HAC Membership and Associate Renewals Are Due September 1, 2015 for Fiscal Year Ending August 31, 2016.
HAC Application Categories Have Changed
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2016 HAC Spring Reception in Montreal A Big Success!
Transport Canada Discussion Papers for the TDGR Parts 6 and 12 Amendments
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Changes in Lithium Battery Regulations – Effective April 1, 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:
HAC Gearing Up for Indoor Static Display of Aircraft in YEG November 11-13 2016
April 4, 2016
Recently a number of prospective static display exhibitors met by teleconference with HAC to orient themselves to some of the operational details, and costs associated with having aircraft on the floor in Edmonton this Fall. The Shaw Convention Centre has been working with your association to make it all happen this Fall, and your association is engaging in a dialogue with Transport Canada to address the operational and safety related details.
If you have an interest in displaying an aircraft on the floor in Edmonton, and you missed the teleconference, please contact Fred Jones on his cell at (613) 884-1422 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HEC Harness Global Exemption Discussions Delayed
April 4, 2016
HAC is helping Transport Canada facilitate discussions with users and Harness OEMs on the content of a prospective Global Exemption relating to Airworthiness Approvals for HEC harnesses. Transport Canada had indicated that the DRAFT Global Exemption would be available for written comments early March however, its availability has been delayed until later this month or early in April.
HAC has suggested that Transport Canada should plan on a formal Disposition of Comments to ensure that stakeholders are aware of how their concerns have been addressed, to be followed by a teleconference of interested stakeholders with the Department.
Our HAC Class D sub-committee has been invited to comment on the DRAFT Global exemption when it becomes available. HAC is reaching out to all users, manufacturers, and interested stakeholders (whether or not they are HAC Members or Associates) to invite them to participate in the consultations on this subject.
Please subscribe to the HAC Newsletter at www.h-a-c.ca or join HAC to remain informed of the most recent developments on this subject.
Torque Event Blade Inspection Exemption Renewed
February 19, 2016
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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.
Mark Your Calendar Now! HAC's Convention is Coming to Edmonton November 11-13, 2016
February 5, 2016
HAC's 2016 Convention will be taking place in the Shaw Convention Centre and the Westin Edmonton Hotel during the period November 11-13, 2016.
Chickenhawk Author to be HAC's Convention 2016 Keynote Luncheon Speaker
January 28, 2016
Robert Mason has recently agreed to be HAC's Keynote Luncheon speaker in 2016, at our Edmonton Convention, November 11-13 at the Shaw Convention Centre and the Westin Edmonton. I met with Robert and his wife Patience over dinner a few weeks ago, and I think that Robert will make for a riveting luncheon speaker.
For many people including myself, who learned to fly in the mid-eighties, the book Chickenhawk was required reading. Chickenhawk became a New York Times best-seller in 1984 and remained on the list for 17 weeks. It chronicles the life of Robert Mason - from his early life and experiences learning to fly helicopters, through his combat experience in Vietnam. He has had a fascinating life, including an ill fated post-war attempt at smuggling marijuana in to the United States by boat, and more recent efforts by himself and Patience to help others struggling with PTSD to cope with the disorder as they reintegrate back in to the real world
HAC is making arrangements for a Book Signing by Robert on the trade show floor in YEG. I look forward to providing you with more details about his appearance in Edmonton as our 2016 Convention and Trade Show draw's closer
For more details about Robert Mason, Chickenhawk, and his other books - Weapon, SOLO and Chickenhawk: Back in the World, please visit http://www.robertcmason.com
HAC Making Plans to Overhaul the HAC SharePoint Site
January 28, 2016
You may recall, about six years ago, HAC created the HAC Committees Site for use by HAC members to facilitate committee deliberations. It was a virtual location for committee members (both Operators and Associates) located in far-flung areas to exchange views, post documents, photos, form sub-committees, and generate collaborative dialogue. Since then, the SharePoint technology has moved-on, and many committee members have commented on changes that should be made to the site – and improvements that could be made based on their experience with the existing site. We listened.
HAC is currently reviewing its options - either upgrading SharePoint to a more recent version, or moving committee deliberations to another software platform altogether. We welcome your views on this subject to email@example.com.
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