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On Monday May 15 2017, our association joined with eight other associations from across the country to speak with one voice in an open letter to the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau on the subject of Fatigue Management. The associations have objected to proposed new Regulations on Fatigue Management on the basis that they will not improve safety, and that they do no recognize the unique requirements of diverse sectors of the commercial aviation community in Canada.
READ THE LETTER
Challenges Facing our Industry
February 14, 2019 - In a flurry of emails and phone calls, a number of operators have contacted me recently to lament the challenges facing our industry. The cost of parts and aircraft (in the context of a strong USD); the new Flight & Duty Time Regulations; the prospective arrival of UAVs operating in a Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) environment; the shortage of Drivers and Engineers, and customers that are demanding MORE experienced pilots; a never-ending race-to-the-bottom on rates; and a regulator, that “just doesn’t understand us” – just to name a few..
February 14, 2019 - HAC, in concert with the Air Taxi Committee is engaging in a discussion with one of the Provincial Fire Agencies about the potential of allowing a second pilot to fly on fires under supervision to increase exposure, and for them to gain experience and hours.
February 14, 2019 - HAC’s Spring Reception will be held in Yellowknife in 2019 to coincide with the Northern Air Transport Association’s Annual Convention April 29-May 1 2019. Stay tuned for the exact date and location for this event.
January 31, 2019 - Transport Canada recently issued a DRAFT AC to solicit feedback on a new interpretation of Flight Time. Historically, Flight Time has been relevant to Part VII AOC holders, since it is often been used as a tool for invoicing purposes.
The Time is Now to Consider Alternatives to the New Flight & Duty Time Regulations
January 31, 2019 - Since the last edition of the Newsletter, I met with Nick Robinson, Transport Canada’s new Director General, to speak with him about the fallout from the recently-published Flight & Duty Time Regulations. I believe that he understands the disastrous consequences that the new regulations will have on our industry segment.
January 31, 2019 - As part of a reorganization taking place at Transport Canada, they are currently increasing their engagement with other civil aviation authorities. They are also in the process of assessing the benefits – and potential benefits - of engagement, that have facilitated by these discussions
January 31, 2019 - This message is to inform you that Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) in conjunction with the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) will be organizing several events in support of the Canadian industry delegation at HAI Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta from March 5 - 7, including
- A Canadian networking reception
- A breakfast networking session featuring presentations by several major international aerospace companies
- A B2B Program with an international OEM
January 31, 2019 - You may recall that there have been a few recent high-profile accidents occurring in our industry, which have been attributed to unporting - under circumstances when the FOM does not reflect a risk to continued operations.
Accurate Accessories, LLC
Moreno Valley, CA, USA
Aerial Recon Ltd.
Alliance Aviation Group
Avanti Aerospace & Engineering Inc.
Canadian Western Bank
9333 Helicopter Leasing Ltd.
McMillan Dubo Law Group
OBIQ Location Technology Inc.
Tempest Aviation Group Inc.
West Kelowna, BC
VINCORION, a member of the Jenoptik Group
Bajo Reef Helicopters Ltd.
Pitt Meadows, BC
Monashee Helicopters Ltd.
Rangeland Helicopters Inc.
Medicine Hat, AB
Pitt Meadows, BC
North Saanich, BC
BC Ambulance Service
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