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Ex-Toronto Lanc May Fly Again
Ex-Toronto Lanc May Fly Again
A former RCAF Lancaster surveillance aircraft that served as a gate guard in Toronto for decades may fly again if the B.C. Aviation Museum has its way. The museum, just ...
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NTSB Cites Crew Rest In Air Canada Incident
NTSB Cites Crew Rest In Air Canada Incident
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has cited Canada’s less stringent crew rest requirements as a factor in a close call at San Francisco International Airport in which an Air ...
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Chorus Wins Air Baltic Contract
Chorus Wins Air Baltic Contract
Chorus Aviation, of Halifax, has won a contract to do heavy maintenance of an eastern European airline. Air Baltic will fly its 12 Next Generation Bombardier Q400s to Halifax to ...
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New King Air Surveillance For RCAF

The RCAF is getting three new King Air 350ER aircraft outfitted with the latest in surveilance gear. We looked at the U.S. Army’s version of the plane at Sun ’n ...
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Darryl Murphy In Homebuilder Hall of Fame

The founder of Murphy Aircraft, Darryl Murphy, will be inducted into EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame Nov. 8. Although he’s officially retired, Murphy presided over the design of the Murphy ...
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NTSB On Air Canada Incident

Members of the U.S. Transportation Safety Board didn’t mince words in their analysis of the near catastrophe involving an Air Canada A320 at San Francisco International Airport last July ...
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Elroy At Markham

A passenger carrying drone built by Texas-based Astro Aerospace underwent testing at Toronto Markham Airport this week. The drone, called Elroy, was flying under a Transport Canada special flight operations ...
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Back In The Air

About 18 months after a training accident that left her with a disability, Victoria Flying Club flight instructor Kristen Ursel returned to the right seat on Sept. 3 for a ...
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Loud and Proud

Most airshows thrive on speed and loud aircraft speed and the London Air Show really cranks up the volume ...
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Recent Incidents

2018-09-25
C-IMTN, a privately operated CLASS BushCaddy R-80 Basic Ultra-light aircraft, departed from South Cariboo/108 Mile, BC (CZML) on a local VFR flight with 2 persons on board. Approximately 25 minutes after the departure, the pilot observed the engine (Subaru series) oil pressure and electrical voltage indications fluctuating.

The pilot and the passenger, who was also a pilot, elected to shut the engine down and performed a forced landing in a field along the VFR route, 30 nm South East of Williams Lake, BC (CYWL).

The field turned out to be saturated with water, causing the tailwheel aircraft to come to an abrupt stop, and overturned. Both occupants were wearing a four point seat restraint
system, and were not injured. However, the aircraft received substantial damage.

Reportedly, the alternator belt had recently been replaced. The RCMP and Air Traffic Area ControlCenter Shift Manager were advised.

2018-10-02
C-GAQN, a DHC-8-311 operating as North Cariboo Air flight NCB5109, was in cruise en route from Christina Lake, AB (CCL3) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) when the left main landing gear aft door opened fully. The flight crew received a gear door light indication and a landing gear INOP caution light. The crew diverted to Vancouver, BC (CYVR), declared a PAN PAN PAN, and requested emergency services stand by. The landing gear was extended manually and the aircraft landed at CYVR without further incident.
Company maintenance inspected the aircraft, swung the gear, and performed a test flight with no faults found.
The Proximity Switch Electronics Unit (PSEU, p/n 8-586-01) was replaced as a precautionary measure.

2018-09-30
N2578C, a privately operated Cessna 170B, was on a VFR flight from Manning, AB (CFX4), to Fort
Nelson, BC (CYYE) with two crew members and one passenger on board. The aircraft successfully
touched down on Runway 22 in CYYE but on the landing roll out, control of the aircraft was lost
and the aircraft performed a ground loop.
There were no injures and the aircraft taxied clear of the
runway.
There was substantial damage to the outer portion of the left wing, and minor damage to
the left elevator and left main wheel assembly.

2018-10-03
C-GEWR, a Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft operated by WestJet Encore, was conducting flight WEN3351 from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) for Edmonton Intl, AB (CYEG).
Shortly after the departure from CYYC, the flight crew reported that the nose landing gear would not retract.
The flight continued to CYEG and, on initial descent, the flight crew requested ARFF to be standing by for the landing as a precaution. The flight landed without further incident, and the landing gear was inspected prior to taxiing to the gate.
The operator’s maintenance found the landing gear locked sensors out of rig and loose. They were rigged as required and the aircraft was returned to service.

2018-09-30
C-FNHT, a privately registered Cessna 172B aircraft, was en route from Birch Hills, SK (CJD3) to Tisdale, SK (CJY3). Prior to arriving at CJY3, the pilot attempted to land in a pasture, approximately 15 nm North East of the airport.
During the landing roll, a gust of wind caught the right wing tip and the aircraft ground looped. Control could not be regained, the aircraft veered to the left and collided with trees at the end of the pasture.
The pilot was not injured, however the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

2018-09-12
C-FSGN, a Diamond DA 42 aircraft operated by Chinook Helicopters, was on a local training flight in the vicinity of Abbotsford, BC (CYXX) with 2 persons on board. During the flight, the left engine (Thielert TAE 125-01 Centurion 1.7L) and propeller (MT Propeller MTV-6-A-C-F/CF187-129) began making an unusual noise.
Shortly thereafter, smoke was observed coming from the rear of the left engine. The pilot shut the engine down and declared an emergency. The aircraft landed on Runway 25 at CYXX without further incident, with ARFF standing by. There were no reported injuries. The operator’s maintenance removed the Engine Gearbox Assembly (P/N 02-7210-07944R2) and discovered that the rear seal had been leaking oil onto the clutch assembly (P/N 05-7211- K009406-AT).
The clutch plate assembly was found to be blue and blistered from overheating.

2018-09-12
G-ZBKA, a Boeing 787-9 aircraft operated by British Airways, was conducting flight BAW103 from London/Heathrow, England (EGLL) to Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) with 201 passengers and 12 crew members on board. After the air conditioning had been surging periodically during cruise flight, the flight crew heard it one last time before going silent. At approximately the same time, the Senior Cabin Crew Member (SCCM) reported that the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system had failed throughout the aircraft, and that a system reset was being carried out. Shortly thereafter, the flight crew noticed an electric burning smell in the flight deck, followed by a haze coming from the first officer’s side. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks and initiated the SMOKE FIRE FUMES non-normal checklist.
The flight crew member on rest was called back to the flight deck, along with the SCCM; both reported that the electric burning smell was still present. Approximately 5 minutes later, the SCCM returned to the flight deck and reported that the smell was subsiding, and the flight crew proceeded to remove their oxygen masks. However, the smell suddenly returned, accompanied by a haze on the captain’s side of the flight deck. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks once again and continued with the non-normal checklist procedures. In the vicinity of Pangnirtung, NU (CYXP), the flight crew declared an emergency and requested a diversion to Iqaluit, NU (CYFB). Fumes were present throughout the descent, increasing on final approach; however, it remained isolated to the flight deck throughout the flight.
The aircraft landed without further incident at CYFB and stopped on the runway where it was met by ARFF. After the situation was assessed by the flight crew in conjunction with ARFF, the aircraft was cleared to proceed to the apron.
A rescue flight was sent the following day and the passengers continued on to CYYC.

2018-09-13
C-GUBH, an Airbus 330-200 aircraft operated by Air Transat, was conducting flight TSC708 from Vancouver Intl, BC (CYVR) to Paris/Charles de Gaulle, France (LFPG) with 11 crew members and 292 passengers on board.
During cruise flight in the vicinity of London, UK, a Hand-Held device used for on-board sales by the cabin crew started to emit smoke.
Procedures were followed and the device was secured. The flight continued to destination and landed without further incident.
The cause is being investigated by the air operator.

2018-09-13
C-GSWQ, a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Sunwest Aviation, was conducting flight CNK657 from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) to Fort Mackay/Albian, AB (CAL4) with 2 pilots and 7 passengers on board. During the initial climb after the departure from CYYC, the flight crew received a MAIN HYD QTY LO indication, followed by a MAIN HYD PRESS indication, associated with a decreasing hydraulic pressure.
The flight crew actioned the QRH, declared an emergency, and elected to return to CYYC.
A hold was requested in order to bring the weight of the aircraft down before the landing. The landing gear was lowered without issue and, after approximately 30 minutes of holding, the flight crew entered the approach, lowered the flaps and landed uneventfully. The aircraft retained sufficient braking capability and was able to taxi back to the operator’s facility under its own power.
The operator’s maintenance found a faulty hydraulic pressure switch

2018-09-12
C-FHKP, an Embraer ERJ 190-100 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA525 from Boston/General Edward Lawrence Logan Intl, MA (KBOS) to Toronto/Lester B. Parson Intl, ON (CYYZ). During the climb to cruising altitude after the departure from KBOS, the flight crew noted a burning smell in the cockpit.
The smell dissipated for a short time, but subsequently returned. Consequently, the flight crew declared a PAN PAN with Toronto Center. Descending through 1800 feet while on radar vectors for Runway 06L, the flight crew received an EICAS message PACK 1 FAULT and the smell dissipated.
The flight landed without further incident, was inspected by AARF and then taxied to the gate.
The operator’s maintenance replaced the L/H Air Cycle Machine (ACM) in accordance with the applicable Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM).

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