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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:


Arrow Leasing
Quebec, QC


AVJET Holdings Inc.
Drummonville, QC


Consolidated Turbine Specialists LLC
Bristow, OK


Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP
Ottawa, ON


iService Center
St. Hubert, QC


Night Flight Concepts, Inc.
Bedford, TX


Rotor Maxx Supply Ltd.
Parksville, BC


Valard Construction LP
Edmonton, AB



New Operator Members:


Access Helicopters Ltd.
Red Deer, AB


Chartright Air Group
Mississauga, ON


Climb Helicopters Ltd.
Fort St John. BC


Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Sarnia, ON


Helico Pro

St-Mathieu de Beloeil, QC


Synergy Aviation Ltd.
Sexsmith, AB






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HAC, ATAC, CBAA, NACC and NATA Deliver the Latest Volley on Flight & Duty Time

February 19, 2015

HAC and four other associations made a joint submission to the Minister of Transport following-on our meeting with Transport Canada senior management during the week of January 19. You may recall from our last Newsletter that during that week-long meeting, 18 operators (including some helicopter operators) made presentations to Transport Canada on the damaging effect that the current proposal would have it came in to force in its current form.

The five associations followed-up the meeting with a written submission to Lisa Raitt, the Minister of Transport. The five associations also made a joint proposal for revisions to the NPA. Joining with the four Coalition associations (HAC, ATAC, CBAA and NATA) in the latest written submission, was the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC - JAZZ, Air Canada, Air Transat, and WestJet). NACC is not currently a member of the Coalition, but we have been working closely with them.

HAC is now working with a group of 10 other associations to oppose the NPA, and the association is planning another meeting with the Minister's office this week to emphasis the importance of some significant changes to the NPA before it proceeds to Gazette I — notionally in June of this year. This could be a potentially explosive issue for the Minister running in to the Fall election this year.

The Coalition associations, with the assistance of Temple Scott Associates have prepared an advocacy campaign on this subject for use in the run-up to the election if there are not significant changes to the proposals being advanced by the department.


CASO Course Offered in Yellowknife April 26, the Day of the HAC Spring Reception

February 19, 2015

HAC and the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) are pleased to announce that at one-day CASO course will be offered in Yellowknife on Sunday April 26 – the day of the HAC Reception, and just prior to the Northern Air Transportation Association (NATA) Convention & AGM running April 27-29. The course was delivered most recently in Montreal to a standing-room-only class.

A course description and registration form can be found here.

Before you say, "We can't afford to send anyone to Yellowknife" take a look at the discounted air fares being offered by Air North, First Air, and Canadian North, found on the NATA site. Discounted accommodation at the Explorer Hotel and the Yellowknife Inn can be found at the same link.

Are you an HAC Associate, and looking for some profile at HAC's Spring Reception? Please contact Barb Priestley at to discuss an exclusive sponsorship opportunity at the Reception!


Operators Eligible for Canada Job Grant

February 19, 2015

The Canada Job Grant helps employers train new or existing employees for jobs that need to be filled. This program is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions.

The Canada Job Grant provides direct financial support for employers to obtain training for their workforce. Any employer in Canada that identifies a training need in their organization is eligible for this funding. The cost of training is a shared investment between the employer and the federal and provincial government.



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

February 19, 2015

The Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) have entered in to a training agreement whereby HAC's members are offered a discount on training AND a free (yes, FREE) on-line HF training course. HAC receives a commission on each course, sold.



HAC Spinning-Up the Program for the Association's 20th Annual Convention and Tradeshow — November 13-15 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver

February 19, 2015

HAC is preparing to deliver a blockbuster slate of training and Speaker-Series programing for the HAC Vancouver convention.

If you have any suggestions for new programing, speakers, or training sessions, please contact HAC's President & CEO at or contact him on his cell at 613-884-1422.

HAC will have its largest-ever trade show floor, and we are planning on a static display of aircraft on the West Terrace, just outside the West Convention Centre. Operators or Associates with an interest in putting an aircraft on the terrace should contact


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

February 19, 2015

Exhibitors and operators often compare HAC to HELI-EXPO. The HELI-EXPO trade show is a much larger international show, and delivered using a different show model.

The HAC show is delivered to attract Operators, and put them together with their suppliers. HELI-EXPO can offer delegate registrations at a lower price, because they offer admission-only delegate registrations. Their model contemplates attracting members of the public, as well as operators and suppliers, while the HAC pricing strategy is structured to attract operators and their industry suppliers, exclusively.

HAC offers virtually all meals and many of our social functions on the trade show floor to provide our exhibitors with as much time together with their customers as possible. Our per-delegate food and beverage costs alone, amount to hundreds of dollars. At the same time, we offer informational and professional development programing to keep operators in high numbers at every show, and to return value in the form of education to HAC's operator-members.

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


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.


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'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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