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.
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
GST/HST ISSUE UPDATE
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.
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 (http://www.cbaamatters.com) and follow this link (http://www.cbaamatters.com/?topic=carac-proposed-new-seaplane-operations-regulations )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.
CBAA 2015 – Call for presentations
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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