Thirty students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have gone to Canada to train to become air traffic controllers as part of an agreement between Nav Canada and Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation. The students expect to complete all their required training at the Nav Centre, described by Nav Canada as its world-class training and conferencing facility in Cornwall, Ontario.
Nav Canada officials responsible for Gander Oceanic Airspace said last week they are concerned about the number of non-HF-equipped aircraft transiting their airspace. “Depending on altitude and route of flight, it is possible to traverse some portions of our area with only VHF.
The recently announced Aireon joint venture to provide aircraft position reports from Iridium satellites equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receivers will help close gaps in the already extensive ADS-B coverage provided by Nav Canada, an Aireon partner.
Despite the dire consequences predicted for Europe’s economy if the euro actually comes unglued, or the monthly chaos that ensues at the U.S. Congress’s failure to reauthorize the FAA, nudging close to the brink of financial disaster can sometimes lead to an epiphany and a new way to consider an old problem. Consider, for example, a nation’s air traffic control system.
Flight trials to demonstrate new procedures intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of international flights crossing the North Atlantic have begun.
SMS is not just for airlines and corporate aviation, as John David, Nav Canada v-p for safety and quality, explained. The private agency put safety oversight in place soon after privatization. David is chair of the joint Nav Canada-Transport Canada safety committee. “We believe safety planning is key, so we have a manual for SMS policy-making and planning, with a safety charter that all Nav Canada employees must buy into,” he said.
Rich Gage, who relinquished his position as president and CEO at CBAA in October, will become a member of Nav Canada’s board of directors in April. Gage will succeed John Lawson, the former president of sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Nav Canada is warning aviators about a fraudulent e-mail, purportedly from the organization, that attempts to notify operators “of an outstanding debt in the area of air navigation service charges for the year 2007.” According to a spokesman, the e-mail is part of a “fraudulent billing scheme targeting our customers.
Rich Gage has stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) with the expiration of his eight-year contract on August 25. Sam Barone has taken over the position.
Following the mandatory 60-day consultation period, Nav Canada was planning to go ahead with a 6.9-percent average increase to its air navigation service charges. The increase, according to the agency, is necessary for Nav Canada to deal with the continued downturn in air traffic. The new charges are effective as of August 1, with annual and quarterly charges to be implemented on March 1 next year.
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