WestJet Pilots' Association rallies behind new safety regulations

CALGARY, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The WestJet Pilots' Association (WJPA) supports the new safety rules regarding the operation of recreational drones announced today by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. WJPA representatives attended today's announcement at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to show their support of the interim order.

"We recognize the potential hazard to aviation safety posed by recreational drones and we applaud the interim measures announced today," said Captains Paul Ysselmuiden and Patrick Bruce, Co-Chairs of the WJPA. "The safety of our pilots, crew members and our guests is always our top priority and we and look forward to working with the minister and his department on further enhancements to aviation safety."

The interim order mandates that recreational drone operators must mark their done with their contact information and must fly within Transport Canada's guidelines.

About the WJPA

Established in 1999, the WestJet Pilots' Association (WJPA) is the recognized employee representation for over 1,800 WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots. The WJPA is an autonomous member of the WestJet Employee Association representing 11,000 non-management WestJet employees across Canada.

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For further information: Farhana Thomas, WJPA Communications Advisor, 403-616-2541, Farhana.Thomas@westjet.com

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