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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
HAC Concerned About the Fabric of Essential Air Services Across Canada
September 3, 2020 - The aviation industry-specific financial relief that has been offered by the Federal government has focused exclusively on northern operators. It included a handful of commercial helicopter operators based “North of 60”. Many of our members operate their helicopters in northern and remote areas in the absence of a northern base of operations, and they were excluded from the relief package for Northern operators. Furthermore, many operators provide their services in areas of Canada that are not “North of 60”, but provide essential services in the most northern and remote parts of Canadian provinces. Each summer, most operators move their aircraft from coast to coast in search of Canada’s hot-spots for forest fire suppression work and other opportunities, irrespective of their base locations.
We are concerned that many of our operator-members are in extremely difficult circumstances, and are desperately in need of further financial assistance in the form of further direct supplements or grants, or in the form of forgivable loans. We have already seen a number of helicopter business failures, and many other operators have suspended their Commercial Air Operator certificates because they cannot afford to carry the required insurance while their aircraft sit on the ground. If you take a moment to examine the CTA decisions on-line, you will see that since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic began, 18 different helicopter air operators have surrendered their CTA licenses or had them suspended for a failure to meet the conditions of issuance because they were not able to maintain the required liability insurance, or had their Licences cancelled.
September 3, 2020 - Military career Following his graduation from RMC in 1995, O'Toole was commissioned as an officer in the Canadian Forces Air Command (AIRCOM), now the Royal Canadian Air Force. His first posting with Air Command occurred in Trenton, Ontario, where he was involved in search and rescue operations. O'Toole also spent time at 17 Wing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he completed his training as an air navigator.
September 3, 2020 - TC’s Flight Plan has been recently distributed via CARAC. It represents the culmination of government and industry input in response to COVID-19 and public health measures. It also outlines ICAO’s CART plans and safety of individuals internationally, as well as highlights the safety measures taken throughout Canada’s aviation sector.
September 3, 2020 - This program will be facilitated through the provinces and territories, providing funds directly to applicable carriers ($75 million over the next 6 months and potentially up to 174M total over 18 months, if required).
Recoil Aerospace, LLC
Grants Pass, Oregon,, USA
Transwest Helicopters Ltd.