of the ICAO operations sub-panel is a new standing helicopter subgroup within the Ops group that has been established to address helicopter-specific issues at ICAO – a Canadian - Bob Toews is the group's Rapporteur. Bob was sponsored to the position with the International Federation of Helicopter Associations (IFHA) by HAC. HAC will be encouraging the ANC to ensure that any proposals for change developed by ICAO (and developed principally for the airline community) should be reviewed by the HSG early to ensure that the Canadian helicopter communities interests are addressed in a sensitive and timely way.



Transport Canada and Industry Grappling with Backlog of 935 Unpublished Regulations

 

June 7, 2013

HAC is participating in the CARAC Modernization Project, aimed at brining the aging CARAC process up-to-date. Part of that process is to address a significant bottleneck in the system whereby the process was permitted to generate over 900 Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA's) - a number that is well beyond Transport Canada's ability to process through the Canada Gazette and in to law, in a timely way. Even once they have been processed through the CARAC process, only a small handful of amendments can be Gazetted each year and brought in to force. We are working with Transport to triage these NPAs to identify the ones that should be given priority, and those that have been simply rendered obsolete since they were consulted-on – some up to ten years old.


 

Unmanned Systems Canada to deliver "The Future of UAVs in Canada" in Vancouver at HAC

 

June 7, 2013

UAVs are becoming increasingly popular in Canada - and not just with the police and military. They are becoming popular for a broad spectrum of other applications in private and commercial operations. They are here to stay – and we are sharing low level airspace with them. Transport Canada is in the process of drafting a new regulatory structure to accommodate their use for commercial operations, including utilities operations, surveillance, pipeline and power line patrol, and external load operations, to name only a few. Don't miss this session at HAC 2013 in Vancouver!


 

Transport Canada Agrees to Consult with HAC on the Process for Approving Low Flying Permits

 

May 24, 2013

The practice in some regions recently has been to simply "accept" or "reject" applications for low flying permits. Even where the application accompanies a credible Risk Assessment conducted by the Air Operator, if Transport Canada rejects the application, they may not even include written reasons why it was rejected. It may simply be, "No".

 

To make matters worse, sometimes it can take months to process an application. The operator, who may already be working close-in to a contract start date, may not have any understanding of where they went wrong, or what parts of the application were unacceptable. HAC has maintained that applications to operate a low altitude over a built up area should be evaluated on a segment-by-segment basis, using risk assessment principles. HAC's President has said, "It may be, that the risks associated with the operation of the aircraft over one segment are low, or can be effectively mitigated, while the risk of operations over another segment can only be mitigated by flight at a higher altitude, or by avoiding that area altogether. The operator is entitled to know one way or another on a segment-by-segment basis."

 

What's more, operators should clearly understand how the risk is being evaluated by Transport CAnada's regional offices using National standards. It provides them with some predictability in the process, and helps them advise and prepare their customers for a probable outcome. "If sound risk assessment principles are applied, then Transport Canada and the operator may even both agree on the required mitigation and outcome of the application process.

 

Transparency and predictability in the evaluation process on a National level are essential elements in any rational evaluation process applied in an area of federal jurisdiction – particularly one that claims to rely on SMS principles.", HAC's President said. "Today, the same application in one region may fail while it passes without question in another region. This is simply unacceptable in an area of federal regulatory jurisdiction, and particularly in an industry where operators may operate in multiple regions."

 

HAC will continue to keeps its members advised as the consultation process on this important subject unfolds.

ICAO Air Navigation Commissioners Meeting with HAC and Others on June 28

 

June 7, 2013

HAC and other National aviation associations will be meeting the ICAO's 16 member Air Navigation Commissioners (ANC) on Friday, June 28th .The commissioners wish to have an open dialogue around a meeting table on issues and irritants related to ICAO and its requirements/documentation, or lack thereof. Under discussion will be, SMS Implementation, Fatigue Risk Management/Flight & Duty Times, and International Recognition of Pilot Training and Licensing, and Helicopter Performance Regulations, to name a few.


The HSG (Helicopter Sub-Group) of the ICAO operations sub-panel is a new standing helicopter subgroup within the Ops group that has been established to address helicopter-specific issues at ICAO – a Canadian - Bob Toews is the group's Rapporteur. Bob was sponsored to the position with the International Federation of Helicopter Associations (IFHA) by HAC. HAC will be encouraging the ANC to ensure that any proposals for change developed by ICAO (and developed principally for the airline community) should be reviewed by the HSG early to ensure that the Canadian helicopter communities interests are addressed in a sensitive and timely way.



Transport Canada and Industry Grappling with Backlog of 935 Unpublished Regulations

 

June 7, 2013

HAC is participating in the CARAC Modernization Project, aimed at brining the aging CARAC process up-to-date. Part of that process is to address a significant bottleneck in the system whereby the process was permitted to generate over 900 Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA's) - a number that is well beyond Transport Canada's ability to process through the Canada Gazette and in to law, in a timely way. Even once they have been processed through the CARAC process, only a small handful of amendments can be Gazetted each year and brought in to force. We are working with Transport to triage these NPAs to identify the ones that should be given priority, and those that have been simply rendered obsolete since they were consulted-on – some up to ten years old.


 

Unmanned Systems Canada to deliver "The Future of UAVs in Canada" in Vancouver at HAC

 

June 7, 2013

UAVs are becoming increasingly popular in Canada - and not just with the police and military. They are becoming popular for a broad spectrum of other applications in private and commercial operations. They are here to stay – and we are sharing low level airspace with them. Transport Canada is in the process of drafting a new regulatory structure to accommodate their use for commercial operations, including utilities operations, surveillance, pipeline and power line patrol, and external load operations, to name only a few. Don't miss this session at HAC 2013 in Vancouver!


 

Transport Canada Agrees to Consult with HAC on the Process for Approving Low Flying Permits

 

May 24, 2013

The practice in some regions recently has been to simply "accept" or "reject" applications for low flying permits. Even where the application accompanies a credible Risk Assessment conducted by the Air Operator, if Transport Canada rejects the application, they may not even include written reasons why it was rejected. It may simply be, "No".

 

To make matters worse, sometimes it can take months to process an application. The operator, who may already be working close-in to a contract start date, may not have any understanding of where they went wrong, or what parts of the application were unacceptable. HAC has maintained that applications to operate a low altitude over a built up area should be evaluated on a segment-by-segment basis, using risk assessment principles. HAC's President has said, "It may be, that the risks associated with the operation of the aircraft over one segment are low, or can be effectively mitigated, while the risk of operations over another segment can only be mitigated by flight at a higher altitude, or by avoiding that area altogether. The operator is entitled to know one way or another on a segment-by-segment basis."

 

What's more, operators should clearly understand how the risk is being evaluated by Transport CAnada's regional offices using National standards. It provides them with some predictability in the process, and helps them advise and prepare their customers for a probable outcome. "If sound risk assessment principles are applied, then Transport Canada and the operator may even both agree on the required mitigation and outcome of the application process.

 

Transparency and predictability in the evaluation process on a National level are essential elements in any rational evaluation process applied in an area of federal jurisdiction – particularly one that claims to rely on SMS principles.", HAC's President said. "Today, the same application in one region may fail while it passes without question in another region. This is simply unacceptable in an area of federal regulatory jurisdiction, and particularly in an industry where operators may operate in multiple regions."

 

HAC will continue to keeps its members advised as the consultation process on this important subject unfolds.

 

 

HAC Challenges Transport Canada on the Evaluation of Low-Flying Permits

 

May 9, 2013

HAC has received a number of calls from members recently about the process being used by Transport Canada to evaluate Low Flying Permit applications. It is HAC's view that these permits should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but using the backdrop of consistent National policy. If Transport Canada really believes in SMS, and they are inviting operators to manage their own risks through the application of a risk assessment process, then they should be prepared to give serious consideration to them, and they should be engaging in a meaningful way with the operator to mitigate risk. If there are certain areas of the proposed route where there are no suitable emergency landing areas for a single-engine aircraft for example, then perhaps in a worst-case scenario, that specific part of the route should be avoided or traversed at a higher altitude, but the denial of a permit for an entire route because the risk in one area cannot be adequately mitigated at low altitude, is simply unacceptable.

[Read an excerpt from HAC's correspondence with Transport Canada on this subject]


 

Flight & Duty Time Up-Date

 

April 25, 2013

The Canadian Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC) will be considering the Report of the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group and all of the dissents thereto, in May. HAC will be meeting with Transport Canada's Director General and other senior Public Servants and politicians to emphasis the importance of this issue to the Canadian helicopter community.

 

The report, if implemented in its current form, HAC believes would have absolutely no effect on safety, but it would cripple our industry. HAC has maintained that this is the single most important issue facing the helicopter community in Canada, and we may be calling upon members to engage with their local Members of Parliament and the Minister of Transport to oppose the recommendations contained in the report if Transport Canada continues to move forward with the changes called for in the Working Group report.

 

HAC will continue to vocally articulate the opposition of our members to the recommendations in the report to all levels of government, and to work with other like-minded aviation Associations to oppose the recommendations, which are more suited to the CAR 705 Fixed-wing airline community and their unions.


 

HAC and ATAC Make a Joint submission to Citizenship & Immigration Canada on Training Foreign Students in Canada

.

HAC and the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) recently made a joint submission to Citizenship & Immigration Canada in response to new draft regulations recently published in Gazette I. If the new regulations were to come in to force in their current form, only flight training taking place at Publicly-funded or a Provincially-designated (by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) in BC, for example) Flight Training institutions. HAC's President said, "Training foreign students is a lucrative and growing source of revenue for Canadian Flight Training operators, and one that would dry up for many FTUs on January 1 2014 if the proposed new regulations were to come in to force. Canadian helicopter flight training and licensing standards are recognized and respected around the world."


Read the HAC/ATAC joint submission

 

 

HAC's Members Identify "Regulatory Irritants"

In response to an invitation from Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Fletcher, HAC invited its members to comment on regulations “that may be out of date, unnecessarily burdensome, or simply no longer needed” and to comment on “specific irritants and issues”.

They were also invited to comment on “regulations that require strengthening or realignment to accomplish their policy goals.” HAC recently consolidated your responses in an association submission to Minister Fletcher

Read the letter


.

Transport Canada Extends MD500 Blade Torque Event Exemption

On January 30 2013, at HAC's request [read our letter], Transport Canada delivered a letter to the association [read the response from Transport Canada] indicating that the current exemption will be extended while a Risk Assessment is conducted. The letter received from Transport Canada will serve to extend the current exemption which expires on January 31 2013, until the new one is issued.

.

Our latest information is that the new exemption will likely be issued for a new term of three years to allow the Risk Assesment to be conducted.

.

For any other information, please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


.

Alpine Helicopters Brings itself in to Compliance with the Canadian Ownership Requirements

In a decision dated January 18 2013, the CTA issued a Domestic Licence to Alpine Helicopters. The decision is the final phase in a lengthy process leading up to the company's restructuring.


 

HAC Delivers its Submission to the CTA on the Definition of "Publicly Available"

.

You will recall, in the Fall of 2012, the CTA approached HAC to obtain our views on the definition of "publicly available". You will recall that the CTA had circulated a DRAFT Interpretation Note on this subject, and HAC invited its members to comment. A copy of our final submission can be accessed Here . HAC would like to thank the members that took the time to send their comments to the association on this important issue.

.

The issue is important because the "publicly available" definition will help the CTA determine which operations will require a Commercial AOC, and which operations will be able to conduct passenger-carrying operations without it.


 

Operating in the US under NAFTA – Getting Started

HAC has been receiving a number of calls recently from Canadian Operators interested in operating in the USA under NAFTA's Specialty Air Service provisions. Set out below are a few helpful links to get Canadian operators started:

.

Advisory Circular 00-60A

Ops Spec 56
For North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Policy and Procedures, Authorization and Registrations, contact:

Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation and Commercial
Division, AFS-800
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202-267-8212
Fax: 202-267-5094
Email: NAFTA@faa.gov

United States of America Drug and Alcohol Program Office
Program Administration Branch,
AAM-810
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202-267-8442
Fax: 202-267-5200

 

 

HAC Challenges Transport Canada on the Evaluation of Low-Flying Permits

 

May 9, 2013

HAC has received a number of calls from members recently about the process being used by Transport Canada to evaluate Low Flying Permit applications. It is HAC's view that these permits should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but using the backdrop of consistent National policy. If Transport Canada really believes in SMS, and they are inviting operators to manage their own risks through the application of a risk assessment process, then they should be prepared to give serious consideration to them, and they should be engaging in a meaningful way with the operator to mitigate risk. If there are certain areas of the proposed route where there are no suitable emergency landing areas for a single-engine aircraft for example, then perhaps in a worst-case scenario, that specific part of the route should be avoided or traversed at a higher altitude, but the denial of a permit for an entire route because the risk in one area cannot be adequately mitigated at low altitude, is simply unacceptable.

[Read an excerpt from HAC's correspondence with Transport Canada on this subject]


 

Flight & Duty Time Up-Date

 

April 25, 2013

The Canadian Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC) will be considering the Report of the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group and all of the dissents thereto, in May. HAC will be meeting with Transport Canada's Director General and other senior Public Servants and politicians to emphasis the importance of this issue to the Canadian helicopter community.

 

The report, if implemented in its current form, HAC believes would have absolutely no effect on safety, but it would cripple our industry. HAC has maintained that this is the single most important issue facing the helicopter community in Canada, and we may be calling upon members to engage with their local Members of Parliament and the Minister of Transport to oppose the recommendations contained in the report if Transport Canada continues to move forward with the changes called for in the Working Group report.

 

HAC will continue to vocally articulate the opposition of our members to the recommendations in the report to all levels of government, and to work with other like-minded aviation Associations to oppose the recommendations, which are more suited to the CAR 705 Fixed-wing airline community and their unions.


 

HAC and ATAC Make a Joint submission to Citizenship & Immigration Canada on Training Foreign Students in Canada

.

HAC and the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) recently made a joint submission to Citizenship & Immigration Canada in response to new draft regulations recently published in Gazette I. If the new regulations were to come in to force in their current form, only flight training taking place at Publicly-funded or a Provincially-designated (by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) in BC, for example) Flight Training institutions. HAC's President said, "Training foreign students is a lucrative and growing source of revenue for Canadian Flight Training operators, and one that would dry up for many FTUs on January 1 2014 if the proposed new regulations were to come in to force. Canadian helicopter flight training and licensing standards are recognized and respected around the world."


Read the HAC/ATAC joint submission

 

 

HAC's Members Identify "Regulatory Irritants"

In response to an invitation from Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Fletcher, HAC invited its members to comment on regulations “that may be out of date, unnecessarily burdensome, or simply no longer needed” and to comment on “specific irritants and issues”.

They were also invited to comment on “regulations that require strengthening or realignment to accomplish their policy goals.” HAC recently consolidated your responses in an association submission to Minister Fletcher

Read the letter


.

Transport Canada Extends MD500 Blade Torque Event Exemption

On January 30 2013, at HAC's request [read our letter], Transport Canada delivered a letter to the association [read the response from Transport Canada] indicating that the current exemption will be extended while a Risk Assessment is conducted. The letter received from Transport Canada will serve to extend the current exemption which expires on January 31 2013, until the new one is issued.

.

Our latest information is that the new exemption will likely be issued for a new term of three years to allow the Risk Assesment to be conducted.

.

For any other information, please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.


.

Alpine Helicopters Brings itself in to Compliance with the Canadian Ownership Requirements

In a decision dated January 18 2013, the CTA issued a Domestic Licence to Alpine Helicopters. The decision is the final phase in a lengthy process leading up to the company's restructuring.


 

HAC Delivers its Submission to the CTA on the Definition of "Publicly Available"

.

You will recall, in the Fall of 2012, the CTA approached HAC to obtain our views on the definition of "publicly available". You will recall that the CTA had circulated a DRAFT Interpretation Note on this subject, and HAC invited its members to comment. A copy of our final submission can be accessed Here . HAC would like to thank the members that took the time to send their comments to the association on this important issue.

.

The issue is important because the "publicly available" definition will help the CTA determine which operations will require a Commercial AOC, and which operations will be able to conduct passenger-carrying operations without it.


 

Operating in the US under NAFTA – Getting Started

HAC has been receiving a number of calls recently from Canadian Operators interested in operating in the USA under NAFTA's Specialty Air Service provisions. Set out below are a few helpful links to get Canadian operators started:

.

Advisory Circular 00-60A

Ops Spec 56
For North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Policy and Procedures, Authorization and Registrations, contact:

Federal Aviation Administration
General Aviation and Commercial
Division, AFS-800
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202-267-8212
Fax: 202-267-5094
Email: NAFTA@faa.gov

United States of America Drug and Alcohol Program Office
Program Administration Branch,
AAM-810
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202-267-8442
Fax: 202-267-5200


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