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. WestJet was formed on a profit sharing basis in which employees were referred to as “owners” with a stake in the company. It has since dropped that marketing angle.


The successful drives at WestJet and Encore were especially significant for ALPA in that it made the Canadian unit of the international organization the largest pilots union in Canada. 

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The Air Canada Pilots Association previously held that title with 3,600 members but ALPA now has 5,000 members and is looking for more. The Encore bargaining unit held its first meeting in Ottawa earlier this week and elected interim executive members.

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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Group Wants Lanc Restored

The City of Toronto says it won’t damage or dispose of a Second World War Lancaster that was dismantled when the flight museum at Downsview was evicted six years ago. The Lancaster originally sat on a pedestal on the Toronto waterfront for decades before going to the museum in 1999. The old Lanc has been
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Facette New CBAA Boss

The Canadian Business Aviation Association announced Thursday (Nov. 9) that Jim Facette has been chosen to succeed Rudy Toering as president and CEO of the organization. Facette was president of the Canadian Airports Council and his CBAA appointment takes effect Dec. 1. “CBAA made tremendous progress during Rudy Toering’s tenure; its influence in Ottawa is
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Fatigue Rules Panned

Transport Canada is now reviewing comments on its controversial proposal to amend crew rest standards for commercial pilots. Transport Minister Marc Garneau told delegates to the Air Transport Association of Canada meeting in Montreal this week that the changes bring Canada more in line with international standards and are aimed at improving safety. But many
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