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HAC Membership and Associate Renewals Are Due September 1, 2016 for Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2017.





VFR Phraseology Guide

In collaboration with its aviation partners, NAV CANADA has released a VFR Phraseology guide for pilots travelling in Canadian airspace.

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HAC Welcomes New Members


New HAC Associates:


AOG Heliservices Inc.
Kingston, ON




July 21, 2016


Avionics Company Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (AEM) has announced the appointment of Tony Weller as their new Sales Manager.






Transport Canada Discussion Papers for the TDGR Parts 6 and 12 Amendments

Click HERE to access papers


HAC's Economic Footprint for the Canadian Commercial Helicopter Industry NOW AVAILABLE



HAC Group Insurance Plan Now Able to Offer Optional Loss of License Coverage

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HAC's "Offer of Employment Templates


Now Accepting Nominations for HAC 2015 Safety Awards for Pilots and AME positions



H1 Heliport Issues Raised by HAC

July 27, 2016


In a recent letter to Transport Canada, HAC has raised a number of issues with respect to operations at H1 Heliports. Section 325.19(b) of the Canadian Aviation Safety Standards (CASS), sets out the performance requirements for operations at H1 Heliports.



The TSB to Brief on the ORNGE Accident and on the Status of their Special Investigation in to Air Taxi Accidents at HAC's Convention in YEG

July 27, 2016


The Transportation Safety Board has agreed to provide a special briefing to HAC's members in YEG on the ORNGE Accident Report.


Read the full report HERE


The TSB will also provide an up-date briefing on the status of their special investigation in to Air Taxi accidents that have occurred over the last ten years.


President's Message

September 19, 2016


Fatigue Management – The Latest Chapter


As you can well imagine, my phone has been ringing off-the-hook from Operators who received Transport Canada's recent survey on the new Flight & Duty Time proposal [see the "…Deadline Extended..." article, below]. I have been getting an earful on a variety of issues contained in matrix summary of the new draft proposal, but the ones that still seem to be generating the most significant angst among operators, are:



Flight & Duty Time RIAS Survey Deadline Extended to September 23, 2016

September 19, 2016


The deadline to complete the RIAS Transport Canada Survey on Flight & Duty Time Limits has been extended until September 23 2016. HAC is encouraging its operator members to complete their surveys based on our August 25 2016 Bulletin clarification.


For more information about the survey, and to access our August 25 Bulletin please CLICK HERE


For the english survey, CLICK HERE


For the french survey, CLIQUEZ ICI


Both Directors General Civil Aviation to Attend HAC's YEG Convention

September 19, 2016


Recently HAC has received confirmation that both Aaron McCrorie and Denis Guindon will be attending our YEG Convention November 11-13 2016. Also in attendance will be Robert Sincennes, Transport Canada's Director, Standards.


HAC Seeks Legal Opinion on H1 Access Issues

September 19, 2016


At its August 15 2016 meeting, the HAC Board authorized HAC to seek a legal opinion on the use of H1 Heliports by Multi-Engine helicopters. HAC and Transport Canada are at odds over the interpretation currently being applied by Transport Canada which limits access to all but CAT A certified helicopters.


Risk Assessment for CAR 702 Operations Scheduled for September

September 19, 2016


The initial meeting for the Risk Assessment of CAR 702 Operations has been scheduled to take place by teleconference on September 29 with a the full Risk Assessment meeting to take place October 3-7 2016 face-to-face in Ottawa. To be clear, Transport Canada is considering the risk of not regulating CAR 702 Operations. Read the Terms of Reference for the RA, HERE


Register for HAC's YEG Convention Today!

September 19, 2016


Looking for Some Elevated Profile at the Convention?

September 19, 2016


Convention Program Addition — Emond Harnden to Deliver Session on New "Unjust Dismissal" Law Developments

September 19, 2016


Steven Williams and Amanda Sarginson will be delivering an "Unjust Dismissal" session at our YEG Convention. In its decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled that federally-regulated employers subject to the Canada Labour Code (Code) are not permitted to dismiss employees on a without cause basis, with a few exceptions provided for under the Code.


Check out the most recent developments for federally-regulated employees HERE.


Check out our full Preliminary Convention Program, HERE


Going, Going...Don't be Left Out!

September 19, 2016


If you are planning to exhibit at our YEG Convention, and you haven't reserved your booth space yet, don't be left out. We have a few good spots left, but they won't last!


See the Floor

Book Your Space Online


Stay Up to Date on the Latest Convention News

September 19, 2016


Book Your Accommodation or Register for Professional Development Courses or Check out the Preliminary Program



President's Message

August 22, 2016


Transport Canada Delivers Survey with Incomplete Information


Did you recently receive a request to complete a survey on the new Fatigue Management Regulations? Transport Canada recently delivered a matrix summary of the proposed new Fatigue Management regulations to ALL AOC holders. They are conducting a survey in support of the Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) that goes with the Canada Gazette I Publication containing the draft regulations — that they are planning to publish in the Spring of 2017.


HAC's YEG Convention Preliminary Program Now Available!

August 22, 2016


Please click here to access the YEG Convention Preliminary Program!


Multi-Engine EMS Operators Meeting with Transport Canada on August 19

August 22, 2016


Most of Canada's dedicated EMS operators will be meeting with Transport Canada to discuss the uncertainty around the interpretation of CASS 325, as it relates to performance requirements at H1 Heliports.


This issue was first raised in the context of ME helicopters, but HAC will also be engaging with Transport Canada on the subject of the use of SE aircraft for life-saving operations at these sites. The Regulator has forbidden SE aircraft operators from using these landing areas altogether – under any circumstances. HAC is questioning this interpretation.


Review of Aerial Work Regulatory Framework Delayed until the Fall

August 22, 2016


You may recall from a previous issue of the Newsletter that Transport Canada plans to revisit the regulatory framework for Aerial Work operations from a risk perspective.


Currently CAR 702 operations are treated as Commercial operations however, Transport Canada will be reviewing the treatment of Aerial Work Operations, in the context that they do no carry passengers – but only those involved in the flight operation being carried out.


Canadian Ownership Limits Under Review

August 22, 2016


Partly in response to a recent report issued by David Emerson, which recommended that the limit on foreign ownership be raised from 25% to 49%; and recommended that the limit for Aerial Work and all-cargo Operations be raised to 100%, the HAC Board has been engaged in discussions with Transport Canada on this important subject.


Discussions between the HAC Board have focused on the lack of reciprocity with American operators who already have easy access to the Canadian Specialty Service market under NAFTA, and the vulnerability of the Canada helicopter Aerial Work industry in today's economic climate and in light of the current exchange rate.


HAC received comments on these issues as part of the response to its Economic Footprint Study, which can be found here.


Stay tuned for more!


President's Message

August 10, 2016


Transport Canada Releases Summary of New Fatigue Management Regulations to be Published in CG1 for Comment in the Spring of 2017


Last month, Transport Canada provided a number of the Associations with an oral briefing on the content of new Flight & Duty Time regulations that they intend to publish for comment in Canada Gazette I in the Spring of 2017.


HAC's YEG Trade Show Floor 70% SOLD OUT

August 10, 2016


HAC's Trade Show promises to be another sell-out, so don't delay securing your exhibit space.


Look Who's Exhibiting

Then Check Out the Floor Plan

…and then Book On-Line right away through our 2016 Convention Page


Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Safety Certificates!

August 10, 2016


Pilots and Engineers, don’t forget to apply for your 2015 Safety Certificates! Experience used as the basis for the application should be predicated on your flight time/Maintenance experience accumulated to the end of the 2015 calendar year.


New this year, applicants will be asked to round their experience down to the nearest 5000 flight hours or nearest 5 years of Maintenance experience, since their last application. Certificates will be issued in increments of 5000 flight hours or 5 years of maintenance

experience, going forward. Please see the link below, for more details.



HAC and Affected EMS Operator-Members to Meet with Transport Canada on H1 Access Issues

August 10, 2016

HAC and a number of its EMS Operator-members will be meeting with Transport Canada to discuss issues relating to access by the Canadian EMS community to H1 Heliports across Canada. Encroachment by urban development on existing hospital helipads, and recent scrutiny by Transport Canada of operational procedures in use has raised a number of thorny issues relating to the application of section 325 of the CASS. Transport Canada has been insisting upon the application of CAT A Performance to these helipads when CASS 325 calls for less stringent performance requirements. Furthermore, by invoking a requirement CAT A performance, there are a variety of other aircraft equipage and helipad requirements that are also called for.


The meeting with Transport Canada will take place on August 17 2016 at noon EDST. Interested EMS operators may participate in the meeting by teleconference or in-person by contacting


HAC will be holding a pre-meeting of interested EMS operators in advance of the meeting with Transport Canada on a date and time, tbd.


President's Message

July 20, 2016

Flight & Duty Time Limits: Where-to, From Here?


The recent announcement by Transport Canada that they intend to proceed with the Gazette I publication of new Flight & Duty Time Limit Regulations — for all commercial passenger-carrying operations (CAR 703, 704, 705), came as a bit of a surprise to many. Some even thought that this was a positive development.



ORNGE TSB Accident Report Released

July 20, 2016


On June 15, the TSB released the ORNGE Accident Report. The Transportation Safety Board issued 14 recommendations, and commented on the regulatory oversight from Transport Canada, and a number of the procedures in place at ORNGE.

The full text of the report can be found HERE


HAC's Members Make their Views Known on the Revised Crew Resource Management (CRM) Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA)

July 20, 2016

HAC consolidated the views of its members on the subject of the new CRM regulations and made a written submission on June 16 2016.


The Revised Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) was re-issued to address many of the concerns raised by HAC and others in a teleconference last month.

Read the Revised NPA HERE


While the revised NPA has been vastly improved, there were still a number of outstanding concerns.



HAC's TDG Committee Addresses Follow-Up Questions from Transport Canada with a Preliminary Response
Transport Canada posed a series of follow-up questions to HAC's original April 5 2016 submission on Revisions to Part 12 of the TDGR.

July 20, 2016


Read the Original Submission HERE :


The preliminary response to Transport Canada's follow-up questions can be found HERE:


CAR 702 Aerial Work Risk Assessment Delayed Until October 2016

July 20, 2016


A Risk Assessment of CAR 702 operations being carried out by Transport Canada, in collaboration with the Commercial aviation community, has been delayed until the Fall of 2016, at the request of a number of industry associations.


The RA is "…to identify and discuss the risks, potential benefits and mitigations associated with potentially changing the current scope and requirements of CAR 702 and its associated Standards. As well, the Risk Assessment team is being asked to examine any potential changes to the regulatory structure to determine the best risk-based oversight approach to be used for this industry sector."


Read the full Terms of Reference HERE


Aerial Work regulations have long been considered a bit of an anomaly in the Part VII regulations, because they do not involve the carriage of fare-paying passengers. At the same time, while they are Commercial operations, most of the operational, certification, and maintenance requirements that apply to the other sub-parts of Part VII, apply in CAR 702.


This RA may sound like a bit of "sleeper", but operators should consider the different way that Aerial Work operations are treated in the United States, for example – using uncertified and ex-military aircraft, and significantly lower regulatory oversight. HAC and one of its operator-members will be participating on the Risk Assessment team this October.


HAC is Putting Together the Convention Program for 2016 — What would YOU Like to See?

July 20, 2016


HAC is finalizing the Convention Program for our 2016 Convention & Trade Show in YEG November 11-13. The convention program will include a variety of Speak-Series sessions, as well as our traditional Pre-Convention Professional Development Program. Would you like to see a particular speaker at our convention, or would you like to have a specialized pre-convention training program delivered

Please contact with your suggestions.



HAC 2016 Conference Host Hotel, THE WESTIN EDMONTON

June 14, 2016


Now Open for Booking - HAC Conference Rate: $199.00 (Single or Double)

For On-Line Reservations Click Here

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Transport Canada Still Preparing to Consult on DRAFT Advisory Circular and DRAFT Global Exemption for Class D Harnesses

June 14, 2016


Earlier this year, Transport Canada was preparing to consult on the terms of Class D Global Exemption and Advisory Circular. The process, which was originally scheduled to take place in May, has been delayed by an internal review of the two draft documents taking place inside the department. HAC will keep its members informed through this Newsletter when the Transport Canada is in a position to proceed with the consultation.


Book Your Edmonton Trade Show Space Now — Our Floor is over 50% SOLD!

June 14, 2016


Annual Conference & Trade Show

Exhibitor Space - On-Line Application


Click here to see the Exhibitor Prospectus.

Click here to see the Floor Plan.


Read about our Keynote Luncheon Speaker – Robert Mason – Author of Chickenhawk


Almost all of our conference social events are held on the trade show floor for maximum exposure and networking opportunities.


Booth Space is sold out each year and we anticipate the HAC 21st Annual Conference and Trade Show to be the same with approximately 700 delegates attending the largest gathering of the commercial helicopter industry, its suppliers and manufacturers in Canada.


Interested in some elevated profile by sponsoring one of the HAC's Conference Events? Please contact: Barb Priestley at or by phone at (613) 231-1110 ext 237


Four Static Display Exhibitors Confirmed for Edmonton

June 14, 2016


Four Static Display Exhibitors have confirmed for our Edmonton Trade Show. This year, Static Display exhibitors will be have their aircraft displayed on the Trade Show floor inside the Shaw Convention Centre.

For more information on the Static Display of aircraft in Edmonton, please see:


Static Display Aircraft - Application
Static Display Procedures PPT Briefing


Other companies with an interest in displaying an aircraft in YEG should contact or


Transport Canada Revises CRM Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA)

June 14, 2016


Notice to CARAC members, Following your feedback in writing and during the technical briefing of April 11th, Transport Canada has made revisions and posted a revised Notice of Proposed Amendment on Crew Resource Management (under Activity #2014-021).


The revised document can be found in the CARAC Activity Reporting System HERE:


Select "Revised Notice of Proposed Amendment – Crew Resource Management". For ease of reference, the changes from the original NPA are tracked in blue font or are underlined.


Please provide your comments on the revised NPA to without delay. HAC will be consolidating comments-received will make its formal submission on the content of the proposed new regulations on June 9.


HAC Makes its Views Known on Access to H1 Heliports by ME Aircraft

June 14, 2016


Recently, HAC has been working with Transport Canada and members to find a solution to H1 Heliport access problems experienced by some of our members.


Transport Canada has recently been pressing HAC members to demonstrate compliance with CAT A Performance requirements, in the absence of any regulatory obligation. "There is a gaping disconnect that exists between the H1 requirements set out in CASS 325, and Performance CAT A being called for by some regions. There is also no OEM data to support the CAR 325 performance requirements." said HAC's President. HAC's efforts have been focused on resolving this issue through a dialogue between affected operators and the regulator.


HAC Makes Its Views Known on CTA Review Recommendations

May 12, 2016


On April 20 2016, HAC's Board met by teleconference with Transport Canada's Director General Air Policy and her staff, to discuss recommendations relating to Canadian ownership, contained in a CTA Review report released on February 23 2016.

On April 30 2016, in a submission directly to the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, HAC made its views known on heli-specific issues contained in the report.



HAC Advances a Proposal to Change the CPL-Helicopter Licensing Requirements

May 12, 2016


In response to concerns raised by its Flight Training & Licensing Committee, HAC recently made a submission to Transport Canada that would increase the amount of Dual time required for newly-licensed commercial helicopter pilots.



Transport Canada Revises Crew Resource Management Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA)

May 12, 2016


Notice to CARAC members,

Following your feedback in writing and during the technical briefing of April 11th, Transport Canada has made revisions and posted a revised Notice of Proposed Amendment on Crew Resource Management (under Activity #2014-021).


The revised document can be found in the CARAC Activity Reporting System HERE


Select "Revised Notice of Proposed Amendment – Crew Resource Management". For ease of reference, the changes from the original NPA are tracked in blue font or are underlined.


Please provide your comments on the revised NPA to on or before June 1 2016 when industry comments will be consolidated and HAC will make its formal submission on the content of the proposed new regulations.


Changes in Lithium Battery Regulations – Effective April 1, 2016

April 4, 2016


If you are transporting Lithium Batteries by Air, be aware of the changes that come into effect April 1, 2016 with the implementation of Transport Canada’s Protective Direction No. 35.


This regulation now brings Canada into line with the recent ICAO amendments banning cargos of Lithium batteries on Passenger flights starting April 1st, 2016.


The quick summary is that you cannot carry a cargo of Lithium Metal (UN3090) or Lithium Ion (UN3480) batteries, shipped by themselves, on board a passenger-carrying flight. This is now a “Cargo Aircraft Only” situation. The good news is that it won’t have a large effect on most of your daily operations, as this does not prevent you or your passengers from carrying your cell phones, iPads, laptops, cameras, etc. These can still be carried on board any flight, along with spare batteries. The ban also does not affect any cargo where Lithium batteries are “Packed With”, or “Contained In” Equipment. So, you can still carry a cargo of electronic equipment, or your StarterPak.


You can get further information about Protective Direction #35 from the Transport Canada website HERE. IATA has also published an informative Lithium Battery Guidance document that can be downloaded HERE:


Do You have a Company Press Release or Breaking News that Might be of Interest to HAC's Members?


• Press Releases must be provided electronically by the contributing Member/Associate in both English and French.
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• Three News Releases will be posted in each issue
• News Releases should be sent to HAC Member Services at


HEC Harnesses

February 19, 2016


Are you involved in human external cargo (HEC) operations? If so, you will be interested to know that Transport Canada (TC) has approached HAC to help organize a Working Group to ensure the equipment you are using to carry those people outside your helicopters is, and continues to be, safe.


Canadian regulations require that equipment used for HEC operations is approved for that purpose, but for some harnesses that are used by some Canadian operators to carry people outside their helicopters, the required approval does not exist. TC needs input from the operating and supplier communities so that they can finalize a Global Exemption that will be the basis for continued use of certain harnesses, which comply with its terms. Operators will work with TC Regional offices to make use of this exemption, when it is finalized.


Within an agreed-upon period of time after being granted the exemption it is expected that all harnesses will be approved using a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). There will be an Advisory Circular (AC) developed by TC to help Operators and Inspectors interpret and apply the terms of the regulations as they apply to the certification of harnesses that will be used during HEC operations. The AC will be used by STC applicants and TC to ensure that requirements for certification are clearly understood and consistently applied. TC intends to consult with industry during development of the AC. TC is working with the HAC Class D sub–committee of the HAC Air Taxi committee to consult with industry as they move forward with this initiative.


Please monitor the HAC Newsletter for more information as it becomes available.


I Always Feel Like I am "Hanging Out There" — But This Time I Really Was...


Courtesy of GSH, I had a chance to experience a hoist demonstration in YVR – at what most pilots would agree, was the wrong end of the rope - played at our Keynote Luncheon:


ALERT — R44 Main Rotor Blades

March 20, 2015

Transport Canada has alerted HAC to a potential concern relating to certain R44 main rotor blades, arising as a result of an accident recently in New Zealand on February 19 2015. Transport Canada is currently discussing this issue with the FAA regarding appropriate corrective action however, in the meantime operators with affected blades are encouraged to carry out the actions in the attached Robinson Safety Alert.



Get Some Great Discounted Training for Staff and Support Your Association — All at the Same Time...

February 19, 2015



HAC and HELI-EXPO — Why is Delegate Pricing So Different?

February 19, 2015


Alert to Aircraft Transiting North Western BC Below 12,000 Feet

Link to file


HAC Members Make Their Views Known on Low Flying Permits

Read the submission.




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