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.

NAV CANADA joins United Nations Global Compact

OTTAWA, ON, April 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Coinciding with Earth Day, NAV CANADA today announced its commitment to joining the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. 

“Today, on Earth Day, we are reiterating our commitment to a sustainable future,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO. “At NAV CANADA, we believe in strong corporate and social governance and forming partnerships to reduce aviation’s environmental impacts. Our culture, governance and business practices are aligned with the principles of the UN Global Compact.” 

The UN Global Compact provides an international framework for companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on environment, human rights, labour, and anti-corruption, and to take actions for a better, safer, more inclusive society for everyone. 

NAV CANADA’s commitment to the UN Global Compact is a milestone in the development of its Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategy. This initiative will guide how NAV CANADA measures and communicates progress, while shaping and leveraging best practices that will reduce environmental impacts and ensure social responsibility and strong governance.

“We are committed to formally integrating the UN Global Compact and its principles into the culture strategy, and day-to-day operations,” Bohn said. “We will engage in collaborative projects to advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly in the area where we have the greatest potential for impact: sustainable development goals.”

As part of the framework, NAV CANADA commits to report on progress within one year of joining the UN Global Compact, and annually thereafter, according to the UN Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP) policy. 

 “In conjunction with initiatives in NAV CANADA’s Strategic Direction, our new ESG framework will not only drive operational efficiency of our customers, but also look at our own direct environmental footprint,” Bohn said.

NAV CANADA’s new, long term Strategic Direction includes three core initiatives, including Airspace Modernization, Trajectory Based Operations and Digital Facilities. These interconnected initiatives will guide NAV CANADA into the future, transform how it delivers service over the long term and provides value for customers and stakeholders. These initiatives will help NAV CANADA create a more resilient and sustainable air navigation system, and drive efficiency benefits resulting in reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 

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 March traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, April 14, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of March 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 March 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 77.9 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, March 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 24.2 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 announces second quarter financial results

OTTAWA, ON, April 7, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three and six months ended February 28, 2022.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company saw air traffic levels, as measured in weighted charging units, increase 68.9% on a year over year basis. The Company’s revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $313 million, compared to $179 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 25.7% lower.

“Air traffic in the second quarter remained well below pre-pandemic levels though steadily higher than the same period of the previous year, despite the peak of the Omicron wave. The gradual easing of restrictions and high vaccination rates provide positive signals that are supportive of continued air traffic recovery as the summer travel season approaches. At the same time, the aviation industry must remain prepared for volatility relating to the conflict in Ukraine, the fact that COVID-19 remains a risk globally and the added burden on operators of rising fuel costs,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO.

“The current environment further highlights the importance of our strategic direction that is focussed on improving the Company’s resilience and enhancing safety, efficiency and operational predictability over the long-term to better serve our customers, meet future demand and reduce the industry’s environmental impacts. Modernizing our surveillance capability with the recently announced roll out of Canada’s ADS-B Out Performance Requirements mandate within domestic airspace will be a key building block of our future air navigation system.”

Operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 were $350 million as compared to $316 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase is largely due to the end of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program in October 2021 along with an increase in overtime costs as traffic volume recovers.

Net other income and expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 were a net expense of $29 million as compared to a net expense of $40 million over the same period in fiscal 2021, largely due to lower interest costs related to employee benefits and long-term debt and lower foreign exchange losses primarily related to the Company’s investment in preferred interests of Aireon LLC.

The Company had a net loss (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $66 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to a net loss of $179 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2021.

The Company had positive free cash flow of $28 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to negative free cash flow of $139 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The positive free cash flow is attributable to receipts from customer service charges exceeding cash flows for operating and capital expenditures, as well as receipts from the sale of the Company’s investment in Searidge Technologies Inc. during the quarter. The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $367 million.

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 second quarter of fiscal 2022 was an expense of $35 million as compared to income of $122 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. This change in regulatory deferrals is primarily due to unfavourable rate stabilization adjustments of $5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to unfavourable adjustments of $81 million for the same period in fiscal 2021, along with a net decrease of $11 million in adjustments to align the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting.

Associated Links

The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended February 28, 2022 can be found at:

Financial Statements
Management’s Discussion and Analysis

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.

NAV CANADA reports February traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of February 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 February 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 69.9 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, February 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 29.3 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 January traffic figures

February 14, 2022

NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of January 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 January 2022 weighted charging units were higher on average by 67.4 percent compared to the same month in 2021. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, January 2022 weighted charging units were lower on average by 28.2 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.

New ADS-B Mandate to enhance aircraft operations in Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 11, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada is leveraging advanced surveillance capabilities to enhance safety and efficiency by implementing a new mandate that will require aircraft operators flying in certain domestic airspace to meet Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Performance Requirements.

ADS-B uses Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to calculate an airplane’s precise location, speed, and direction. This information is transmitted twice per second, providing greater situational awareness for air traffic controllers. It also provides increased flexibility to accommodate airline and customer preferred routes.

The mandate will come into effect in Class A and B Canadian airspace above 12,500 feet on February 23, 2023.

“ADS-B is a foundational building block for our future airspace and operations,” said Raymond G. Bohn, President and CEO of NAV CANADA. “The Canadian equipage mandate − when combined with NAV CANADA’s space-based surveillance capabilities − will enhance safety and service.”

“The aviation sector plays an essential role in connecting Canadians to each other and the world,” said the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. “We welcome advancements and innovation that enhance the safety and environmental sustainability of our transportation networks and supply chains.”

The equipage requirements of Canada’s ADS-B mandate 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.

Space-based ADS-B is already being used and delivering safety and efficiency benefits to suitably equipped aircraft over Hudson Bay, the North Atlantic and in domestic airspace above 29,000 feet in Canada. In December 2021, NAV CANADA began providing service to appropriately equipped aircraft below 29,000 feet in the Montreal Flight Information Region and plans to expand to the Edmonton and Winnipeg Flight Information Regions later this year, prior to the mandate going into effect in 2023.

Future implementation of a mandate in areas within Class C, D and E will leverage a phased approach to help achieve the maximum benefits of a performance-based mandate for Canadian airspace. Aircraft operators and owners will have adequate time to meet the equipage requirements to use space-based ADS-B technology across the country. Implementation in these classes of airspace, to occur no sooner than 2026, will be determined pending further assessment.

About the ADS-B mandate

To meet the ADS-B out 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.

Associated Links

To learn more about the safety and efficiency benefits being realized through the use of space-based ADS-B and the requirements for equipage please visit our website https://www.navcanada.ca/en/air-traffic/space-based-ads-b/ads-b-performance-requirements.aspx

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 December traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 17, 2022 /CNW/ -NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of December 2021, 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 2021 weighted charging units increased by an average of 69.4 percent compared to the same month in 2020. As compared to the same month in fiscal 2019, December 2021 weighted charging units decreased by an average of 20.1 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.

NAV CANADA announces first quarter financial results

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 12, 2022 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2021.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company saw air traffic levels, as measured in weighted charging units, increase 68.7% on a year over year basis. The Company’s revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $345 million, compared to $202 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 30.1% lower.

“While air traffic remained well below pre-pandemic levels during the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we have observed positive signs of air traffic recovery. We remain cautiously optimistic, but as demonstrated by recently imposed travel restrictions, the aviation industry continues to face uncertainty and as such, we continue to take a measured approach to spending; positioning ourselves to support the post-pandemic recovery in air travel, while strategically investing in the long-term future of NAV CANADA,” said Raymond Bohn, President and CEO. “Looking forward, we have launched a new Strategic Direction designed to transform air navigation services which, along with the skills and support of our talented workforce, will keep pace with the evolving needs of our customers, partners, and stakeholders and support the aviation industry’s environmental efforts; while continuing to ensure that the safety of air traffic in Canadian airspace remains our top priority.”

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 were $337 million as compared to $309 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase is largely due to an overall increase in compensation costs primarily as a result of lower receipts from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Net other income and expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 were a net expense of $24 million as compared to a net expense of $31 million over the same period in fiscal 2021, largely due to lower net interest expense relating to employee benefits.

The Company had a net loss (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $16 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to a net loss of $138 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

The Company had positive free cash flow of $18 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. This compares to negative free cash flow of $146 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. Receipts from customer service charges exceeded cash flows for operating expenses and capital expenditures, and the Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $335 million.

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 2022 was an expense of $41 million as compared to income of $68 million over the same period in fiscal 2021. This change in regulatory deferrals is primarily due to favourable rate stabilization adjustments of $59 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to unfavourable adjustments of $42 million for the same period in fiscal 2021, along with an $8 million net decrease in adjustments to align the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting.

Associated Links

The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended November 30, 2021 can be found at:

Financial Statements
Management’s Discussion and Analysis

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.

Weather forces large Alaska-bound cargo plane to land in Whitehorse

From CBC News – link to source story

Airport staff accommodated the aircraft that had been traveling from Seoul

Luke Carroll · CBC News · December 27, 2021

Bad weather conditions forced a Western Global cargo airplane to land at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport on Dec. 26. (Submitted by Simon Blakesley.)

Whitehorse residents passing the airport on Boxing Day afternoon may have noticed a large and unusual visitor. 

This was a Western Global cargo aircraft that was forced to divert from its route to Alaska due to poor weather and land at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

Simon Blakesley is an aviation photographer who was about to go for his annual Boxing Day walk around 1 p.m., when he heard the aircraft would be arriving on a radio scanner. 

“I heard the Western Global call … on the airport tower frequency, which, Western Global? I don’t think they’ve ever come to Whitehorse before for any reason,” he said. “So that just made my ears prick, that ‘why would a Western Global freighter aircraft like that be talking to our control tower?’ “

Western Global Airlines is a Florida-based air cargo transportation service. 

Blakesley said once he realized the plane would be landing, he grabbed his camera gear — which he always keeps close — and headed straight to the airport. He said he missed the landing, but arrived in time to take some photos of the aircraft on the tarmac. 

“It is one of the biggest that I’ve seen here,” Blakesley said of the cargo plane. 

Nigel Cripps, the airport manager, said Nav Canada was notified of the arrival about 30 minutes before the aircraft landed. 

The cargo aircraft, known as McDonnell Douglas MD-11, was traveling from Seoul to Anchorage, Alaska. 

Cripps said bad weather around Alaska meant it needed a different place to land. 

As the aircraft was arriving internationally, Cripps notified border services. He said Air North ramp staff then assisted the arriving airplane with its landing.

Josh Clark is Air North’s director of charter, fixed base operations, and corporate. 

Clark said Air North has a fixed base operation at the Whitehorse airport that offers supports, including de-icing and refueling, to planes landing for whatever reason.

“They’re northern based, they’re highly trained,” he said. “Their key goal every day is to ensure safe and reliable operations… whether it’s a scheduled or unscheduled arrival. They marshal the aircraft in and make sure it’s on the ground safely and basically tuck it in.”

As Whitehorse is on a popular flight path, Cripps said these types of situations can happen every few years.   

“Generally as an airport, we’re well equipped to handle most situations,” he said. 

The international status of the airport has added benefits for pilots who find themselves in any sort of emergency situation in the North, as it has a large runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft — like the Western Global one. 

Cripps said the arrival did make for an eventful Boxing Day and credited everyone who helped with the situation, which included the airfield maintenance staff who braved blowing snow and cold temperatures. 

“I think all the people involved handled it really well,” he said. 

Cripps said the aircraft was still at the Whitehorse airport as of Monday morning, but he expects it will depart by the end of the day.