AIAC Fall 2015 Travel Report

January 20, 2016

As part of its services to members, AIAC coordinates multiple trade missions and delegations to international trade shows throughout the year. In addition, AIAC staff also attend various regulatory and international business development events to represent the Canadian industry and gather business intelligence to support members’ interests in the international community. What follows is a short summary of various international trade shows, missions and regulatory meetings that we participated in during the fall of 2015. To learn more about each event, please contact:

  • International Trade Shows and Missions – Vlada Shilina, Associate Vice President, International Strategy & Business Development
  • International Civil Aviation Regulation Forums – Mark Beauregard, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

International Trade Shows and Missions

International Astronautical Congress – Jerusalem, Israel
October 12-16, 2015

The IAC is the global space sector’s largest and most influential event. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers attendees the latest space information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships. Featuring an exhibition, plenary program, technical events, and more, it is the primary space conference AIAC attends each year.

Over the course of the event, AIAC met with senior leaders and officials including President of the Canadian Space Agency, Vice President from the UK Space Agency, Associate Administrator of Space Operations, NASA, Director General from ESA, and more. The meetings with the representatives from international space agencies including NASA, ESA and the UKSA were particularly useful as they provided interesting insight into the current space programs policy frameworks development in the industry in respective countries. While Canada has long been at the forefront of this global community, the conference convinced AIAC that Canada needs to develop a clear space policy or it risks being left out of this consensus which would have significant negative impact on Canada’s space sector companies.

AIAC had a very productive dialogue with its respective partners  to advance bilateral business relations for Canadian and Israeli industries.  The conference was useful to stay in touch with trends and developments in the international civil space sector. AIAC attended sessions on topics including:

  • Micro and Nano satellites and  new and emerging business models.  This is very topical given the potential Canadian participation in projects such as one-web;
  • Space station operations; and
  • The Space Exploration Symposium, which dealt with near and mid-term plans for space exploration beyond low-earth orbit.  There have been some important developments in the last year. The International Space Exploration Coordinating Group (ISEC-G) is about to issue a new roadmap that will be of interest to Canadian space sector.

AIAC also attended a session by an industry group representing the major space companies in the primary space exploration countries which was a response to ISEC-G’s new roadmap. This session provided a useful context for Canada companies operating in this sector.

Canadian space companies and institutes active in space sector may wish to contact Iain Christie for more information on AIAC’s participation in above mentioned technical sessions.


Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX)
October 20-25, 2015

ADEX 2015 10th anniversary edition was held in Seoul Air Base on October 20-25, 2015, attracting more than 386 exhibitors from 32 countries and its. What started as an airshow in 1996 is now considered the unique and comprehensive aerospace and defense exhibition in Korea every second year, covering not only aerospace but also the ground equipment and defence industries. The Seoul ADEX has been playing a major role in rapidly developing Korea’s aerospace and defence industries.

AIAC was proud to partner with the Canadian Embassy in Seoul to coordinate the Canadian delegation which included companies such as Viking Air, L-3 Communications, Curtis Wright, and Field Aviation. For the first time, Canada had a designated booth at the show where companies could display information on the capabilities of the Canadian aerospace and defence. Over the course of the event, AIAC met with senior leaders and officials from the Korean Aerospace industry including supplier development and procurement representatives from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Hize Aero, Hyundai WIA , senior management from the Korean aerospace and defence association, Vice Chairman,  Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), and other major South Korean senior industry players.

From attending the show, it was clear that the South Korean aerospace industry largely depends on domestic demand and with the development of the advance trainer jets and light combat aircraft, South Korea is now actively seeking export opportunities. From meetings, the AIAC gathered that the opportunities may exist for Canadian parts companies to supply Korean aerospace companies producing these aircrafts. According to recent reports, South Korean aerospace production is expected to grow and imports are expected to remain at current or higher levels.  The recently signed Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement could provide a level playing field for Canadian companies working on South Korea’s domestic aerospace programs. For more information on the aerospace sector in Korea, please click here. For more information on the defence and security sector in Korea, please click here.

Contact Vlada Shilina, AIAC for more details on how your company can take advantage of the opportunities outlined above.

AeroDays Conference – London, UK
October 20-23, 2015

Aerodays is the European flagship event in aviation research and innovation which takes place once during each EU Research Framework Programme. The three day conference included technical sessions, research and technology showcases and a host of keynote addresses from Aviation CEOs, European Commissioners, UK Ministers and heads of key Agencies. Plenary and technical session presentations which have been made available for publishing can be accessed here. For AIAC, the conference provided an opportunity to gain some insight into the trends in research and development in aerospace in Europe. The Canadian High Commission in London also hosted a networking reception, which was very well attended.

In addition to the Aerodays conference, the trip afforded the opportunity to meet and discuss with UK space sector. AIAC toured ComDev’s facility in Stoke-Mandeville and the Business Innovation and Skills Catapult centre in Harwell.  The visits gave us an opportunity to see the how the UK’s model for space funding functions and we gained important insight into the catapult model and how it might be applicable in a Canadian context.

Dubai Air Show
November 8-12, 2015

The Dubai Air Show is firmly established as signature event for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, delivering key buyers and decision-makers unparalleled access to the Middle East aerospace market. In spite of declining markets and economies in recent years, the Middle East aviation industry is still investing, buying and growing. This year, the AIAC proudly partnered with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai and the Government of Quebec to develop a Canada Program at the Dubai Air Show for Canadian companies.

Useful presentations from the Dubai Air Show:

Overview: Mubadala
Ms Meera Al Suwaidi, Vice President – Government Affairs, Mubadala

UAE Aviation Legal Regime
Ian Veall, Partner, Donald H. Bunker and Associates

Introduction to DAE (Dubai Aerospace Enterprise)
Firoz Tarapore, CEO, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

International Civil Aviation Regulation Forums

AIAC participates in a number of international forums which are essential to achieving the desired harmonization of regulations unsuitable bilateral/multilateral agreements. AIAIAC participation also allows Canadian exporters to become cognizant of any new non-harmonized regulations and policies being considered by importing states. By participating in these events, AIAC stays current and engaged in the development of new regulations and policies that impact our members’ products/services and their ability to export around the world. 

Certification Management Team (CMT) Meeting – Brasilia, Brazil
September 17-18, 2015

The CMT was attended by the 4 lead aviation regulatory authorities (FAA (US), EASA (EU), TCCA (Canada), ANAC (Brazil)) and major aerospace manufacturers (Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Dassault, Textron, etc.). Attendees agreed on the critical importance of enhanced multi-lateral airworthiness agreements to improve regulatory processes and to facilitate the trade of goods and services between states. Various technical airworthiness matters were discussed.

ICAO CAEP WG3 Meeting – Montreal, QC
October 19-23, 2015

Working Group 3 is tasked to develop new standards for CO2 emissions and various improvements to particulate matter and noise standards. The CO2 standards are of great interest to all manufacturers and airlines. AIAC participated in CAEP WG3 via the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA). ICCAIA has formal observer status at ICAO.

Transport Aircraft and Engine ARAC Meeting – Renton, WA
November 4, 2015 

FAA, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, GE, Transport Canada, AIAC, and AIA participated in this public meeting. AIAC has a formal vote at the TAE ARAC. Attendees were briefed on the numerous rule making activities underway for FAR parts 25 and 33 and progress by various ARAC tasked working groups (i.e. alternate engine endurance test wg, materials flammability wg, crashworthiness and ditching wg, etc.).

GAMA Technical Policy Committee (TPC) Meeting – Washington, DC
November 5-6, 2015  

The TPC is attended by all major General Aviation manufacturers. AIAC is invited to attend the TPC meetings. A range of FAA and EASA regulatory activities were presented, including progress on SMS regulations and changes to the EU/US bilateral. FAA also briefed attendees on its recent organizational changes and ODA.

SSCC D&M and Plenary Meetings – Cologne, Germany
December 9-10, 2015

The Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) is an industry-led committee that provides advice and recommendations on regulatory matters to EASA. The AIAC has a formal seat on the SSCC. The Dec. 9 Design and Manufacturing (D&M) meeting addressed regulatory matters of interest to OEMs. A 2 hour side meeting was held to address industry’s concerns regarding a draft EASA Continued Airworthiness Review Item (CARI) on certain widely used standard fasteners. A key discussion issue for the Plenary meeting on Dec. 10 was EASA’s proposed changes to its consultative process including the role of advisory bodies such as the SSCC. EASA and European manufacturers firmly support the continued active participation by non-European industry associations.