Standards & Regulations
The HAC convention held in Calgary this year proved to be another success despite the distraction of having the Juno Awards just next door. With over 750 registered attendees, one of the main attractractions was the Bell JetRanger displayed in the Vector Aerospace booth – the first helicopter ever to be inside the tradeshow. With a multitude of issues surrounding flight training and air taxi on the agenda, SMS remained at the forefront.
May 14, 2008 - Montreal - (CNW Telbec) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today released the following statement concerning the accident involving a helicopter operated by Bighorn in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
The news of the departure of the four large air carriers from the Air Transport Association of Canada membership earlier this week has, understandably, left many of you with questions and concerns as to the reasons behind this turn of events and ATAC’s intentions going forward.
The Helicopter Engineers and Pilots Association, Canada (HEPAC) has submitted a proposal to Transport Canada for the implementation and auditing of the Safety Management System (SMS) within the Canadian helicopter industry.
Flying at night has always been challenging for pilots because of reduced visual information compared to what they see during daytime VFR flights. Military, police, search-and-rescue, and other types of rotary-wing operations sometimes occur over areas where there is little, if any, ambient light. Recognizing these challenges and developing night vision systems for pilots has been part of the work of the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Aerospace Research for more than a decade.
Each year, there are thousands of helicopter flights in Canada that begin and end at a heliport designed in accordance with Transport Canada standards. There are 296 heliports in this country; the lowest is located at Vancouver Harbour at an elevation of 2 ft., while the highest is a fire base in Shunda, Alta., 4,700 ft. above sea level.
Jan. 3, 2008 - Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 430 Helicopters
Q: Can you predict the mood of operators going into this show?
Last year, we celebrated our 25th year as Canada’s national rotary-wing magazine. With that important milestone behind us, we are now turning our attention to the next 25 years. Our new look is both a salute to our legacy and investment in the future. It underscores our ongoing commitment to the Canadian helicopter community.
From a broad point of view, the group discussed the possibility of delegating to the HAC the responsibility and accountability for setting commercial helicopter operational standards, as well as issuance and maintenance of helicopter air operator certificates.
Since being established in 1994, the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) has served as the voice of Canada’s private helicopter operators from its offices in downtown Ottawa.
With accidents statistics flat for nearly 20 years, TCCA is actively seeking new, more efficient and more productive ways to improve on safety management. 
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