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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on my cell at (613-884-1422) at any time.
Fred L. Jones BA LLB
President and CEO
Helicopter Association of Canada
Transport Canada Advances Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) NPA
July 3, 2020 - As you may know, Transport Canada recently released a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) NPA, that sets out the proposed first-step towards more comprehensive BVLOS operations in Canada. We have all witnessed the growth in the VLOS recreational use of RPAS, and VLOS commercial operations however, the real commercial opportunities exist for BVLOS ops. To date, BVLOS operations have been conducted under the terms of a SFOC. There will be exponential growth in the use of commercial RPAS once they move to BVLOS in the absence of an SFOC requirement.
I have attached the HAC submission on this subject, as well as a link to the NPA, for your information. In many ways, HAC believes the proposed regulations are woefully inadequate to protect the other users of low level airspace.
July 3, 2020 - HAC would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Brian Jenner. Brian was HAC’s first President & CEO, and served HAC in that capacity for ten years. He was largely responsible for the growth of HAC in its early years, and our condolences go out to his friends and family.
July 3, 2020 - ICAO has recently released it’s Fatigue Management Guide for Helicopter Operators. The document contains helpful information for operators developing a plan for compliance with prescriptive rules in the context of an SMS, as well as guidance for the development of an FRMS.
July 3, 2020 - NCR-083-2020 - Canadian air operators operating Transport Category Rotorcraft configured with a seating layout excluding pilot seats, of 10 to 19 passengers inclusive, at gross weights exceeding 20,000 pounds, to exceed the chart derived Category A weight in the approved Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) – Issued on June 23, 2020.
July 3, 2020 - The revised North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been ratified by Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States on December 10, 2019. Canada finalized our agreement documentation on March 13, 2020, naming it as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). This agreement comes into force on July 1, 2020.
July 3, 2020 - A number of HAC members have contacted the association about issues with respect to Fatigue Management limits for the operators of road vehicles operating in support of helicopter operations.
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Grants Pass, Oregon,, USA
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