Updated Timeline for ADS-B Performance Mandate in Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 2, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today confirmed that due to supply chain impacts related to the COVID pandemic, the previously announced implementation dates for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Performance Mandate have been adjusted for Class A and B airspace.

In coordination with Transport Canada, the state regulator, new dates have been developed in a manner reflective of customer feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate transponder, as well as current equipage levels in each class of airspace.

As a result, the mandate will come into effect as follows:

  • Class A Canadian airspace on August 10, 2023
  • Class B Canadian airspace on May 16, 2024
  • Class C, D and E to occur no sooner than 2026 and will be determined pending further assessment.

In February 2022, NAV CANADA announced Canada’s plan to implement ADS-B Out mandate to enhance aircraft operations in domestic airspace – requiring aircraft operators flying in certain domestic airspace to meet ADS-B Out Performance Requirements.

Following the announcement and after considerable industry engagement with Transport Canada and industry stakeholders, NAV CANADA is confirming new official start dates to allow customers adequate time to equip.

“The valuable input we have received from our stakeholders and partners on the Canadian ADS-B mandate indicates that later dates for the mandate requirement are warranted as the industry continues to navigate the ongoing impacts to supply chains due to the pandemic,” said Jeff Dawson, Assistant Vice President, Operational Support. “We are taking these steps to ensure customers have adequate time to comply with mandate equipage requirements.”

“What we are seeing in terms of equipage is very encouraging – rates in Class A airspace are at 95 per cent, while those in Class B airspace are above the 88 per cent mark and growing steadily.”

The equipage requirements of Canada’s approach to the implementation of the ADS-B are in line with a growing number of other countries in the world, and the adoption of satellite-based surveillance technology ensures long-term alignment with the global aviation system.

About the ADS-B Out Performance Requirements Mandate

To meet the ADS-B Out Performance Mandate, aircraft will be required to:

  • Be equipped with an appropriate transponder with ADS-B out capabilities and performance with the applicable standard of Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-260B, “Minimum Operational Performance Standards”, or newer.
  • Have antenna capability for broadcast toward space-based ADS-B receivers emitting 1090 MHz extended squitter. This requirement can be met either through antenna diversity (the use of a top and bottom antenna) or with a single antenna that is capable of transmitting both towards the ground and up towards satellites.

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 June traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, July 15, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of June 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 June 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 107.3 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, June 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 12.8 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 announces third quarter financial results

OTTAWA, ON, July 8, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2022.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company saw air traffic levels, as measured in weighted charging units, increase 95.3% on a year over year basis. The Company’s revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was $381 million, compared to $196 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. However, in comparison to the same period in fiscal 2019 (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic), weighted charging units were 19.4% lower.

The Company had negative free cash flow of $21 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to negative free cash flow of $140 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The negative free cash flow is attributable to capital expenditures exceeding operating cash inflows. The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $321 million.

“During the third quarter, NAV CANADA was focused on meeting service delivery demands as air traffic levels continued to increase while progressing on our strategic plan to improve the Company’s resilience and provide longer-term value for stakeholders. A key component of our strategic plan is consideration of our employees and collaborating closely with partners, customers and other key stakeholders,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 were $361 million as compared to $305 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase is largely due to the end of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program in addition to an increase in overtime costs as traffic levels recover.

Net other income and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 were a net expense of $28 million as compared to a net expense of $86 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company recorded a $36 million (U.S. $30 million) non-cash reduction to the fair value of its investment in preferred interests of Aireon LLC (Aireon). Lower foreign exchange losses in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 primarily related to the Company’s investment in Aireon also led to the decrease in net expense.

The Company had a net loss (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to a net loss of $186 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021.

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 third quarter of fiscal 2022 was income of $3 million as compared to income of $194 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. This change in regulatory deferrals is primarily due to favourable rate stabilization adjustments of $20 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to unfavourable adjustments of $119 million for the same period in fiscal 2021, along with a net decrease of $52 million in adjustments to align the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting.

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The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2022 can be found at:

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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 has been 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.

Government of Canada invests in projects to improve supply chain efficiency for Canadian airlines across the country

Transport Canada

TORONTO, June 29, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s trade corridors, which support our supply chains, help grow our economy and ensure its recovery, while creating good, middle-class jobs.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced close to $105 million for three new projects with NAV CANADA under the National Trade Corridors Fund. These projects will help improve supply chain efficiency for Canadian airlines across the country.

The Government of Canada will contribute:

  • Up to $39.2 million to provide new technology to improve the reliability, safety, and performance of Canada’s air transportation system, especially in the event of extreme weather and in remote communities. NAV CANADA will contribute $59.7 million toward the project, for a total investment of $98.9 million.
  • Up to $34.5 million to implement technology to improve air traffic management. The proposed project would also allow for the implementation of drone traffic management services to monitor and control drone operations in Canada’s airspace. NAV CANADA will contribute $50.7 million toward the project, for a total investment of $85.2 million.
  • Up to $31.2 million to improve the technology and infrastructure at four major airports (Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport) to respond to increased air traffic demand. The project will reduce flying time, decrease aircraft fuel consumption, increase the movement of cargo, and provide more efficiencies to meet the growing demand at these airports. For this project, NAV CANADA will contribute $45.8 million, which represents a total investment of $77 million.

Through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in well-functioning trade corridors to help Canadians compete in key global markets, trade more efficiently with international partners, and to keep Canadian supply chains competitive and resilient. It represents a long-term commitment to work with stakeholders on strategic infrastructure projects to address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors.

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“An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada’s economic growth. Our government, through the National Trade Corridors Fund, is making investments that will support the flow of goods across Canada’s supply chains now and into the future. These three NAV CANADA projects will improve the efficiency and flow of air cargo in Canada by reducing bottlenecks at the major hubs which cause delays across the entire aviation network. A more efficient movement of goods is beneficial to Canada’s economy and to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra  
Minister of Transport 

“We are very proud of the key role we play, in partnership with our industry partners, to keep Canada’s skies safe. These important investments will accelerate innovation and deliver significant safety, environmental and economic benefits through a seamless, space-enabled, digitally enhanced air navigation system to address future growth in air travel and provide greater value to Canadians.”

Raymond G. Bohn 
President and CEO, NAV CANADA 

Quick Facts

  • The National Trade Corridors Fund is a competitive, merit-based program designed to help infrastructure owners and users invest in the critical transportation assets that support economic activity in Canada. Under this program, a total of $4.6 billion over 11 years (2017-2028) has been announced.
  • Budget 2022 proposes $450 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to support supply chain projects through the National Trade Corridors Fund, which will help ease the movement of goods across Canada’s transportation networks.
  • Transport Canada delivers the National Trade Corridors Fund, which supports improvements to Canada’s roads, rail, air, and marine shipping routes to foster domestic and international trade.

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NAV CANADA to evaluate iTEC

OTTAWA, ON, June 22, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today announced it is commencing a 12-month evaluation of iTEC in collaboration with NATS, Avinor and Indra.   

This initial agreement will provide NAV CANADA the opportunity to evaluate the benefits and innovations inherent in a collaboratively developed platform. The evaluation will include:

  • The deployment of an evaluation version of the iTEC FDP into the NAV CANADA Trajectory Based Operations test facility in Ottawa
  • The evaluation of the Indra iACM air traffic flow management product as part of an enhanced focus on network management capabilities in Canada
  • The long-term potential for the iTEC FDP and iTEC controller working position to replace the current NAV CANADA developed ATM system called CAATS

The iTEC consortium comprises seven of the most important European ANSPs, which collaboratively develop a common system together with the Technology Partner Indra, sharing investments and R&D efforts. In the coming years, iTEC will support the largest network of Air Traffic Control Centers in Europe, managing two thirds of Europe’s air traffic and providing the technology to materialize significant savings in flight time, fuel and running costs. NATS is a founding member of iTEC and is closely cooperating with Avinor in the NATS iTEC System Group.

“NAV CANADA has a long history of innovation and partnership in the deployment of best-in-class technologies,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO. “As the global aviation sector evolves to meet the demands of the future – for air travel, for operational efficiency and environmental sustainability – leveraging partnerships and collaboration are key.”

“Many ANSPs worldwide are facing similar technology and operational opportunities, challenges and needs and we are excited to be able to work with Indra and NATS to see if iTEC can meet our needs,” said Bohn.

“While our participation is very much at an evaluation phase, this aligns with our strategic direction as we modernize our air traffic management platforms towards Trajectory-Based operations that will benefit our customers and stakeholders.”

Ignacio Mataix, Indra CEO, said: “This agreement with NAV CANADA boosts the strength of iTEC Alliance; its collaboration spirit takes a leap forward and expands its frontiers demonstrating our involvement with the industry challenges beyond Europe. We are convinced that iTEC, which is already being used to manage some of the most complex skies in Europe, will definitely meet NAV CANADA expectations.”

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.

About Indra

Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport, Air Traffic and Defence markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait.

About NATS   

NATS is the UK’s principal air navigation services provider and is split into two main businesses, which provide two distinct services: 

NATS (En Route) plc (NERL) — the regulated business, which provides air traffic management services to aircraft within UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic; and 

NATS (Services) Ltd (NSL) — the unregulated business, which provides air traffic control services at many of the UK’s major airports (13 civil and 7 military airfields) and other airports overseas. 

NATS provides aerodrome, data, engineering, capacity, efficiency and environmental performance solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, airlines, air traffic service providers and governments.    

NATS handled 661,000 flights in the UK in the last financial year (2020/21), a reduction of 73% reflecting Covid-19 travel restrictions. 

About Avinor

Avinor is a wholly-owned state limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and is responsible for 44 state-owned airports.

Avinor provides safe and efficient travels for around 50 million passengers annually, half of which travel to and from Oslo Airport.

Avinor Air Navigation Services AS provides aerodrome control and approach control services at airports, air traffic services in Norwegian airspace and maintenance and operation of the technical infrastructure for air navigation.

About iTEC

iTEC is a next-generation air traffic management system developed by Indra in collaboration with air navigation service providers in the UK (NATS), Spain (ENAIRE), Germany (DFS), the Netherlands (LVNL), Norway (Avinor), Poland (PANSA), and Lithuania (Oro Navigacija).

iTEC is currently deployed in several control centers including Prestwick in Scotland and Karlsruhe in Germany. In the coming years iTEC will be managing two thirds of Europe’s air traffic.

NAV CANADA reports May traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, June 16, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of May 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 May 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 117.4 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, May 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 14.7 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.

New air traffic control technology to cut delays and emissions at Toronto Pearson – Intelligent Approach

OTTAWA, ON, June 6, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA has become the first Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) in North America to deploy the time-based separation tool – Intelligent Approach.

Deployed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, this new technology adds additional tactical capacity across the airport’s five runways, and will help reduce delays, fuel burn and CO2 emissions, particularly in high wind conditions.

NATS (CNW Group/NAV CANADA)
Leidos (CNW Group/NAV CANADA)

NAV CANADA worked closely with its UK counterpart, NATS, and the science and technology leader Leidos, to successfully transition to the Intelligent Approach system on May 28. Intelligent Approach is a tool that helps deliver better on-time performance by optimising the spacing between arriving aircraft.

Jointly developed by NATS and Leidos, the system dynamically calculates the optimum time interval between arrivals based on live weather data and the aircraft type rather than relying on set distances. It then translates that into a graphical marker on a controller’s radar screen, helping to improve spacing consistency and maintain the landing rate even in strong headwinds.

Mark Cooper, Vice President, Chief Technology and Information Officer, NAV CANADA, said: “NAV CANADA continues to collaborate with key partners, such as NATS and Leidos, to bring about the innovations to our processes and systems, such as the Intelligent Approach at Toronto Pearson, that we need to increase our operational efficiency and effectiveness.”

Intelligent Approach was first introduced at Heathrow Airport in 2015, where the use of time-based separation, as a way of maintaining the landing rate, has cut headwind related delays by 62%.

Guy Adams, NATS Strategy and Commercial Director, said: “Delivering Intelligent Approach for Toronto during a global pandemic has been an enormous team effort across NAV CANADA, NATS and Leidos.”

“As the industry now begins to recover from the impact of Covid, it has never been more important for airports make the very best of their existing infrastructure. I look forward to Intelligent Approach delivering even better on time performance and operational resilience at Canada’s busiest airport.”

Graham Emmons, Vice President, Managing Director Civil UK at Leidos, said: “The collaboration on the Toronto deployment through the pandemic is testament to our partnership with NATS and the resilience of all those involved. We look forward to a successful and continued relationship with NAV CANADA.”

NATS and Leidos are also working with Dutch air traffic service provider, LVNL, to support the deployment of Intelligent Approach for Schiphol Airport.

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.

About NATS   

NATS is the UK’s principal air navigation services provider and is split into two main businesses, which provide two distinct services: 

NATS (En Route) plc (NERL) — the regulated business, which provides air traffic management services to aircraft within UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic; and 

NATS (Services) Ltd (NSL) — the unregulated business, which provides air traffic control services at many of the UK’s major airports (13 civil and 7 military airfields) and other airports overseas. 

NATS provides aerodrome, data, engineering, capacity, efficiency and environmental performance solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, airlines, air traffic service providers and governments.    

NATS handled 661,000 flights in the UK in the last financial year (2020/21), a reduction of 73% reflecting Covid-19 travel restrictions. 

For more information visit the NATS website at www.nats.aero

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets.

The company’s 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

NAV CANADA Celebrates 1st Anniversary of NAV Drone Deployment

OTTAWA, ON, June 2, 2022 /CNW/ – In 2020, NAV CANADA entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology partner in the deployment of a national system to provide digital services for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace. And in June 2021, exactly one year ago today, a central component of that system was launched: the NAV Drone app.

Today, the NAV Drone app has more than 20 000 users registered. The application has benefited the broader aviation system, as it reduces the risk of accidental incursions by Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operators through increased situational awareness for pilots and air traffic services personnel.

“The NAV Drone system is a key component of our national drone strategy, which signals our commitment to safely supporting this growing segment of airspace users,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and Chief Executive Officer, NAV CANADA. “It serves as an important building block towards an integrated RPAS Traffic Management environment.”

This fully digitized system is designed to support drone flights within visual line of sight. It also makes the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The application was developed to meet current regulations and will be updated as the regulatory environment evolves.

The NAV Drone system has an intuitive user interface that enables Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, and manage operations, pilots, and drone fleets.

NAV Drone has been used across the industry to support a wide range of missions, from inspections and photography to first responders and emergency services. Even the successful transport of a human lung for transplant between Toronto hospitals received permission to access controlled airspace through NAV Drone.

“We are proud of our partnership with NAV CANADA and what we have helped achieve this past year. The success of NAV Drone demonstrates further how Unifly, as a leading supplier of Unmanned Traffic Management solutions, is the ideal partner for national Air Navigation Service Providers and Civil Aviation Authorities,” said Andres Van Swalm, Co-Founder and CEO of Unifly.

As Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspace.

For more information on NAV Drone visit our website at NAV Drone.

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 kilometers 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.

About Unifly

Founded in 2015 by air traffic controllers, Unifly is the world leader in Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology. The Unifly platform connects authorities and drone pilots to safely and securely integrate drones into the airspace. By fully digitizing and automating drone traffic management, and by integrating manned and unmanned aviation systems, Unifly enables aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to safely address the exponential growth in air traffic generated by drones.

NAV CANADA reports April traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, May 13, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of April 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 April 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 89.7 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, April 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 19.8 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.