We Need Your Help!

posted 10 days ago.

Our next steps are documenting COVID-19s current and future impacts on our industry and providing program feedback.

Governments are aware of the dire situation that the aviation and aerospace industry is in. However, they need hard facts to assist them in developing the support programs we so desperately need. The Council has developed a BC-focused SURVEY to accomplish this for our region. If you have any operations in B.C., small or large, please take ten minutes out of your busy schedule to fill this out. It is a very important next step.

This survey is not just for the BCAC’s 340 members – we are also reaching out to our 2000+ supporters, all licensed operators, the aerospace sector and flight schools. Please pass this survey on to anyone you think we might miss, especially your suppliers!

This survey also solicits comments on programs that have been put in place. It ends with a section to provide advice on what needs to be done, including by your Council. The totalled results will be public. However, information about any specific organization will not be identifiable. Your organization will simply be listed as a participant.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY


Some other updates:

  • Council continues to reach out to all the industry’s national organizations – ATAC, CAC, HAC, RCAC, NATA, COPA, CBAA, AIAC. We are taking an open and transparent approach and hope that a coalition of organizations can be formed;
  • There is scheduled air service between Masset and Prince Rupert provided by Inland Charters with a floatplane Beaver aircraft;
  • Prince Rupert Airport is losing all commercial air services. They are looking for ways to remain open for emergency and other services;
  • With Pacific Coastal shutting down scheduled passenger service to 16 BC communities and Air Canada Express pulling out of Sandspit, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Penticton, Kamloops, Comox and Cranbrook, the National Air Transportation Network has already taken a substantial hit in British Columbia;
  • The Provincial Air Services Branch has been stood up to help deal with emergency service requirements. The Council encourages you to reach out to them if you feel they could use your services;
  • The Work-Sharing Program has been streamlined and simplified. Details will be up on the Canadian government website before the end of today;
  • Transport Canada is issuing several exemptions (extensions) for deadlines – medical, EME licenses, etc. Summary coming out Friday;
  • Draft Guidelines for Managing RAIC Passes.

For your Reference

BCEDA Resources

Richmond Economic Development Office Resources List

Free Webinar March 26: Human Resources and COVID-19 (Greater Vancouver Board of Trade)

BDC Program For Entrepreneurs

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

BC Business Tax Relief (Global Media)

Business Continuity and COVID-19

COVID-19 Impact on B.C. Business – Survey Results

Johns Hopkins University Virus Tracker (Best on a tablet or desktop computer)


VISION: An aviation and aerospace industry that is visible, connected, and thriving.

PURPOSE: Encourage and support the safe, sustainable development of aviation and aerospace in British Columbia.

OUR VALUES:

Collaboration Listening and engaged, establishing relationships and partnerships, combining strength and resources, and working together

Innovation Bringing new ideas, bravely disrupting and courageously challenging the status quo, inspiring continuous improvement, and creatively redesigning systems

Stewardship With trustworthiness, accountability, and integrity – honouring the past, leading the present, and stewarding the future.

 

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