Matt Nicholls

Matt Nicholls

The second annual All Canada Aeromedical Transport conference (ACAT) is set to go in Mississauga, Ont. Nov. 21-23 and this year’s event promises to build on the strong safety foundation set by last year’s inaugural gathering.
Fall is certainly a busy season for Fred Jones. The hardworking president/CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) continues to juggle a number of advocacy projects on behalf of the association including its work with Transport Canada (TC) on enhancing operational safety industry-wide, fatigue management regulations, the advisory circular on standards associated with H1 classified heliports and growing pressure from TC to respond to a recommendation from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) on the subject of terrain awareness warning systems in helicopters (IFR operations).
Earlier this year, Helicopters highlighted OEMS, operators and industry leaders who are enhancing the safety landscape both here in Canada and around the world. In our special Innovation in Canadian Rotary Safety Week Aug. 21-25, Helicopters showcased companies such as Vector Aerospace, Heli-One, VIH Aerospace and more, who are innovating with new technologies and processes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) space.
Finding and retaining talented employees continues to be one the greatest challenges facing many of Canada’s top aviation and aerospace companies, but fortunately, many firms are blessed with employees who are taking the reigns and implementing change for the better; developing value-added efficiencies to enhance operations.
Punching above its weight. Open for business. Finding just the right niché to build on a strong foundation.”
Canada boasts one of the safest regulatory operating environments in the world but there is plenty of room for improvement – and changes are necessary to ensure it remains safe and secure in the months and years ahead.
Hey Matt. What does it look like on your side? Can you see any fish down there?”
You definitely know something important is up when former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur is in the house. And even though the superstar right winger and current helicopter pilot was a shining NHL star in the mid- to late-1970s, he still provides plenty of “wow” factor wherever he goes, especially in La belle province.
Enhancing safety standards in the global helicopter industry is a process that is constantly evolving, as individual operators, OEMS and regulators strive to introduce new technologies and procedures to help prevent accidents and incidences throughout all levels of the business.
Three intrepid helicopter pilots have set their sights on conquering the world this summer – and putting their Bell 429 to the max in the process.
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