A number of changes to service charges proposed by Nav Canada will not go into effect as planned on March 1. Nav Canada, the private corporation that provides the country’s air navigation and ATC services said, “More time is needed to consider the comments and suggestions made in submissions received from stakeholders during the consultations period,” which ended on February 10.
By 2009, Nav Canada plans to install ADS-B ground stations around Hudson Bay, which straddles high-latitude flight paths between Asia, North America and Europe but has no radar coverage. Currently, aircraft overflying the area must observe “procedural” separations that keep them approximately 80 miles apart, compared with five miles under radar monitoring.
Canada's private, user-fee-based ATC system–Nav Canada–believes that general aviation operators are double-charged for use of Canada's aviation infrastructure and that fuel excise taxes should be reduced.
Nav Canada, the company that runs Canada’s ATC system, reports that because of favorable financial results in its most recent quarter and the preliminary outlook for the balance of the current and following fiscal year, it does not expect to increase customer service charges in the near term, “provided there are no unanticipated adverse developments.” The company’s most recent financial statement is available at
After sustaining losses of C$116 million ($91.4 million) after 9/11, Nav Canada, the private, non-share corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system, saw its rate stabilization account–a financial savings buffer to offset downturns in revenue–return to the positive side of the ledger in April.
A Government Accountability Office study of five foreign air navigation service providers, including Nav Canada, found that since “commercialization,” all have maintained safety, controlled costs and improved efficiency. All five have invested in new technologies that they say lowered costs by increasing controllers’ productivity and produced operating efficiencies, such as fewer or shorter delays.
As discussions about user fees in the U.S. heat up, the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) reflects on the nearly 10 years since Canada privatized the oversight of its air navigation system (ANS) and Nav Canada proposed and implemented charges for air traffic services.
A “commercialized” ATC system in the U.S. could result in lower charges to airlines for ATC services, but it almost certainly would mean higher fees for general aviation operators, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
After 12 months of consultation with all segments of its domestic and overseas customer base, Nav Canada–Canada’s privatized air navigation service provider (ANSP)–has proposed a new fee structure that would mean slight reductions in terminal charges for large aircraft and slight increases for smaller aircraft. En route fees would be unchanged.
Changes to service fees proposed by Nav Canada will not go into effect as planned on March 1. Nav Canada, the private corporation that provides the country’s air navigation and ATC services, said, “More time is needed to consider the comments and suggestions made by stakeholders.” The comment period closed February 10.