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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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.

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.

NAV CANADA launching public consultations on airspace enhancements around Vancouver International Airport

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA, in collaboration with Vancouver Airport Authority, has launched a public consultation on a proposal for airspace modernization surrounding Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The consultations will be an opportunity for the public to get information about the proposed changes and to provide their feedback on the NAV CANADA proposal.

NAV CANADA is proposing changes to approach procedures at YVR including the addition of new satellite-based procedures, known as Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR), and changes to existing arrival routes and procedures.

RNP AR is designed to provide aircraft with shorter, more direct routes on approach to YVR and is supported by a new International Civil Aviation Organization separation standard. This allows an aircraft’s flight management system and satellite positioning to fly a precise three-dimensional path, which is safe, efficient, and predictable.

These more efficient arrival procedures will reduce an aircraft’s flight time resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and some avoidance of residentially populated areas.  In some cases, aircraft arriving using the proposed RNP AR approach procedures from certain directions are estimated to overfly as many as 61,000 fewer people.

“The public consultations on the proposed airspace modernization for YVR is essential to the implementation of RNP AR, which will not only support environmental sustainability and reduce overflight of some residential areas but will also help meet future demand for air travel by improving operations at YVR,” said Terry Cruse, General Manager, Vancouver Flight Information Region, NAV CANADA.

“Proposed enhancements to the airspace around YVR will contribute to both operational efficiency and environmental sustainability at the airport, which will benefit travellers and our neighbouring communities,” said Mike McNaney, VP & Chief External Affairs Officer at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We look forward to the outcomes of this consultation and advancing this important work in collaboration with NAV CANADA.”

Public consultations will run from December 6, 2022, to February 3, 2023. This will include in-person, drop-in open house engagement sessions and online information sessions for those who cannot attend in person. To find out where and when these consultations will take place or to submit a question or to give feedback please visit www.navcanada.ca/VAMP.

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 YVR
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together and thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

Unifor air traffic controllers begin bargaining with Nav Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 3, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA), who are members of Unifor Local 5454, opened bargaining with Nav Canada this week in Ottawa.

“Our CATCA members provide critical services needed for safe travel in our country. They are professionals who see collective bargaining as a way to improve that service to Canadians,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Local 5454’s bargaining team are experienced and will be in our members’ corner every step of the way and ready to fight for a fair contract.”

CATCA bargaining team. (CNW Group/Unifor)
CATCA bargaining team. (CNW Group/Unifor)

The current collective agreement will expire on March 31, 2023.

CATCA members provide air traffic control services at Canadian towers and area control centres for flights departing and arriving within Canada and international flights transiting Canadian domestic airspace to other destinations across the globe.

“The strain on air traffic controllers has continued to increase post pandemic and has reached a crisis point,” said CATCA President Nick von Schoenberg. “This contract will be vital in re-establishing respect and appropriate protections for the workers in this crucial link in the aviation ecosystem and Canadian economy to ensure the aviation recovery can continue. Better support for ATC workers is vital and we are confident CATCA and Nav Canada will find a way to achieve that during these negotiations.”

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.

NAV CANADA reports October traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 17, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of October 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 October 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 32.3 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, October 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 8.2 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 reports September traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of September 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 September 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 38.5 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, September 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 10.1 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.