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Ladies & Gentlemen:
This year’s Convention was set to mark 25 years for HAC. An annual opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers and to benefit from discussions around the business of helicopter operations, and safety in our industry. We all benefit from this dialogue, but we can only hold the event when the health and safety of our delegates and exhibitors can be assured, and this year HAC and its Board have decided to cancel our 2020 Annual Convention, scheduled to take place in Vancouver, November 5-7 2020.
Recent pronouncements by the Premier of BC and the BC Minister of Health outlining British Columbia’s Business Restart Plans, virtually ban large gatherings of people for the foreseeable future. Current health-related international travel restrictions and the uncertain economic climate in the helicopter industry have made any travel-related decisions difficult for operators and exhibitors. The decision to cancel was made after careful consideration by the Board, and following discussions with key member-companies, and our YVR 2020 host venues.
In November of 2020, we will still be holding our Annual General Meeting (in a format, to be discussed) and some limited presentation-programing. We hope you will understand this decision in these uncertain times.
Please ensure that you have marked your calendars for HAC 2021 in Vancouver BC November 4-6 when we hope to be able to meet again face-to-face. To our Operators and Associates, Convention and Corporate Sponsors, and our Exhibitors – thank you for your continuing support.
President & CEO
April 21, 2020
Transport Canada has recently issued some guidance material on a number of regulatory issues relating to COVID-19. Of particular interest to the helicopter industry will be the Face Covering Requirements for Air Travelers, and the related FAQs on this subject – in French and English.
HAC has created a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates, which can be found at the link, below:
If you have any questions, or if there are Coronavirus issues that that remain to be addressed, please contact me by email at email@example.com or on my cell at (613-884-1422) at any time.
Fred L. Jones BA LLB
President and CEO
Helicopter Association of Canada
As the Curve Declines and the Potential for a Fall Vaccine Rises, the Recovery is Still Slow
July 31, 2020 - A sagging western fire season and COVID-19 have placed many operators and the essential services that our industry provides at risk, moving forward. Each week I speak with a variety of operators who are struggling through this season. There is virtually unanimous agreement that for those operators that survive, our industry will be in recovery for the next few years. Many discretionary projects this Spring were postponed until next year or cancelled altogether. Social distancing requirements and other mitigation requirements have placed a chill on many customers that has been slow to warm. Operators are making every effort to mitigate the risk of transmission, but naturally, the confidence of the traveling public has been slow to rebound.
The trouble will be, if the aviation business continues to struggle, it may reduce the number of operators that are still around to carry out essential services next year, and going forward. I regularly hear that there are “too many operators” competing for the same business, and that pricing has been cutthroat. The helicopter industry has never been for the faint of heart, but this pandemic may change the complexion of our industry in very significant ways.
July 31, 2020 - You may have heard about the US DOD/Aerospace Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) as an upcoming requirement to do business with U.S. Dept of Defense (DOD) and defense contractors.
July 31, 2020 - Incredibly, in response to a question from HAC, Transport Canada made it known in a recent telecon with the air operator community that airline operators should “plan on the original December 2020 in-force date for the new CAR 705 Fatigue Management regulations”, while the Department “considers” the potential for a delayed in-force date.
Recoil Aerospace, LLC
Grants Pass, Oregon,, USA
Transwest Helicopters Ltd.