Aviation Alberta continues to adapt and reach out to its membership, industry and government regulatory agencies to fulfill its objectives and meet the demands of changing times in the aviation, airports and aerospace sectors.
Recognizing this as a reality, Aviation Alberta continued a review of all services, activities and projects over the past year. The consensus across Alberta’s aviation spectrum is that the need for a strong provincial association prevails and that Aviation Alberta is the organization to fulfill that role. The ongoing support and vote of confidence from; individual members, recreational, corporate and commercial aviation interests along with small airport operators & aerospace companies has improved our overall effectiveness dramatically.
Going forward, our priorities continue to include; aviation education, training and flight safety, human resource development, small airport viability, advocacy, as well as participation in the regulatory review process. Another important step taken by us this year was to establish formal alliances and working agreements with other provincial and national aviation related associations. Leveraging these alliances will provide numerous systemic benefits to the membership and the industry as a whole. Formal alliances for cooperation have been established with;
- Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA),
- Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC),
- Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA)
- British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Aviation Councils.
- Aviation Alberta also continues to participate in the Canada West Aerospace Industry Association to receive and pass along important advances in Canada’s aerospace industry through a process of cooperation involving the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC).
As a stakeholder, Aviation Alberta on behalf of its membership, also played an active role in providing industry feedback on a variety of projects sponsored by:
- NAV Canada,
- Transport Canada,
- Alberta Transportation (Strategic Transportation Advisory Committee)
- The Alberta Oil Sands Secretariat.
- Western Economic Diversification
Specifically, Aviation Alberta has a representative sitting on an independent NAV Canada Advisory Committee, which reports regularly to the NAV Canada board of directors routinely making recommendations on a variety of operational issues. This provides a strong and effective voice for NAV Canada users in the region.
Organizing and facilitating a variety of aviation training & safety seminars, along with information sessions dealing with small airport viability in Alberta highlighted the association’s activities this year. We were successful in encouraging the Alberta Government to review the small airports strategy and incorporate it into a larger further reaching transportation strategy that will reinforce the need for a viable community airport structure in Alberta. The venerable Alberta Air Facilities map, which has been in continuous production since 1966, was revised and published in 2013 and will be distributed to those renewing their memberships for 2014.
As a non-profit organization, with charitable status, Aviation Alberta continues to derive funding benefits from gaming events which support an ambitious educational scholarship program directed toward the Alberta Air Cadet association as well as providing financial support to students enrolled in aircraft maintenance engineering and flying training programs at various educational institutions in the Province.
Communication will be the most important resource that we have at our disposal in the coming year. Continuous publication of our E-Newsletter will allow Aviation Alberta to inform our membership and industry as a whole, in a timely and effective manner, on a variety of current aviation related issues with the simple “click” of a computer mouse. One can now “subscribe” to our E-Newsletters and automatically receive information not only on issues of the day but notices of coming events, seminars, meetings etc. For those members without email we can also send a hard copy of our newsletters/notices on request. We will also be offering positions for advertising in our E-Newsletter as well as our website. If you are not interested in receiving the newsletters please click the unsubscribe button on the cover page. You can also now PAY ONLINE.
We have incorporated a new pay online feature located on our website.
Lastly but most importantly the financial and operational success of Aviation Alberta’s efforts will depend solely on support from its membership. Membership Renewal Notices have been mailed out this week. Please take time to fill out your renewal form and mail it in or PAY ONLINE.
Without the support of its membership Aviation Alberta simply would not exist or continue. A strong membership also is vital in evoking positive change in the regulatory environment while insuring that the economic success of the industry is not impeded by onerous and punitive regulatory oversight. Alberta’s aviation community can look forward in the coming year to a vibrant, active and effective association, which is focused and dedicated to serving the best interests of the aviation industry in Alberta. We are always interested in your opinions, thoughts and ideas so we welcome any comments on how we can continue to best represent the industry in Alberta. Once again thank for your continuing support.