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Fuel Mismanagement Caused Road Landing
Fuel Mismanagement Caused Road Landing
Fuel mismanagement was the cause of a forced landing by a Piper Navajo on a Calgary street earlier this year. The Transportation Safety Board found the pilots neglected to switch ...
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Swoop, Flair Sparring
Swoop, Flair Sparring
Flair Airlines and WestJet’s new Swoop budget carrier are circling each other like prize fighters as they try to gain advantage in the fledgling ultra low cost carrier market. In ...
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Air Georgian Plans Recruiting Workshop
Air Georgian Plans Recruiting Workshop
Air Georgian is inviting “Canadian aviation industry leaders” to attend its Canadian Pilot Recruitment and Development Workshop sometime in the fall of this year to tackle the pilot shortage. The ...
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Featured Videos

John Sessions The Pilot

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Canadian Warbirds

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Attracting Pilots

Air Georgian has invested heavily in recruitment and now it's asking the whole industry to join it in creating the next generation of aviation workers. Here’s on of its ideas ...
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Blackfly Stuns AirVenture

A Canadian designed octocopter that meets basic ultralight specs was unveiled at AirVenture. Opener Inc.’s Blackfly drew large crowds and major media interest ...
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Fifi Visits Canada

If you’re lucky and have $1700 to spare, you could have this view of one of seven airports in Canada over the next month from the bombardier position in Fifi, ...
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Aurora Gets The Job Done

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Recent Incidents

C-FTIY, a privately operated Christavia MK I Amateur Built aircraft, was conducting a local flight from the Indus/Winters Aire Park, AB (CFY4) with only the pilot on board. This was the first flight after the installation of a new propeller and a cylinder in the Teledyne Continental O-200A engine. Shortly after lift-off from Runway 34, the performance wasn’t as expected and the pilot reduced the power to land; however, directional control could not be maintained.
The aircraft nosed over in a wheat field to the west of the runway, and came to rest on its back;
the pilot was uninjured.

N683DH, a vintage De Havilland DH-89A MKIV ‘Dragon Rapide’ biplane operated by Historic Flight Foundation, was conducting air rides at the termination of the second day of the Abbotsford International Airshow, when it departed with four passengers off Runway 25 from the intersection of Taxiway Delta for a local flight to the South East. During the initial climb shortly after becoming airborne, the aircraft impacted the runway with its right wings, and came to rest on its nose on the right edge of the runway with approximately 3000 feet remaining. ARFF responded and were on scene within a few minutes.
Three passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for observation.
One passenger received serious injuries, and was airlifted by helicopter.
The pilot was seriously injured, and required to be extricated from the wreckage; he was also airlifted to the hospital.
The airplane was substantially damaged.

C-FIYA, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by Air Canada rouge, was conducting flight ROU1947 from Lima/Jorge Chávez Intl, Perú (SPJC) to Toronto/Lester B. Person Intl, ON (CYYZ) with 9 crew members and 253 passengers on board. During cruise flight at FL320, approximately 260 nm North Northwest of SPJC, the cabin crew reported an odour in the cabin described as “dirty socks”. The odour was not detected in the cockpit, however the flight crew elected to return to SPJC and declared a PAN PAN. During the descent to SPJC, approximately 7 tons of fuel were jettisoned, and the aircraft landed overweight without further incident.
The operator’s maintenance is investigating the cause.

C-GNQZ, a Pilatus PC-12/47E aircraft operated by North Star Air, was conducting flight BF711 from Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) to Webequie, ON (CYWP). When the aircraft was in a climbing right turn after the departure from CYPL with the autopilot engaged, an un-commanded disconnect of the autopilot and yaw damper occurred. The flight crew attempted to re-trim the rudder to the left prior to re-engaging the autopilot and yaw damper, however the rudder trim remained stuck at approximately 80% nose-right and difficulty in maintaining straight flight was encountered. The flight crew elected to divert to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT), and attempts to troubleshoot and rectify the problem by following the QRH and resetting the rudder trim circuit breaker were unsuccessful. Attempts to re-engage the autopilot and yaw damper generated a “YD (Yaw Damper) Hold Nose Left” Cockpit Alerting System message. The autopilot and yaw damper were left disengaged for the remainder of the flight. When the flight was approximately 120 nm North of CYQT, the flight crew declared an emergency. Since turning to the left was difficult, a right hand approach to Runway 25 was elected. The possibility of a compromised nose-wheel steering system was discussed, so it was decided to hold the nose-wheel off the ground as long as possible.
The subsequent landing was uneventful and the nose-wheel steering operated normally.
The operator’s maintenance replaced the autopilot trim adapter.

C-FHEZ, a privately operated amateur-built Mosquito XE helicopter, was on a flight from its home base 4 nm North of Indus/Winters Aire Park, AB (CFY4) to a location approximately 7 nm Southeast of CFY4 with only the pilot on board. During cruise flight, the pilot chose to follow the Highwood River westbound, just East of the Davisbruk bridge on highway 552 where it crosses the Highwood River. Approximately 1800 feet East of the bridge, the helicopter struck an unmarked power line that was strung across the river at approximately 75 feet above ground level.
The helicopter departed controlled flight and impacted the ground on the river bank. The aircraft was destroyed, and the pilot was fatally injured. There was no post impact fire.

C-FCIJ, an Aerospatiale ATR 42-300 aircraft operated by Calm Air, was conducting IFR flight CAV569 from Churchill, MB (CYYQ) to Thompson, MB (CYTH). During the descent into CYTH, the flight crew cancelled IFR and positioned the aircraft to join the left downwind for Runway 06. CFUZY, a Swearingen SA226-TC aircraft operated by Perimeter Aviation, was conducting VFR flight PAG781 from CYTH to South Indian Lake (CZSN), MB. When CAV569 was approximately 15 nm North of CYTH, PAG781 was departing off Runway 06 under VFR. The flight crew of PAG781 advised CAV569 that they would be turning to the North West and climbing to 5500 feet ASL. CAV569 levelled at 5200 feet, and the CYTH FSS specialist requested that PAG781 level at 4500 feet. The flight crew of CAV569 subsequently climbed to 6000 feet in response to a TCAS RA to climb. The TCAS showed approximately 500 feet of vertical spacing as the two flights passed within ½ mile horizontally.

C-FMZR, an Embraer ERJ 190-100 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA687 from St. John’s Intl, NL (CYYT) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ). After reaching cruise altitude, the number 2 engine oil pressure indication began decreasing. The flight crew followed the QRH and shut the engine (General Electric CF34-10E5A1) down. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN and requested a diversion to Halifax/Stanfield Intl, NS (CYHZ) where the aircraft landed without further incident. The operator’s maintenance is investigating.

C-GRRS, a privately operated PA-60-602P aircraft, departed from Pembroke, ON (CYTA) to Charlottetown, PE (CYYG). During cruise flight, the pilot declared an emergency. A diversion to Greenville Municipal, ME (3B1) was initiated, and the aircraft impacted terrain during the approach, 0.25 nm from the threshold of Runway 14.

The pilot and the 2 passengers were fatally injured; the aircraft was destroyed.

The crash victims have been identified as Joe Robertson, his wife Anita and their daughter Laura.

The NTSB is investigating.


C-GVMX, an Agusta AW119 MK II helicopter operated by Geotech Aviation, was operating at a height of approximately 400 feet AGL near Uxbridge, ON, and was carrying a geophysical antenna system as a slung load. During the flight, a failure in the antenna rigging system occurred and, as a result, the antenna fell to the ground and landed on a house. There was minor damage to the house and no injuries.

A6-EQC, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated by Emirates, was conducting flight UAE235 from Dubai Intl, United Arab Emirates (OMDB) to Chicago/O’Hare Intl, IL (KORD) with 18 crew members and 355 passengers on board. Approximately 65 nautical miles South East of Iqaluit, NU (CYFB) while cruising at FL360, the flight crew received the ENG FUEL VALVE R message on the EICAS, followed by ENG FAIL R message. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN due to the number 2 engine (GE 90-115B) power loss, and requested a diversion to Goose Bay, NL (CYYR) at FL250. An attempt to restart the engine was carried out, however unsuccessfully. The right engine was secured and the aircraft continued to CYYR where an uneventful landing was carried out at 1835Z.

No one was injured.

Maintenance personnel replaced the right fuel spar valve, and the aircraft was returned in service


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