Canada extends India flight ban, eases restriction for Pakistan

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  • The ban on flights from India to Canada is being extended until at least July 21
  • Based on public health data, Canada not renewing ban on flights from Pakistan
  • The suspension of flights from India and Pakistan was first announced in April

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canada is extending its ban on direct travel from India amid a continued concern over that country’s COVID-19 situation.

The ban is being extended by at least another month, until July 21, as India struggles to get its pandemic numbers under control.

“This means that direct, commercial, and private passenger flights from India will continue to be denied permission to arrive in Canada,” said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra Monday. “Passengers who depart from India, bound for Canada via an indirect route must still obtain a valid COVID-19 test result from a third country before boarding a flight to Canada.”

Transport Minister @OmarAlghabra announces the passenger flight ban with India is extended for another 30 days.
However the restrictions on flights from Pakistan will not be renewed, so flights can soon resume. #cdnpoli

— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 21, 2021

While the restrictions on travel from India remain in place, Alghabra says those limiting flights from Pakistan are being scaled back.

“Based on the public health data, we will not be renewing the flight ban between Canada and Pakistan,” he said. “Air travellers from Pakistan will be required to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test in Pakistan to board a flight to Canada.”

The suspension of flights from India and Pakistan was first announced in April. The measures were extended by another month in May.

Monday’s announcement comes the same day Canada unveiled more details on its plans to ease quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers permitted entry into this country. Those changes are set to take effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 5.

While Canadians continue to be urged to avoid all non-essential travel, the transport minister promised an update would be coming.

“As the situation evolves, we will respond with new and adjusted border measures as needed, to keep Canadians safe and the economy running,” Alghabra added, noting he will be working with international, provincial, territorial, and industry partners to “determine next steps later this summer.”

“This could include expanding the number of Canadian airports that are eligible to receive international flights, and I hope to have more to share with you soon.”

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair also said discussions are ongoing “with the aim of allowing for non-essential travel of fully vaccinated foreign nationals into Canada in the coming months.”

Government of Canada’s first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada

OTTAWA, ON, June 21, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is taking a responsible, precautionary approach at the border by continually monitoring available data and scientific evidence to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Today, the Government of Canada is announcing the details of the first phase of its approach to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada. These cautious adjustments are now possible because of the successes of the vaccine roll out in Canada and Canadians following public health measures.

Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

For these new measures to apply to them, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing. Continued testing will allow public health experts to keep monitoring positivity rates at the border, monitor for variants of concern, and make further adjustments to border measures as needed.

Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada. They must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. As with all other exempt travellers, they will be required to follow public health measures in place, such as wearing a mask when in public, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, as well as a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.

For travellers who are not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to Canada’s current border measures. They must continue to adhere to the current testing and federal quarantine requirements, which have been effective in reducing importation and transmission of COVID-19 and variants in Canada, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada. Unvaccinated air travellers must also book a three-night stay at a government-authorized hotel before their departure to Canada.

The Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians. As vaccination, case counts and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider further targeted measures at the borders—and when to lift or adjust them—to keep Canadians safe and the economy running.


“The cautious adjustments announced today are only possible because of the tremendous efforts of Canadians, and additional ones will only happen if we continue to protect each other. Thank you to all those who have stepped up to get their first and second dose. If you haven’t, get vaccinated when it’s your turn, follow up for your second dose, and continue to follow public health measures.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health

“This is the first phase of our precautionary approach to easing Canada’s border measures. At this time we are not opening up our borders any further. The Government of Canada continues to work globally through the World Health Organization as well as closely with the provinces, territories, Indigenous partners and American authorities on moving forward toward reopening in a way that is safe for both countries.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

“At this time, the Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel. Although the future is looking brighter than it has for a long time with COVID-19 cases on a downward trend and vaccination efforts going well across the country, we can’t let our guard down. Our phased approach to easing border measures is guided by facts, scientific evidence, and the advice of our public health experts. In all that we’re doing in response to this pandemic, our top priority continues to be the health, safety and security of all Canadians.”

The Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Our government continues to closely monitor traveller positivity rates upon entry to Canada, to help protect Canadians. Today, we announced that we will be eliminating pre-departure temperature screening for international travellers coming to Canada. Also, given the number of COVID-19 cases continue to be very high in India, we have extended our flight restrictions for this country. We will continue to assess the evolving situation and determine appropriate action going forward.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport Canada

“The safety and security of Canadians remains our top priority as we look to support the careful and safe arrival of new permanent residents to Canada over the next year. These new permanent residents will finally be able to start their new life in Canada and Canada will benefit from their skills when we pivot to post-pandemic economic recovery. At the same time, we’ll continue to offer protection to those who need it most, and keep our place as a global leader in providing a safe haven for refugees.”

The Honourable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Quick Facts

  • For all travellers coming to Canada, planning in advance to ensure all mandatory requirements are met is crucial. In addition, some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. Check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers who wish to be considered for the eased quarantine and testing requirements must meet all criteria, including the electronic submission of their vaccination documentation, in English or French, into ArriveCAN prior to arrival at the port of entry.
  • A person who submits false information on vaccination status could be liable to a fine of up to $750,000 or six months imprisonment or both, under the Quarantine Act, or prosecution under the Criminal Code for forgery. Violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to travellers by a screening officer or quarantine officer when entering Canada is also an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to a $5,000 fine for each day of non-compliance or for each offence committed, or more serious penalties, including six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Non-compliant air travellers may also be subject to fines of up to $5,000 for each offence committed under the Aeronautics Act.
  • The Government of Canada is extending, until July 21, 2021,11:59 p.m. EDT, the temporary travel restrictions on discretionary (non-essential) international travel and with the US. Travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada include Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act, as well as some foreign nationals who are allowed to enter Canada under the current entry prohibitions (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States; Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States).
  • The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India will be extended until July 21, 2021, as well as the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 requiring air passengers who depart India to Canada via an indirect route to obtain a COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. The NOTAM and Interim Order will not be extended for Pakistan at this time.
  • The existing international flight restrictions that funnel scheduled international commercial passenger flights into four Canadian airports (Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport) will be maintained in this first phase of re-opening.
  • Currently, foreign nationals who hold a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence approved on or before March 18, 2020 are allowed to enter Canada. As of June 21, 2021, any foreign national who holds a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence will be allowed to travel to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will work with applicants who have a Confirmation of Permanent Residence that is expiring or has expired.

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Global Aerospace SM4 Safety Program Expands to Include Canadian Policyholders

Providing Innovative Safety Programs to Business Aviation Personnel

21 June 2021, Markham, Ontario – Global Aerospace, a leading provider of aerospace insurance, is pleased to announce that its groundbreaking SM4 Aviation Safety Program is expanding to include Canadian policyholders. The
SM4 program, which launched in 2010 in the U.S., continues to focus on providing resources to help the aviation industry achieve higher levels of operational safety.

SM4 will now provide select General Aviation policyholders in Canada (excluding light aircraft and UAS) with access to an online Learning Management System (LMS) that includes advanced training courses to support the current and next generation of aviation personnel.

The LMS provides Global Aerospace clients with customized online training for both personal and professional development to support their continuous improvement:

  • Easy, online access to practical and interactive learning plans designed by each of our SM4 partners in their area of expertise.
  • Time-efficient, impactful courses that allow for seamless integration into your organization’s training program.
  • Continually updated courses to keep up with the latest developments in business aviation safety.
  • Unlimited number of user accounts per client.
  • Certificate of completion provided to participants for each completed learning plan.

Steve Hughes, chief underwriting officer, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers (Canada) Limited adds, “As a leader in this industry, it is imperative that we continuously develop solutions and services to benefit our clients and their brokers. By expanding our SM4 Safety program into Canada, we are providing access to valuable resources that will help them manage risks and strengthen their safety culture.”

The SM4 program, now in its 12th year, continues to focus on providing resources to help the aviation industry achieve higher levels of operational safety. Since 2010, the company has committed over $5.7 million to support SM4 and help its clients pursue higher levels of safety. To learn more about the SM4 LMS please visit the SM4 website or contact your local Global Aerospace underwriter.

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National vaccine passports for international travel coming this fall: Trudeau

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BY NEWS STAFF | June 18, 2021

Travellers, who are not affected by new quarantine rules, arrive at Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto early Monday, February 22, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all travellers entering Canada by air would have to quarantine in a hotel for three days at their own expense starting later today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn


  • Trudeau said he hoped to “establish a national certification of vaccination status” by the fall
  • The federal government is extending its border restrictions on non-essential international travel to July 21
  • Trudeau said the passport “will be easily accepted around the world for people who need to travel internationally.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on Friday that the federal government is working with the provinces to develop a national vaccine passport for international travel that’s expected to be ready sometime this fall.

Trudeau said while that plan is being developed, his government is working on a system involving the ArriveCan app that will be ready in the “coming weeks.”

“We are working on two tracks in terms of proof of vaccination for Canadians who wish to travel,” Trudeau said. “In the initial phase we are going to be working with the ArriveCan app in ways that people can upload an image of their proof of vaccination … so that border agents on their return to Canada can verify that they are fully vaccinated. That’s something we will have in place in the coming weeks.”

By the fall, Trudeau said he hoped to “establish a national certification of vaccination status.”

The prime minister said the national vaccine passport “will be easily accepted around the world for people who need to travel internationally.”

He also said the government is working with other countries on ensuring travellers who receive vaccines not approved in arriving countries are still able to safely enter.

“Having to demonstrate that you have been vaccinated has been a standard piece of international travel since international aviation began,” said Mike McNaney, president of the National Airlines Council of Canada, in an interview.

“We’ve been quite supportive of the government coming up with a policy and a mechanism on how it’s going to capture that data.”

There are yet other issues that need to be addressed, Trudeau said, including what to do about children under 12 for whom vaccines have not been approved. He suggested children could be subject to a repeated testing regime after arrival because having a two-week quarantine away from vaccinated parents may not be possible.

Trudeau didn’t say if a paper passport would be available, but earlier this week, the Canadian Snowbird Association raised concerns with the prospect of a digital passport, saying up to 10 per cent of snowbirds travel without mobile devices.

On Friday, the federal government announced that it was extending its border restrictions on non-essential international travel for another month.

The extended restrictions will include travel between Canada and the United States.

The previous order was set to expire on June 21, it will now expire on July 21.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report

Canada extending restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21st

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Canada is extending its border restrictions on non-essential international travel for another month.

The extended restrictions will include travel between Canada and the United States. The previous order was set to expire on June 21, it will now expire on July 21.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning.

Blair says the federal government is “planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians” and further details will be provided on Monday.

As we have said, the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are currently permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21.

— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) June 18, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has yet to meet the vaccination targets to safely open the border when asked why the restrictions were extended once again.

“We are looking forward to getting back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Trudeau during a Friday morning virtual news conference from Rideau Cottage. “But we’re not out of this pandemic yet, we’re still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down.”

Trudeau has previously said that it would take 75 per cent of Canadians with their first dose and 20 per cent of Canadians with two doses before restrictions can be lifted.

“We are sticking with our principle of doing everything necessary to keep Canadians safe even as we move forward on loosening restrictions in a responsible way,” said Trudeau.

“That’s what I talked with the premiers about last night and I can tell you there is tremendous focus on making sure we are doing this as quickly and safely as possible.”

The premiers said they hoped to hear more details about the reopening plan in a call with the prime minister on Thursday night. Trudeau called the meeting amid concerns Canada is lagging behind other nations on resuming travel.

The measures at the border have been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The accelerated vaccine rollout in Canada is adding on the pressure to at least partially reopen the U.S. border after a fifteen-month shutdown.

Trudeau has said his plan to ease travel measures will take a phased-in approach and some cabinet ministers suggest the gradual plan won’t begin until early July.

There could also be some clarity provided on vaccine passports when the border plans are finally unveiled.

The government has already laid out its plans to lift restrictions for certain travellers arriving to Canada by air.

It says the first step will be to allow people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — and who are permitted to enter the country — to forego mandatory hotel quarantine.

Travellers will need to have been fully vaccinated 14 days or more before they arrive in Canada. The only vaccines that will be accepted will be those approved for use in Canada.

People will still be required to have a negative PCR test before boarding their flight to Canada and will still need to be tested upon arrival. People will be expected to quarantine until they get their negative test result back.

The federal government says it is confident the that airports in Canada will be prepared to start accepting an influx of travellers when the borders start to reopen for non-essential travel.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government has been in contact with airlines and airports about the plan but says reopening may not happen as soon as the restrictions expire.

In a panel discussion on Thursday, Canadian tourism groups say tens of thousands of jobs are on the line and many businesses are relying on a tourism season this summer.

Longtime friends make company history as Cougar Helicopters’ 1st all-female flight crew

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Allison Rumbolt flew the 1st all-female flight with her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb

CBC News · Jun 18, 2021

Allison Rumbolt sits next to first officer Zoe Webb aboard Cougar Helicopters’ first flight with an all-female crew. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

A Labrador pilot has made history twice in the past year after becoming Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter and recently being part of the first flight in the company’s history with an all-female crew. 

For Captain Allison Rumbolt, her June 9 flight was extra-special because she sat next to her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb, in the cockpit.

“She has been there for every step of the way throughout my career, so to be the first female crew offshore and to do it with her was a special moment,” Rumbolt told CBC’s Labrador Morning in a recent interview.

Rumbolt said it’s the first time the two of them have been in a helicopter together in over a decade, and while they were focused on getting the job done, there were some fist bumps and encouraging words shared after they landed.

“At the end of the flight you kind of look at each other and [say], ‘Wow, we have come a long way in the past number of years.’

“It’s a special moment, for sure.”

Old friends Rumbolt and Webb are pictured years ago in Mary’s Harbour. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

That flight came two months after she started her new role as a captain, making her Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter.

‘It’s been a humbling experience’

After starting her career flying through the brush in Labrador, she needed to build her pilot command time, pass a number of evaluation tests and have a training captain sign off on her skills.

“It’s surreal. I have been working towards this and it’s been ultimately my goal to become a captain. Everybody looks at you a little bit differently. You have that little bit more respect.

“I have had lots of fist pumps and ‘good on you’ and congratulations and things like that. So it’s been a humbling experience, but I am enjoying it.”

Rumbolt, who is originally from Mary’s Harbour, said from a young age she knew she was interested in aviation. She spent lots of time at the airport, where her mother worked part time with an airline and where her dad worked in operations.

“I was lucky in the way that a lot of these pilots would let me get aboard these aircrafts and look around and take me for rides. Then when I was about 10 or 11 years old Zoe came into my life as a family friend and I got to experience a whole new side of aviation in the helicopter world.”

Rumbolt and Webb, both offshore pilots, have known each other for more than two decades. Rumbolt calls Webb a mentor and longtime friend. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

Rumbolt said she has spent every single shift, except for the flight with Webb, sitting next to a man. She said the number of women flying fixed-wing aircraft is increasing, but she hasn’t seen the same growth in helicopter aviation. She’s encouraging more girls and women to get involved.

“I think as long as you are good at your job and put the effort in, you work hard and you are not afraid to ask for help, I think you will get the respect you deserve in return and I have been very fortunate to have a lot of respect along the way.”

Rumbolt said she looks forward to advancing her career as captain and paving the way for others to do the same. 

“You’re responsible for the person sitting next to you and everybody on board, so it’s a challenge — but it’s a challenge that I love and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

Mid-Canada Mod Center Modernizes Falcon 50 Aircraft Flight Deck with Universal Avionics InSight Display System

Planned Display upgrades to extend aircraft life, improve situational awareness and enhance safety

TORONTO — 17 June 2021 — Mid-Canada Mod Center is upgrading a Dassault Falcon 50 flight deck to improve situational awareness, enhance safety and extend the aircraft’s life. The aircraft is undergoing a two-phase upgrade process to remove legacy CRTs and replace them with the Universal Avionics InSight Display System. Planned completion time for the first phase is Q4 this year.

“Operators are painfully aware that as flight deck avionics age, they become more difficult to maintain and repair, which increases operational costs and makes preserving safety more challenging,” said Bill Arsenault, president of Mid-Canada Mod Center. “The beauty of the Universal Avionics InSight Display System is that these older aircraft can be equipped with modern technology that mirrors what OEMs are installing today in new aircraft. In our experience, the system is reasonably priced, flexible, and can be integrated with a range of legacy avionics systems which means cost savings for our clients.”

The NextGen Display upgrade will modernize this Falcon 50’s flight deck, future-proofing it with FANS 1/A+ and Data Comm capabilities. The aircraft will experience a leap forward in situational awareness and safety, with reduced maintenance spend. Phase one includes replacing legacy CRT displays with Universal Avionics’ (UA) flat-panel LCD Displays. UA EFIS Control Display Units, an Alphanumeric Keyboard, and SBAS-FMS, along with other instruments will round out the initial installation. The first phase’s FAA and Transport Canada STCs are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021 by MC2’s dedicated engineering and certification arm, ADS. Removing electro-mechanical engine gauges and replacing them with a fifth UA InSight EFI-1040 Display is planned for phase two in Q2 2022.

“The selection of InSight as an upgrade for the Falcon 50 is another great example of bringing existing business jets into the frontline of technology in a cost-effective way,” said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “We value our long relationship with MC2, a company which strives to always deliver an excellent solution to the customer,” he added.

More About This Aircraft’s Upgrades

The Falcon 50 InSight installation includes four UA EFI-1040 LCD Displays, two UNS-1Fw SBAS-FMSs, and two Touch EFIS Control Display Units (ECDU). The installation also includes UA’s Data Communications package with the UniLink™ UL-801 Communications Management Unit with ATN B1 capability, and new KAPTURE™ Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) with 25 hour recording capability.  FAA and Transport Canada STCs for the first installation phase are expected in the Fourth Quarter of 2021. A planned Phase 2 of the installation will add engine interface.

About Mid-Canada Mod Center

At MC2 (AMO # 59-97), our focus is on extending the operational life of corporate, commercial and special mission aircraft, with a focus on safety and efficiency. Our extensive avionics capabilities include systems design, airworthiness, installation, repairs and 24/7 AOG service for flight deck and cabin avionics. A Transport Canada CAR 561 approved manufacturer, with a far-reaching avionics background, our specialties include advanced flight displays, ADS-B, NextGen, SBAS FMS with LP/LPV, cabin entertainment and connectivity including Satcom and Wi-Fi applications. We are authorized dealers for all major avionics manufacturers. With our sister company, ADS, we offer fully integrated services to a broad range of turbofan business aircraft, legacy Boeing and regional aircraft. We are headquartered at Canada’s Lester B Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) with a second facility at Region of Waterloo International Airport (CYKF). Visit to learn more.

Royal Canadian Air Force Foundation to Support Canada’s Future Leaders with Unique Scholarship Program

Twenty $1000 scholarships available for students’ study in S.T.E.M. or flight

TORONTO, June 18, 2021 /CNW/ – The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Foundation today announced the details for the firstRCAF Foundation Student Scholarships.

Developed for Canada’s next generations of leaders, and explorers in science and space, these twenty $1,000 scholarships are open to any Canadian youth 25 years of age or younger. They are designed to encourage all students in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) areas of study or flight that could lead to future careers the fields of either Aviation or Aerospace. 

“We have thousands of brilliant young people in our country who have big dreams. These scholarships are to inspire our students and to meet the rapidly growing demand for skilled people in the private and defence sectors and to be leaders in Canada and the world,” said former Commander of the RCAF Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Michael Hood, CMM CD.”There are few areas more exciting than science and flight. My career was outstanding, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn and succeed. Our future is now in the hands of Canada’s youth.”

To apply students, choose one of three categories and answer two questions:
1.  What are your career aspirations and vision for your future in the Aviation and Aerospace?
2.  What is the most important character attribute or personal life experience you possess that will help you make a meaningful contribution to your future workplace and community?

“The RCAF Foundation is leading the way to support these young people so they can make a difference in the future of Canada – whether it be in space exploration, arctic sovereignty or life changing discoveries,” said Jeremy Diamond, Founding CEO, RCAF Foundation. “We know there are students who crave a challenge and think big, and beyond the norm. We want to help them reach for the stars through careers in aviation and aerospace.”

The deadline for applications is midnight July 16, 2021. More information on the RCAF Foundation Student Scholarship is available here:

The Foundation’s first campaign #ONE DAY I WILL Challenge asked youth across Canada to share their hopes for their future in a short video clip. Submission highlights can be viewed here:

The RCAF Foundation is an arms-length not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, foster and celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force through community engagement, education programs and commemorative activities.

An airline lobbyist may have influenced the government’s decision on refunding passengers, Quebec MP charges

From the Toronto Star – link to source story

By Jacob Lorinc, Business Reporter | Thu., June 17, 2021


A member of Ottawa’s transportation committee has filed a complaint with the lobbying commissioner over a meeting held between federal transportation agencies and an unnamed individual in March 2020, just days before Ottawa told airlines they would not have to refund passengers for cancelled flights.

Xavier Barsalou-Duval, a Bloc-Quebecois MP, says he recently obtained emails showing that high-ranking members of the Canadian Transportation Agency and Transport Canada met days before issuing a public statement on March 30, 2020, saying that airlines should provide affected passengers with vouchers or credits rather than refunds.

That meeting included an individual whose name was redacted in the emails Barsalou-Duval obtained, though the government’s lobbyist registry has no public record of that meeting taking place.

The redaction suggests the individual who attended the meeting does not work for the government, given that government officials cannot have their names redacted from government documents, Barsalou-Duval said.

The revelations raise concerns that outside lobbyists helped dictate Ottawa’s approach to protecting airline passengers in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic without disclosing those meetings to the public, said Barsalou-Duval.

“The Canadian Transportation Agency is supposed to be independent in its decisions, but this suggests there’s a good chance that someone from the private sector was involved,” he said.

“If it was someone from the private sector, like an airline lobbyist or a group representing airlines, this meeting would be completely inappropriate.”

Canada’s airlines withheld thousands of refunds in the early months of the pandemic, offering vouchers and credits in lieu of cancelled flights. The controversy inundated the Canadian Transport Agency with an unprecedented number of complaints regarding airlines in 2020, more than half of them relating to refunds and vouchers.

Initially, Ottawa permitted airlines to withhold refunds from passengers, stating that companies facing huge drops in passenger volumes and revenue should not be expected to take steps that would threaten their economic viability.

But as pressure mounted, the government changed positions, demanding that airlines including Air Canada repay customers in exchange for a long-sought-after federal aid package for the sector. In April 2021, the government agreed to a $5.9 billion aid package for Air Canada, including a $1.4 billion line of credit the company could use to reimburse passengers.

The company has been handing out refunds over the past two months.

Canada’s lobbyist registry shows no record of a meeting between the transportation agencies and a lobbyist in the days prior to its March 2020 statement. But the emails obtained by Barsalou-Duval confirm a meeting took place.

Barsalou-Duval now wants the commissioner to investigate whether or not the transportation agencies breached ethical standards, according to the letter he filed with the lobbying commissioner.

Gabor Lukacs, president and founder of Air Passenger Rights, says the emails strongly suggest an airline lobbyist may have influenced the government’s decision on refunding passengers.

“I’m concerned that people from the Canadian Transportation Agency have been acting in the interest of the airline industry instead of the public interest,” he said.

“We don’t know who, exactly, attended that meeting. But I doubt that someone interested in railways or wheat would have attended a meeting about airline vouchers.”

Neither the Canadian Transportation Agency nor Transport Canada responded to the Star’s requests for comment by press time.

FLYGTA Poised For a Strong Post Pandemic Future

TORONTO, June 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FLYGTA would like to announce the signing of a strategic service agreement with SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology. This agreement will bring FLYGTA the technology needed to expand sales and distribution at a global scale, as it strongly emerges from worldwide restrictions. The FLYGTA team and private jets have provided a continuum of service during the pandemic for all travellers affected by industry-wide flight cancellations. The resiliency of FLYGTA during these tough times has it strategically positioned for a strong post-pandemic future.

“This agreement with SITA will enable our strategic expansion into a market segment which has traditionally been inaccessible in the Global Distribution Systems, which will allow our international partnerships, and their distribution capabilities to thrive,” says Chris Nowrouzi, CEO, FLYGTA. “It’s a milestone that will bridge a major gap between the commercial and private aviation sectors, ultimately benefiting the global public with more options of air and tourism travel.”

About FLYGTA Group

FLYGTA Group is a modern-day solution for executives, tourists, and adventurers. Headquartered at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, FLYGTA Group offers air taxi routes, airplane tours, and executive charter services through FLYGTA Airlines, tour operations through Visit Canada, as well as travel agency services with FLYGTA Group has a strong focus on safety, disruptive technologies, and operational excellence.