HAC Communication
President's Message
In May of last year, the Transportation Safety Board released an occurrence report that Recommended that:
The Department of Transport require commercial air operators to provide contemporary crew resource management (CRM) training for Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) subpart 703 air taxi and CARs subpart 704 commuter pilots.
The recommendation was originally based on a 2007 accident that occurred to Trans West Air – but has since been re-assessed by the TSB on a number of occasions.
 You will recall that HAC requested a six month extension to the January 31 2019 deadline, to give operators some time to comply, and to clarify the requirements of the AC. The request was denied.
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Au mois de mai de l’an dernier, le Bureau de la sécurité des transports (BST) du Canada a émis un rapport d’incident qui a recommandé ce qui suit :
Le ministère des Transports oblige les exploitants aériens commerciaux à dispenser une formation contemporaine en gestion des ressources de l'équipage (CRM) aux pilotes d'un taxi aérien relevant de la sous-partie 703 du Règlement de l'aviation canadien (RAC) et aux pilotes d'un service aérien de navette relevant de la sous-partie 704 du RAC.
Cette recommandation est fondée sur un accident de 2007 impliquant Trans West Air, mais elle a depuis été réévaluée par le BST à plusieurs occasions.
Vous vous souviendrez que l’ACH a demandé une prolongation de six mois à la date limite du 31 janvier 2019 pour donner aux exploitants un peu plus de temps pour se conformer et pour clarifier les exigences de l’AC. La demande a été refusée.
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Industry News

For the last year or so, HAC’s e-Newsletter has been prepared by NAYLOR. As-of January 2019, HAC will be moving to MEDIA EDGE Communications as its e-Newsletter provider. New and existing advertisers may be contacted by our new media partner, for the purpose of exploring advertising options in the new Newsletter format.  MEDIA EDGE will be honouring the advertising rates offered by NAYLOR (to the date set out in the current NAYLOR contract). If you have any questions about this arrangement, please contact fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.

Depuis un an environ, le bulletin de l’ACH était préparé par NAYLOR. À compter de janvier 2019, il sera préparé par MEDIA EDGE Communications. Ce nouveau partenaire pourrait communiquer avec des annonceurs existants et potentiels afin d’explorer les options publicitaires dans le nouveau format du bulletin.  MEDIA EDGE honorera les mêmes tarifs publicitaires qui étaient offerts par NAYLOR (jusqu’à la date spécifiée dans le contrat avec NAYLOR). Si vous avez des questions sur ce changement, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec fred.jones@h-a-c.ca.

HAC is planning to hold its Spring Reception in Yellowknife in 2019, in concert with the NATA Convention.  HAC’s Board is also planning to hold a joint Board meeting with NATA’s Board. The two associations have many issues in common, and we both benefit from shared strategy.

L’ACH prévoit tenir sa réception du printemps 2019 à Yellowknife, de concert avec le congrès de la NATA. Le conseil d’administration de l’ACH prévoit aussi avoir une réunion conjointe avec le conseil d’administration de la NATA. Comme les deux associations partagent plusieurs questions d’intérêt commun, elles bénéficieront toutes deux d’une stratégie partagée.

HAC’s members acclaimed three Board members at its 2018 AGM. Jacob Forman of Yellowhead was re-elected to a new two-year term. Sylvain Seguin of CHL and Paul Spring of Phoenix Heli-Flight, were both newly elected for two-year terms.
Les membres de l’ACH ont acclamé trois membres du conseil lors de son assemblée générale annuelle 2018. Jacob Forman de Yellowhead a été réélu pour un nouveau mandat de deux ans. Sylvain Séguin de CHL et Paul Spring de Phoenix Heli-Flight, ont tous deux été élus pour des mandats de deux ans.

Sylvain Seguin of CHL received HAC’s Honourary Life Member Award in 2018, for his dedicated service to HAC as a Board member for the last eight years. Sylvain was re-elected to the HAC Board in 2018, after a one year absence.

Sylvain Séguin de CHL a reçu le prix de membre honoraire à vie en 2018 pour son service dévoué à l’ACH en tant que membre du conseil depuis les huit dernières années. Sylvain a été réélu au conseil d’administration de l’ACH en 2018 après une année d’absence.

Lyle Watts of Heli-College Canada received HAC’s 2018 Agar-Stringer Award for his long-standing service to the Canadian helicopter industry as an instructor and for his contributions to the industry as Chair of the HAC Flight Training and Licencing Committee.


Lyle Watts de Heli-College Canada a reçu le prix Agar-Stringer 2018 de l’ACH pour son service de longue date à l’industrie canadienne de l’hélicoptère en tant qu’instructeur et pour ses contributions à l’industrie à titre de président du comité de la formation en vol et de la délivrance de permis.

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Anna Pierce accepted the Airbus Innovation in Safety Award, for NHL’s significant achievements in Canadian helicopter safety from Romain Trapp, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Canada.

Anna Pierce a accepté le Prix Airbus pour l’Innovation en sécurité pour le travail remarquable de NHL en matière de sécurité dans l’industrie canadienne de l’hélicoptère.

HAC would like to thank our student volunteers for 2018, for their extraordinary efforts at the 2018 Convention in Vancouver. They were truly outstanding.

Volunteers from Heli-College Canada Training Inc. (left to right): Fred Garcia, Liam Wright, Jon Grezesial, Erika Smith, Luana Agra, Matt Hanson, David Kysely.

L’ACH dit un grand merci à nos étudiants bénévoles de 2018 pour leur travail extraordinaire au congrès 2018 de l’ACH à Vancouver. Ils ont vraiment été impeccables et on su représenter notre industrie d’une manière remarquable.
Les bénévoles de Heli-College Canada Training Inc. : (de gauche à droite) Fred Garcia, Liam Wright, Jon Grezesial, Erika Smith, Luana Agra, Matt Hanson, David Kysely.

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HAC Welcomes New Members & Associates

Valley B Aviation (A Partnership)
Manning, AB

Rangeland Helicopters Inc.
Medicine Hat, AB


Canadian Western Bank

Avanti Aerospace & Engineering Inc.
Langley, BC

VINCORION, a member of the Jenoptik Group
Juniper, Florida

Accurate Accessories, LLC
Moreno Valley, CA

Tempest Aviation Group Inc.
West Kelowna, BC

9333 Helicopter Leasing Ltd.
Calgary, AB

Huntsville, AL

OBIQ Location Technology Inc.
Squamish, BC

Aerial Recon Ltd.
Foothills, AB

McMillan Dubo Law Group
Kamloops, BC

Alliance Aviation Group
Delta, BC


BC Ambulance Service
Saanichton, BC


Timothy Blaskovich
Surrey, BC

Remi Blais
Brossard, QC

John Boucher
Lakeside, AZ

Terrence Fogarty
Bloomfield, CT

Jamie Reid
Richmond, BC

Paul Tigchelaar
Revelstoke, BC

George Watson
North Saanich, BC

News From The Web
Source: We Are The Mighty
There are several factors that limit a helicopter's ability to surive a trip to the top of Mount Everest. Even in perfect conditions, a landing could cause trouble for humans trying to make the climb to the summit.
Source: Regina Leader-Post
STARS in Saskatchewan is getting closer to replacing its entire fleet of aging helicopters thanks to financial support from the provincial government and Nutrien, a Canadian fertilizer company.
Source: CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador sees double the national average of maritime search and rescue incidents, according to a new report from the Senate’s Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The report includes several recommendations to address certain search and rescue issues in Canada – including the use of private helicopter companies to fill coverage gaps in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the arctic.
Source: CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
After the above-mentioned report was released, one helicopter company says it’s ready to step up and fill the gaps in search-and-rescue coverage in remote areas.
Source: Helicopter Investor
Transport Canada has given the go-ahead for Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. This gives commercial lift operators in Canada a high-performance, low-cost solution.
Source: Composites World
Aviation authorities in Canada and Brazil have provided STCs for its 206L series composite main rotor blade that features a carbon fiber skin, which is corrosion and damage resistant.
Source: CTV News
The Royal Canadian Air Force gave its official farewell to its Sea King helicopter fleet earlier this month after 55 years of service.
Source: Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The village of Hythe, Alberta, with a population of less than 1,000, has a community Christmas tree for the first time in more than 30 years, thanks to the help of Highland Helicopters.
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