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Membership is open to individuals and organizations with an interest in aviation, including aviation executives, pilots, airport managers, suppliers to the aviation industry and aviation enthusiasts. BCAC creates opportunities to meet, discuss concerns and seek solutions, and to learn about new developments in aviation. Student members can gain exposure to a wide range of aviation activities and make valuable contacts as they develop their careers. The Council also provides an effective channel of communication with Provincial and Federal government officials. Municipal governments and Regional Districts can benefit from the Council's advice and assistance. The BC Aviation Council is a group of experienced, conscientious advocates who have much to offer both professionally and socially. It is the only aviation-related organisation that speaks directly on behalf of the interests of all sectors of BC's aviation and aerospace industry. It is self-funded and independent, offering an exceptional degree of flexibility in its views and activities. With over 260 individual and corporate members, it represents almost all major aviation companies in the province.

**Airports, Airlines, Manufacturers, MROs, and suppliers to all these industrial sectors have supported BCAC for over 60 years. Over that period of time, BCAC has developed a tradition of networking that:
- Creates business relationships
- Facilities communication amongst industry members
- Increases the profile of aviation and aerospace issues
- Provides social interaction for aviation-minded people

BCAC organises a host of regular events, including:


- The annual BC Aviation Council conference - the biggest annual aviation event in BC
- An annual Airports Workshop
- Quarterly dinner meetings
- Ad-hoc meetings and events, as opportunities arise

BCAC offers a range of members services, and is continually improving its membership services and benefits:

- A full-time, staffed office
- Research and analysis on industry issues
- A website with industry information and events (www.bcaviation.org)
- A comprehensive Air Facilities Map detailing flight routes and airports in the province
- An Aerotourism program designed to increase GA traffic a regional airports across the province

As the voice of aviation in BC, the Council takes its responsibility to represent industry very seriously. In the recent past, BCAC's involvement in government and regulatory issues has resulted in:
- More than $10 million in investment by the Provincial Government in small airport infrastructure
- Consultative sessions with NAV Canada, Transport Canada and other organisations
- Provincial input into pan-regional and national issues through reciprocal memberships in organisations such as the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA), Canadian Aviation Maintenance Association (CAMC), Canadian Airports Council (CAC), the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), International Northwest Aviation Council (INAC), Northern Air Transport Association (NATA), and others
- Membership in local and regional associations such as the Airline Industry Monitoring Consortium of BC (AIM BC), Aviation Alberta, the Manitoba Aviation Council, the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association (PAMEA) and the BC Floatplane Association
- BCAC has made presentations on issues such as small airport viability, open skies, international air bi-laterals, air navigation issues and airport rent

BCAC offers a broad range of bursaries and trophy awards recognizing achievements in aviation, and encouraging new entrants to the industry to build careers. In 2005, BCAC will:
- Award more than $24,000 in bursaries to students in aircraft maintenance, airport operations, commercial airline training, and private pilots.
- Award trophies to deserving individuals or companies that excel in airport management, aviation facility development, environmental management as it relates to aviation, and air safety.
- BCAC also awards a Lifetime Achievement award to members of the industry that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, promotion and consistent contribution to the development of aviation in BC.

The most important benefit of membership in the BC Aviation Council is the chance to contribute to the development of aviation in British Columbia

For more information about membership in the BC Aviation Council, please contact:

R.W. (Rollie) Back, President and CEO

rback.bcac@telus.net

Suzanne Calnan, Executive Assistant

suzanne.bcac@telus.net

Phone: (604) 278-9330