Media Statement: NAV CANADA implements temporary level of
service changes to ensure the continuity and safety of Canada’s air navigation
OTTAWA, May 5, 2020 – NAV CANADA continues to take action,
implementing the best preventative measures possible to ensure the continuity
and safety of Canada’s air navigation system throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of this response, air navigation services will be
temporarily suspended overnight at 18 air traffic service facilities, including
air traffic control towers and flight service stations, and locations which
receive remote airport advisory services. Transport Canada has approved these
temporary changes to levels of service, which will be in effect for a period of
120 days, subject to prevailing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
airports will remain open and aircraft will continue to be able to land and
depart. For every site where overnight ATS service will be
temporarily suspended, the following enhanced services will be available:
- At a
minimum, Limited Weather Information System which consists of hourly wind,
temperature, dew point and altimeter information. This will maintain 24
hours/day IFR access to all airports.
capability during all phases of flight, via flight information centers (FICs)
and/or area control centers (ACCs). This will maintain communication between
pilots and the respective FIC and/or ACC in order to provide current and
forecast weather, NOTAM, IFR approach and departure clearances, with
communication coverage to or below circuit altitude with most sites having
coverage to the ground.
The temporary level of service change will allow NAV CANADA
to implement flexible staffing, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for
our operational units. These new measures greatly reduce the likelihood of a
full unit closure and keep operators and the flying public safe through
continued delivery of essential air navigation services.
temporary change has been made after a prudent assessment of overnight traffic
levels at all affected locations against the services required to fully ensure
safe operations, in consultation with our unions and with the support of
- At its
area control centres, NAV CANADA has implemented a “crew” system that minimizes
interaction between teams. However, this level of staffing is not available at
some of our regional facilities without the temporary reduction in service.
- NAV CANADA
has undertaken a full and detailed risk analysis to ensure that the temporary
level of service changes at affected sites can be implemented safely. These
changes will help to ensure that our critical services remain available for
when there is demand.
- Pilots can
receive detailed information about these new levels of service through NOTAM.
CANADA’s safety record is one of the best in the world amongst air navigation
service providers. We have achieved this record based on a regulated
decision-making approach with safety at the very core of all that we do.
temporary reductions will be in effect in the next week for a period of 120 days,
subject to prevailing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific details for
each location are available by NOTAM.
air navigation services will be suspended at the following facilities:
- Fort Nelson BC (CYYE)
- Port Hardy BC (CYZT)
- Prince Albert (Glass Field) SK (CYPA)
- Cranbrook BC (CYXC)
- Penticton BC (CYYF)
- Terrace BC (CYXT)
- Red Deer Regional AB (CYQF)
- Fort St. John BC (CYXJ)
- Kamloops BC (CYKA)
- Deer Lake NL (CYDF)
- Charlottetown PE (CYYG)
- Saint John NB (CYSJ)
- St. Anthony NL (CYAY)
- Sandspit BC (CYZP)
- Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy NS (CYQY)
- Kelowna BC (CYLW)
- Victoria Intl BC (CYYJ)
- Abbotsford BC (CYXX)
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established
in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather
briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square
kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.
The Company is internationally recognized for its safety
record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by
NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
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