NAV CANADA announces a tentative agreement with PSAC

Ottawa, ON, Feb. 1, 2023 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) which represents 251 employees across Canada.

The tentative agreement is subject to the union ratification process. NAV CANADA will not be commenting until the agreement is ratified.

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada: Behind the Scenes at our New Restoration Facility

January 23, 2023


We recently made a visit to our new off-site restoration facility to see what our loyal volunteers are working on. Read on to find out what’s happening…

Final touches on the Bellanca Aircruiser restoration
Bellanca Aircruiser CF-AWR, 1935 and 2023

Spot the difference! What’s missing from the Bellanca in the present-day photo on the right? If you guessed engine cowling and wheel pants, you’re right!

Before aircraft had retractable landing gear, wheel pants were used to reduce drag, protect the wheels and struts, and improve speed. The aircraft cowling also reduces drag and cools the engine.

The team is working hard to fabricate these two components for our Bellanca Aircruiser so it can be fully restored to match its original condition.

Pedal planes

Shawn Romas is one of our restoration team volunteers and he’s a man of many talents. Aside from helping to fix up aircraft for the museum, he’s been busily working on a fleet of kids’ pedal planes.

These fun, ride-on toys are built to resemble our de Havilland Tiger Moth, the first aircraft to greet you when you enter the Royal Aviation Museum.

Each has been given call letters that memorialize a past restoration volunteer, a squadron number, and a serial number. Shawn even made gauges for each plane.

So, what’s the plan for these pedal planes?

As soon as the weather allows it, Estelle Regnier—the same artist who painted the beautiful murals under our Musketeer and in our Galaxy Exploration Zone—will paint an outdoor track in Aviation Plaza. Once the pedal planes are roadworthy, they’ll be made available to our young visitors!

Wind T (aka “Mr. T”)

Dubbed “Mr. T” by our restoration team, our landing T recently made the trek to our new restoration facility nearby.

A landing tee is one type of visual wind indicator. They’re erected at certain airports to indicate wind direction. When facing into the wind, the wind tee swings with the wind, making the letter “T” readable.

Visual wind indicators can be used to identify wind direction when Air Traffic Control reports are unavailable or if the information on a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) may be unreliable.[1]

After sitting in storage for many years, Mr. T needs a lot of TLC. He’s got some dents and dings, some rust, and a few missing parts.

This is one of the projects our restoration team will be working on over the winter. Hopefully, you’ll see Mr. T all fixed up and next to the Voodoo in the coming months.

Fox Moth/Oster/Fairchild F-24
de Havilland Fox Moth, Taylorcraft Auster, Fairchild F-24

Some of our aircraft are still in storage throughout the province, but there are three in our restoration facility that are almost ready for display: the de Havilland Fox Moth, the Taylorcraft Auster, and the Fairchild F-24.

Will one or all of these make an appearance in our museum soon? Stay tuned to find out!

[1] https://www.halibrite.com/wind-cones/essential-guide-to-wind-direction-indicators/

NAV CANADA reports December traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 23, 2023 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of December 2022, as measured in weighted charging units for enroute, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year and to its 2019 fiscal year. A fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.

In December 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 13.2 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, December 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 9.5 percent.

Weighted charging units represent a traffic measure that reflects the number of billable flights, aircraft size and distance flown in Canadian airspace and is the basis for movement-based service charges, which comprise the vast majority of the Company’s air traffic revenue.

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

NAV CANADA advances its Digital Facility Initiative

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 18, 2023 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA is pleased to announce that Kingston, Ontario has been selected as the site for a digital facility under its multi-year Digital Aerodrome Air Traffic Services (DAATS) program.

In place of a traditional out-the-window view from flight service stations and air traffic control towers, digital facilities will use high resolution optical sensors, external microphones, and other sensors to capture what is happening at an airport.

The live video and data feed, transmitted through secure, reliable networks, will provide a visual presentation of airport activity on a set of large video screens at the digital facility for use by air traffic service personnel in the provision of safe and efficient services.

“Digital facilities provide an opportunity to re-imagine how we deliver service, and where we deliver it from, allowing NAV CANADA to respond effectively and efficiently to changes in airport traffic demand,” said Mark Cooper, Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer. “NAV CANADA will leverage technology to continue to provide safe and efficient service levels, increasing resiliency and supporting the aviation industry’s sustainability recovery targets.”

This digital facility serving the local Kingston Airport will be used to refine and evaluate technology and operating procedures. This work will provide a foundation for the creation of a potential digital hub in Kingston that would provide air traffic services to airports in other communities starting in four- to six-years’ time.

“The city of Kingston is excited to be invited to participate in NAV CANADA’s new Digital Facility program and we look forward to working together to introduce this advanced technology at Kingston Airport.” said Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston. “We believe this collaboration will bring benefits to the aviation community across Canada and Kingston in particular.”

The transition to a digital capability opens new opportunities to incorporate new functionality, such as infrared video that increases situational awareness in low visibility conditions and onscreen data tags containing flight information.

The modern digital hubs will be designed for flexibility, ease of maintenance, and enhanced contingency while enhancing NAV CANADA’s employee experience and driving common processes, procedures, technology and training.

By late 2022 there were more than 65 airports in more than 30 countries that have Digital facilities in operation, under development or in feasibility study, out of which 16 airports are already operational and handling day-to-day air traffic.

The DAATS program is one of NAV CANADA’s strategic direction initiatives being implemented to enhance safety, improve services to customers and drive long term resiliency and sustainability.

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Backgrounder Digital Facilities 

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

NAV CANADA announces first quarter financial results

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2022.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2023, the Company saw air traffic levels, as measured in weighted charging units(1), increase 30.7% on a year over year basis. In comparison to pre-pandemic levels in fiscal 2019 however, weighted charging units were 8.7% lower. The Company’s revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was $435 million, compared to $345 million over the same period in fiscal 2022.

The Company had positive free cash flow(2) of $127 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 as compared to $18 million in the same period in fiscal 2022. During the quarter, the Company repurchased $119 million of its General Obligation Notes and Revenue Bonds, ending the quarter with a cash balance of $395 million.

“The recent growth in air traffic levels enabled early repayment of a portion of the Company’s long-term debt. It is important for NAV CANADA to reduce its debt level to allow for capacity to borrow in the future,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 were $348 million as compared to $337 million over the same period in fiscal 2022.

“As we continue to support the aviation industry in moving towards a sustained recovery, NAV CANADA is focused on working with our partners to address industry challenges. It is critical that we maintain NAV CANADA’s momentum of strategic investment to increase capacity, enhance safety and efficiency and manage system costs,” said Raymond G. Bohn.

Net other income and expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 were a net expense of $26 million as compared to a net expense of $24 million over the same period in fiscal 2022.

The Company had a net income (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $61 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 as compared to a net loss of $16 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022.

The Company is subject to legislation that regulates its approach to setting charges. The timing of the recognition of certain revenue and expenses recovered through charges is recorded through movements in regulatory deferral accounts. The net movement in regulatory deferral accounts for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 was an expense of $71 million as compared to an expense of $41 million over the same period in fiscal 2022. This change in regulatory deferrals is primarily due to an increase in favourable rate stabilization adjustments of $19 million and an $11 million net decrease in adjustments required to align the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting. As at November 30, 2022, the rate stabilization account had a balance of $496 million to be recovered from customers through future customer service charges.

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The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended November 30, 2022 can be found at:

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace. The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

NAV CANADA reports a special flight departing from the North Pole

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 23, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA reports that a flight plan for an aircraft departing from the North Pole with millions of destinations in Canada and around the world is scheduled for December 24, 2022.

NAV CANADA does not normally reveal the identity of pilots filing flight plans, but an unnamed elf confirmed, “The paperwork says Mr. Kris Kringle, but everyone knows him as Santa Claus.”

While the details are confidential, NAV CANADA has confirmed this is an enormous cargo aircraft packed with brightly coloured packages that will be flying at tremendous speeds guided only by a flashing red light.

“I remember that shiny red light, it guides the aircraft and makes its nose so bright – worked well one foggy Christmas Eve,” recalls one NAV CANADA employee.

NAV CANADA will be hard at work this Holiday season to make sure that air traffic control, flight information and advisory services are provided for this special flight and all other aircraft in Canadian airspace, as we do 365 days a year.

“On the eve before flight, NAV CANADA employees will settle in tight, anticipating a busy night, with lots of traffic in sight,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO. “Safe travels to all, and to all a good night.”

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

Discover Holiday Magic at the Ingenium Museums

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Ingenium- Canada’s museums of science and innovation, are offering unforgettable experiences this holiday season at our three museums in Ottawa. Family fun for all ages is waiting at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum between Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 and Sunday, January 8, 2023. There are so many activities to experience that will provide a day of affordable fun for the whole family.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Ingenium holiday graphic with a rocket flying across a starry sky, a robot hiding behind a pine tree, and a gingerbread person skating with three of the pine trees in the Ingenium colours of green, blue and red. (CNW Group/Ingenium)

There are so many activities to discover at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Skate on the outdoor rink or check out our exciting daily demonstrations. Learn some fun facts about Canadian tree farming and see a timeline of trends in tree-decorating history. Warm up inside the Demonstration Kitchen with homemade mint hot chocolate and snowball cookies, then make a seasonal greeting card in the craft corner. Cozy up in the Learning Centre to watch a family holiday movie.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Reach for the stars at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Climb aboard a “rocket” and travel to the Moon just like Canadian astronauts will do during upcoming Artemis Missions. Sit at the controls of a Cessna aircraft or create a space-inspired drawing to enter in our colouring contest for the chance to win a Cessna Flight with Ottawa Aviation Adventures. On January 6, don’t miss the opportunity to remotely drive a real rover with Mission Control Space Services and learn about the amazing technologies developed for future space missions.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

At the Canada Science and Technology Museum, revisit the past with retro games and activities. Create your own designs on our huge homemade Lite-Brite boards. Challenge yourself and others to a real-life oversized version of Tetris. Stroll through our interactive galleries, and try to spot objects you’ve seen in your grandparents’ homes. Then head over to our makerspace studio Exploratek to get crafty, and create a photographic print using the old-fashioned cyanotype process. Don’t miss the fun at the Demo Stage, where you can experience the Cryo-Genius show, then warm up with Pyro-Techno

This year, don’t miss the holiday magic at the Ingenium museums. Book your tickets today at ingeniumcanada.org.

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It’s lngenium Centre houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab. Our museums, digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world. Our mission is to bring science literacy and inspiration to Canadians of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

NAV CANADA reports November traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 16, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of November 2022, as measured in weighted charging units for enroute, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to its previous fiscal year and to its 2019 fiscal year (pre-pandemic). A fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.

In November 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 20.6 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, November 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 7.5 percent.

Weighted charging units represent a traffic measure that reflects the number of billable flights, aircraft size and distance flown in Canadian airspace and is the basis for movement-based service charges, which comprise the vast majority of the Company’s air traffic revenue.

About NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

Sunwing backs away from intention to hire temporary foreign pilots

TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Sunwing pilots are celebrating news the company has decided to abandon its intention to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to boost staffing levels.

“Our main concern from the get-go was training and safety,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “As a union, we expect rigorous analysis before an employer is allowed to use the TFWP. We’re pleased that Sunwing chose to back away from using TFWP and honour our collective agreement.”

Sunwing jets are parked on tarmac as pilots remain off the job due to travel restrictions (CNW Group/Unifor)
Sunwing jets are parked on tarmac as pilots remain off the job due to travel restrictions (CNW Group/Unifor)

Unifor launched a public campaign after it became aware of potential safety issues stemming from hiring pilots from countries with less rigorous training requirements.

The company is able to do this under the guise of professing there is a labour shortage, when the real issue is investing in training for local pilots.

In mid-October, Unifor sent letters to Sunwing President Len Corrado and to Steven West, the director of the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Those letters charged that Sunwing Airlines has not done enough to fill open positions by hiring permanent pilots within Canada. The union recommended that West deny the airline’s Temporary Foreign Worker applications.

The airline had planned on hiring roughly 65 foreign temporary pilots this winter to operate from various Canadian gateways, to alleviate worker shortage as pandemic restrictions ease and travel continues to ramp up. Sunwing had planned to pay the European pilots a higher rate than full-time Canadian Unifor pilots.

“Sunwing’s staffing shortages are not due to a lack of qualified applicants but are due to the company’s lack of willingness to sit down and address the concerns held by their employees,” said Barret Armann, President of Unifor Local 7378, which represents 450 Sunwing Pilots.

“We offered to work with the company this past summer to create a pathway that would have allowed for proper staffing for the winter flight program. Instead of looking for ways to create a competitive contract to attract pilots, Sunwing looked overseas for a quick fix.”

Unifor Local 7378 continues to look for mutually beneficial solutions that will minimize any disruption over the winter period.

Unifor represents 16,000 members across Canada in the aviation sector, including 550 members who work for Swissport, a contract company doing work for Sunwing in Vancouver and Toronto.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.