MIAMI — Nav Canada, the not-for-profit, a private corporation that owns and operates Canada’s Civil Air Navigation System, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special logo on its livery.
The organization owns and operates the country’s air navigation infrastructure, which extends to over 19 million square kilometers of Canadian land and oceanic airspace. According to the organization’s briefing guide, over 40,000 customers and 12 million aircraft movements per year utilize its services, making them the second largest air navigation service in the world.
NAV Canada’s services include air traffic control, flight and weather information, aeronautical information and airport advisory services, as well as keeping all navigation aids within the country in perfect operational condition.
All Canadian NAVAIDs, such as Flight Service Stations or Flight Information Centres, are handled by NAV Canada, which has received three IATA Eagle Awards since 2001 as the world’s best air navigation service provider.
To celebrate its anniversary, all the aircraft on its Flight Inspection fleet will carry the celebratory logo, as seen below.
One of its Bombardier CRJ200s was seen doing ILS calibration runs on Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport’s (YYZ) runway 15R on May 18, 2017. NAV Canada operates two CRJ200s and a Dash-8-100 in the flight inspection/calibration role.
Unlike in other countries—where similar companies are publicly owned—NAV Canada operates independently of any government funding. Instead, it is only allowed to be funded by publicly traded debt and service charges to aircraft operators.
Such concept proves that non-publicly-owned organizations are more likely to perform better and offer a more reliable, technology-driven service. United States’ President, Donald Trump, recently presented a plan to privatize America’s air traffic control system (ATC) as part of a budget proposal for discretionary spending in the fiscal year 2018.
A previous initiative, endorsed by most of the airlines in the United States, died in Congress last year, but it has been resuscitated with the advent of a new presidential administration.
Under the plan, which is part of a multi-year reauthorization proposal for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a fiscal shift that cuts 13% or $16.2 billion from the budget of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), oversight of the ATC system would shift to a private, nonprofit corporation that would over time take over complete administration.
This proposal would then mirror ATC privatization efforts in many other countries including Australia and Canada, where NAV Canada thrives year after year.