We're just ten days away from our first in-person conference at the lovely Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC. We have an amazing array of Speakers and Panelists who are eager to share their knowledge, experience and thoughts with you. Only 38 delegate tickets left so register now else you'll miss North America's Leading Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability Conference (to date).
Our "Speaker Profiles" (attached) provides brief biographies of some of the brightest and most innovative folks in our industry who will be discussing subjects like wildfire management, space-based air navigation, climate change, as well as power plants and fuels of the future, to name a few.
Additionally, we have industry leaders such as Greg McDougall, CEO, Harbour Air, discussing the world's first electric-powered commercial aircraft and its epic flight in 2019. There is also Danny Sitnam, President and CEO, Helijet International, talking about the development of eVTOL rotary wing aircraft for commercial markets. Check out our "Conference Agenda" (attached) to review our exciting and informative line up!
Our venue, the Inn at Laurel Point, in Victoria, BC, is ideally situated on Victoria's Inner Harbour, and is within walking distance of many of the city's amenities and transportation hubs including the Victoria Inner Harbour Seaplane Terminal and the Victoria Harbour Heliport. The Inn offers comfortable and well-appointed rooms at competitive prices - call directly, be charming and mention the BCAC May 2022 Conference to get the best available room rate. Note - the entire hotel is now, unfortunately, completely sold out for May 15th!
Alternately, our network-wide discount partner, the Coast Victoria Harbour Hotel, is conveniently located a short distance away from the Inn. After that, there are hotels listed by Tourism Victoria. If Hotel Zed/Accent Inn or Sandman catch your eye, they are also BCAC network-wide partners. They are not within walking distance.
Last Call for Conference Sponsorships
We're preparing for a sold out first in-person conference in two years and we couldn't be more excited about our venue and all the luminaries that we'll be hosting for two full days and nights. Promote your organization and bolster your branding by choosing one or more of our sponsorship options. Review our "Sponsorship Opportunities" menu (attached) and choose the option that works best for you and your company - our Executive Director, Dave Frank, will be happy to answer any of your questions or help get your sponsorship set up and ready to go!
Online Auction Launched
To support our Canada-leading over $70k+ scholarship program, our other programs and promote the May 15-17 conference, the BC Aviation Council is once again conducting a quality online auction. The first dozen items have been posted with more being released daily so check in often.
Auction closes after the Conference, May 17th, 20:00.
Message from the Give Hope Wings - Hope Air Crew
Once again this year we, the Give Hope Wings Crew, are flying for Hope Air. Over the past five years, we've conducted five long-distance expeditions to raise money and awareness for Hope Air's critically important service – providing free medical flights to Canadians who must get to medical care far from home. These five flights have so far raised a total of $1,300,000.
The pandemic has not reduced the need for Hope Air's service - quite the reverse. For this reason, we will embark on a major flight across Canada from Victoria on June 6th. We'll fly to St John's, Newfoundland, before turning west and terminating in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (near Montreal), Québec, at the COPA Annual Convention on June 25th.
Our target is to raise $1,000,000 this year, which will be enough to fund 2,850 additional free medical flights! You can donate instantly by clicking here. Tax receipts will also be issued instantly online with your donation.
If you are a pilot and want to fly with us please click here. Then, once you have registered as a Give Hope Wings supporter, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you. Thereafter, click here to register as a pilot.
This expedition will stop in all ten provinces and will make many awareness stops to publicize the great services provided by Hope Air. If you take a few minutes to go through our website, you can see our full itinerary and read about how this iconic Canadian charity brings hope and medical care to those not as fortunate as ourselves. We expect to have more than 25 aircraft join us as we traverse the country. Please follow our flight on the website as there will be live tracking, and please watch our Instagram and Facebook pages for continuous updates.
Dave McElroy, Chief Pilot
Give Hope Wings
HM Aero Aviation Consulting is a team of airport planners, engineers, pilots and project managers with a passion for aviation. In British Columbia, HM Aero has become a trusted partner to regional and community airports such as Golden, Revelstoke, Squamish, Lillooet, and Bella Coola. Elsewhere in Canada, HM Aero provides professional consulting services in two territories and five provinces, assisting municipal, territorial, and provincial governments to understand their airport operations and future requirements to support air transportation needs.
Regional and community airports face unique challenges, both before COVID-19 and in the aftermath of the pandemic. In many cases, municipal and regional airport owners are faced with limited financial resources, competing operational and capital investment priorities, and emergent challenges such as climate change adaptation. New regulatory requirements, infrastructure degradation, and land use encroachment introduces further complexity; however, with forward-looking planning these challenges can be overcome and future opportunities can be pursued.
HM Aero’s priority is maximizing the value to its clients by delivering projects in a collaborative and project specific manner. Through the 2020 Golden Airport Viability Study, HM Aero was provided with the opportunity to articulate the economic and social benefits of the aerodrome to the municipality and the surrounding region. Through the support of HM Aero, the Town of Golden was successful in completing a long-term strategic plan; securing federal grant funding; and preparing the detailed engineering design for the rehabilitation of the facility’s runway, taxiways, and aprons, as well as the preparation of airside development lots.
HM Aero is excited to attend the 2022 BCAC conference and we look forward to connecting with members in-person once again!
May Conference 2022 - Welcome Reception and Signature Dinner
We've prepared two menus to help whet your appetite! Register now to enjoy world-class dining while solving the big issues that face the aviation and aerospace industry in BC and beyond! Guests more than welcome.