Tue, Jul 18, 2006
Will Go Into Effect In 2008
Aero-News has learned
the Canadian Transportation Agency, over the objections of the
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and the Helicopter
Association of Canada, has given its approval to a daily fee of $10
applying to aircraft operating out of international airports in
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and
The annual fee -- with will become effective March 1, 2008 --
will apply to aircraft weighing less than three metric tonnes
(6,613 lbs), according to a Nav Canada release. The fees will be
capped at a maximum of $1200 per year.
Commenting on the proposal when it was first introduced in April
of this year, COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka called the idea
"a very slippery slope that has played out elsewhere in the
"The age of pay-as-you-go is upon us..." said Psutka. "COPA
considers this a devastating precedent that will most likely be
expanded over time to capture more airports and/or services."
COPA appealed the decision in May... but that appeal was
overruled by the CTA.
Nav Canada is the private corporation that purchased rights to
operate Canada's air traffic control system in 1996. The company
provides air traffic control, flight information, weather
briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory
services and electronic aids to navigation.
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