News

NATA mourns the loss of Mr. Andrew CampbellNATA mourns the loss of Mr. Andrew Campbell - Friday, April 07, 2017

Mr. Andrew Campbell passed away suddenly on April 2, 2017.  Andy had an extensive career supporting aviation in Canada's North.  He will be dearly missed.

Obituary and other information can be found here.

 read more ...
EH Aviation Law Briefing on Preventing Impaired Pilots from Flying - Friday, January 13, 2017
GPS Jamming in and around Alaska - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Please see the attached advisory regarding GPS Jamming in Northwestern Canada and Alaska.

FAA Flight Advisory - August 2016

 
2016 State of Canada's Aerospace Industry Report - Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Update on Flight Crew Fatigue Management from Transport Canada - Thursday, June 23, 2016
2016 NATA Resolutions - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Northern Air Transport Association's 2016 Resolutions as proposed and approved by our membership are now available here.

 

 read more ...
Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame - Wednesday, May 04, 2016

This year, we congratulate Honourary Life Member Fred Carmichael and longtime friend and supporter Kathy Fox as they are inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

CAHF Information

Fred Carmichael

 
Wings Top 20 Under 40. - Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Wings Top 20 Under 40 recognizes the achievements of the newest generation of aviation and aerospace professionals. An impeccable work ethic, leading by example, actively seeking ways to grow the quality of our industry – they're all traits that set this next generation apart.

For more information or to nominate someone to be recognized as one of the Top 20 Under 40, you can click here.

Nominations for the current round close on May 15, 2016.

 
Air Inuit Launch Customer for Bombardier Q300 Freighter - Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Air Inuit to be Launch Customer for Bombardier Q300 Freighter with a Large Cargo Door

http://www.bombardier.com/content/dam/Websites/bombardiercom/News/BA/BCA_4580_Q300_Air_Inuit_V5_HR.jpg/_jcr_content/renditions/cq5dam.web.750.750.jpeg

For more information please see the Skies article or the Bombardier press release.

 
NATA Announces New Executive Director - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Northern Air Transport Association is pleased to welcome Mr. Glenn Priestly to our team as our new Executive Director.  Please see the announcement below from our President, Mr. Wayne McLeod.

Announcement - New NATA ED

 
NATA Joint Letter to Minister re UAVs - Thursday, December 24, 2015

NATA, along with 12 other Canadian aviation associations, has sent in a letter of concern regarding Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.  In it a number of safety concerns and reccomendations were raised.  The letter is avialable for download here.

 
NATA Mourns the Passing of Duncan Fischer - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It is with regret that we acknowledge the passing of Duncan Fischer on January 25, 2015 in his home community of Picton Ontario following an illness of several months. Duncan was a NATA Honorary Life Member (1998) and was President of NATA for 1989/90. He is survived by his wife Bernadette and four adult children. There will be no funeral, however, a memorial service is planned in Calgary for March 14, 2015 at the Point and Feather neighbourhood pub. More information is available at: http://rememberingduncanfischer.com/.

 
NPA 2014-019 Meetings - Monday, January 26, 2015

NATA's Executive Director, Stephen Nourse, along with operator representatives, met with Transport Canada officials for the entire week of Jan 19 to the 23rd. They, along with the ATAC, NACC, HAC, and CBAA delegations discussed aspects of NPA 2014-019, Flight Crew Fatigue Management, with Transport. The impact to operators, the areas of the NPA that were most troublesome, and possible alternate solutions were all thoroughly explored.

This was done as a fact finding operation by TC, as opposed to a negotiation, and labour was afforded an opportunity to express their views as well. We now have to see how Transport Canada responds to operator concerns with any revisions to the NPA wording. Given the massive impact of the current NPA we still have significant concern that the next opportunity to comment on any revisions will likely be at the Gazette I stage.

 
NATA mourns the loss of Robert EngleNATA mourns the loss of Robert Engle - Sunday, September 21, 2014

NATA mourns the loss of Mr. Robert (Bob) Engle, who passed away Friday morning September 19, 2014. Bob was one of NATA's founding members, a NATA Honorary Life member, founder of Northwest Territorial Airways, member of the Order of Canada, the recipient of numerous awards and medals, and, was recently inducted into Canada's aviation hall of fame.

We were blessed to have Mr. Engle speak at our annual conference this past April.

Memorial and other related information will be posted as it becomes available.

UPDATE

Robert's funeral listing may be found HERE.

Robert's published obituary with details on his Celebration of Life on Oct 18 may be found HERE.

The hotel booking information for the Celebration of Life on Oct 18 may be found HERE.

Further information on his life can be found on our web page dedicated to him HERE.

 
In Memory of Richard St. Germain - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friend Laval St. Germain and his family, as they mourn the loss of their son, Richard St. Germain, who was lost in a tragic accident on the Mackenzie River.  Richard's obituary with memorial and donation information is available below.  We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this exceptional young aviator and hope you'll take a moment in memory of Richard.

Richard St. Germain

Donation information

 
NATA Opposes Ontario Aviation Fuel Tax Hike - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NATA sent a letter opposing the proposed almost 150% tax hike on the Ontario aviation fuel tax surcharge contained in the latest budget.  This would have an adverse affect on the remote communities in several regions that rely on Ontario originating flights.  You can read the letter HERE.

 
Laser Pointer Concerns - Friday, June 20, 2014

Today NATA, in conjunction with many other aviation associations in Canada, sent in a joint letter of concern regarding high power laser pointers to Minister Raitt.  It calls for more robust laws concerning them, their use, and education regarding their hazards to aviation.  The full letter can be viewed here.

 
NATA Appears Before Standing Committee - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On Tuesday June 17 NATA's Executive Director, Stephen Nourse, appeared before the Commons Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities. The session focused on SMS and Dangerous Goods. You can view the full transcript of the testimony here.

 
National Roundtable on Arctic Emergency Prepardness Released - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NATA was pleased to participate in the National Roundtable on Arctic Emergency Preparedness held in Ottawa on February 24-26, 2014.  The event was hosted by the Munk Gordon Arctic Security Program.  The report on the proceedings, National Roundtable on Arctic Emergency Preparedness, Munk Gordon report 2014 (pdf 2.3M), was released on April 1.  NATA supports the recommendations in the report, particularly those dealing with the need for improved 24 hour weather reporting throughout the Arctic.

 
NATA - CCAA Training Agreement - Friday, March 28, 2014

NATA is very pleased to announce the formalization of an agreement with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) with the goal of providing enhanced, cost-effective training to Northern and Remote operators. For more details please see the full press release.

As part of this arrangement NATA members (Operator and Associate) will now enjoy a 10% discount on any CCAA delivered training course. This applies to both instructor led and online courses. Simply quote the discount code NATA when registering. Please make sure that the personnel in your organization who arrange training are aware of this discount so you can take proper advantage of it. You can see all the available courses at http://www.avaerocouncil.ca/ under Training.

In addition, NATA Operator members will be entitled to one FREE CCAA online Human Factors course every year they are paid up members in good standing.

 

 
NATA 2014 Trade Show - Monday, March 17, 2014

The 2014 NATA Trade Show is officially sold-out.  Thanks to our exhibitors for getting their registrations in early.  We're looking forward to a great conference this year, see you in Whitehorse!

 
NATA's 2014 Dinner Speaker, Bob Engle, to be inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. - Friday, February 21, 2014

Robert P. Engle, NATA's 2014 Annual Dinner Speaker, along with Clive Beddoe, Lorna de Blicquy, and Frederick Moore, is to be inducted by guest speaker Chris Hadfield into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame this May 29th. Further information on the Induction Dinner and Ceremonies can be found at:
http://www.cahf.ca/events/41th_induction_ceremony/index.php

Bob Engle is also a NATA Honorary Life Member, and more information on him can be found here

 
Air North Commences New Ottawa Service - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NATA member Air North, Yukon's Airline, commenced on February 6 a new twice weekly service linking Whiterhorse and Yellowknife to Ottawa.  The service, timed for the person needing to do business for a few days in either direction, shortens the travel time between the destinations considerably.  For more information see the Air North web site at www.flyairnorth.com.

 
NATA mourns the passing of George Poirier - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

George M. Poirier

George was long time employee of GNWT Airports and well known to many NATA members.

b. 1 July 1951 – d. 7 February 2014

It is with heavy hearts the family announces the sudden passing of George Poirier. He leaves to mourn his wife Grace, son Joe (Cheryl), daughter Denise and his grandchildren Jasmise, Malia, Kiana and Trenton along with his father George, of St George, Ontario, and his mother Earldine of Brantford, Ontario.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice.

The wake and visitation with be at McKenna Funeral Home on Tuesday February 11 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Wednesday February 12th at 1:30 pm, with burial to follow at the Lakeview Cemetery.

Send messages of sympathy and remembrance to the family: 

messages@mckennafuneral.com

 
38th Annual General Meeting, Conference, & Trade Show - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 We are pleased to announce our 38th AGM will take place April 28-30th, 2014 at the Westmark Hotel in Whitehorse.  Registration forms can be found here.  Please check back regularly for more information and updates.

 
NATA mourns the passing of Steve Penikett - Saturday, October 12, 2013

From the Calgary Herald:

PENIKETT, Stephen R. December 20, 1950 - October 2, 2013

After a brief, but devastating illness, we let Steve slip the surly bonds of Earth to fly high in cloudless skies. He will be remembered for his intelligence, quick wit, dry humour, unwavering support, endless generosity and big heart. Steve loved a good argument, especially if he won. His early years were filled with scouting and adventures beside his father whom he greatly admired and respected. On his father's advice he earned his AME licence along with his pilot's licence. His aviation career was nothing short of legendary, taking him around the world. He became the "go-to" person for anything Twin Otter related. Steve took a great deal of pride in being the General Manager of Kenn Borek Air Ltd., and dedicated much of his life to realizing the company's motto "Anytime....Anywhere". He had a great love for all animals, especially his dogs who already miss him dearly. He also loved car racing, in particular F1, and would routinely get up at 5:00 a.m. to watch a race. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Laura, his son Matthew, brothers Tony and Andy (Judy), sister Sally (Vince), nieces, nephews and many dear loyal friends. An informal gathering to share stories, laughter and memories will be held October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Western Avionics, 275 Palmer Road N.E., Calgary

 
New Member Rate at The Yellowknife Inn - Friday, September 13, 2013

 All NATA members are now eligible for a discounted rate on rooms at The Yellowknife Inn.

 
Airport Management Council of Ontario (AMCO) Annual Convention & Tradeshow October 6-8th, 2013 - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

AMCO has generously offered their member registration rate to any and all NATA members interested in attending their annual convention October 6-8, 2013 in Peterborough, ON.  Please see attached program and registration form for more information.

 
NATA Mourns the Death of Mike Bethell - Monday, May 06, 2013

It is with immense sadness that NATA acknowledges the sudden passing of Mike Bethell on May 5, 2013.  Mike was a long term NATA representative for Aon Insurance and served many years on our Board of Directors, right up until this years AGM.  He was known for his commitment to NATA and his love of life.  Mike will be sorely missed by his many friends and industry colleagues. 

 
Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication tables its final report - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication has tabled its final report entitled One Size Doesn't Fit All: The Future Growth and Competiiveness of Canadian Air Travel.  NATA applauds the Senate Committee for its work, and in particular the Northern Aviation component in the report. It is refreshing to have the extent of issues facing Northern and Remote operators recognized.  Now all we need is concrete action on the report's recommendations.

 
Yellowknife FISE RCO Frequency Change - Friday, March 01, 2013

As of the 7 March 2013, the FISE RCO frequency at Yellowknife will be changed from 122.5 MHz to 123.37(5) MHz.  For more info see the full Nav Canada announcement.

 
Associations Join Forces on FMWG Report - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

For the first time in anyone's memory all of the national and regional associations in Canada representing the interests of Commercial and Business Aviation, except one, have joined together in opposing the recommendations contained in the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group Report. 

The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), Association québécoise du transport aérien (AQTA), Aviation Alberta (AA), British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC), Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), Manitoba Aviation Council (MAC), Northern Air Transport Association (NATA), Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC), and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) have all joined forces to reject the application of the report beyond the NACC carriers.

The joint associations response and the NATA specific response can be viewed at:

     Joint Associations Dissent on FMWG Report to Tech Committee Jan 2013 pdf 185k

     NATA Comments on FMWG Report to Tech Committee Jan 2013 pdf 218k

 

 
NATA Appears Before Senate Standing Committee on Transportation - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NATA's Executive Director, Stephen Nourse, appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications on Wed October 17.  The session was dedicated to Northern issues and Stephen was the only witness for the session.  A wide range of items were discussed, everything from infrastructure, economics, labour supply right through to climate change. 

The evidence transcript of the session can be veiwed here.

 
NATA Mourns the Death of Don Douglas - Saturday, October 06, 2012

It is with great sadness that NATA acknowledges the passing of Don Douglas.  Don was a stalwart supporter of Northern Aviation, right back to his days with Transport Canada.  He served as NATA's Executive Director for many years, is a NATA Honorary Life Member and a member of Yukon Transportation's Order of Polaris.  Don will be missed by his many friends and those he has touched in the North.

 
NAV CANADA adopts ICAO flight plan changes - Thursday, August 09, 2012

Flight Plan 2012 (FP2012) is an initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to update the content requirements of the internationally-utilized flight plan, with a worldwide implementation date of November 15, 2012. 

These updates will affect the alpha numeric string codes; in particular Equipment Type codes and remark suffixes used for filing flight plans. These changes are designed to address current and future status of aviation and air traffic management technology.

 As of September 15th, NAV CANADA sites across Canada will be able to accommodate both current and new flight plan formats. This is a transitional step towards full implementation of FP2012 on November 15th when only the new flight plan format will be accepted.

 For an overview of Flight Plan 2012 changes and additional resources, you can visit the Nav Canada OnBoard web site at http://onboard-abord.ca/flight-plan-2012/

 
Quality Systems Auditor Workshop in Whitehorse on September 11 and 12 - Wednesday, August 08, 2012

In conjunction with Air North, Yukon's Airline and The Canadian Council of Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) NATA is presenting a two day Quality Systems Auditor Workshop in Whitehorse on September 11 and 12.  This is being offered at a discounted rate for NATA members.

Details on the course and the registration forms can be found at:
Course info
Registration Form

 
Senate Report - The Future of Canadian Air Travel - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Senate released yesterday its first report on hearings held over the past 18 months on the "Study on emerging issues related to the Canadian airline industry.

This first report is entitled "The Future of Canadian Air Travel: Toll Booth or Spark Plug?" and addresses the challenges facing airports in Canada.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/411/TRCM/DPK-Air/home-e.htm

 
By-laws have been updated - Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our by-laws have been amended to reflect changes enacted at our 2012 AGM.  Article #s 17&18 have been added and Article 2, Section 3 has been amended to allow a vote by show of hands at future Annual General Meetings.

 
Ice Pilots' Arnie Schreder Passes Away - Saturday, May 05, 2012

Arnie Shreder, Chief Pilot of Buffalo Airways for many years and star of the TV show Ice Pilots featuring Buffalo Airways passed away peacefully early Saturday May 5.  You can find out more at the CBC New Article or at the Ice Piots site.

 
Kenn Borek Scholarship Awarded - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We would like to congratulate Michael Jasieniuk who will receive the 2012 Kenn Borek Memorial Scholarship.

 
NWT Chamber of Commerce Awards - Thursday, April 05, 2012

The NWT Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of its 2012 Business and Business Person of the Year Awards.  Both of which have aviation connections.

Receiving the 2012 Business Person of the Year Award was Mike Olson, First Air Director Sales – Western Region.

Tli Cho Air, which is owned by the Tlicho Investment Corporation as well as minority shareholder and Discovery Air subsidiary Air Tindi Ltd., was named as the 2012 Business of the Year Award winner.

NATA proudly congratulates both winners.

 
Hay River Airport now the Hay River Merlyn Carter Airport - Friday, January 20, 2012

In honor of Merlyn Carter, a long standing Hay River avaition pioneer, operator of Carter Air Services, and Nonacho Lake Fishing Camp, the Hay River Airport became the Hay River Merlyn Carter Airport on Dec 15, 2011.  There will be a formal dedication and plaque unveiling on Feb 17, 2012.  Merlyn sadly passed away in 2005, a victim of a bear attack at his beloved camp.

 
NATA Mourns the Death of Paul Laserich - Saturday, November 19, 2011

Paul Laserich, General Manager of Adlair Aviation, died suddenly on November 19th in Yellowknife.  Son of Willy Laserich, a Northern aviation legend, Paul was also a colourful fixture of Northern aviation and a long serving member of the NATA Board of Directors.  We will miss him greatly.

 
NATA has a new Executive Assistant - Tuesday, November 01, 2011

NATA is pleased to announce that Mr. Colin Dempsey has accepted the position of Executive Assistant.  Based in Yellowknife, Colin will be providing both member and administrative support to the association.  Colin can be contacted at 867-446-6282 or at admin@nata-yzf.ca

 
Northern Component to the Canadian Airline Investment Forum - Monday, October 24, 2011

The 23rd Annual Canadian Airline Investment Forum will be held Nov 29 and 30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto.  Both Tracy Medve, current NATA President, and Joe Sparling, past NATA President, will be keynote speakers on Northern issues.  Their session is "You Fly Where?  Challenges for Canada's Northern Operators"

The full conference brochure and registration form is available HERE (pdf 4.1M).

 
New GNWT Airports Director - Thursday, September 08, 2011

After a very long time operating under acting Directors, GNWT Transportation, Airports Division, finally has a new permanent Director, Ms. Delia Chesworth, P Eng.  Delia is well known to most of you operating in the North and NATA looks forward to continuing our excellent relationship with
Airports Division under her guidance. 

 
ILS Replacement, Hay River NT - Thursday, August 25, 2011

NAV CANADA, recently replaced the Instrument Landing System (ILS) serving runway 32 at Hay River as part of its national ILS Replacement Project.

The localizer is now offset 2.9 degrees from centerline.  The installation of the localiser antenna array to a location off-set from the runway centre-line was necessary to eliminate the requirement to remove the antenna array every spring for due to the build-up of ice and concern that the antenna would be damaged or destroyed. The new location allows for year round ILS availability.   As a result of the 2.9 degree off-set, the minima have been increased to 250 feet and ¾ mile.

This change was effective 25 August, 2011 at 0901 UTC.

 
NATA AGM to have revised format in 2012 - Monday, June 20, 2011

In 2012 the NATA AGM will depart from the long running format of Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  Instead it will run for two full days, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The President's reception will still be on the Monday night, and the banquet will be on the Tuesday night.  This is reduce the need for weekend travel and allow for other industry meetings to take place on the Monday, make the agenda more effective, and work better with the Trade Show.

Mark you calendars for April 17 and 18, 2012 in Whitehorse!

 
GNWT Airports / NATA meeting June 8, 2011 - Wednesday, June 08, 2011

On June 8, 2011 the GNWT and NATA met in YZF. Please see Minutes under the ACC Area for the meeting notes. Thanks Dave Morris

 
GNWT Positive Response to NATA's New Wildlife Act Concerns - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NATA submitted a letter to the GNWT on Jan 18, 2011 outling some concerns about new reporting requirements in the proposed  Wildlife Protection Act.  We are pleased to say that they have listened to our concerns and revised the text in the version tabled in the Legislature March 8 as Bill 9.  NATA's concerns were very specific though and you are urged to review the new act for other issues and provide your feedback either in writing or directly to them at any of the public consultation sessions planned for April 2011.

     NATA Letter re Proposed new Wildlife Protection Act for the NWT Jan 2011 pdf  215k

     GNWT response to Letter re Proposed new Wildlife Protection Act for the NWT pdf 444k

 
NATA Meets with Minister of Transport - Tuesday, March 01, 2011

NATA's President, Joe Sparling, and Executive Director, Stephen Nourse, met with the the Federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, today to discuss Northern Aviation.  Discussion was both frank and positive.  It concentrated on the value and contribution of Northern Aviation to the economy of the North along with infrastructure impediments from the air carrier perspective.  Two documents were left for the Minister's consideration.

        Northern Air Carriers and the Northern Economy  pdf 181k

        Northern Aviation Impediments pdf 143k

 
NATA Releases SMS Media Information Sheet - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In response to a number of media inquiries NATA has put together an information sheet on Safey Management Systems (SMS) in the airline context.  This was distributied to the various parties asking about SMS.  The information sheet can be veiwed here.