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General aviation economic footprint measurement

General Aviation Economic Footprint – Measurement

ATAC 2007 Annual Meeting and Tradeshow

World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS

November 4th, 2007

Presentation outline
Presentation Outline

  • Electronic Collection of Air Transportation Statistics (ECATS) at Transport Canada (TC)

    • Phase 1 – Collecting from the commercial carriers flying within/from/to Canada

    • Phase 2 – Collecting data from the general aviation sector

Ecats phase i objectives commercial air carriers

Improve level of completeness

263 carrier reporting

covering more than 98 % of traffic in Canada

Reduce data reporting burden and costs

For airlines:

minimizes effort to support data reporting

improves filing efficiency

For Transport Canada:

no manual input as data is received in electronic format

validation is automated

ECATS Phase I Objectives Commercial Air Carriers

3 primary objectives for air operational transportation statistics were:

  • Improve timeliness of available statistics

    • Major Airlines: from 24 hours to 1 month

    • Regional/Local Airlines: within 1 month after close of quarter


  • Industry

    • Reduced reporting burden/costs

    • Data availability:

      • Electronic aggregated data available to all parties (with confidentiality provisions):

        • cannot derive a carrier’s market share

        • written permission from carrier before their data can be released to airports/CAC/ATAC

    • Single source of information reduces legal and other costs

  • Government

    • Timely data to help with:

      • policy development and decision making

      • monitoring financial health of carriers and the air industry

    • Improvement of analytical capability for programs

      • Example: Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP),

        airport rent payments, security charges

Ecats phase ii scope
ECATS Phase II - Scope

  • Data elements targeted by Phase 2

    • General Aviation

    • Origin and Destination Passengers (O/D)

    • Air Cargo

General aviation objectives
General Aviation - Objectives

  • Obtain data to help government and air transportation stakeholders:

    • Get an overall precise measure of the industry’s:

      • Importance

      • Contribution

      • Health

      • Operators

  • Better reflect and acknowledge General Aviation in:

    • Policy and programs developments

    • Planning

  • Help stakeholders in:

    • Planning (identifying opportunities, allocating resources)

    • Tackling issues

General aviation definition
General Aviation - Definition

  • General Aviation:

    • According to the Transport Canada Aviation Statistics Group - The operation of aircraft(s) by individuals, companies or government entities for purposes other than commercial passenger and/or cargo transport for remuneration including leisure, business, aerial work and instructional flying.

  • Categories to be looked at:

    • Corporate/Personal Business Aviation

    • Specialty flying (Industrial, aerial work)

    • Flight Training

    • Maintenance/ Essential services (Natural Resources, Medivac)

    • Private including very light jet (VLJ)

    • Recreational including very light jets, ultra-lights, balloons, gliders and other private planes

    • Government – public service, military

    • Experimental

General aviation study
General Aviation - Study

Stakeholder and data element universe unclear

  • Assessment of the GA industry to gain better understanding

    • LPS consulting firm:

      • Defining GA universe

      • Determining what data is available in industry

      • Determining technical capabilities of GA stakeholders

        • Roundtable discussion with the industry on March 1st, 2007 in Ottawa

      • Conducting environmental scan for other GA data collection projects

  • Consultant’s report was completed on March 31, 2007

  • TC-Civil Aviation is involved in this process.

General aviation collection methods
General Aviation – Collection Methods

  • Webservices:

    • Direct connection between systems

    • No manual input necessary

  • TC website

    • Web Upload: upload of a document such as excel

    • Web Form: completion of a standard on-line form

    • Annual Airworthiness Information Report

      • Exploring possibility of adding a section to this pre-existing mandatory form

  • Organisational web page

    • Exploring possibility of putting form on ATAC’s website

General aviation data elements already collected
General AviationData Elements Already Collected

  • Flight schools data presently being collected by TC:

    • Number of flight schools in Canada

    • Location of flight schools

    • Number of licences issued in Canada

    • Hours flown to some extent

  • Information is used for the measure of trends

General aviation data elements
General Aviation - Data Elements

Proposed data elements that could be collected

(data elements and frequency to be determined)

  • Trip information

    • Top 10 airports flown to

    • Hours flown (flight training*/other*)

    • Number of cycles (local/transborder)

    • Longest trip

    • Average distance

    • Revenue/non-revenue/total passengers/cargo on board (If applicable I.e. when flying other than training)

  • Fuel consumption

  • Expenditures ($) :

    • fuel/maintenance/other

  • Time period

  • Flight School Information:

    • Owner(s), company name, base location (airport*/city*/province*)

  • Activity type:

    • flight training, other

  • Aircraft Information:

    • make*/model*

    • Registration mark*/tail number

    • Max seats available

    • Maximum take-off weight *

* Elements already collected in the AAIR

General aviation data elements1
General Aviation - Data Elements

Example of

data that

could be


*All data fictional

General aviation purpose of data collection
General Aviation Purpose of Data Collection

  • Assess the importance of each GA component

  • Understand the GA contribution to Canadian economy

  • Help the GA industry to better recognize its own contribution

  • Ensure GA’s prosperity by defending it in the following situations and others:

    • Defend at ICAO environment proposal

    • Protect against proposed U.S. policy which would limit entry points into the U.S.

    • Ensure GA maintains the access it needs to congested airports and airspace, while also ensuring that small airports have accurate data for planning operations (Small Airport Viability concerns)

  • Guide future policy development on GA with respect to economy, environment, safety and security.

General aviation how to succeed
General Aviation – How to Succeed

To Have a Good GA Economic Footprint – An efficient collection of reliable data is an essential first step

  • Keys to Success :

    • Collaboration from all the different GA stakeholders (government/industry/private individuals)

    • Submission of data to TC is free and time efficient

    • Sharing of information between TC and the GA industry

    • Privacy of data is essential at all time

    • Project to be completed by March 31, 2009



Stéphanie Di Cesare

Economic Analyst

Aviation Statistics

(613) 991-5822

[email protected]

Michel Villeneuve


Aviation Statistics

(613) 990-3825

[email protected]