This letter is a follow on to our re-branding that was launched via our new website www.albertaaviationcouncil.com.  It is an update on our activities and pursuit of our renewed vision to be the voice of aviation in Alberta.  As we are a membership organization this letter also has the important message to current and potential members to sign up for 2016.  We have some momentum but need the support of the industry to keep it going.  Some important updates are listed below.

Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the main functions of the Alberta Aviation Council.  In this regard our Chair is a member of the Strategic Transportation Advisory Council to the Minister of Alberta Transportation.  Other Board members have important connectivity in their networks to advance the interests of aviation in Alberta.

The AAC has been working with the industry and the Alberta Government to do a study on an Aviation Strategy for Alberta over the long term.  This study will be used by Alberta Transportation to assist in developing the overall long term Multi-Modal Transportation Strategy for the province.  This exciting plan should be made public some time before the end of 2016.  Among other things, the well-known deficiencies for keeping our smaller and regional airports up to requirements in sustaining and new capital developments should be a key feature. 

Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UAVS)

We have been active in the area of developing UAVS policies and activities that will lead to safe operations of commercial vehicles in Alberta and Canada.  It is of course a very high profile activity these days with the proliferation of smaller UAVs.  We will continue to work with the governments and the industry to keep Alberta in the forefront of these developments.

Cooking Lake Anniversary

The owners and operators at the famous Cooking Lake Airport will be holding a 90th Anniversary celebration on 11 June, 2016.  It will begin with a Rust Remover Fly-in and end with an evening Gala.  They have invited the AAC to be present to help with the silent auction along with COPA Flight 176.  Proceeds of the gala event will be donated to AAC and the COPA Flight.  Best wishes to the organizers for a wonderful event and thanks to them for support of our association.  We could use some volunteers for the event….just email or call the Chair.

2016 Membership Drive

It is that time of year again and we would like all our members and potential members to go on the website, or respond to this letter to sign up for 2016.  This is a membership organization and of course we cannot operate without support.  Please consider joining the new Alberta Aviation Council.  Our current Aviation Map is available and each membership will receive a copy of the Map.

Interim Funding

As many will know, as we re-branded Aviation Alberta into the Alberta Aviation Council, we were not in good financial shape.  We have had several membership come to the fore and build an interim fund that (with the cost cutting measures taken in administration) will bridge the gap until our other membership and activity revenues bring us to a sustainable financial state.

Successful Casino

On 19/20 January, 2016 we worked with the Air Cadet League of Alberta to implement a very successful Casino operation at Casino Edmonton, which will result in funds coming to our Casino account in the fairly near term.  We normally use these funds to look after our training and education scholarships programs, as well as other qualified activities (eg Air Facilities Map).

NavCanada Liaison/COPA Board

Bram Tilroe continues to provide outstanding representation for the AAC on the NavCanada Advisory Committee.  We have also just heard that Bram has been elected to the COPA Board of Directors.  We are very well served and fortunate to have Bram with our Board on the AAC.  Well done to Bram.