Matt Nicholls

Matt Nicholls

Fred Jones, president/CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) took some time to chat with Helicopters leading up to the HAC convention and trade show and discuss some of the issues facing the industry, what to expect at the big event, future market outlook and more.
The second annual All Canada Aeromedical Transport Safety conference took place Nov. 21 to 23 at the Ornge headquarters in Mississauga, Ont. The event entertained 56 attendees from 21 organizations – a nice uptick from the 37 attendees last year.
Finding solutions to growing the pilot shortage in Canada is one of the most pressing issues facing the Canadian aviation industry – and it’s a challenge that affects all segments, from large commercial operations to northern operators, the military and rotary-wing operators from coast to coast.
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?”
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