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									                       AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

No 4                              NEWSLETTER                                                December 2000

                      PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

                      ATAC’s Annual General Meeting in Vancouver was a great success. We had over 600
                      registered delegates and a strong contingent of exhibitors at the Trade Show. Feedback
                      on the Committee Meetings and the other events has been very positive and ATAC staff
                      is following up on the numerous ideas that came out of Committee discussions.
                      “Bagpipes” Johnston did a great job of cheering us all up at Monday’s lunch and the
                      boat cruise was great fun. A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the first
 J. Cliff Mackay
                      ATAC Innovation Awards. I want to again congratulate the winners and all those who
 In this Issue        submitted applications. There is certainly no lack of creativity and entrepreneurship in
       Pg. 2          our industry. The details on the awards are in this newsletter. We also presented the
                      new and improved ATAC website. The feedback on the new design has been positive
 Meeting at AGM
                      and I would encourage all of you to use it as much as possible.
Aviation Security
ATAC Innovation
                      Your Board was busy during the AGM. They met twice and also held sessions with
                      senior Transport Canada officials and the government’s Transitional Observer for
       Pg. 3
 Air Taxi/Flight      Industry Restructuring. With the approval of the new by-laws at the AGM, there were
 Training Report      some changes to the Board structure and some new members. Doug Port and Steve
       Pg. 4          Markey will represent Air Canada, Bob Davis joins the Board as one of the two
Board of Directors    members representing the new large jet carrier category, Dan Munro joined representing
Airport Improve-      helicopters and Tim Vaillancourt and Harvey Friesen were new members representing
    ment Fees         regional carriers. A complete list of the Board and the Executive Committee is included
       Pg. 5          in this newsletter, as well as on the ATAC website. I want to thank all of last year’s
  E & M Report        Board members for their hard work and commitment to the Association and, in
       Pg. 6          particular, Jim Glass–the retiring Chairman.
 CAMC Report
       Pg. 7          The coming year promises to be a busy one. Following on from the dramatic changes
 Canada Labour
   Code in brief      that we have all seen in the last twelve months with industry restructuring, the successful
    Pgs. 8 & 9
                      completion of Y2K and many challenges on the government side, the coming year will
  New Members         continue to see a rapid pace of change. Three issues that your Association will pursue
    Pgs. 8 -12        with the federal government are: a resolution of our concerns about airport policy–in
Flight Ops Report     particular we are pushing for legislation concerning pricing practices, a review of airport
      Pg. 12          rents and a commitment from government to play a role in ensuring the long term
YOW May Events        financial viability of small airports. Part of this effort will involve our continuing support
===========           of the Coalition of Concerned Airport Users. We are also continuing to push for better
    Published         terms under CAR 308. We will be working to ensure that both the review of the
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                      Aeronautics Act and the CTA are positive from an industry perspective. We will also be
                      very active in supporting the development of a Safety Management Systems (SMS)
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                      approach. This coming year’s CASS and ATAC’s Spring Symposium will be devoted to
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Tel: 613-233-7727
Fax: 613-230-8648     Before I close, I would like to personally thank you, the members, for the support that
    Website:          you give ATAC’s staff throughout the year. It would be impossible for us to do our jobs    if it weren’t for the hundreds of people who give thousands of hours in helping us to deal
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with the many issues that face us    meeting of the ATAC Security            Transport Association of Canada;
collectively as an industry. It is   Committee in Vancouver, BC on           Art LaFlamme, Director General,
this sense of commitment to our      Tuesday, November 14, 2000.             Civil Aviation, Transport Canada;
industry that truly makes your       The Consultation will touch on a        Kevin Psutka, President, Canadian
Association effective.               large list of issues relating to both   Owners and Pilots Association;
                                     Aerodrome and Air Carrier               Martin Digby, Vice President, Aon
In closing, on behalf of all of      Security. The process is expected       Reed Stenhouse; and Paul
ATAC’s staff and our families, I     to take approximately 12 months         Skinner, Publisher, Wings Maga-
want to wish you and your loved      and will result in draft revised        zine. The selection committee
ones a safe and peaceful holiday     measures.                               reviewed all the nominations
and a happy and prosperous New                                               using an evaluation criteria
Year.                                                                        developed by the Canadian
                                     The ATAC 2000 Innovation                Standards Association. All the
                                     Awards                                  nominations were excellent and
ATAC And CAC Hold Joint                                                      very close in many areas.
Airports/Airline Meeting ATAC is pleased to announce the
                                     winners of a series of awards for       AND THE WINNERS ARE...
The Air Transport Association of     Canadian flight schools, air taxi
Canada and the Canadian Air-         and charter operators who have          • Best Practices for Increasing
ports Council held their second      demonstrated innovative business        Safety - Recognizing a program
joint   Airport   Affairs/Airline    techniques that can serve as            or strategy that enhances safety -
Affairs Committee Meeting in         examples to the Canadian                Moncton Flight College.
Vancouver, BC on November 14,        aviation industry.
                                                                             MFC has developed a training
                                  This Innovation Award program              program for flight instructors that
Approximately 45 individuals is an important step for the                    increased their overall skill level
attended the meeting, which commercial general aviation                      and grade assessment. These
discussed the following topics:   industry. By recognizing our own           higher quality instructors will
                                  best practices as an industry, we          pass on their skills to student
    NAV CANADA Fee                increase awareness of what is              pilots, which will improve the
    Structure                     being done that is useful to               overall piloting abilities.
    Policing and Security Costs   promoting our industry and an
    Coalition of Concerned        awards program helps develop               • Best Practices for Increasing
    Airport Users                 pride in our efforts.                      Product Quality - Recognizing a
    Draft Industry Best Practices                                            practice that increases overall
    Accord                        This awards program is made                product quality - Coastal Pacific
    Meeters and Greeters at       possible due to the generous               Aviation/University College Of
    Airports                      sponsorship of Aon Insurance               The Fraser Valley.
    Airport Improvement Fee       with media sponsorship from
                                  Wings Magazine and we are                  Coastal Pacific Aviation was the
                                  pleased to announce that this              first flight training centre in
                                  sponsorship will allow this award          Canada to partner with a
ATAC Begins Consultation          to continue and grow in future             university to offer a combined
On Aviation Security              years.                                     program of higher education. This
Measures And Policies                                                        program, with its university
                                     There were a dozen excellent            discipline and use of advanced
The Air Transport Association of     nominations,     which     were         training, including full motion
Canada initiated a consultation on   reviewed by a selection commit-         simulation, serves as an example
revising the Aviation Security       tee that included Cliff Mackay,         for other aviation companies to
Measures and Policies at a           President and CEO of the Air            strive to attain.
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• Innovation Award - Recog-              hear about important initiatives      priate TC personnel. This open
nizing a practice, or strategy that      on the business side of flight        communication between ATAC
is so innovative it will serve as an     training and to see the world         members and TC is sure to go a
example for others to follow and         through the eyes of the operators.    very long way to alleviating the
learn from - Toronto Airways             It gave flight training operators a   mistrust and misunderstandings
Ltd/Flying Colors Pilot Training.        chance to work directly with their    between both parties. At the
                                         own regional superintendents and      same time these workshops will
Partnering, while a modern buzz-         to see the determination of the       increase safety awareness and
word, is important to the aviation       flight training staff to work as a    assist in implementing a safety
industry as different companies          team and to work with the             management program.
with different resources form            industry.
alliances to promote or improve                                                In case you are trying to resolve
their product. Flying Colors and         If Canada is going to move            issues with TC that have not been
Toronto Airways are a good               further into a world of               able to be handled with your
example of this modern trend of          "competency-based" pilot training,    normal contacts, companies are
partnering with the sharing of           toward industry-based quality         also reminded of the recently
information and the development          assurance programs, and even          developed "Civil Aviation Com-
of VFR Simulation training.              toward systems of safety manage-      plaint Filing Procedures" which
                                         ment, we will need to work            can be accessed through: http://
Congratulations to the Award             together and listen carefully to
Winners!                                 each other. Thanks to the Air         MANAGE/DIRECT/CompProcE.htm.
[More detailed information and photos    Transport Association of Canada       If this procedure does not lead to
of the winners are on the ATAC website   for inviting us to join the           a solution for you or you wish
in the “About ATAC” section under        operators for a very useful and       further information please feel
“Innovation Awards”]                     productive day in Vancouver."         free to contact Les Aalders at
Over 60 Flight Trainers From             Transport Canada Hears
Every Province Meet With                 Loud And Clear Concerns
Transport Canada                         About Audits          Sector Study Steering
                                                               Committee Reviews
For the second year, TC flight In a special session, Transport Final Draft Report
training superintendents met with        Canada's Don Sherritt responded
industry to discuss the huge             to questions and concerns from        Confirmation of the enhanced
changes currently underway with          flight school and 703 operators       training program development, the
the Integrated Commercial Pilot          from across Canada. ATAC and          development of awareness tools
Training Program and Instructors         TC will cooperate in 2001 with a      such as the CDROM and the need
Competency Review. Transport             series of training workshops for      for a greater international profile
Canada's Jim Dow reports: “Once          industry and government person-       for Canadian aviation has already
again this year, the flight school       nel. Les Aalders, VP Engineering      been useful research gleaned from
operators and Transport Canada           and Maintenance at ATAC               this massive project.       ATAC
flight training staff worked             reports: All ATAC members are         members present at the AGM
together to address pilot training       encouraged to participate in the      were given a presentation on this
issues. It gave operators a chance to    Safety Management Program             project and there was a lot of
raise important questions about          Workshops to be held next year        interest in the recommendations
issues affecting their businesses,       by ATAC. These informative            and forecasts. The final report
issues such as integrated pilot          sessions will allow for sharing of    was presented to the steering
training programs, instructor            information on Safety Manage-         committee for acceptance on
training, flight testing, and audits.    ment Programs and in particular,      December 4, 2000 in Toronto.
It gave Transport Canada regional        audit processes, between our          The report will be placed on the
and headquarters staff a chance to       members, ATAC staff, and appro-       ATAC website shortly.
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ATAC's New Board of Directors

The 2000-2001 members of the Board of Directors for the Association were announced at the Annual General
Meeting in Vancouver and are listed below. They are also listed on the ATAC website.

Executive Committee

Chairman - DOUGLAS PORT, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, Air
Canada. First Vice-Chair - PATRICIA KENNEDY, Operations Manager, Pacific Flying Club; Second
Vice-Chair - MICHEL LEBLANC, President & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Aviation Inc.; Honorary
Treasurer - DENNIS COOPER, Operations Manager, Sky Wings Aviation Academy Ltd.; Honorary
Secretary - BARRY LAPOINTE, President, Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd.; Past Chairman - JIM GLASS,
Managing Partner, Transwest Air.


MICHAEL S. BLAND, General Manager, Gander Flight Training; BOB DAVIS, President, First Air;
HARVEY J. FRIESEN, President, Bearskin Airlines; JOHN D. ISSENMAN, President, PROAV
International Aviation Services Corporation; T. AL KAPTY, General Manager, Trans North Helicopters;
STEPHEN MARKEY, Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, Air Canada; DAN
MUNRO, President, National Helicopters Inc.; JOSEPH D. RANDELL, President & CEO, Air Canada
Regionals; JOHN M. SCHOLEFIELD, President, Laurentide Aviation; TIM VAILLANCOURT, Vice
President Operations, Provincial Airlines.

Halifax And Sault Ste Marie Airports Join Airport Improvement Fee Agreement

Halifax International Airport Authority and Sault Ste Marie Airport Authority both recently joined the
Memorandum of Agreement on Airport Improvement Fees. This brings to 14 the number of Airports
acceding to the Agreement. Listed below are details on the Airports and their fees:

Airport             Code         Amount          For Tickets Sold         For Travel Scheduled
                                   $             On/After                 On/After

Ottawa              YOW             10           August 01/99             September 01/99
Saskatoon           YXE              5           August 01/99             September 01/99
St. John's          YYT             10           September 01/99          October 01/99
Regina              YQR             10           September 01/99          October 01/99
Victoria            YYJ              5           September 01/99          October 01/99
Edmonton            YEG             10           October 1/99             January 05/00
London              YXU              4           December 01/99           January 01/00
                                     7           April 01/01              April 01/01
Timmins             YTS             10           January 01/00            February 01/00
Calgary             YYC             10           July 18/98               January 01/99
Lethbridge          YQL              5           October 01/00            October 01/00
Winnipeg            YWG             10           June 01/99               October 01/99
Kelowna             YLW              5           February 01/98           February 01/98
Halifax             YHZ             10           December 01/00           January 01/01
Sault Ste Marie     YAM              5           November 12/00           January 01/01
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2000 AGM Engineering & Maintenance Committee (EMC) Meeting
Once again the annual EMC was         PMA Parts, FAA STC Accept- where the industry is currently at
a great success. This year’s event,   ance by TC, and Importation of on “Ageing Aircraft Systems”, a
held on November 14th in              Aircraft.                           study primarily focused on wiring
Vancouver, had the largest attend-                                        for now.
ance ever. In fact, the afternoon     The new Executive Director of
special joint session with the Air    the Canadian Aviation Main- Members were updated on all the
Taxi and Flight Schools repre-        tenance Council (CAMC), Steve current ATAC EMC projects and
sentatives doubled the size of the    Dick, gave an interesting pre- International Engineering &
group, as interest was extremely      sentation on where CAMC has Maintenance and Harmonization
high regarding the audit present-     been and his vision for its future. activities.
ation and discussions with Don        Exciting new ideas are definitely
Sherritt, Director, Maintenance &     on their way from CAMC! Stay Copies of the slide presentations
Manufacturing, Transport Canada.      tuned for more!                     are being posted to the newly
This was followed by an excellent                                         improved ATAC website. Have
Safety Management Systems             The Airbus presentation on a look! See if you can find
presentation by Jacqueline Booth-     “Technology to Improve Reliabi- yourself and cohorts in the
Bourdeau of TC M&M.                   lity, Predictability, Analyses and (incriminating???) colour photos!
                                      Surveillance”, given by Stephen
Ken Mansfield, Director, Aircraft     Connelly, was a great insight into If you have ideas for next year’s
Certification, TC, briefed the        the benefits of new technology.     EMC, which will be held in
group on subjects such as                                                 Toronto on November 6, 2001,
Airworthiness Directive Alternate     Mike Nancarrow of Boeing please inform Les Aalders at
Means of Compliance (AMOC),           presented a timely update on .

2000 AGM Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) Meeting
The first annual EAC meeting     Challenge Registry (VCR) intro-         discussed based upon the ATAC
was a resounding success!        duced the whole concept of              Position Paper “Controlling Air-
Representatives from all sizes ofvoluntary GHG reductions and            craft Noise at Canadian Airports”,
carriers and suppliers/manufac-  the benefits to the industry,           presented by Fred Jones of
turers attended.                 country and world. ATAC mem-            ATAC.
                                 bers are encouraged to take part
Members were briefed on the in this very beneficial concept.        Copies of the slide presentations
subject of Climate Change and                                       are being posted to the newly
Greenhouse Gas (GHG). Don Other issues such as de-icing             improved ATAC website. Have a
                                 fluids, NOx/VOCs, Halon and
McLeay gave an interesting                                          look! If you have any sugges-
                                 CFC phase out, and Particulate
presentation on various interna- Matter (PM) Ground Level Ozone     tions for next year’s EAC, which
tional aspects of this subject.  were also discussed at length.     will be held in Toronto on
                                                                    November 4, 2001, please advise
Bob Flemington of the Voluntary       Aircraft noise emissions were Les Aalders at

                        NEXT ATAC AGM & TRADESHOW
                             NOVEMBER 4-6, 2001
                       WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE HOTEL
                             TORONTO, ONTARIO
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Interaction 2000                    analyze the entire maintenance        becoming productive, certified
CAMC’s Forum and AGM                and     manufacturing      industry   technicians.
                                    human resource element, includ-
Wow, what a tremendous success!     ing economic factors, technology      This new integrated effort will
With over 160 attendees, the        trends and forecasting projections    use CAMC’s Youth Internship
Secretariat has been inundated      from a global perspective.            Program as its foundation, with
with comments and compliments       Industry will have the most           already 600 students enrolled in
claiming this as the “best Forum    detailed study to date, from which    14 different high schools across 8
ever”. The addition of exhibitors   to plan business and human            provinces and territories. CAMC
was an excellent addition and was   resource needs for the next 15        intends to aggressively expand
well received by all. Mark your     years.                                this program to all four corners of
calendars for late November 2001                                          the country, with targets of
in Halifax. Next year’s event is We must capture greater numbers          doubling the size and scope
guaranteed to be bigger and of new workforce entrants, and                within the next few years.
better.                             for the first time, we find
                                    ourselves with stiff competition.     By targeting lower levels in the
The workshop format was Aviation had ample sex appeal in                  school system, we will increase
definitely a big hit. “This is the past to attract, creating a            student interest and recruitment in
exactly the interaction we need” natural balance of staffing supply       aviation careers. The programs
rang out from eager participants. and demand. Today, we are               will be effective and permanent,
By placing the tough issues on the caught in the headlights, and our      for it is permanent solutions we
table and discussing them in a industry is nearly non-existent on         need to secure continued success
frank manner, we arrived at the the “awareness radar screens” of          for our industry.
best solutions to our problems. school aged children and young
This cooperative, consolidated adults. The problem does not end           Four New Trades
effort has clearly been the secret here; we must get the message to
to our success to date, and will parents, teachers, media and             CAMC is moving forward with a
lead us to effective solutions peers.                                     number of new initiatives. One
tomorrow.                                                                 generating considerable interest is
                                    CAMC is drafting a plan that will     the proposal to add four new
We would like to take this oppor- see to this with an integrated          trades. This proposal is now at
tunity to thank your generous outreach, orientation and curri-            HRDC for approval and the
Forum sponsors and all who cula program. The program will                 prospect is favorable for a March
attended and participated in enter the school system at junior            2001 start.     This will create
making this the best ever.          high level with awareness. It will    national trade standards, registra-
                                    be supported by the Aviation          tion, curricula and accreditation
New Sector Study                    Maintenance Orientation Program       for Aviation Fuelers, Ground
                                    curricula at the High School level,   Support Crews, Aviation Support
Word is quickly spreading about and then pure trade disciplines in        Services Personnel and Special
CAMC’s new sector study post-secondary institutions. This                 Processes Technicians. Industry
initiative with Human Resources system will have mass delivery            asked, and CAMC will deliver.
Development Canada. An explo- intentions and will reach the
sive critical mass of interest from mainstream youth. Each school         Speaking of trades, two new
all      stakeholders,    including level will feed and build on the      trades have just been released:
Aerospace Industry Association other, resulting in much higher            Aircraft Maintenance Inspector
Canada, Industry Canada and turnout numbers and easy student              and Aviation Simulator Techni-
many industry members, is pro- -to-work integration. It is our            cian. Logbooks are now available.
pelling this CAMC initiative to an intention to develop students to
early launch for 2001.         This the point of requiring only brief     CAMC is here for you; so do not
unprecedented new study will “on the job” training before                 hesitate to call.
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Below is a quote from a brochure recently put out by Human Resources Development Canada - sent to
ATAC by the Aviation Occupational Safety and Health Program of Transport Canada – in connection with
Part II of the Canada Labour Code. As they say on TV, the comments expressed do not necessarily
represent the views…..well, you know.

     LABOUR PROGRAM                 How did the amendments resolution process. This means
                                    come about?            that labour and management must
                                                                        make every effort to settle
  Health and safety laws have       In 1993, an intensive consultation complaints themselves before a
   changed and you need to          process, involving representatives government health and safety
          know how                  from the major employer and officer will get involved.
                                    labour organizations began.
Parliament has made important                                           A pregnant or nursing employee
changes to part II of the Canada    The vast majority of the changes can now withdraw from work
Labour Code dealing with occu-      to part II are based on a consensus activities that she believes to be
pational health and safety.         agreement between labour and posing a risk to her health or that
                                    management. They build on the of her foetus or child before she
If you are an employee or           demonstrated capacity and willing- obtains a medical certificate.
employer in a federally regulated   ness of labour and management to Previously, the legislation required
industry, such as banking, commu-   work together on health and safety that she continue to perform her
nication, transportation, shipping, issues.                             job functions until she obtained
grainhandling, or the federal public                                    the certificate.
service, this information is for you. How has Part II changed?
                                                                          These are just some of the changes
                                    In several ways. For instance, the    to Part II. There are many others.
                                    role of the work place health and     They are all designed to
                                    safety committees and of the          strengthen labour-management
                                    health and safety representatives     self-governance over occupa-
                                    has been enhanced. They now           tional health and safety and, in
                                   have broader powers to deal with      so doing, to make work places
                                    health and safety issues at work.     safer. The Government of Canada
                                                                          remains fully and actively
          Work Safely                                                     involved in protecting workers,
                                     Organizations with 300 or more
     for a Healthy Future!           employees must establish policy      but its role is now less intrusive
                                     health and safety committees, with   and more supervisory.
                                     equal representation from managers
What will the amendments             and employees. They have been                  ----------------
achieve?                             empowered to undertake a range          Where can you get more
                                     of activities to promote a health
Nobody knows a work place better and safety culture at work.                     information?
than the people who work in it.
The changes to part II give the Employers must ensure that                     Contact any office of
work place partners a stronger role managers and supervisors receive       Human Resources Development
in the identification and resolution adequate training in health and          Canada across Canada
of health and safety concerns. safety and are fully informed of                          or
This will ensure that problems are their responsibilities.
spotted and settled more rapidly                                              Visit their Website at:
and in a more cost-effective The investigation of complaints     
manner.                              now requires an internal complaint
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         NEW MEMBERS                    Part VII Technical Committee       pilots will also be required to
ATAC’s membership now stands at 334,    Up-Date                            pass a Pilot Competency Check
which includes 191 Operator members                                        (PCC) prior to manipulating the
and 133 Associate members.              The December Part VII Tech- controls.
We are pleased to present our newest
members:                                nical Committee met for three
                                        gruelling days in December and Coming, are amendments that
  OPERATORS                             resolved a number of issues. A will ensure that pilots assigned
  1138951 Ontario Limited               short summary of some of the flight duties under these circum-
  P.O. Box 1217                         key issues is set out below.       stances are also subject to SOPs.
  Wawa, ON P0S 1K0                                                         ATAC raised concerns that
  Tel: 705-889-2171                     Alcohol and Drugs                  applying a high regulatory bur-
  Fax: 705-856-1330                                                        den on operators who volun-
  Mr. J. Lance DeFoa
  President                             An amendment to the Part VI tarily insert a second pilot in a
  Aircraft Rental & Flight Training     rules was approved that will single-pilot operation may ulti-
  Bar XH Air Inc/Alberta Citylink
                                        better able operators to prevent mately discourage some opera-
  Box 161                               impaired      passengers      from tors from using second pilots
  Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7E8              boarding the aircraft. The new under these circumstances. The
  Tel: 403-527-3328                     rule leaves more power in the second pilot, it was suggested
  Fax: 403-527-4721                     hands of the operator to deter- by ATAC, can reduce the
                                        mine whether the passenger is captain’s workload and provide
  Mr. Les Little
  Flight Training/Charter/Maintenance   likely to present a hazard to the valuable experience to junior
                                        aircraft, or to the persons on pilots looking to learn from a
  CanJet Airlines                       board. The current rule makes it more       experienced      captain.
  693 Barnes Road                                                          ATAC will be submitting a
  Enfield, NS B2T 1K3                   clear that the operator must have
  Tel: 902-873-2650                     “reasonable grounds” to believe formal dissent to the Regulatory
  Fax: 902-873-2619                     that the passenger will present a Committee on this issue.
  Mr. Mark Winders                      hazard, and ATAC felt the
  Chief Operating Officer
                                        decision should rest with the New Part VII Rules Reflect a
                                        operator.                          Certified-ONLY Canadian
  Enterprise Air Inc.                                                      Position on NAFTA Signatory
  1000 Stevenson Road North             Instrumentation and                Aircraft, and Clarifies Fire
  Oshawa, ON L1J 5P5
  Tel: 905-721-0054                     Competency Requirements            Fighting Rules
  Fax: 905-721-0349                     for Second Pilots on Single
  Mr. Manuel Rosario                    Pilot Operations                   New part VII rules for foreign
  Director, Flight Operations                                              Specialty Air Service Operators
  Freight/Passenger Charters/
  Instr.Training                        Single pilot IFR operators who make it clear that only certified
                                        voluntarily use a second pilot aircraft will be allowed to
  Sharp Wings                           may be required to ensure that operate in Canada under
  P.O. Box 4659
  Williams Lake, BC V2G 2V6             the station offers the instrument- NAFTA, and that the movement
  Tel: 250-989-4334                     ation appropriate to the phase of of fire personnel to, from, and
  Fax: 250-989-0112                     flight if that pilot will be within a fire zone is considered
  Mr. Grant Schuetze                    manipulating the controls. The a specialty air service, and not
  Operations Manager                    amendment will prevent second an air transport operation. In
  Aircraft Charter & Flight Training
                                        pilots flying the aircraft from response to concerns raised by
  Tutchone Air                          the right seat without the benefit industry, the latter amendment
  P.O. Box 5018                         of their own instrumentation. will only come into force when
  Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4S2
  Tel: 867-667-2488
                                        Second pilots who have been the           FAA      makes      similar
  Fax: 867-393-2664                     assigned other-than flying duties  amendments to its regulations to
  Mr. Paul Douglas                      may still occupy the right seat, liberalize the same rules in the
  Owner                                 but will be prohibited from U.S.
  Flight School                         manipulating the controls. In an ASSOCIATES (New Members
                                        associated amendment, second cont'd)
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Bryan & Company                       ATAC-Proposals to Amend            the committee elected to talk
# 2600 Manulife Place                 Transport’s “Good                  more about implementation
10180 – 101 Street                    Character” Proposal for Chief
Edmonton, AB T5J 3Y2                                                     concerns with the Safety
Tel: 780-423-5730                     Pilots Accepted                    Management Program amend-
Fax: 780-428-6324                                                        ments proposed by Transport
Mr. Lawrence W. Olesen, QC            Transport Canada’s existing
Partner                                                                  Canada.      While there was
                                      discretion to reject your Chief
Barristers & Solicitors                                                  widespread support for the
                                      Pilot candidate was expanded
Canadian Aviation Corporation                                            principles identified in the
                                      recently. A new proposal to
Calgary International Airport                                            proposals, there were a number
750 – 1601 Airport Road NE            prevent operators from using
                                                                         of concerns that related to the
Calgary, AB T2E 6Z8                   pilots who have any convictions
Tel: 403-717-7357                                                        specific requirements of the new
                                      under section 7.3 (1) of the
Fax: 403-717-2558                                                        regulations, particularly at the
Mr. Glenn Carbol, President           Aeronautics Act, or more than
                                                                         703/704 level of our industry.
Internet Company                      two CARs convictions was
GasTOPS Ltd.
                                      rejected by ATAC and other         Safety Management Systems
1011 Polytek Street                   members of the Part VII            ensure that operators have the
Gloucester, ON K1J 9J3                committee. ATAC, and others        tools     and   personnel     to
Tel: 613-744-3530                     around the table felt that a
Fax: 613-744-8846                                                        adequately monitor and detect
Mr. Darrell Churchill                 single conviction under 7.3 (1)    incipient problems within their
Sales Manager - Maintenance Systems   or two CARs convictions could      operation, before they lead to
GRA HAM Energy Ltd.                   amount to a lifetime ban for an    incidents or accidents.     The
88 Queen Street West                  individual desirous of holding a   system, properly implemented,
P.O. Box 130                          CP position. The discussion        has the potential to reduce
St. Marys, ON N4X 1A9                 also centered on the exposure
Tel: 519-284-3420                                                        regulatory oversight and to
Fax: 519-284-2522                     for the operator presented by an   provide operators with more
Mr. Rick Hammond                      individual who chose to keep       flexible means to address safety
Vice President, Marketing             convictions a secret during the
Petroleum Marketer                                                       problems.     ATAC has also
                                      hiring process.     Finally, the   indicated that there should be
Harbridge Aviation                    committee settled on a judicial
47 Harbridge                                                             more formal qualifications for
Dollard Des Ormeaux, QC H9G 1B2       pardon, or a request from the      company officers responsible for
Tel: 514-624-9134                     pilot to “expunge” their record    implementing Safety Manage-
Fax: 514-624-3424                     after two years as appropriate     ment Systems, and that training
Mr. Ted Lariviere, President          mechanisms to ensure that a fair
Consulting & Brokering                                                   should be jointly developed by
                                      system would protect operators     industry and TC, and offered by
Modak Aviation Inc.                   from disreputable managers.
2465 Aviation Lane                                                       industry.
London, ON N5V 3Z9                    Coming amendments to the
Tel: 519-659-2332                     regulations will provide indivi-   1:40 or 1:50?: That, is the
Fax: 519-659-3113                     duals who have been prevented
Ms. Maureen J. McGraw, President                                         Question
Fixed Wing & Rotary Maintenance       by Transport Canada from
                                      occupying the Chief Pilot’s     An ATAC proposal to allow
Newfoundland Bonding & Composites
1 C.L. Dobbin Drive, P.O. Box 480     position, to appeal the exerciseoperators to elect to use the
Gander, NF A1V 1W8                    of that discretion to the Civil current 1:40 ratio of flight
Tel: 709-256-6111                     Aviation Tribunal.              attendants to passengers, OR to
Fax: 709-256-6121
Mr. Robert Gosse                                                      use a 1:50 ratio of flight
President                             Special Part VII Meeting        attendants to configured seats,
                                      Scheduled for the Spring of     was sent to the Regulatory with
Vector Training Systems, Inc.         2001 to Talk about
917 S. 46th Street                    Implementing SMS in             a request from ATAC and
Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA                                            CUPE for written submissions
Tel: 701-775-8830                     Airline/Business Aviation
Fax: 701-775-8829                     Operations                      on both sides of the issue.
Mr. Dean Gorder, President                                            ACPA may also make written
Simulators/Training Materials         Following on concerns raised by submissions in opposition to the
                                      ATAC and others in Part VII, proposed amendment.
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The ATAC proposal would allow           carriers to call crew members        consensus among the operator-
operators to elect, on a fleet-wide     during time free from duty, or       members of the committee who
basis to use either standard. If 1:40   to use management pilots (for        felt that they could work with it.
were used, all the existing exceptions  office duties or on a pager). Air
to that rule would continue to exist.   Taxi operator-members (heli-         “First Air Amendment”
                                        copter and fixed-wing) were          Approved
Transport Regulates Foreign             also concerned that their ability
Code-Share Operations                   to use pilots in a remote setting,   An amendment promoted by
                                        or under circumstances where         ATAC and First Air that
Historically, Transport Canada regula- flying hours were at a                recognized the needs of
tory requirements have been attached minimum, would be restricted.           deployed crews, was passed by
to Canadian registered aircraft, or to                                       the Part VII committee. The
foreign aircraft operating into, or out The proposed definition was as       amendment      recognized     the
of Canada.                              follows:                             desire of deployed crews to use
                                                                             “4 in 19” rather than “3 in 17”.
In a recent amendment, Transport           “Time Free from Duty means a
Canada has extended that authority         period of time during which an    More Flight Duty Time
to require a foreign air carrier to have   operator cannot assign to a       Flexibility Offered to
a Canadian Foreign Air Carrier             flight crew member any            MEDEVAC Operators Under
Operator Certificate when they have        company related duties to be      “Life and Death”
a code sharing arrangement with a          performed during the period,      Circumstances
Canadian carrier. To be clear, these       including standby, on call and
foreign carrier flights may only           reserve.”                         This amendment allows MEDE-
operate between points outside                                               VAC pilots to extend their duty
Canada.                                The definition was modified by        day to 17 hours under certain
                                       another amendment to the              conditions, and to accept duty
The amendment was promoted by Standard for 702/703 (helicopter               for up to 5 hours during an
Transport Canada to ensure that and fixed-wing) operators to                 assigned rest period under
Canadian passengers travelling on reflect the following issues:              exceptional circumstances to
code-share partners, who may not be                                          save human life.
aware that they are travelling on a       The amendment codified
foreign carrier, can be assured a           the “look-back” capability       ATAC to Do Risk Assessment
prescribed level of safety. Depend-         of operators to use any          on NVFR Operations
ing on the code-share carrier’s coun-       period of 24 hours free of
try of origin, Transport Canada’s           flight or other duties (i.e.     As a result of a dissent
interest may take the form of               during     mechanical     or     submitted by ATAC and
“familiarization” or potentially an         weather days) as TFFD,           discussions held between ATAC
audit of the foreign operation.             provided that the flight         members, NATA and Transport
                                            crew member is not               Canada in Saskatoon about two
Time Free from Duty Definition              required to be available for     months ago, Transport Canada
Finally Put to Rest…for Now                 flight duty on less than one     has elected to reflect on their
                                            hour, and provided that the      proposal to ban NVFR for 703
After two years of debate, the Part         flight crew member is not        and 704 operations pending a
VII Technical Committee finally             required to wait at a            risk assessment to be conducted
settled on a definition of Time Free        specified location during        by ATAC and NATA by the
from Duty (TFFD).            Transport      the period.                      end of February.         In the
Canada’s concern was that pilots                                             meantime, Transport Canada
were being required to complete The amendment contemplated                   will be processing a new rule
company related duties while on the single pilot/base manager                that will liberalize the No
TFFD. ATAC was concerned that scenario as well as the bush                   Alternate    IFR     rules   to
previously proposed definitions camp scenario for remote                     encourage operators to fly IFR,
would interfere with the ability of operations. The proposal found           rather than VFR.
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New Regulations Recognize the               Means to “Go To”                     we are intensely self-critical as
Availability of Level D Simulators                                               an industry in the wake of an
in 703 Operations                           A new regulatory requirement         accident or incident.        Our
                                            approved by the Part VII             operational procedures, like the
In an amendment to the 703 and 704          Technical     Committee       will   CARs, are in a constant state of
Regulations, and in response to             require operators of SE IFR          evolution. We are professionals
requests from operators with access         aircraft to have an electronic       striving to improve the system
to these simulators, the Part VII           means to navigate directly to the    however, in the wake of an
committee approved amendments               nearest airport in the event of an   incident or an accident, those
that would allow them to be used for        engine failure. Most operators       same actions can seem woefully
                                            are already using GPS for this       short of due diligence, and the
mandatory training at this level of
                                            purpose, however alternative         problem that we were grappling
our industry.
                                            means will be acceptable (i.e.       for a solution to, may become
                                            VFR GPS or LORAN).                   “painfully obvious” in the face
Didn’t Order that Second Battery
for your PC 12 You Say?                                                          of media scrutiny.
                                            Aeronautics Act Amendment
Operators of the PC 12 may very             Still Causing Alarm                  Further still, ATAC is not
well be facing a requirement to                                                  comfortable that Transport
install a second battery in the             A Transport Canada proposal to       Canada will be able to resist
aircraft. According to Transport            amend the Aeronautics Act, and       political pressure to proceed
Canada, the “stock” single-battery          impose liability on corporate        personally against officers,
system is only capable of providing         directors, officers and agents for   directors, or agents under less-
30 minutes of power under a reduced         acts falling short of due            than-appropriate circumstances
load following-on an engine failure         diligence is still generating        following-on a high profile
in IMC. To avoid a complete failure         intense opposition from indus-       accident or incident.
of all electrical systems in the aircraft   try. The proposal also imposes
would mean that the aircraft would          a reverse onus on affected           LAHSO/SIRO Working
be limited to 21,000 feet (with a 700       individuals to prove that their      Group to Meet for the Last
feet per minute descent). Since the         actions in question could            Time in January 2001
aircraft is capable of flying signi-        withstand examination against a
ficantly higher, a limitation of 21,000     due diligence standard. For          The Working Group tasked with
feet would present a severe                 virtually all other aviation         an examination of new regula-
limitation. ATAC will be working            offences, the crown is required      tions for SIRO operations in
closely with its operator members to        to prove guilt, but under the        Canada will hold its last meet-
submit a written dissent on this issue      terms of the current proposal the    ing in January. We fully expect
to Transport Canada’s Regulatory            accused would have to prove          that near consensus will be
Committee, with alternatives to the         their innocence.                     achieved on a new regulatory
altitude limitation.                                                             framework for SIRO in Canada
                                            ATAC has made it clear that if following-on that meeting.
One alternative that Transport              Transport moves forward with
Canada has proposed is the installa-        the proposal, senior bureaucrats Noise Check List Working
tion of the optional second battery,        should also be held personally Group Met Again in
which they tell us can be done at the       accountable      for     regulatory December
factory on new equipment for                “gaps” or lapses of due
roughly $35K US, and considerably           diligence when carrying out The Working Group tasked with
more if it is done afterwards. ATAC         their regulatory responsibilities. an examination of the rules
and its members will be looking for                                              affecting the noise infrastructure
other possible solutions to address         The problem, ATAC has in Canada met again on
the safety issue presented by the           asserted, also lies in the fact that December 12 to examine
existing single battery.                                                         prospective changes to the AIP

SE IFR Aircraft to Require a
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Check List set out in RAC 4.1.2      Aircraft Noise and Emissions        of hush kit aircraft. Over the
and to discuss limits on airport     Group Meets in December to          objection of the airport commu-
authority jurisdiction to modify     Discuss Hush Kit Phase-Out          nity, the Canadian position will
local noise rules.      Interested                                       oppose any requirement for a
operator members are still           ATAC met as a member of the         phase out of these aircraft. The
welcome to participate on this       ANEC to provide input on the        group also discussed the new
Working Group.                       formulation of the Canadian         prospective standard for Chapter
                                     position to ICAO on the phase out   IV aircraft.

      May Symposium and Spring Reception – May 17, 2001
   Please mark your calendars now for our MAY SYMPOSIUM AND SPRING

   The Theme of our Symposium will be “Flight Safety”. Our event occurs
   the day following the Canadian Aviation Safety Symposium hosted by
   Transport Canada from May 14 - 16. We hope this will assist members
   who may wish to take part in both events.

   Immediately following our Symposium ATAC will host our Annual Spring
   Reception for members and invited government and industry guests.

                          More details will follow in the New year.

                        The President and Staff
                                  of the
                       Air Transport Association
                               of Canada
                       Wish you and your family
                            Happy Holidays
                       Best Wishes for 2001                                      vv

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