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“Well, that was unexpected…,” has generally been the response to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau’s letter on the subject of cannabis use by Canadian flight crews, released late last week. A number of associations have responded with surprise that the minister is not acting more decisively to the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018. In essence, it appears that the minister does not intend to promulgate any new regulations with respect to limitations on use the use of cannabis by flight crews, post-October 17. The declaration fails to address the issue of random testing, or the lingering effect of THC stored in the fatty cells of habitual users – two issues that have been extensively discussed with the aviation community. The declaration seems to suggest that the existing regulations relating to impairment are enough, without recognizing that there will likely be a spike in the use of marijuana with legalization. Furthermore, it is well known in the aviation medical community that THC stored in fat can enter the bloodstream during periods of stress, weeks after the most recent use of cannabis – notably, during an emergency in flight, for example. Admittedly, this is a thorny issue, but the minister’s letter seems to place responsibility for avoiding flying while impaired – in the absence of a defined alcohol-like prohibition period – at the feet of the flight crew member, without so much as a promotional campaign to warn flight crew members about the lingering effects of cannabis use.

Read more HERE.

Steve Williams of Emond Harnden LLP will be delivering a presentation at our upcoming convention that will help guide operators as they develop a cannabis-use policy of their own in the wake of the minister’s letter.

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« Bon, on n’avait pas prévu ça… » est généralement la réaction à la lettre du ministre Garneau, émise la semaine dernière, sur la question sur la consommation de cannabis par les équipages de vol canadiens.  Quelques associations ont réagi avec surprise su fait que le ministre n’agit pas d’une manière plus décisive sur la légalisation du cannabis le 17 octobre 2018.  En bref, il semble que le ministre ne prévoit promulguer aucune nouvelle réglementation quant aux restrictions d’utilisation du cannabis par les équipages de vol après le 17 octobre. Sa déclaration ne traite pas de tests de dépistage au hasard ou sur l’effet persistant du THC accumulé dans les cellules adipeuses des consommateurs habituels – deux questions qui ont été exhaustivement discutées avec la communauté de l’aviation. Cette déclaration semble suggérer que la réglementation en place sur les facultés affaiblies est suffisante, sans reconnaître qu’il y aura probablement une utilisation accrue de cannabis après le 17 octobre. De plus, il est bien connu que le THC accumulé dans les cellules adipeuses peut revenir dans le système sanguin en périodes de stress, même des semaines après la dernière utilisation de annabis, comme pendant des urgences en vol, par exemple. Cette question est évidemment épineuse, mais la lettre du ministre semble placer la responsabilité sur les membres d’équipage – en l’absence d’une période de prohibition de consommation d’alcool, par exemple – sans même offrir une campagne de sensibilisation pour informer les équipages de vol sur les effets prolongés du cannabis sur l’organisme.


Steve Williams du bureau d’avocats Emond Harnden LLP donnera une présentation à notre prochain congrès pour aider les exploitants à élaborer leurs propres politiques sur le cannabis à la suite de la lettre du ministre.

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Step Out and Shove Off

Laval’s lifestyle is a reminder that we all should “Dream Big”, but also a reminder that risk needs to managed in prudent and responsible way.

Visit his website HERE

See the CTV interview on his Confront Cancer Ocean Row HERE.

« Step Out and Shove Off »

La façon de vivre de Laval nous rappelle que nous devrions tous « rêver grand », mais aussi que les risques doivent être gérés d’une manière prudente et responsable.

Visitez son site Web à https://www.lavalstgermain.com.

Visionnez son entrevue sur le réseau CTV sur son expédition Confront Cancer Ocean Row à https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5WJffHCI_E.

There are a very few exhibitor booths remaining to be sold in in Vancouver, but if you would like to join us an exhibitor, please contact barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca.

Check out our floorplan.

Il ne reste que très peu de kiosques d’exposition à notre salon de Vancouver, et si vous désirez le vôtre, communiquez sans tarder avec Barb Priestley à barb.priestley@h-a-c.ca.

Pour le plan d’aménagement de la salle d’exposition, allez à http://www.h-a-c.ca/2018_floorplan.html.

If you are looking for some enhanced visibility at the upcoming convention, HAC has sponsorship opportunities to suit every budget. We very much appreciate your support. Please take a look at our Sponsorship Opportunities Document.

Si vous voulez mettre en évidence votre entreprise au prochain congrès de l’ACH, vous pouvez encore offrir votre commandite, selon votre budget. Nous apprécions grandement votre soutien. Pour plus d’infos sur les possibilités de commandite, allez à ICI

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The following courses are still open for registration in Vancouver, but don’t procrastinate any longer – we have limited registration spots.

Long Line Boot Camp - more information HERE.

CRM for Helicopter Pilots and Air Crew - more information HERE.

Il reste encore quelques places pour les cours suivants, mais ne tardez pas! 

Atelier intensif sur les longues élinguesPLUS D’INFO.

CRM pour les pilotes et les équipages d’hélicoptère - PLUS D'INFO

HAC’s board met late last week to discuss a number of important issues facing the industry and the association.

Le conseil d’administration s’est réuni pour discuter de questions importantes touchant l’industrie et les associations.

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News From The Web

Helicopter operators searching for the highest quality and service in aircraft completions can see these aspects in two recently fielded North American aircraft. EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions (EuroTec), along with subsidiary EuroTec Canada, announced the completion and delivery of two utility-configured Airbus H125 helicopters to Washington-based Rainier Heli International.

Source: CHATNewsToday.ca
HALO Air Rescue has unveiled its new twin engine BK117 chopper, which Transport Canada has approved for service.

Source: Global News
North Shore Rescue airlifted and saved a British tourist stranded on the ledge of Crown Mountain, above Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver earlie this month.

Source: Times Colonist
Nearly 700 members of the Maritime Helicopter Squadron are training to deploy the Royal Canadian Air Force's new Cyclone helicopter aboard the Navy's frigate HMCS Regina.

Source: CBC News
RCMP-certified search-and-rescue dogs, including American field labrador Rory, are being trained to take part in remote helicopter rescues in B.C.

Source: TVO
Within 48 hours of a new rabies case discovered in Ontario, a team is up in a helicopter to air drop small vanilla-scented wax-covered packets containing a rabies vaccine in the possibly-infected area.

Source: Airbus Helicopters
Newfoundland Helicopters Ltd. has taken delivery of a light single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Fort Erie, Ontario facility. The passenger transport and utility company, with bases in Appleton, Clarenville and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, will utilize the newly delivered aircraft for a variety of operations, including forestry, hydroelectricity, mining and tourism.

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