Changes at YukonFlying / POLITICS ;
In 2008, I decided to confine any discussion of controversial aviation issues on this web page; yukonflying.com to its own page; this the POLITICS page. I began a blog to factually document the statements and actions of GOVERNMENT in order to help identify and resolve problems. I also posted the supporting correspondence and any related documents. Over nine years it became unwieldy, and damning....so...In 2018, I felt a fresh start was needed, in an attempt to be positive I ended "THE WAR ON AVIATION" and began a NEW document / blog I initially called "FINDING AVIATION SOLUTIONS".
That first phase ( a 62 page diary and documentation) can still be accessed by clicking here;
My effort continued until April 2019 when the YTG Minister responsible for Aviation Richard Mostyn, referred to this web site and blog on the floor in the Yukon Legislature and claimed personal responsibility for resolving most outstanding issues these documents identified. ( I am surprised and confused since I can't identify the justification for his claims). I will continue in the original pattern to be honest and objective in the following document;
THE WAR ON AVIATION (Part 2)
Click anywhere on the image below to open the ongoing Blog.
I will continue to post accurate events and documents, you can have confidential input on content, concerns, or layout by contacting me...please help keep this accurate and relevant.
Below, in .pdf files is the collection of correspondence that I have delivered or exchanged in the pursuit of the survival of General Aviation;
- 2003 to Yukon MP
- 2003 Abuse by Transport Canada
- 2005 to Alaskan Senator Murkowski
- 2005 to Minister Glen Hart
- 2005 Plea to all Govt levels to talk
- 2005 Request for Clarification about lease
- 2005 2nd Request for clarification about hanger
- 2006 Plea to Mayor for discussion
- 2007 TC response to Law suit
- 2009 Airplanes in National Parks
- 2009 Enforcement Problems at Transport Canada
- 2010 Airport Problems Article
- 2010 Try to Build a Hanger on an airport in Yukon
- 2010 to YTG Minister Failing Infrastructure
- 2010 Response from Minister Archie Lang
- 2011 Quotes From YTG Supt. of Airports letter
- 2012 TC Minister - Aviation Bill of Rights
- 2012 Presentation to YTG
- 2012 Cuts at Flight Services in Whitehorse
- 2012 to TC re Investigation
- 2012 to COPA about ELTs
- 2012 Cuts at Flight Services in Whitehorse
- 2012 to YTG Minister about problems
- 2012 Response to YTG Minister
- 2013 1st Presentation to City of Whitehorse
- 2013 Yukon Government Fails to manage airports
- 2013 The Flight Before Christmas
- 2014 from TC- Closing Runway 19 is YTG idea
- 2014 To City of Whitehorse about Schwatka Lake Floatplanes
- 2014 To YTG Minister re Airports Act
- 2014 Letter from all Lease holders re introduction of contamination.
- 2014 Lease renewal needed
- 2014 Asking Lease questions.
- 2014 Draft Lease - offered then revoked w absurd conditions.
- 2014 To YTG Minister-Aviation and Marine Services is broken.
- 2015 2nd Presntation Schwatka Lake
- 2015 The War on Airplanes
- 2016 Trying to renew my Lease
- 2016 "Contaminated Soil is suitable for placing on your lease...".
- 2016 to Minister of Transport for Lease Conditions demanded
- 2016 30 Year lease issued to this hanger (photo).
- 2016 10 Year lease issued to this hanger (photo).
- 2016 No lease issued. for this hanger (photo).
- 2016 YTG Internal communication re my request for help (From ATIP).
- 2016 Airport Lease discussion in Yukon Legislature, April 22, 2016.
- 2016 Pilot Licence woes - TC staff follow new "Service Standards"
- 2017 YTG Call for Tender for ....what exactly?
- 2017 TC "Better Service" Poster.....(just don't come in to our offices)
- 2017 TC Fails to provide service ....(The e Mail trail that may end the CFPBS project)
- 2017 Call for change at Transport Canada (To Minster, MP, Media, & Mail list)
- 2017 COPA response to Minister Mostyn after hypocritical disregard to both process and civility!
- 2017 E Mail exchange re: Watson lake Fuel Problem - staff indifference.
- 2017 One businessman's response to YTG Aviation Review and efforts to eliminate airstrips.
- 2017 Whitehorse Star Editorial gets it right!.
- 2017 e Mail exchange with ADM: Acts/Regulations are legal...AVOP and Policy of the moment is NOT!.
- 2017 COPA Response to YTG Minister Mostyn's Confusion!.
- 2008 - 2017 Yukon Flying Blog (Part 1)
- 2017 Yukon Airports Act
- 2017 YTG "Engagement Website" reports on Aviation Act Consultation.
YTG / Stantec 'Aviation Review' - the draft
April 17 Hansard - Mostyn responsible for solving YTG
What can you do to help ?
It is apparent that the largest source of problems in aviation lie in the Governing legislation. Because of multiple jurisdicitions (Federal, Provincial, Municipal and others) interacting and being misinterpreted around us no one is sure what the rules actually are. This leads to confusion, inconsistent application, and misuse. The Aeronautics Act and Canadian Air Regulations have even been identified in Senior Courts as unneccesarily large and convoluted.
An initiative to write legislation in "Plain Language" has not been made retroactive at this point. But, once everyone involved, Legislators, Regulators, Aviaitors and Owners, actually know what the law is compliance will become commonplace and costs and waste will be reduced.
If you agree here is a draft letter you can copy and paste / edit and send to the Minister of Transport in Ottawa, or to who ever you feel is competent authority;
Dear Minister ;
Aviation in this country is in difficulty. Growing costs and shrinking bottom lines dominate Aviation.
There is an excess of confusing rules that are interpreted differently, varying by region and situation. This inconsistent application of law only adds to our frustration. Canadfian courts have even identified the unreasonable extent and complexity of the Aeronautics Act and Canadian Air Regulations.
But, under a banner of 'SAFETY' a growing bureaucracy is unchallenged because for us the percieved risks associated with complaining are directly related to our bottom-line. In fact the time and effort needed to appease the system leaves us less not more resources to achieve 'SAFETY'.
Asimple solution is to re-write the Aeronautics Act and the Canadian Air Regulations so that they can be understood by us, the flying public. Then I suggest you train the bureaucracy to apply them legally and consistently. Once we all know what the rules actually are and how they will be applied compliance will be far easier to achieve. The cost savings for all of us would be significant, and "SAFETY" achieved.
The Yukon Transportation Museum at CYXY