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Alexis Joseph David Fafard
Flight training havens in Canada

 The lack of centralization of the educational component of the flight training regulatory framework has created “flight training havens” in Canada....


Alexis Joseph David Fafard
Training bonds

Training bonds are often used by air operators to recruit and/or retain their flight crew. This legal agreement is rather simple; the air operator pays for the newly hired pilot’s flight training (i.e. Pilot Proficiency Check), and requires in consideration that the pilot agrees a term of employment usually within a formal employment agreement. Should the pilot resigns before the end of the term agreed in the employment agreement, the pilot...


Zivile Zalagenaite
Pilot shortage tackled – the D.A.T.U.S. plan

2017 was the safest year in the aviation history, thanks to the multiple high-tech and engineering advancements ensuring the fundamental key element that safety represents in any commercial flights. We, however, too often take for granted the excellent service provided by the professionals operating these complex flying machines....


Alexis Joseph David Fafard
Pilot Shortage: A Real Threat to Aviation and the Economy

The global aviation industry faces a serious pilot shortage, many will tell you. A recent study by Boeing reveals that more than 637,000 new pilots are needed in the next 20 years which translates to more than 80 new pilots for every day for the next two decades. CAE estimated last summer that more than 90,000 new pilots are required by 2027. As the middle class expands in the Asia-Pacific region, ICAO predicts that this part of the world will ne...


Alexis Joseph David Fafard
NAV CANADA – a typical Canadian success story

Let’s go straight to the point – NAV CANADA has been a total success since its inception in 1996. Created after the wave of privatization in the Canadian civil aviation landscape, the non-for-profit private corporation became on November 1 of the same year the owner and operator of Canada’s civil Air Navigation System (ANS) by acquiring assets from the federal government for $1.5 billion. Twenty years later, NAV CANADA manages t...


Alexis Joseph David Fafard
Foreign ownership: a new ident for Canadian airlines

Foreign ownership restrictions regarding airlines originate from the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation in 1944. Fifty-two countries agreed on the principle that the airspace of a state is the property of this state. The main reasons why states decided to restrict foreign investment for their national air carrier were for national security, economic security and aviation security and employment laws/regulations purposes....