NAV CANADA reports August traffic figures

OTTAWAON, Sept. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of August 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. 

In August 2021 weighted charging units increased by an average of 66.9 percent compared to the same month in 2020. As compared to the same month in 2019, August 2021 weighted charging units decreased by an average of 42.2 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 July traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of July 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. 

In July 2021 weighted charging units increased by an average of 52.3 percent compared to the same month in 2020. As compared to the same month in 2019, July 2021 weighted charging units decreased by an average of 50.6 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 retirement of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

OTTAWA, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today announced the planned retirement of Alexander (Sandy) N. Struthers, effective December 31, 2021.

Sandy joined NAV CANADA in November 2016 as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. He provided executive leadership and direction to the Finance Department, overseeing the finance function including the issuance of public debt in support of the Company’s capital and operating programs.

“I would like to thank Sandy for his outstanding service as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer over the past five years,” said Raymond Bohn, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA.

More recently during the COVID pandemic, Sandy helped secure the financial footing to navigate the company through the most difficult financial period in its history.

“The Board of Directors, Executive Management Committee and all employees wish him well in his well-earned retirement,” added Bohn.

A successor will be announced by NAV CANADA in due course.

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.

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NAV CANADA reports June traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, July 16, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of June 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. 

In June 2021 weighted charging units increased by an average of 45.4 percent compared to the same month in 2020. As compared to the same month in 2019, June 2021 weighted charging units decreased by an average of 57.9 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 9, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2021.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company saw air traffic levels, as measured in weighted charging units(1), increase 1.6% on a year over year basis. However, in comparison to the same period in fiscal 2019 (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic), movement-based air traffic has decreased 58.7%. The pandemic began impacting air traffic levels in mid-fiscal 2020 and since then, movement-based air traffic has continued to trend well below the quarterly levels seen in fiscal 2019.

The Company’s revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was $196 million, compared to $159 million over the same period in fiscal 2020. The increase in revenue reflects both the year over year increase in third quarter air traffic levels as well as the increase in customer service charges, whereby base rates increased on average by 29.5%, effective September 1, 2020. As compared to fiscal 2019 however, revenue for the third quarter remains significantly lower.

“While there is still a significant degree of uncertainty, there have been a number of positive indicators that an industry recovery is forthcoming” said Raymond Bohn, President and CEO. “With air carriers restoring routes, increased vaccination rates, anticipated reductions in travel restrictions and growing travel demand there is optimism that air traffic will continue to rise. NAV CANADA is taking all necessary steps to ensure it is well positioned to support an industry recovery and to ensure the continued safety of our airspace.”

Operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 were $305 million as compared to $351 million over the same period in fiscal 2020. The reduction is largely due to an overall decrease in compensation costs and included higher receipts from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.

Net other income and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 were a net expense of $86 million as compared to a net expense of $129 million over the same period in fiscal 2020. 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, for accounting purposes, as compared to a reduction of $112 million (U.S. $82 million) recorded in the same period in fiscal 2020. The reduced fair value reflects the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global aviation industry. The fluctuation of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar has also resulted in unrealized foreign exchange losses in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to unrealized foreign exchange gains in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

The Company had a net loss (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $186 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 as compared to a net loss of $294 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

The Company had negative free cash flow(2) of $140 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 as cash flows for operating expenses and capital expenditures exceeded receipts from customer service charges. The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $404 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 third quarter of fiscal 2021 was income of $194 million as compared to income of $280 million over the same period in fiscal 2020. This change in regulatory deferrals is primarily due to lower rate stabilization adjustments of $50 million and lower adjustments to align the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting of $36 million.

Associated Links

The Company’s Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended May 31, 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.

Water salute welcomes Air Canada back to West Kootenay Regional Airport

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Air Canada has resumed flights at the West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline

Link to video: Air Canada has resumed flights to Castlegar

BETSY KLINE | Jun. 28, 2021

Air Canada made its return to Castlegar Monday, June 28 under a water salute from the Castlegar Fire Department (CFD).

CFD greeted the airline’s 78 passenger Dash 8-Q400 plane under the hot sun at the West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA).

This mark’s the beginning of the Q-400’s service to the airport. Previously Air Canada flew the smaller 50 passenger Dash 8-300 into Castlegar.

The first flight was about half full and hints that travel may be increasing as provincial health orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic ease.

The Air Canada Express flights will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

WKRA future

The Q400 is the plane that the City of Castlegar has been hoping Air Canada would switch to for the route because of its ability to work with the flight management system that could potentially lower the minimum cloud ceiling required for take offs and landings.

For more than four years, the city has been working with aviation experts on a plan to increase reliability at the airport. A 2017 report by Jeppesen Aviation proposed a Required Navigation Performance (RNP) system as the answer.

RNP is used in many airports around the world. An RNP approach involves satellites and a flight management system in the aircraft that guides it on an approach it would not otherwise be able to take.

An RNP system consists of computer software developed by Nav Canada for a specific airport and run by the airline. It requires no additional airport equipment.

Before it could be introduced in Castlegar, it would need Transport Canada approval and Air Canada (or another airline) to agree to use the system and train its crew members.

Canadian authority warns operators over 5G risk to radio altimeters

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By David Kaminski-Morrow | 18 June 2021

Canadian authorities are warning operators of the potential risk of interference to radio altimeters arising from 5G communications networks, following auction of part of the frequency spectrum.

The country’s spectrum regulator, ISED, is auctioning the 3.45-3.65GHz band during June and will allow mobile wireless systems to operate in the adjacent 3.65-4GHz band in 2023.

But these frequencies are close to the 4.2-4.4GHz band used by radio altimeters, which provide a direct measurement of aircraft height above terrain during approach and other phases of flight at low altitude.

The US-based regulatory guidance organisation Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics produced an analysis of 5G interference in October last year, after the aviation industry expressed concerns to the US Federal Communications Commission during the 5G deployment process.

RTCA says its assessment included testing “many representative radio-altimeter models”, to determine their tolerance to 5G interference, and examination of “multiple real-world operational scenarios” for civil aircraft in which such interference might directly affect safety.

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Transport Canada has highlighted analysis pointing to risks from 5G interference

It concludes that there is a “major risk” that 5G systems using the 3.7-3.98GHz band “will cause harmful interference” to radio altimeters on “all types” of civil aircraft – including those operating commercial services.

“The results of the study performed clearly indicate that this risk is widespread and has the potential for broad impacts to aviation operations,” it adds.

Commercial air transport aircraft, it says, may be impacted by 5G at altitudes up to 4,000ft and at distances of just over 0.4nm from a 5G base station. It does state that adequate mitigation might be achieved by base-station deployments that take departure and approach flightpaths into account.

But the analysis shows a “much broader” operational impact for regional, business and general aviation, with interference levels exceeding tolerance limits across the majority of the relevant 2,500ft altitude range, at all tested lateral distances from the base station.

RTCA also found the impact was not limited only to intentional 5G system emissions in the 3.7-3.98GHz band but also spurious emissions from such systems within the protected 4.2-4.4GHz band.

Transport Canada says its attention has been drawn to the RTCA’s conclusions regarding disturbance to certain radio altimeters, notably at heights of less than 1,000ft, and is issuing a civil aviation safety alert to raise awareness of the potential risk.

It is also recommending precautionary operation measures ahead of confirmation of possible effects.

“The most undesirable outcome of interference is the indication of undetected wrong height information given by the radio altimeter,” it says.

“Depending on operations, equipment model and aircraft type, this kind of error could have significantly adverse impacts on flight safety.”

Transport Canada says operators should remind passengers and crews that all electronic devices should be carried in the cabin, on their person or in luggage. If these are placed in checked baggage, they should be turned off and protected from accidental activation.

All 5G personal devices carried should be turned off or set to non-transmitting modes, it adds, and any essential or emergency communications should be limited to 3G or 4G devices.

Transport Canada is also urging crews to report any disturbance to radio altimeters to air traffic control as soon as possible. Air navigation service Nav Canada and ISED are to provide guidance on reporting such events.

B.C. air traffic controllers warn post-pandemic staff shortages threaten safety, service

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Nav Canada insists passenger safety is not compromised at smaller airports

CBC News · Jun 16, 2021

The air traffic control tower at Kelowna International Airport was forced to shut down early twice in 2021, and transfer airspace control to overnight backup in Penticton. (YLW)

The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA)  is warning that staffing shortages, particularly at smaller regional and general aviation airports, is threatening airspace safety and flight service.

Nick von Schoenberg, Pacific regional vice-president for the union, says as post-pandemic air travel increases, and airlines reintroduce routes, the pressures on air controllers will only increase.

“I don’t want to scare people that are getting into airplanes,” von Schoenberg said. “But there’s a limit. You just can’t keep pushing people that far, or that hard, for that long, without there being some implication on the level of safety.”

Von Schoenberg points to tower operations at Kelowna International Airport as an example. Air traffic controllers were forced to shut down early twice this year, and transfer airspace control to flight services specialists in Penticton.

Seven controllers currently work at Kelowna tower, when von Schoenburg believes there should be an allotment of 10. 

Von Schoenburg also says Nav Canada, the privately run non-profit corporation that owns and runs Canada’s civil air navigation system, has reduced the number of air traffic controller shifts in Kelowna.

“A number of controllers were working the maximum of overtime,” von Schoenberg says. “The company has taken the step of reducing staffing from five shifts per day to four … that’s something we strongly disagree with.”

In a statement to CBC News, Nav Canada’s manager of media relations Brian Boudreau, said “procedures are in place to ensure the highest level of safety is always maintained across the air navigation system.”

Boudreau confirmed the unexpected early shutdowns of Kelowna tower, stating overnight operations are transferred to Penticton daily, and both pilots and controllers are familiar with protocols.

“In these two events, and in similar events, neither airport accessibility nor safety was compromised; this remains a priority for Nav Canada,” he said.

Nav Canada, the privately run non-profit corporation that owns and runs Canada’s civil air navigation system, insists safety and service has not been compromised by pandemic layoffs (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press )


Von Schoenberg says operations in Prince George, Whitehorse, Victoria and Vancouver are similarly short-staffed.

NavCanada struggling through pandemic

In January, Nav Canada reported a “staggering” decline in flights through 2020 due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air traffic plunged 60 per cent and revenues declined forcing the company to lay off at least 720 employees, almost 14 per cent of its workforce. The company also increased service fees by 30 per cent.

The company is now reversing some announced layoffs. 

This June, CBC news reported Nav Canada executives received some $7 million in bonuses in 2020. The company later announced the bonuses would be paid back after political and public outcry,

with file from CBC Kelowna’s Daybreak South

NAV CANADA reports May traffic figures

OTTAWA, ON, June 11, 2021 /CNW/ – NAV CANADA announced today its traffic figures for the month of May 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. 

In May 2021 weighted charging units increased by an average of 48.6 percent compared to the same month in 2020. As compared to the same month in 2019, May 2021 weighted charging units decreased by an average of 60.8 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 cancels surplus notices for air traffic controllers

June 4, 2021

NAV CANADA has been closely monitoring air traffic forecasts and is taking the necessary steps to ensure it has appropriate staffing to support the aviation industry recovery. Today, NAV CANADA has cancelled surplus notices to 41 air traffic controllers in area control centres in Gander, Moncton, Montreal and Edmonton. These air traffic controllers will remain on the job to provide vital air navigation services as the aviation industry begins its recovery.

“We are proactively taking this action to support our customers as they shift their focus to recovery. NAV CANADA remains ready and able to ensure the continued safety of Canada’s airspace as demand for air navigation services grows,” said Ray Bohn, President and CEO.

From the onset of the pandemic, NAV CANADA has been working to support safe operations and ensure the long-term sustainability of the Company. NAV CANADA’s workforce planning processes include multiple sources of information, including air traffic forecasts, which are designed to ensure that operations have the required resources to safely manage traffic throughout the pandemic, industry recovery and beyond. 

“NAV CANADA will play a pivotal role in the sector’s recovery and remains committed to protecting the safety of the travelling public now and in the future,” added Bohn.

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.