November 30, 2020
NAV CANADA reviewing operations at six towers
NAV CANADA continues to take steps to safely streamline its operations to help preserve the sustainability of the country’s air navigation system. The company is moving forward with additional adjustments to its services and will be launching level of service reviews for six air traffic control towers. This includes completing a rigorous, safety-focused review of air traffic to determine whether airport advisory services should be offered in lieu of air traffic control.
Under the Civil Air Navigation Services Commercialization Act, NAV CANADA recovers its operating expense through service charges from its customers on a breakeven basis.
NAV CANADA must continue to fulfill its commitment to efficiently run Canada’s air navigation system, ensuring that the services supplied align with market demands. The following sites were identified for review as a result of long-term air traffic levels, including prior to the pandemic:
- Fort McMurray Tower, AB
- Prince George Tower, BC
- Regina Tower, SK
- Sault Ste. Marie Tower, ON
- Whitehorse Tower, YT
- Windsor Tower, ON
Aeronautical studies apply a safety-focused and Transport Canada regulated process, which NAV CANADA has followed in support of its globally recognized safety record for more than 20 years. This rigorous, systematic approach provides for full consultation with all affected stakeholders, with the key factor being safety.
The studies consider all relevant factors, including traffic volume, mix and distribution throughout the day; weather; airport and airspace configuration; surface activity; and the efficiency requirements of operators using the service. Formal consultation with stakeholders is central to all aeronautical studies.
(Main photo, CYXY: The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, CYXY, photographed in May 2011.)