A Montreal helicopter pilot has had his business dream shot down by Transport Canada.
Christian Assad started his helicopter ferrying business last fall, after repeated problems with the Champlain Bridge. He charged $99 for a one-way, four-minute trip over the St-Lawrence
But just a few weeks after he offered rides from the South Shore to Montreal the federal government ordered him to stop.
Transport Canada claims Assad is landing in a built up area.
If true, he would require a fully equipped helipad - something he says is difficult and expensive to build.... provided the city approves it in the first place.
But he claims he lands in a field east of the Technoparc by the Bonaventure Highway and therefore all he needs is a city permit.
He doesn't understand why the federal government is hindering his business instead of helping it grow.
Assad is hoping to iron out his differences with Transport Canada and get airborne as soon as possible.
Photo courtesy Helico Pro