No Fatalities in ATR Crash

One of the passengers aboard a West Wind Aviation ATR 42 that crashed in northern Saskatchewan on Wednesday said the aircraft turned sideways before losing altitude and about a kilometre from the Fond du Lac Airport. Remarkably, there were no fatalities and only a few of the 22 passengers and three crew on board needed hospitalization according to local reports. Fond du Lac is a First Nations community of 900 on the shore of Lake Athabasca near the border with the Northwest Territories. It’s only accessible by air.


The plane was on a 20-minute flight to Stony Plain. Band councillor Willy Laurent said the plane ended up on its side and passengers had to scramble over the seats to get out.

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The crash prompted a response from the RCMP, the Rangers, a volunteer force of northern residents associated with the military and local residents who helped everyone to safety. “Everybody was involved and that’s how the community came forward,” said local resident Don Deranger.

Air Canada Begins MAX Service

Air Canada was showing off its new Boeing 737 MAX this week, running scheduled and test flights across the country and inviting planespotters to get out to see the new aircraft. The first MAX entered revenue service with a flight from Toronto to Calgary on Monday and is now integrated into the schedule flying between
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Flair Expands Again

Flair Airlines now says it will have 12 Boeing 737s in the air by early 2019 as it tries to establish a foothold in the ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) market as competition looms from WestJet’s Swoop. The Kelowna-based airline announced Friday it will run scheduled flights into Vancouver, Toronto and the rapidly growing Okanagan
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No Fatalities in ATR Crash

One of the passengers aboard a West Wind Aviation ATR 42 that crashed in northern Saskatchewan on Wednesday said the aircraft turned sideways before losing altitude and about a kilometre from the Fond du Lac Airport. Remarkably, there were no fatalities and only a few of the 22 passengers and three crew on board needed
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Encore Pilots Pick Union Officers

More than 500 pilots at WestJet’s regional carrier Encore have been certified as members of the Airline Pilots Association, a few months after the 1,400 pilots at the main airline joined the union. The certification ends a long and controversial process which was initially rebuffed by WestJet pilots when the first unionization attempts were made.
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Book Captures Great Bush Planes

Acclaimed Canadian aviation photographer Rich Hulina has published his second volume of images and aimed his lens at some of the most beloved airframes in service today. Hulina sought out the operators of rare and vintage aircraft for Bush Flying Captured and the cover features two Beech 18s on floats shot near Nestor Falls, Ontario.
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Float Operators Criticize Tower Plan

Telecommunications giant Rogers Communications is revisiting a plan to put a 40-metre cell phone tower near the shore of a southern Ontario lake used by floatplanes. The Waterloo Record says Rogers plans to put the tower about 400 metres from Puslinch Lake just outside of Cambridge. The tower is planned for a nature preserve at
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Air Transat Offers $500 To Ramped Passengers

Air Transat says it will pay the hundreds of passengers bottled up on four aircraft for five to six hours last July in Ottawa $500 each in a settlement mandated by the Canadian Transportation Agency. The planes were supposed to land in Montreal after flights from Europe but were diverted by weather. They needed fuel
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Online Book Store Launched

Canadian Aviator Publishers, which publishes COPA Flight and Canadian Aviator Magazine is taking a major step toward preserving the rich history of Canadian aviation through the establishment of a mail-order book store. Aviator’s Bookshelf is devoted entirely to publishing and selling books about Canadian Aviation by Canadian authors to ensure the thousands of important stories
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Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame will induct four new members at a gala dinner at Sunwest Aviation at Calgary Airport next June. “In 2018 we will again be honouring four Canadians for their outstanding places in Canadian aviation,” says Hall of Fame board chairman, Rod Sheridan. “Their careers over several decades span a wide breadth
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Mission Pilot Double Rescue

A young Canadian missionary pilot was instrumental in giving some African babies a shot at a normal life last August. Brett Reierson, who flies for Mission Aviation Fellowship, was able to land at the remote village in the Congo where new mom Claudine Mukhena had gone looking for help with her newborn cojoined twin girls.
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Canadian North Adding Maintenance

Canadian North is bringing its aircraft maintenance in house with the establishment of a 90,000 square foot comprehensive facility in Edmonton. The multi-million-dollar plant will be able to handle all the maintenance requirements of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-200, 300 and Dash-8 aircraft. It will also have the capacity to fix and maintain aircraft
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WestJet Link New Regional

WestJet has signed a deal with Pacific Coastal Airlines to supply regional airline service between several smaller B.C. and Alberta communities and its Calgary Hub. Pacific Coastal Saab 340s, operating as WestJet Link and painted in WestJet colours, will feed the main line from Lethbridge, Lloydminster  and Medicine Hat in Alberta and Cranbrook and Prince
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Passionate Aviator Peter Lubig Remembered

A celebration of life will be held Saturday at Peterborough Airport for talented aviation journalist and accomplished aviation professional Peter Lubig. Lubig died Nov. 4 from cancer and the family services have already been held in Calgary. The Saturday event is intended for all of his many aviation friends and colleagues in Ontario to say
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More Good News For CSeries

The second major tentative order for Bombardier’s CSeries in as many weeks is giving the company confidence the aircraft will become a market success. Egyptair is expected to buy at least 12 CS300s and maybe another 12 and an unnamed European airline is ready to sign for 30 planes and possibly another 31. The two
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Canada Jetlines Aiming For June 1

The ultra low cost airline world got more crowded on Thursday with the announcement that Canada Jetlines plans to launch June 1 with fares of less than $100. But the airline will need to tap into the potential of new regulations that allow up to 49 percent foreign ownership of airlines. CEO Stan Gadek is
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