OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's aviation associations have joined
forces to create the Canadian Aviation Associations Forum (CAAF).
Citing a need to develop a new strategic framework to promote growth of
the aviation industry in Canada, the CAAF pledged to work with the
federal government to strengthen the industry. The forum's initiatives
include the promotion of a streamlined regulatory amendment process and
further implementation of performance based regulations that truly
benefit the Canadian aviation industry and the travelling public.
"Aviation associations are uniquely positioned to have their fingers on
the pulse of the issues that need to be addressed across the country.
Together, we play an essential role in ensuring Canada's air services
network is effective and can facilitate national economic activity and
commerce", said George Petsikas, President, National Airlines Council
"There is no question that to be internationally competitive in the 21st
century, nations require a viable national and international air
transportation system. We urge the government to stop treating the
industry as a source of public revenue and start treating the sector as
an economic engine that drives our economy and is a key enabler of
trade and tourism", added John McKenna, President and CEO, Air
Transport Association of Canada.
The Canadian Aviation Associations Forum plans to hold biannual
meetings. Discussion topics will include but not be limited to:
The importance of establishing a cohesive National Air Transport Policy.
Ensuring that cost benefit analyses and international benchmarking are
conducted when developing regulations.
Ensuring an appropriate "pilot pipeline" and pilot training program.
Improvements to Transport Canada's management of oversight requirements
and certification services.
About the Canadian Aviation Associations Forum:
The Canadian Aviation Associations Forum brings together aviation
associations across the country to discuss and collaborate on
initiatives of mutual concern. Participating organizations include:
SOURCE: National Airlines Council of Canada
For further information:
President & CEO
Air Transport Association of Canada
Tel.: 613-233-7727 ext. 312
National Airlines Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-231-7223 ext. 103