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1 The General Aviation Universe A World of Possibilities Canadian Business Aviation Association Board of Directors Meeting Montebello, Québec February 27 th, 2008

2 Presentation Outline  Introduction to ECATS  ECATS and airlines: a successful partnership  Challenges and data in Business Aviation  ECATS in the field of Business Aviation  Challenges and opportunities  Next steps

3 What is ECATS  An electronic method of collecting, compiling and disseminating air transportation statistics concentrating on:  ECATS Phase I – collection of passenger data by commercial airline, airport and aircraft movement.  ECATS Phase II – collection of cargo data, financial information and general aviation Electronic Collection of Air Transportation Statistics

4 Goals – Phase I  The major drivers and goals of the initiative were the need to:  Improve the accuracy, timeliness and completeness of data on the air industry in Canada;  Reduce the administrative costs for both the government and the industry; and  Provide the most current and secure information technology to collect and disseminate electronically air transport data.  The scope for the initiative is:  All Domestic and International Traffic (Inbound and Outbound passengers and freight) for all commercial airlines operating flights to/from a Canadian point; no Passenger Name Record (PNR) information  As close to real-time information as possible ECATS – Phase I is a joint government-industry initiative to reduce data reporting costs for airlines serving Canada and to improve the timeliness of available air transportation statistics for decision- making purposes.

5 A Proven Track Record  Reduced reporting burden and associated costs to airlines (An airline has claimed that ECATS has saved it $100K per semester in administrative costs!)  192 carriers reported data in 2007, without ever having a data security breach  Data collection costs for the Crown have been slashed as ECATS has improved productivity and eliminated the need for data entry. For Transport Canada, this represents a $500K per year savings  ECATS has reduced the data lag for airline data from 2-3 years to less than 7 days for 86% of traffic and a month for 96% of traffic  Data gaps dropped from 20% of traffic to less than 1%

6 Outputs and Uses of Phase I Data System Monitoring Air ForecastAir Policy Programs & Regions Air Security  Monitor the impacts of the war in Iraq, the rising Canadian Dollar and SARS at Vancouver and Toronto  TC’s Air forecast program now uses quasi real-time data to establish its base years, rather than 2- yr old data, previous year is now used.  International Air Policy now has timely data for their work on bilateral and multilateral air agreements.  ACAP officers in the regions are now provided with real- time preliminary data to evaluate the current situation of non-NAS airports and their capital financing requests  ECATS data was used extensively in lowering the ATSC three times, going from $12 for a domestic flight to $4.95 today.  Analysis of the impact of the Canada-UK open skies  The Air forecast group will start making short-term predictions for the first time, using real- time ECATS data.  Better positioned to assess the competitiveness of the air transportation industry in Canada  ECATS data has been used in the planning of infrastructure projects at Transport Canada airports, such as Waskaganish, Qc.  ECATS Data was used during the implementation phase of the Passenger Protect program

7 Business Aviation Today: A World of Issues  Constraints on airport/airspace access  Security  Pilot shortage  User fees and levels of service  Under appreciation of Business Aviation in Canada  Lack of economic data related to business aviation  Environmental issues noise/emissions  Small airport sustainability All these issues and more are being addressed by your association, Transport Canada and other interested stakeholders with very limited and sometimes contradictory data. These are challenging times for business aviation as it faces a variety of complex issues Access to reliable data would help address these issues

8 Business Aviation Data Today : A World of Questions Aviation data today pertains almost completely to airline activity and does not address the specificity of Business Aviation. The following graphs show data availability for airlines and for Business Aviation

9 Business Aviation Data Today : A World of Questions – Cont’d Clearly, more data is needed!!!

10 Goals – Phase II - General Aviation  This reflects the need for an overall precise measure of GA in order to evaluate its:  Importance to aviation in Canada  Contribution to the local, provincial and national economy  Health, level of activity and outlook for GA as a whole and its various components, including Business Aviation  Which will in turn help the government and other stakeholders to get a clear view of the entire air transportation universe within Canada and to better reflect and acknowledge GA’s needs :  In policies, program developments and regulations in order to insure a healthy air transportation system across the country and to allow TC to make prudent safety-related decisions.  By effectively planning the allocation of resources  By identifying opportunities where they exist and creating new ones where they do not  By tackling issues with unbiased facts, rather than conventional wisdom, anecdotal evidence and questionable studies.  Work with our US neighbors and internationally most effectively to enhance security, support business, and preserve the values of Canadians, such as protection of privacy. Capture data from the General Aviation sector in order to be able to get a view of it’s economic footprint, level of activity and importance in Canada’s transportation sector It is in time of crisis that we realize the importance of having reliable data… But… It is in time of crisis when starting to collect data is impossible!

11 What is General Aviation (GA) for ECATS? In terms of the operating certificates issued to the operator by Transport Canada, in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) the following operating certificates are those considered to be encompassed in GA:  406 – Flight Training Units  604 - Private Operator Passenger Transportation  700 - General  702 - Aerial Work Operations  703 - Air taxi Operations  704 - Commuter Operations Non-licensed government entities and private aircraft owners are also considered GA. According to Transport Canada Aviation Statistics Group – The operation of aircraft(s) by individuals, companies or government entities for purposes other than commercial passenger and/or cargo transport against remuneration including leisure, business, aerial work and instructional flying.

12 How will ECATS works? Data Set  Operational data: Granular flight information (Schedule I) or aggregated flight information (Schedule II) depending on aircraft size and company’s capabilities.  Financial data (Schedule III) : Submitted annually while filling out TC’s AAIR forms. One form per owner. Submission categories  Commercial A: These are GA aircrafts operated by a commercial entity, with a maximum take-off weight of at least 12,500 Kg.  Commercial B: These are GA aircrafts operated by a commercial entity with aircrafts having a maximum certified take-off weight of less than 12,500 Kg.  Private: These are aircrafts owned by private individuals who may use their aircraft for business or leisure.

13 How ECATS works (cont’d) Data submission frequency  Schedule I: All flights - Monthly or better – Preferably automated through a B2B solution.  Schedule II: Quarterly or better for Commercial B, Annual for Private  Schedule III: Annual for all operators. One form per owner, independent of fleet size, filled out simultaneously with AAIR. Collection methods - Based on the size of the organisation, this can be as simple as:  Filling in an on-line form;  Submitting a file in an approved format;  Signing on to Web Services, a B2B computer to computer connection that does all the work for you once the initial set-up has been made. Data collection sites  Industry Associations through a portable application  Transport Canada Website  On paper with AAIR paper form

14 ECATS Data Elements OR AND Operational Data Financial Data The choice of data elements was dictated by how they contribute to define the operating impact or economic impact of business aviation. All required data elements should already be known to owners.

15 ECATS GA- Navigating the Roadblocks Submitting data to government rarely elicits enthusiastic support from those submitting data. How do we overcome this? ObjectionResponse How do I know my data will not be made public? ECATS has an unblemished track record in data security. Using ECATS is as secure as online banking. Individual information will never be made public. Will this data be used against me for regulatory or fiscal enforcement or to collect user fees? As we are proposing a voluntary program, any use of data that is seen negatively by industry will mean the end of our program. Clearly visible disclaimers will indicate that the data is being collected for analytical and statistical purpose only and not for enforcement by TC or any other Federal Department. Submitting data is complicated, long and costly We intend to have simple interfaces and we have limited data elements to its most essential form. The choice of data elements was dictated by how they contribute to define the operating impact or economic impact of business aviation. All required data elements should already be known to owners.

16 Using ECATS Data A World of Possibilities  Data collected through association websites will be made available to the association at no cost.  Data collected by Transport Canada or other associations will be made available to the association in an aggregated fashion at no cost, through a TC-Association MOU.  The association will have the option of adding data elements if it so wishes, to collect data from its members that we would not be collecting.  As this is a long-term survey, data collected will be directly comparable every year, thus laying the groundwork for trend analysis and forecasting. Data from ECATS will be accurate, timely, objective, unbiased and reliable. It will help CBAA and TC better manage issues and crisis that may affect Business Aviation and ensure the viability of this industry.

17 Using ECATS Data A world of Possibilities for CBAA The CBAA, as one of our key partners, would receive regular, custom designed reports from us, which it can then use to defend your interests and better represent you. Direct Economic Impact of General Aviation, by Province, 2008 ProvinceBusiness Aviation Private Aviation Aerial Work Ontario$7B$4B$300M Quebec$5.5B$2B$400M Alberta$4B$2.8B$550M BC$3B$3.5B$400M Manitoba$2B$1B$300M Fictitious Data Fuel use by Passenger-Km (ml) YearAirline Business Aviation Private Aviation Ultralight 200880836852 200977816548 201076796647 201175766347 201274726045 Some examples of reports we could provide CBAA:

18 Where do we go from here? Possibilities abound  Option A: CBAA Board support and Pilot Project participation. Results: Feedback from the pilot projects will help shape the definite form of ECATS and dispel any myths about it. CBAA board members play a leadership role and leverage their influence to ensure strong participation by members once they are satisfied with ECATS.  Option B: The CBAA board supports ECATS and publicly encourages its members to join. Results: We collect and share business aviation data giving both TC and the CBAA a new source of reliable information on the industry  Option C: Status Quo and hope for the best. Results: TC will promote ECATS unilaterally with all the tools at its disposal, included, if needed regulations.

19 Questions?? Comments?? Michel Villeneuve A/Director, Transportation Data and Forecast (613) 990-3825 Villenm@tc.gc.ca Alain Lumbroso Economist ECATS Project Manager (514) 633-3431 Lumbroa@tc.gc.ca Thank you very much!


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