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General Aviation Economic Footprint – Measurement. ATAC 2007 Annual Meeting and Tradeshow World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS November 4 th, 2007. Presentation Outline. Electronic Collection of Air Transportation Statistics (ECATS) at Transport Canada (TC)

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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

Michel Villeneuve


Aviation Statistics

(613) 990-3825