June 5-7 Conference: Sustainability Panel
Join us at our June 5-7 Conference in Prince George, BC – Basecamp to the North – as we discuss the pressing issues facing the aviation and aerospace industry, both here at home and abroad. These include sustainability initiatives, looming labour shortages, supporting airport upgrades, the economic importance of aviation and aerospace, advances in technology, working with government and regulators, and much more. Visit our event registration page to register and browse the Agenda for more panel discussion details!
NEED A PLACE TO STAY? The Courtyard by Marriott Prince George has kindly *EXTENDED* our guaranteed promotional conference rate of $169/night until Wednesday, May 10th. After that, all bets are off as hotel rates are trending upward. Reserve your room online or call 1-250-596-6274 and mention that you're attending the BCAC June 5-7 Conference.
FLYING INTO PRINCE GEORGE? Take advantage of the extremely favourable return air travel rates YVR-YXS including all taxes and fees starting at $207 (as of May 8th). If you're coming in from elsewhere, our Travel Partners (Air Canada, Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air) have provided generous promotional rates to support your attendance. Check the "Travel Partners" tab on our Registration webpage for details.
PLEASE NOTE If you're flying your own plane into Prince George, YXS has dedicated no charge aircraft parking on Apron #3. Please provide your tail numbers ahead of time and connect with the tower as you normally would.
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(Photo: Heart Aerospace)
Alberta funding aviation and aerospace training with the Aviation Skills Grant
Bram Tilroe, Chair, Alberta Aviation Council, will be providing a complete update for Alberta at our June 5-7 Conference
The Alberta Aviation Skills Grant grows and diversifies the province’s aviation and aerospace industry by creating more opportunities for Albertans to access training and strengthen the industry’s workforce. The program supports training and re-skilling to help:
- workers gain new skills to meet the needs of employers
- employers in Alberta’s aviation and aerospace industry gain the skills and talent to grow their businesses and Alberta’s economy
The applicant is required to review the Aviation Skills Grant Applicant Guide for:
- eligibility and selection criteria
- assistance in completing this application form
Private sector and non-profit employers in the aviation and aerospace industry in Alberta can apply for funding to offset employer training costs for new and unfilled jobs. The program will fund up to $30,000 per trainee for the duration of the program. Employers are eligible to receive up to the following per intake:
- $3 million for employers with more than 3,000 employees in Alberta
- $500,000 for employers with between 500 and 3,000 employees in Alberta
- $300,000 for employers with less than 500 employees in Alberta
Private sector and non-profit employers in the aviation or aerospace sector that operate in Alberta and have been established for at least one year are eligible. Applications will be evaluated based on meeting the eligibility criteria and on these 4 key factors:
- supports workforce growth and expansion in the aviation or aerospace industry in Alberta
- addresses a demonstrated training need in Alberta
- targets occupations where there is a significant shortage in Alberta
- employer contribution towards eligible training costs
The Aviation Skills Grant is administered through a 'call for applications’ process. Eligible employers may apply anytime from April 21 to May 26, 2023. READ MORE
(Source: Government of Alberta)
Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA Canada
IATA Disappointed with Canada’s 2023 Federal Budget
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed disappointment at the lack of positive measures to strengthen and enhance Canada’s air transport system and global competitiveness in the country’s 2023 Federal Budget.
“IATA was hopeful that the Federal Budget would include measures to support the recommendations from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Unfortunately that was not the case,” wrote Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, in a letter to Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and to the Minister of Transport.
In his letter, Walsh welcomed the proposal to provide C$1.8 billion over five years to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to maintain and increase its level of service, reduce passenger screening wait times and strengthen security measures at airports. “However this has come with a proposed 33% increase in the Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC). This makes air travel even less affordable for all Canadians,” wrote Walsh. READ MORE
(Source: IATA Press Release, Photo: IATA)
Mark van Berkel named President and CEO of COPA
Mark van Berkel on May 15 is set to join the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association as its next President and CEO, succeeding Jim Ferrier who was serving in the position on an interim basis.
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) explains van Berkel brings with him a wealth of aviation, business and management experience that will be instrumental as he leads Canada’s largest aviation association in its mission to “To promote, advance and inspire general aviation, and to preserve the Canadian freedom to fly.”
Originally from Calgary, van Berkel now lives in Ottawa where COPA is headquartered. He has been an active COPA member for 20 years and earned his PPL shortly after college. van Berkel remains an active pilot with a current IFR rating and has owned and operated five aircraft in those 20 years of COPA membership.
van Berkel began his aviation career as an avionics AME in Vancouver, moved to Ottawa where he worked for Transport Canada Aircraft Services and became its Chief Avionics Specialist. Thereafter, he transitioned into the private sector, ultimately founding and building an avionics manufacturing business, TrueNorth Avionics, which specialized in designing and manufacturing communications and data connectivity for business jets. After growing the business to more than 50 employees in 10 years, van Berkel sold TrueNorth to Satcom Direct. READ MORE
(Source: WINGS Magazine, Photo: COPA)
DELPHI Technology Corporation
Delphi Technology Corporation was founded in 2020 by two former air force colleagues, Alan Tay and Mike Bogaars. The company began with a vision to disrupt aviation and aerospace learning, contributing to the Next Generation Aviation Professionals pathway.
Today, Delphi has evolved as a leader in the field of training and education across all sectors, committed to empowering current and future generations of students and workers through the delivery of adaptive, accessible and quality competency-based training with a focus on extended realities (XR).
Delphi is committed to building education and training tools based on immersive virtual learning platforms — making it easy to learn any subject matter, in any learning environment, from any location in the world. Visit DELPHI Technology Corporation's website to learn more or read/download their PDF presentation (attached).