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HAC Membership and Associate Renewals Are Due September 1, 2015 for Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2016.

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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 News

HAC Welcomes New Members


New HAC Associates:


AirSuite Inc.
Thunder Bay, ON


BMG Insurance Brokers
Richmond, BC


Code Hunter LLP
Calgary, AB


Dallas Avionics Inc.
Dallas, TX


Gibson & Barnes
El Cajon, CA


Integro Insurance Canada
Montreal, QC


Bloomfield, CT


Maple Leaf Helicopters Canada
Richmond, BC


Mobius Architecture Inc.


Module Ltd.
Hamilton, New Zealand


Prime Turbines
Carrollton, Texas


Quebec, QC


Williams and Williams, Inc.
Lakeland, FL



New Operator Members:


Aurora Helicopters Ltd.
Fort McMurray, AB



New Individual Members:


Pierre Gelinas
Kapuskasing, ON


Eric Greenwood
DeWinton, AB

Stephen Patrick Joyce




Check Out the Panorama Photo of the 2013 HAC Convention Floor 2013


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Limited Trade Show Space Remaining BOOK NOW!


Conference Registration Now Open Early Bird Rate Extended to Oct 5th



HAC's 20th Anniversary Trade Show in Vancouver November 13-15 2015: Over 95% SOLD

May 28, 2015

Over 80% of Canada's commercial helicopters are operated by HAC members, and November 13-15 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of their association! Canada boasts the second largest fleet of civil helicopters in the world.


The convention will be held in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. HAC's President & CEO said, "HAC is planning its largest tradeshow ever, with roughly 120 exhibitors, and static display of aircraft on the west terrace of the West Convention Centre. Exhibitors are urged to book their space now — it is selling fast."


Exhibit space booking on-line, NOW OPEN at:


Steve Patterson of CBC Debaters-fame, will be HAC's Keynote luncheon speaker this year.


HAC's After-Hours event will be held at the Vancouver Blackbird Public House and Oyster Bar — the same venue that received rave-reviews in 2013!


President's Message

A Growing Tide of Operators are Providing IFR

May 14, 2015

Training — to their VFR Helicopter Pilots

For years, the conventional wisdom in the helicopter industry has been NOT to provide IFR training to VFR helicopter pilots — "Because they should be avoiding IMC at all costs — particularly when they are low-and-slow. A little IFR knowledge may lead them to believe that they can proceed in IMC, when in fact their chances of landing successfully are very slim."



HAC is Pleased to Announce that Steve Patterson will be HAC's Luncheon Speaker at the 2015 Vancouver Convention

May 14, 2015

As host of CBC Radio One's wildly successful “The Debaters” since 2007 Patterson has become a household name, with more than half a million weekly listeners. In 2010, steady accolades for his work on that show earned him a third invitation to perform on one of Just For Laughs' prestigious televised galas, hosted by Steve Martin. Considered to be the highlight of the show by the audience and critics alike, Patterson's performance prompted the legendary Martin himself to quip, "If I'd known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him."


Some Steve Patterson clips:



New Format for the HAC AGM in Vancouver

May 14, 2015

At HAC's recent Yellowknife Board meeting, the Board approved a new format for the AGM in 2015


Historically, our AGM has been held on the last half-day of the Convention. Our new policy in 2015, is to open the AGM in the morning of the second day of the convention (November 14) where we intend to conduct the normal business of the Association, finalize the list of candidates for election to the Board, and open the voting. Other than the timing of the AGM, the major change in 2015 will be that the voting — which has historically only taken place on the floor of the AGM will be open for two hours in the afternoon of November 14, and one hour in the morning of November 15. This will give Voting Members additional time to exercise their right to vote, and allow delegates time to be obtain last-minute Proxies from their company voting representative who may not actually be in attendance at the convention.


Our expectation is that the new process will promote better attendance at the AGM; allow more Member-companies to exercise their right to vote; and strengthen the Democratic process.


After adjourning the AGM on November 14th, the AGM will reconvene in the morning of November 15, solely to announce the newly-elected slate of HAC Board members.


HAC's Program for the Vancouver 2015 Convention is Well Under Way — What Programs would YOU like to see?

May 14, 2015

Set out below is a tentative list of Pre-Convention Professional Development Programs & Hour-long Speaker Series sessions under consideration for HAC's 20th Convention and Trade Show — November 13-15 2015 at the Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Centre. What courses would you like to see? Please send a note to HAC at


Pre or Post-Convention Courses (One or Two Days)


  • Long Line Ground School
  • Saint John Ambulance, AED & First Aid CRM for Single-Pilot Operations
  • Clean, Dry Fuel for Helicopter Operations
  • Barry Cordage — Helicopter Long Line Inspection and Maintenance
  • Emerging Safety Issues in the Canadian Helicopter Industry (SS)
  • A Workshop for Entry Level Pilots – Making Your Resume Stand-Out (PD)
  • Employment Law Briefing from Emond Harnden LLP

Speaker Series Sessions (One-Hour delivered during the convention)


  • ICAO Up-Date — How ICAO will Influence our Canadian Regulatory Environment
  • TSB's Accident-Year-in-Review
  • Update on the TSB's Air Taxi Accident Study
  • Risk Management for Helicopter Operators
  • Helicopter Operators — Our Role in BC's Emergency Response Plan


If you have any ideas for the 2015 Convention, please contact


HAC Making Progress on Discussions with PICTIA — and the Transition to the Ministry of Advanced Education

April 5, 2015

You may recall that that the transition from the Private Career Training Institutions Agency [of BC] — also known as PICTIA — is underway, and HAC's Flight Training Committee Chair — Lyle Watts, HAC's President & CEO, and ATAC have been engaged in discussions with the Ministry to try and ensure that the costs of the new system to BC's Flight Training Units are kept to a minimum, and that a Risk Assessment will drive the frequency and complexity of their new oversight processes.

Other issues, like the inclusion of aircraft in the "tuition" costs and accessibility to EQA have also been important issues relating to the review process and our access to foreign students. HAC will be coordinating a submission on these important issues to the Ministry of Advanced Education.


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.



Static Display in Vancouver!

March 20, 2015

In response to interest that has been expressed by the OEMs in the past, HAC is moving forward with plans to have Static Display of aircraft on the Vancouver Convention Centre's West Terrace. There has been an expression of interest from Associates and Operators in displaying aircraft. HAC is working with Transport Canada and local authorities to finalize the details of the fly-in-fly-out event.

The cost of placing an aircraft on the terrace will range from $2500 to $8000, depending on the size of the aircraft and the space required. Current HAC Operator-members and Associates will receive a significant discount on space. Please contact if you have an interest in displaying an aircraft.

More details will be available shortly in the form of an HAC Bulletin to all Operators and Associates.


Operators Eligible for Canada Job Grant

February 19, 2015



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.


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

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HAC's Template Offers of Employment Generating a Buzz





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