HAC Board of Directors and HAC Staff visit Airbus Helicopters Facilities while in the Niagara Region
Airbus Helicopters welcomed the HAC Board of Directors and staff to their Fort Erie facilities and also treated the HAC group to a wine tour and dinner at the beautiful Peller Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake.
Thank you Airbus Helicopters for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality.
HAC Membership and Associate Renewals Are Due September 1, 2013 for Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2014.
HAC Welcomes New Members
New HAC Associates:
Inventory Locator Service,® LLC
Jet Support Services, Inc.
Waypoint Leasing Services LLC
New Operator Members:
Helicopters Canada/1378770 Ontario Inc.
North Bay, ON
Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc.
Provincial Helicopters Ltd.
Lac Du Bonnet, MB
New Individual Members:
Lac La Hache, BC
Campbell River, BC
James T. Rolfe
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New HAC Operator Category for Part VII Government AOC Holders Under Consideration by HAC's Board
The HAC Board has been grappling with a number of changes to HAC's governance structure and Operating Policies as part of a good corporate hygiene program. One important issue under consideration by the Board is a review of the categories of Members and Non-Members, with a view to creating a new category for Public Sector Part VII AOC holders.
Corey Taylor Assumes Chairmanship of the HAC Safety Committee
Keith Westfall of Yellowhead Helicopters recently stepped down as the Chair of the Safety Committee and Corey Taylor of GSH will be stepping in to the position until the November '14 HAC Convention, when an election will be held for the position. HAC would like to thank Keith for his service to the committee and thank Corey for stepping in to his shoes.
HAC Exhibits at HAI for the Second year!
So many Canadian Operators and Associates attend HAI each year, HAC has been exhibiting at HAI for the last two years. The association has also been actively seeking out new Associates and exhibitors for its own annual convention. Check out the new HAC trade show booth!
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NEW IHST Safety Videos Now Available!
Make them part of your Annual Recurrent Training! More fun than "Hydraulics Off", and less stressful, too!
• Helicopter Pilot Decision Making
• Flying in Flat Light
• Surviving the Wires Environment
• Passenger Management for Helicopter Pilots and their Passengers (in English & French)
• Low Flying in the Wire Environment
Watch them all – and more, HERE:
HAC Site Down for 36 Hours
HAC would like to apologize to those individuals who tried to access our public website late last week. Owing to a vulnerability in the Developer's code, a number of clients of Vancouver-based, Uniserve - including HAC, were affected by the activities of a Hacker.
Users of the site late last week were greeted by a Malware Warning generated by Google. The problem was resolved, the vulnerability patched, and the warning was removed by Google on Friday March 28.
HAC Board Update
Following-on the HAC Spring Reception in Toronto, the HAC Board of Directors met to discuss a variety of issues. A short summary of those discussions is included here.
HAC Policy Manual being translated
Owing to strong demand from our Operator-members in Quebec, HAC will be translating the HAC/CPM Policy Manual in to French.
Over 20 members have already purchased the English document. The French version should be available through CPM Manuals early in April of 2014 when the translation is complete.
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.
Employment Agreement - Indefinite Hire
Employment Agreement - Fixed Term
Independent Contractor Agreement