Nav Canada To Refund $60 Million To Users

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While the aviation industry in the U.S. is fighting hard to oppose proposals to privatize the air traffic system, Nav Canada, the private not-for-profit company that runs Canada’s ATC, said recently it will refund $60 million in fees to its customers this year. “Higher than expected traffic growth this year has put us in a position to be able to refund [these fees] to our customers,” said CEO Neil Wilson, in a news release on Aug. 11. “In the past, Nav Canada has spread the return of previous years’ surpluses, when applicable, by temporarily reducing rates for the coming year. With the unusually high traffic growth, we decided to implement a refund, which will enable our customers to fully benefit sooner.” Fees are also going down, effective Sept. 1, with a 3.5 percent average reduction to base rates and a 0.4 percent one-time rate reduction.

Nav Canada was established in 1996 to provide air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for Canada’s domestic and international airspace. The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association recently told AOPA they should stop citing Canada’s system as an example of failure. COPA President Bernard Gervais said his 17,000 members “are largely satisfied” with the service they receive from Nav Canada, although COPA has had some issues with Nav Canada's restriction of VFR access to some of Canada's major airports in recent months. General aviation advocacy groups in the U.S. are united in opposition to efforts to privatize the U.S. system. The groups warn that the proposed new corporation would be dominated by the airlines and GA needs would be secondary.

Comments (5)

Now this is sensible! If USA proponents are telling the truth about privatization being better and cheaper, the taxes we already pay would be more than enough for ATC revisions and we'd see rebates, too. Instead NO talk of reducing taxes, just talk of STARTING user fees ON TOP of current taxes. Gosh, wonder why we don't believe the hype?

Posted by: MICHAEL MUETZEL | August 27, 2017 7:04 PM    Report this comment

The real reason this can't work in the US is simple, they do it to benefit pilots and their flying community up there and we wan't to do it to make gobs of cash, almost all at the expense of the GA community. Corporations run this country, they actually have a good government up there...there's simply no way for it to work here. Greed is the name of the game in the US, always has, always will be.

Posted by: Michael Livote | August 28, 2017 8:33 AM    Report this comment

There is a very easy way to see the difference between Canadian GA and American GA. The article states that COPA has 17,000 members. AOPA has about 380,000. Not even close to an even comparison.

Posted by: Steve Rush | August 28, 2017 2:37 PM    Report this comment

Maybe instead of refunding the money they should use it to expand their system and improve service. If you get too far away from a major city, ATC coverage does not exist up there.

Posted by: John McNamee | August 30, 2017 2:17 PM    Report this comment

Nav Canada works great. Absolutely no problems for myself as a user. Simple $75 a year fee. Mark my words, this has nothing to do with our present joke of a government. Nav Canada may stay in good shape, but the rest of the country if falling apart....

Posted by: Mark Yashchyshyn | August 31, 2017 3:29 PM    Report this comment

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