Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

September 21, 2011 11:44 ET

International Winter Operations Conference Opens October 5 in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2011) - Global experts in winter aviation will present the latest industry advances at the International Winter Operations Conference, October 5-6 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel.

Under the theme "Safety Is No Secret", aviation industry experts in all aspects of winter operations will share the latest technological advances and best practices from around the world, according to Captain Paul Strachan, President of the Air Canada Pilots Association. "We invite anyone interested in the advancement of aviation safety to hear the lessons these industry leaders have learned in their respective fields of expertise," Captain Strachan said.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Allan J. McDonald, former Director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project at the time of the Challenger accident and co-author of the book "Truth, Lies and O-rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster".

Local speakers include representatives from Bombardier, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Aero MAG 2000, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Presentations are also scheduled by experts from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, ATR, Deicing Innovations, the Flight Safety Foundation, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the University of Waterloo.

The complete agenda and registration information are available at

The last International Winter Operations Conference in 2009 attracted more than 200 delegates from 17 countries.

The International Winter Operations Conference is hosted by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA). ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the more than 3,000 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Contact Information

  • Air Canada Pilots Association
    Paul Howard
    Director of Communications
    905-678-9008 ext. 222