Nav Canada Delays User-Fee Implementation

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Nav Canada was set to start imposing new user fees on March 1, but on Monday announced a delay. The agency has decided that it needs more time to review the voluminous input it received during the comment period, which ended Feb. 10. A new decision on how to proceed is expected in April, Nav Canada said. For the time being, status quo will prevail. Adam Hunt, a spokesman for the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA), told AVweb on Tuesday the announcement was not unexpected. Nav Canada has received "a very high volume of correspondence from COPA, our members and many other aviation industry associations and companies vehemently opposing Nav Canada's proposed introduction of new fees," Hunt said. "That naturally will require more time for Nav Canada and their board to look at the letters received and their options before proceeding. COPA is very interested to see what Nav Canada's next announcement will be."