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November 1, 2019

From an innovative idea to a world leader in air navigation services: NAV CANADA celebrates 23rd anniversary.

November 1st 2019 marks NAV CANADA’s 23rd anniversary. From an innovative idea in the early 1990s, to becoming a world leader in air navigation services, the Company has always strived for excellence and to set the pace for the industry. Here are a few of the milestones we’ve attained since our formation.

1995

1995

NAV CANADA is formed as a private-sector, non-share, capital corporation. The move represents a unique consensus among airlines, business and general aviation, the federal government, and employees of the civil Air Navigation System.

1996

1996

The federal government enacts the Civil Air Navigation Services Commercialization Act (CANSCA), paving the way for the privatization of NAV CANADA. On November 1, the civil ANS is officially transferred to NAV CANADA. Transport Canada, formerly charged with operating the ANS, becomes the safety regulator.

1997

NAV CANADA joins other ANSPs in implementing Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) in the North Atlantic (NAT), increasing capacity in this heavily travelled airspace. In 2005, RVSM is expanded to Pacific domestic, Southern domestic and Northern airspace.

1998

1998

The world’s first “glass tower” opens at Toronto Pearson International Airport with touch-sensitive screens replacing paper flight data strips. This lays the ground work for further advancements in integrated air traffic management systems.

2001

2001

NAV CANADA receives IATA’s Eagle Award for Best ANSP. The Company goes on to receive the award two more times in 2010 and 2011.

2001

2001

The first Flight Information Centre (FIC) is launched in Halifax. FICs are later launched in each region.

2002

2002

Major advancements are made in the tracking of air traffic over the North Atlantic (NAT). The Gander Automated Air Traffic System (GAATS) is upgraded with a situational display providing a visual image of the NAT, improved waypoint reporting and the use of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) as a text-based alternative to High Frequency (HF) radio.

2004

A Conflict Alert safety system becomes operational at all Area Control Centres (ACC), providing automated warnings to controllers for aircraft approaching a loss of separation or violating separation distances, in enroute airspace above 14,000 feet. As well, the Airspace Warning Function is installed across the country, alerting controllers when an aircraft is predicted to enter restricted or special-use airspace.

2007

2007

Flights on the eastern portion of the NAT are now tracked by the Canadian-designed Shanwick Automated Air Traffic System (SAATS), based on GAATS, resulting in seamless service across the world’s busiest oceanic airspace.

2009

2009

On January 1, ground-based ADS-B, combined with high-powered VHF communications capabilities, goes operational over 250,000 square nautical miles of airspace over Hudson Bay.

2010

2010

With its commissioning at the Vancouver ACC and the Edmonton ACC’s southern specialties, CAATS is now a national Flight Data Processor, with automated hand-offs across the country.

2012

NAV CANADA begins providing ADS-B coverage to equipped aircraft in NAT, expanding ADS-B coverage by 1.3 million km2, and bringing total ADS-B coverage to more than 4 million km2.

2013

Safety and Quality, Information Management and Service Delivery embark on a multi-year project to integrate safety data from multiple sources into a new safety information system. As well, Medium-Term Conflict Detection is implemented in high level airspace sectors of Moncton, Montreal, Edmonton and Winnipeg ACCs providing controllers with lookahead for early detection and resolution of separation conflicts.

2014

2014

National rollout is complete of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) in Canadian domestic airspace at FL290 and above.

2016

2016

After investing more than $2 billion since 1996, NAV CANADA announces a three-year, $500 million capital expenditure program to further modernize business and operational systems and to upgrade/replace key facilities.

2017

2017

NAV CANADA becomes one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the first time.

2018

2018

NAV CANADA becomes the first ANSP in the world to implement a new ICAO standard: Established on RNP-AR (EoR). The new separation standard, implemented at Calgary International Airport, safely enables simultaneous arrivals on parallel runways, improves how traffic is integrated and increases use of quieter continuous descent operations.

2019

For the third consecutive year NAV CANADA is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and is also recognized on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers.

2019

2019

The final group of cross-linked Low Earth Orbit satellites are launched, kick starting the industry initiative through Aireon to provide world-wide coverage of ADS-B surveillance, with NAV CANADA the first ANSP in the world to use space-based ADS-B.

2019

2019

A new system, Fusion, merges all available forms of surveillance data, including Aireon data, to provide a more accurate aircraft position and deliver the information directly to controllers’ display screens.


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