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HAC Membership and Associate Renewals Are Due September 1, 2014 for Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2015.

HAC Application Categories Have Changed

Please View the Changes to Determine the Applicable Application Form





HAC Welcomes New Members


New HAC Associates:


Advanced Composite Structures Inc.
Winnipeg, MB


Arrow Leasing
Quebec, QC


AH Structural Composites Ltd.
Pitt Meadows, BC


Aircraft Maintenance Systems
Montreal, QC


AVJET Holdings Inc.
Drummonville, QC


Confederation College
Thunder Bay, ON


Consolidated Turbine Specialists LLC
Bristow, OK


Euravia Engineering


Global Aviation Helicopters LLC
Norcross, GA


Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP
Ottawa, ON


iService Center
St. Hubert, QC


MP2B Assurance
Laval, Quebec


Rotor Maxx Supply Ltd.
Parksville, BC


Spider Tracks Limited
Auckland New Zealand


Ultimate Aerostructures
Edmonton, AB


Valard Construction LP
Edmonton, AB



New Operator Members:


Access Helicopters Ltd.
Red Deer, AB


Climb Helicopters Ltd.
Fort St John. BC


Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Sarnia, ON


Helico Pro

St-Mathieu de Beloeil, QC


Helicopters Canada/1378770 Ontario Inc.

North Bay, ON


Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc.
Carp, ON


Provincial Helicopters Ltd.
Lac Du Bonnet, MB


Synergy Aviation Ltd.
Sexsmith, AB


New Individual Members:


Paul F. Whitten Sr.
San Diego, CA


Robert Cote

Edmonton, AB




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Transport Canada About to Release DRAFT F&DT Regulations


On Monday September 15, we are led to believe that Transport Canada will be releasing the first draft of new Flight & Duty Time Regulations for the Commercial and Business Aviation Communities. It has been almost two years since the Flight & Duty Time Working Group Report was tabled in the CARAC process, over the objections of HAC and eight other allied regional and National Associations.

With the exception of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) all the national and regional associations in Canada representing the interests of Commercial and Business Aviation joined forces in opposition to the Recommendations contained in the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group Report

Read the Working Group Report


Nine Associations including the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), Association québécoise du transport aérien (AQTA), Aviation Alberta (AA), British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC), Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), Manitoba Aviation Council (MAC), Northern Air Transport Association (NATA), and the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC), and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), joined forces to reject the Recommendations contained in the report.

Read the Dissent


The content of the draft Regulations has been a closely-held secret, but HAC and its allies will be reviewing the regulations this week, and planning our the next-steps in our advocacy efforts based on their content. Stay tuned for more.


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

The file below and the waypoints it contains are designed to be a navigation aid to all aircraft operators that find themselves traveling low-level in the North-West of BC between Prince George and Prince Rupert. A number of ongoing resource projects in this general area means that on certain days there is potential for high density low level fixed wing and rotary traffic. For pilots transiting the area under 12,000 ft HAC suggests they use the waypoints as locations to call in a standard Position Report on 126.7 and 123.2. Please use Google Earth or a Garmin GPS to open the file.


Link to file


Charm School for Helicopter Pilots


Do you have some crew members that have "Hands and Feet", but seem to be constantly causing friction with your customers? Do some of your pilots lack diplomacy or tact? Do ALL of your pilots lack diplomacy or tact? This year at the HAC Convention in Montreal, the association will be offering Charm School for Helicopter Pilots.


This half-day workshop will provide pilots will some of the essential interpersonal skills to tactfully manage their way through difficult real-life operational circumstances, and will include participation from customer groups who will help identify some of the most common "sore points".

We can't promise that we will take all the hard edges off, but let's think of them as works-in-progress…


Watch for the HAC web site for more Convention Program details as they become available.


HAC Members Make Their Views Known on Low Flying Permits


HAC recently formed-up a working group of nine operators to comment on the content of a DRAFT National AC and companion Staff Instruction (SI). The association consolidated comments raised by a Working Group of operator-members in a submission to Transport Canada on this subject.


Read the submission.


Airbus Hosting First International Symposium on Rotary Wing Operations in a Hydro Environment


The symposium is open to Hydro Agencies, Operators, Safety Advisors, Trade Associations, Hydro Procurement Officers and End Users. For additional information please contact: Nitin Sareen, Marketing Manager for Airbus Helicopters Canada at 905-994-2948 or by email at



AGAR-STRINGER Award Nominations NOW Open


Are you aware of someone who has made an exceptional contribution to our industry? They may be deserving of our AGAR-STRINGER Award. Nominations must be received by August 31 2014. Award recipients are recognized at our Annual Luncheon, scheduled to take place on November 8 in Montreal, Quebec.


HAC Convention Sponsorship Opportunities (November 7-9 2014) — Options for Every Budget


HAC has rolled-out its most extensive Convention Sponsorship Program, ever, in preparation for this November's Convention in Montreal. Don't miss out on some extended exposure for your company! Montreal is not-to-be-missed!


Small Operators SAVE BIG at the Montreal November 7-9 2014 Convention


Operators with three or fewer aircraft save $100 on our already-low Early-Bird Convention rate – but you must renew your HAC Membership or become an HAC member AND register for the Convention by August 31 2014 to take advantage of this offer - $295. It doesn't get any better…

New to HAC? NEW Operator-members with three or fewer aircraft, save even bigger...


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


We are pleased to announce that HAC's Group Plan with AON Hewitt, is now able to accommodate Pilot's Loss of License insurance quotes through Hunter McCorquodale.


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HAC makes a second submission on Aerodromes

Read the first submission, if you missed it in the last newsletter, and read the latest submission.

Why this is important: Currently, there is no requirement to consult with local land use authorities, before establishing a helipad or heliport in Canada,but Transport Canada is preparing to impose one. In fact, it sounds to HAC like the Minister may be preparing to impose a requirement to seek approval from local land use authorities. HAC believes that this would be inconsistent with the Federal government's exclusive jurisdiction over Aeronautics.


HAC's Template Offers of Employment Generating a Buzz

HAC has recently developed Template Offers of Employment for Permanent Full-Time Employees; Fixed-Term Full-Time Employees; Contract Employees; and a Template Averaging Agreement. The Agreements were developed by a team of volunteer operator-members and with the support of the Ottawa-based employment law firm of Emond Harnden – for the exclusive use of HAC members. The agreements are an effort to help members to avoid running afoul of Labour Canada Hours of Work regulations, and to help establish standardized contractual terms.

These agreements have generated considerable interest from members as many operators move to customize and implement these sample documents. These agreements can be found below, and are available exclusively to members through the HAC office in Word format.

Averaging Agreement

Employment Agreement - Indefinite Hire

Employment Agreement - Fixed Term

Independent Contractor Agreement




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