February 17, 2012 07:30 ET

Air Traffic Controllers Name Aviation Markers After Montreal Canadiens' Legends

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2012) -

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Air Traffic Controllers working at the NAV CANADA Area Control Centre (ACC) in Montreal have paid tribute to five hockey legends by naming new waypoints and arrival procedures after the former Canadiens.

The following Hall of Famers' have waypoints adapted from their names; Maurice Richard (MORIC), Jean Béliveau (BLIVO), Doug Harvey (ARVIE), Guy Lafleur (LAFLR) and Bob Gainey (GAINY). These waypoints appear in the latest edition of the Canada Air Pilot, an official publication by NAV CANADA containing aeronautical maps and arrival and departure procedures for airports across the country. (A document is available at the following address:

A waypoint is a specified geographical location, defined by longitude and latitude, that is used in the definition of routes and terminal segments and for progress-reporting purposes. Under the international convention, names must be unique and consist of five letters that are pronounceable. The five new waypoint names have been approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

"The Air Traffic Controllers at the Montreal ACC - which provides air navigation services for aircraft throughout Quebec and parts of eastern Ontario - and at the NAV CANADA Control Tower at Trudeau Airport are all very excited to be using the names of these great Canadiens as we guide aircraft arriving in Montreal," said Guy St-Arneault, Manager ACC Operations.

To commemorate the event, NAV CANADA welcomed Mr. Lafleur, along with former Habs great Réjéan Houle, President of the Canadiens Alumni to the Tower and the ACC on Thursday.

NAV CANADA also named a new standard terminal arrival (STAR) procedure HABBS ONE. "Most commercial aircraft, including the ones used by visiting NHL teams, will be flying the HABBS ONE procedure," notes Mr. St-Arneault. "That's pretty cool."

Marking 15 years as Canada's private sector civil air navigation services provider, with operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

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