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CBAA wins on HST

The CBAA has received a favourable response from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) concerning the application of the GST/HST to supplies of international charter flights to third parties under specific circumstances.   The application, if not clarified, had the potential of costing operators who supplied this service hundreds of thousands of dollars.  CBAA is grateful to the CRA for its quick action on this matter.

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Here’s whose joining us at NBAA 2014

Click Here for a sneak preview of the member companies who will be at CBAA’s Canadian Pavilion at NBAA 2014, Oct 21 – 23.  If you are attending, please drop by and visit us there!

September’s Industry Partner of the Month

CBAA’s industry partner of the month for September is – SMITH PETRIE CARR & SCOTT INSURANCE BROKERS LTD.  can assist with all commercial insurance needs, including aviation liability. Available aviation solutions include hull coverage and liability, grounding liability, charter liability, hangar liability, and more. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or click here


Please click here for the latest update concerning the GST/HST issue and progress with the CRA.  Some of the wording was adjusted by the CRA, but the message attached still accurately reflects its positive response.  This version incorporates inputs from CRA Director General Danielle Laflèche as to our mutual understanding of our meeting with her team.

The CRA has agreed to setup a single point of contact for all our members with the CRA Collections Group, as of September 2nd. Please be reassured that the CRA has re-confirmed to me that they are currently separating out the International third-party charter charges from the other charges. This is so collections can take into consideration the revised position with respect to third -party charters and adjust the amount of the required security accordingly.

Click here for a detailed summary of the issue, prepared by the CBAA legal council and sent to members July 2014 in addition to the initial Memorandum.

The CBAA will be monitoring the collection issues and would appreciate that information from our members as soon as possible to ensure that the agreed position concerning applicable GST/HST pertaining to International third party charter operations is being applied.

CBAA launches new member benefit

CBAA now offers its members the opportunity to share company updates and announcements with the business aviation community. Simply provide us with a brief description of your news and we will include it in our weekly email news in the CBAA Business Aviation Bulletin.

For more information contact Lindsay Berndt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Proposed New Seaplane Operations Regulations Transport Canada (TC)

Transport Canada is proposing to enhance seaplane safety by mitigating the risk of drowning for occupants of seaplanes operated commercially for both air taxi and commuter operations. Proposed amendments to the regulations would require passengers and crew to wear a flotation device when boarding a seaplane or when operating on or over water and would require mandatory emergency underwater egress training for pilots of fixed wing commercial seaplanes.  At the same time, TC is taking the opportunity to introduce a definition of seaplanes, remove the outdated definition of personal flotation devices and update other relevant sections of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Please log into CBAA Matters ( and follow this link ( )to provide comments or ask questions about this proposed regulatory change by  10 Sep 2014.

HST applicability on ad-hoc charters

As many of you are aware the CBAA is actively working with our members affected by the multiple HST focused audits carried out by the CRA Audit group in Toronto and the characterization of our charter operations . The CBAA has provided some general legal support and has been working jointly with individual member legal counsel. On Friday 15 August 2014 the CBAA organized a meeting with the Director General of the Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate and her many experts. Our team was very successful in presenting the CRA with additional information respecting our business and the services we provide. We also conveyed to the CRA the urgency in the matter, particularly in light of the competitive nature of the industry.  We are encouraged by the respectful reception we received and will be having a follow-up call on Friday 22 Aug 2014.

CBAA Matters:  Your national forum

As a member, be sure you are signed up to CBAA Matters!  to share your views and stay on top of the latest issues, information and government notices that affect your operations.  Current discussions include updated information on our SMS Turnkey Solution, work on overturning a damaging HST ruling, the latest Operational Issues and Approvals and more.

You must be logged in to access the forums, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more.

CBAA 2015 – Call for presentations

CBAA 2014 set a high bar for quality information in our education sessions – and we aim to make it even better for 2015.  Have you got an idea for a topic or speaker for CBAA 2015, June 16 – 18 in St. Hubert, Quebec? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or share your thoughts on the CBAA Matters! forum, CBAA 2015 Convention & Exhibit.  You must be logged in to access the forum.

Global business aviation ground-handling standard now available

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). A set of global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers, IS-BAH features a safety management system (SMS) designed to meet the coming requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

IBAC will provide workshops on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH at locations around the world.  If there is enough interest from our community, CBAA will work with IBAC to offer workshops in Canada.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Lindsay Berndt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here for more information on the IS-BAH program.

CBAA Buyers Guide in print and online

Featuring a complete listing of our associate members, broken out into 23 categories, CBAA’s newly revamped Buyers Guide is a convenient way to get in touch with key business aviation suppliers.  Members will receive a hard copy of the combined Buyers Guide and CBAA 2014 Show Guide by mail.  Read the Guide online here. 

Convention Highlights in CBAA News Brief

Read CBAA’s latest News Brief, online and included in the September/October edition of Wings Magazine for the wrap up of CBAA 2014, one of our largest and most successful conventions in years.  CBAA members receive a complimentary subscription to Wings.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Berndt, Manager, Membership Sales & Communication Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

EBAA & EASA to hold seminar for Third Country Operators (TCOs)

Third Country Operators (TCOs) engaging in commercial air transport (CAT) operations in Europe will soon be subject to the new safety-driven Regulation (EU) 452/2014 (dubbed the Part-TCO Regulation), whereby EASA authorisation will have to be obtained to fly into the EU.

To ensure that operators have all the necessary information regarding the application process, transition period, online tools, and reciprocity conditions, EBAA and EASA are holding a TCO seminar on 24 September in Cologne, Germany.  Click here for the full program.

"SMS Turnkey Solution” coming for CBAA members

As a result of feedback from the Gap Analysis Workshop at CBAA 2014, CBAA will offer a “turnkey SMS” to members. Available to members for a fee, this SMS would meet the new 604 requirements with very little customization required, and would be a means of compliance for SMS regulations that cannot readily be met by small operators.

Read the attached for further information

SMS Turnkey Solution
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CBAA asks Ontario Finance Minister for a moratorium on aviation fuel tax increase

CBAA President & CEO Rudy Toering has written to Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, asking a moratorium on the increase in aviation fuel taxes, pending consultation with stakeholders and a true analysis of the downstream impacts and unintended consequences of this increase.  The CBAA also opened the door to a meeting with Ontario officials to review the specific impacts of the fuel tax increase on Ontario businesses and business aviation.

Read the letter to the Hon. Charles Sousa 

Sousa re aviation fuel tax
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Notice of Consultation - Alma and Poste Montagnais NDB Decommission

NAVCAN has posted Notices of Consultation on the decommissioning of the Alma and Poste Montagnais NDBs.  To access these notices and provide comments please log in to the CBAA Matters forum (cbaamatters) and then follow this link

CBAA Annual Golf Tournament Raises $25,000 for Hope Air

CBAA’s official charity, Hope Air, received a $25,000 donation, the proceeds of the CBAA Annual Golf Tournament held at CBAA 2014 in Edmonton.  Special thanks to the golf sponsors and golfers for their enthusiastic participation and support of this worthwhile cause.

Click here to see the cheque presentation

YYC Runway 17L in the Honeywell EGPWS database

Runway 17L is available in the load version 470 of the EGPWS database. If operators do not update their database using YYC Runway 17L will result in an aural alert over cockpit speakers.

AVFUEL CYHU H-18 Services Named CBAA 2015 Diamond Sponsor and Convention Venue

Save the dates, June 16 – 18 for CBAA 2015.  The exhibit and static will be housed at AVFUEL CYHU H-18 Services’ facility within Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Plant 5 at the Montreal St-Hubert airport. For more information on the facility, visit their website, H-18 FBO.

Accessing Forums on CBAA Matters!

CBAA is now posting many of its news and information items on CBAA Matters!, our new member forum. CBAA Matters! is the place to find new and updated operational, regulatory and other government affairs information. To be notified of changes as they happen, please use the "subscribe" function in the active topics and to the topics of interest.

To access the site, you will need to sign up for CBAA Matters, even if you are already a member of the CBAA. You will receive your temporary password in one to two business days. Click here to join.

Please note that you must be logged- in to CBAA Matters! to access any forum page directly. You can also use the search box to find and access forums and topics once you are logged in.


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