WAMEA Spring 2018 Newsletter

As another symposium and trade show ends, so begins the WAMEA fiscal year 2018-2019. With a new board voted in, and a new year ahead of us, the focus is again the future of WAMEA and the direction we take. At the AGM, we heard first-hand the voices from members who are concerned about the future as well as the present state of WAMEA and similar associations nation-wide. 

What do we need to go forward?

Western AME Association relies on membership to stay afloat. When it comes to having a collective voice, securing our financial well-being, and our ability to fulfill our mandate and grow, power is in numbers. To be a beneficial organization, we need members. To attract members, we need to provide benefit. Each fact precedes the other. 

When the question is asked “what do I get for my membership right now?” or “why should I ask someone to join?” we are not yet in the position to give the answer we would like. However, with memberships available now for the year, I have complied a list of some benefits we can offer, while we strive to add more.

Member benefits include:
  • Attendance in monthly board meetings and voting rights at the AGM
  • Access to the WAMEA newsletter
  • Inclusion in online membership directory
  • Email notifications of Transport Canada announcements and press releases
  • Exclusive event invitations
  • Education access
  • Discounted rates for:
  • Symposium admission
  • Other events throughout the year
  • Courses and seminars
  • Newsletter advertisements
  • Opportunity for input to and consultation with Transport Canada, CARAC, CFAMEA
  • Networking and opportunities to get involved in the industry

Memberships are valid for a one-year period until March 31, 2019. To apply for membership, or to direct someone who is interested in becoming a member, go to www.wamea.com/membership and follow the prompts.


Jarrah Elhalabi
President, WAMEA
Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) credential change notice
Effective February 15, 2018, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) credentials (credit card style licence) will be issued with a ten (10) year validity period instead of a six (6) year validity. In addition, a photograph will no longer be required as part of the issuance or renewal of an AME licence and therefore the photograph will not be printed on the credential.
Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) 17th Plenary Meeting
View the topics covered at the pleanry meeting that took place on February 22, 2018 at Shaw Centre in Ottawa, ON.
Service Difficulty Reports (SDR)
Service Difficulty Reports are submitted by Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), owners, operators and other sources to report problems, defects or occurrences that affect aircraft airworthiness in Canada.
The Naval Mustangs
With a surface of 69 millions square miles, the Pacific Ocean covers nearly a third of the Earth's surface. During World War II, military operations in the Pacific were confronted with the problem of range. This was particularly true of aerial operations. Mainland Japan was bombed on 18 April 1942 by Doolittle and his raiders, but that was a one-time effort of mostly psychological value. All of the 16 aircraft involved were lost, and 11 of the 80 raiders were either killed or captured. After that, no bombing raids were flown against the Japanese Home Islands until the second half of 1944 when B-29 long-range bombers were used from bases in China and later the Marianas islands. These raids were unescorted as no fighter had the range to escort the bombers all the way to Japan and back.
AVweb Flash
For more articles of interest, subscribe to AVweb Flash for aviation industry updates, you can also visit their blog at www.avweb.com for updates on the fly.
WAMEA Board Meeting
April 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Contact info@wamea.com or president@wamea.com for more information.
Mexico Aerospace Summit
 Queretaro's Congress Centre
Queretaro, Mexico
August 16 - 17, 2018
Event Objectives

  • Learn why Mexico's Aerospace Industry has grown from 100 U.S. and European manufacturers in 2004 to over 330 in 2017. 
  • Gain knowledge of the competitive advantages aerospace manufacturers enjoy in Mexico. 
  • Participate in B2B meetings of Mexico's Aerospace Industry.
  • Visit Aerospace Industry manufacturing plants in Queretaro. 
  • Visit the Exhibition of "Made in Mexico" Aerospace Products.
Farnborough International Airshow
Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
July 16-22, 2018
Being the largest industry event on the aerospace calendar in 2016, the show was also a major opportunity to showcase new aircraft. Alongside the much-anticipated F-35 Lightning II, the show saw debuts from nine new aircraft including Boeing’s 737 MAX, Bombardier’s C Series and aircraft from Embraer, Hondajet, Diamond and Gulfstream.
AEA Canada Connect Conference
Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel
Calgary, AB
September 6-7, 2018
The annual AEA Canada Connect Conference is a two-day event that personally connect general aviation industry professionals. Formerly known as the AEA Regional Meetings, the AEA Connect conferences have grown beyond simply receiving regulatory updates and technical training via a classroom-style lecture -- attendees are now more engaged than ever in the educational environment with interactive discussions and analysis. Avionics repair stations, manufacturers, regulators and educators show an increasing desire to come together, network and personally conduct serious business -- they want to connect in person.
ATAC Canadian Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Westin Bayshore Hotel
Vancouver, BC
November 13-15, 2018
The Canadian Aviation Conference and Tradeshow has been the national gathering for operators, suppliers to the industry, and government stakeholders involved in commercial aviation and flight training in Canada for over 80 years!
December 2017
  • On six occasions, a company permitted a take-off to be conducted in an aircraft which was not maintained in accordance with a maintenance schedule. Penalty: $60,000 **The company has since had their operating certificate revoked
  • A person signed a maintenance release that did not meet the applicable requirements. Penalty: $1000
  • A person conducted a take-off in an aircraft which was not maintained in accordance with a maintenance schedule that conforms to the Aircraft Equipment and Maintenance Standards. Penalty: $1250
January 2018
  • A company failed to appoint a person responsible for the maintenance control system. Penalty: $5000
  • A person conducted a take-off in an aircraft which was not maintained in accordance with a maintenance schedule approved by the Minister. Penalty: $5000
February 2018
  • A company failed to ensure that the person responsible for maintenance conducted an audit in respect of the quality assurance program, Penalty: $5000
  • A company failed to comply with the policies and procedures contained in its Maintenance Control Manual, Penalty: $5000
  • A company operated an aircraft for which a minimum equipment list had been approved, with equipment that was not serviceable or that had been removed without complying with the conditions or limitations specified in the minimum equipment list. Penalty: $3750

Air Georgian is Hiring!
Air Georgian is a proud member of the Air Canada Express family, operating 62,000 regional flights per year on behalf of Air Canada through a capacity purchase agreement. With bases in Calgary and Toronto, we carry over 1.5 million passengers a year to 31 regional domestic and transborder destinations.  

The Maintenance team plays an essential part in our commitment to provide superior service. Air Georgian offers you maximum exposure to real-world experience and problem-solving opportunities. 

Interested candidates can apply online through their careers page.
Currently hiring for:
  • Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) – Toronto and Calgary
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician – Toronto and Calgary
  • AME Apprentice – Toronto and Calgary
  • Aircraft Engine Specialist – Toronto
  • Maintenance Control Coordinator – Toronto
Freelance Advertising Specialist
WAMEA produces, four times a year, a publication geared for a specific, targeted market. Our goal is to increase participation from industry, and connect advertisers to their intended audiences. Our target clientele would be medium to large business enterprises, recruiters, job seekers, and other industry organizations.

This is a permanent, casual/freelance position with earning potential correlated with sales revenue.

Interested parties should contact info@wamea.com or president@wamea.com
CAE is looking for an Aircraft Technician and AVN Technician Apprentice
CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a 70-year record of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defence force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry, with 8,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide www.cae.com
AvWorks Franchise/Base Operator
For more information, please call Mark at 403-404-9024 or email Mark.Fawcett@AvWorksAerospace.com
By joining the AvWorks Aerospace team, AMEs spend more time on-wing (generating revenue) and less time on paper work.

AMEs can be self-employed while sharing the benefits of a strong technical network and administration specialists.

Motivated AMEs can become franchise owners under the AvWorks AMO. This allows AMEs to work on commercial aircraft without the hassles of maintaining all the manuals, systems; and the costs associated with owning an AMO.
8941939 Canada Corp.
Avionics Solutions
Jarrah Elhalabi
Phone: 613-698-0737
Accumark Airspray
Travis Karle
Phone: 306-862-5235
Cell: 306-276-6840
Accumark Airspray Maintenance
Rod Fisher
Box 471 Debden, SK
Phone: 306-724-7075
Cell: 306-724-0035
AvWorks Aerospace Inc.
Mark Fawcett
Director of Business Development
Phone: 403-404-9024
Cell: 403-286-0480
Hillman Air Ltd.
Gary Hillman
Box 590
Penhold, AB T0M 1R0
Phone: 403-868-4187
Fax: 403-886-5682
Your Ad Here
You can now advertise in the WAMEA Quarterly distributed to over 200 members and industry leaders, put your business on the map and partner with us in helping to improve the industry.

Do you have an employment opportunity that needs to be filled? Get the word out by posting your ad in our classifieds to active participants in your industry who have the skills and experience your business needs to succeed.

Contact the WAMEA Office for more information or send your ad to info@wamea.com today!
How to be added to the online membership directory
  1. Login to your account at www.wamea.com
  2. Click 'View Account Pages' at the top right-hand side of the page
  3. Select 'Edit Profile'
  4. Scroll down to the fourth section titled 'WAMEA MEMBER DIRECTORY'
  5. Check the box beside 'Display my Profile in the WAMEA Member Directory'
  6. Click 'Save changes to my Profile' button
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