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Saretsky 'Retires' at WestJet
Saretsky ‘Retires’ at WestJet
Labour relations difficulties appear to be at the root of the sudden departure of Gregg Saretsky as CEO of WestJet. Stock analysts appeared unanimous in their opinion that Saretsky’s replacement ...
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Cell Phone Fire Delays Flight
Cell Phone Fire Delays Flight
A female passenger on an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 was slightly injured when her cell phone caught fire while the aircraft was on the ground at Pearson Airport. The plane ...
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Lost Airman's Parachute Harness Returned
Lost Airman’s Parachute Harness Returned
A bundle of straps that looked like any other beach flotsam has solved a 60-year-old mystery and answered some questions for the family of a Canadian Navy pilot. When Zack ...
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Featured Videos

B-29s At AirVenture

The Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 Fifi will tour central Canada this summer and here’s a sample of what folks in those eight cities will see ...
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Beavers in Australia

A Canadian pilot flying a Canadian aircraft was among the victims of a New Year’s Eve crash on the Hawkesbury River in Australia. Gareth Morgan flew for Sydney Seaplanes on ...
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Snowbirds 2017

Match Productions has been producing a “best of” video of the Snowbirds seasons for a few years now and the 2017 season was truly spectacular. 15 minutes of magic ...
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Recent Incidents


C-FDSN, an Airbus 320-211 aircraft operated by Air Canada was conducting flight ACA571 from San Francisco Intl., CA (KSFO) to Vancouver Intl., BC (CYVR) with 5 crew members and 54 passengers on board. During the takeoff from KSFO, at 500 feet the flight crew received a TCAS RA to monitor vertical speed, due to an aircraft 300 feet below.

The crew followed RA and the flight continued without further incident.


C-GHKR, an Airbus 330-343 aircraft operated by Air Canada was conducting flight ACA836 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl., ON (CYYZ) to Madrid/Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Intl., Spain (LEMD) with 10 crew members and 214 passengers on board. During cruise, approximately half way through the flight, the yellow hydraulic pressure indication went to zero. The flight crew contacted the operator’s maintenance, and continued to destination. The hydraulic system fault resulted in a reduced flap flow rate and inoperative RH thrust reverse. The flight landed without incident in LEMD.

The operator’s maintenance found the yellow hydraulic pressure manifold supply check valve leaking due to a worn seal. The check valve was reinstalled with new seals.

Aviation Investigation Report A16P0161 – 2016-09-02

The Far West Helicopters Ltd. Bell 206B helicopter (registration C-FWHF, serial number 1525) was returning to a remote base camp situated 3.6 nautical miles south-southeast of Deception Mountain, British Columbia, at an elevation of 4100 feet above sea level. The flight took place during daylight hours, with only the pilot on board. At 1358 Pacific Daylight Time, as the helicopter was approaching a service pad, the pilot perceived a power fluctuation. In response, the pilot conducted a straight-in approach to the service pad and applied cyclic and collective control inputs to remain clear of trees. The helicopter pitched up to an extreme nose-high attitude. There was a popping or banging sound, and several pieces of debris separated from the helicopter. The helicopter began to descend and rotate to the left, eventually striking terrain approximately 200 feet northeast of the service pad. Base camp personnel witnessed the event and called 911. The pilot was seriously injured and was evacuated by air ambulance. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The emergency locator transmitter activated. There was no post-impact fire.

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A Beechcraft King Air A100 (registration C‑GJBV, serial number B 100) , operated by Sky Jet M.G. Inc. as Flight SJ512, was on an instrument flight rules flight from Rouyn‑Noranda Airport (CYUY) (Quebec) to Québec/Jean‑Lesage International Airport (CYQB) (Quebec) with 2 pilots and 6 passengers on board.

As the aircraft approached CYQB, the aircraft was cleared for a visual approach to Runway 24. On final approach, the flight crew observed a drone, about the size of a dinner plate, in front of the left wing. The pilot had no time to take evasive action. The impact was unavoidable, and the drone disintegrated.

The collision took place at 1802 Eastern Daylight Time, at an altitude of 2500 feet above sea level (ASL),  and approximately 7 nautical miles from the midpoint of Runway 24.

At 1804, the crew declared an emergency, then completed the landing without further incident. There were no injuries.

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