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No-Frills Plan Boosts Union Bid

WestJet pilots have launched a new unionization push.

WestJet’s announcement that it will be spinning off a no-frills carrier by the end of the year may mean the end of its admittedly tenuous status as a non-union company.

The airline has used profit sharing and a team concept to try to prevent certification and narrowly avoided it with both pilots and flight attendants in 2015.

But with news that a new bargain carrier is being created may have become a rallying point for employees to sign cards.

Pilots upped the ante by inviting the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) to organize another union drive.

“WestJet pilots have demonstrated the pilot unity needed to certify a union on the property, and we believe WestJet pilots will be successful in their election for ALPA representation,” ALPA President Capt. tim Canoll said in a statement. “The WestJet pilots work for a profitable and productive company, and with the vast resources available through ALPA representation, they will begin the process to legally negotiate the terms of their employment and establish a collective bargaining agreement under the Canada Labour Code that other union-represented aviation groups in Canada enjoy today.”

Meanwhile, the pro-union WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association issued a statement saying the no-frills prospect “shows how important it is for WestJet flight attendants to have an independent union negotiating job security, work rules and compensation.”

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No-Frills Plan Boosts Union Bid

WestJet’s announcement that it will be spinning off a no-frills carrier by the end of the year may mean the end of its admittedly tenuous status as a non-union company. The airline has used profit sharing and a team concept to try to prevent certification and narrowly avoided it with both pilots and flight attendants
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Summit Air Expands

Summit Air has anounced it’s building a new operating base at Calgary International Airport and added its largest aircraft to date to its fleet. The company, which is a subsidiary of construction giant Ledcor, specializes in fly-in, fly-out services to mining operations in the North from Edmonton and Yellowknife. “We have had a Calgary base
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Voyageur Completes Dash 8 Freighter

North Bay-based Voyageur Aviation has completed it first conversion of a Dash 8-100 for freight service. The company unveiled the first completion last week at its North Bay hangar and announced Wasaya Airways as launch customer. The high-wing turboprop will be used on unimproved runways throughout the North, replacing Hawker Siddeley HS 748s and Cessna
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CSeries Approved For London City

Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency have approved Bombardier CS100 airliner for service to London City Centre Airport. And that means Bombardier can sell the aircraft to airlines that want to provide non-stop service from the convenient downtown London airport to eastern U.S. cities. Most of the aircraft that use the downtown airport
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A330 Loses Wheel

Ground crews at London’s Heathrow Airport were surprised to find an Air Canada A330 missing one of four wheels on its right main gear when it landed there on Monday. The aircraft took off from Montreal seven hours earlier and left the wheel in Montreal beside a runway. It apparently rolled away while the aircraft
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Rouge Pilot Collapses On Final

An Air Canada Rouge lost consciousness as the aircraft approached Pearson International Airport on April 3. The flight was enroute from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and set up for the runway when the pilot flying collapsed. The pilot monitoring (PM) took immediate control and landed the aircraft without further incident,” said the CADORS report.  “The
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TC Defends Simulator Training

Transport Canada’s director general Aaron McCrorie defended cuts to training flights for its inspectors in Parliament on Tuesday saying they’re actually better off learning on the ground. “You can actually get better training with a simulator,” he said in testimony before the House of Commons Transport Committee. McCrorie was responding to questions from committe members
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Pearson Delays Ripple

Reconstruction of a main runway at Canada’s busiest airport has caused rippling cancellations, particularly among regional airlines. Runway 05/23 will be out of service until the end of May and that has caused some slot problems. Most cancellations have affected regional airlines and London International Airport has had 10 Toronto flights cancelled in the last
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Beauty in Beastly Weather

The RCAF is putting its air demonstration teams through their paces in Comox, B.C. this week as they get ready for the six-month air show season. The Snowbirds and CF-18 demo teams typically spend a couple of weeks on normally-balmy Vancouver Island in April to put the final touches on their routines before hitting the
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Vimy Mission Accomplished

Five replica First World War biplanes flew around the Vimy Monument in France on April 9 as part of a huge ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the epic battle. The aircraft, four Nieuport 11s and an SE-5, duplicated an honour flight that took place in 1936 marking the dedication of the monument. After Sunday’s
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Bombardier Chairman Cuts Pay

Bombardier’s board of directors has approved cutting Executive Chairman Pierre Beaudoin’s pay by $1.4 million USD to his 2015 rate of $3.8 million USD. The pay cut was requested by Beaudoin after filing documents made public last month revealed that the total compensation for senior executives jumped 50 percent from $21.9 million USD to $32.7
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Flying Replica Arrow Takes Shape

A group of Calgary pilots is building a .6 scale replica of the Avro Arrow that they hope to fly within the next five to 10 years. The group has been meeting for 20 years about the project and much of the first few years was spend in research. The build goes on every Tuesday
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Zenair Stab Inspections Needed

By RAA Canada In September 2016 an Advanced UL Zenair 601 was on approach to Guelph Airpark when the nose pitched abruptly downward and crashed, killing the one crew member on board. The Canada Transport Safety Board did a comprehensive investigation and found preexisting internal damage to the forward spar of the horizontal stabilizer. The
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Canadians Flock to SNF

By: Phil Lightstone In typical Florida weather, Sun ’n Fun opened hot and humid, with a broken ceiling at 3800 feet.  With a record of 510 exhibitors, Canadian participation was at an all-time high with a total of 10 companies exhibiting.  Members of the Buttonville Flying Club from Toronto flew down in record numbers.  Igor
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A350 Lands in Vancouver

The first scheduled flight of Airbus’s latest airliner landed in Vancouver earlier this week. Cathay Pacific has launched daily A350-900 service to and from Hong Kong. The aircraft is Airbus’s answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which Air Canada operates on Asian routes. The Cathay Pacific version features the individual seat pods in first class
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