Australian Inquest Probes Canadian Pilot Death

Winnipeg helicopter pilot David Wood, 62, died of hypothermia after a freak accident on the ice of Antarctica on Jan. 11, 2016  an inquest into his death in Canberra, Australia was told on Wednesday.

Wood was on a routine mission restocking a fuel cache on the Western Ice Shelf, which is controlled by Australia, when he stepped off the helicopter and straight into a narrow crevasse.

He was wedged in the ice but otherwise unhurt. He and his unidentified pilot colleague decided the other pilot should go back to the Davis Station for help, a distance of 166 km.

The other pilot returned three hours later with three others and they had him out of the ice within four hours after he fell. He was conscious but apparently in distress at that point.

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Doctors at the station spent 18 hours fighting to warm him and ultimately revive him but he didn’t make it.

The inquest is expected to last three weeks and will examine the circumstances of the flight, the decisions made and the response with an eye to mitigating the risk of operating in the region.

Wood was on his last tour of Antarctica, topping up his bank accounts to put his children through university before retiring to Winnipeg, his wife Mary Macdonald told the inquest.

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Lancaster On the Move

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Australian Inquest Probes Canadian Pilot Death

Winnipeg helicopter pilot David Wood, 62, died of hypothermia after a freak accident on the ice of Antarctica on Jan. 11, 2016  an inquest into his death in Canberra, Australia was told on Wednesday. Wood was on a routine mission restocking a fuel cache on the Western Ice Shelf, which is controlled by Australia, when
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Business Aviation Tax Opposed

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‘Nerd Bird’ Floatplane Service Eyed

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May Enters Boeing Fray

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YVR Expansion Move Criticized

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Trudeau Plays Hardball With Boeing

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Arrow Rocket Model Found

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Night Vision Cited In ORNGE Accident

The crown prosecutor in Labour Code proceedings against ORNGE, the Ontario government’s air ambulance service says the service’s refusal to equip its helicopters with night vision goggles was directly responsible for the deaths of two pilots and two paramedics in 2013. “Despite knowing that flight into total darkness was their No. 1 workplace risk, ORNGE
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Bombardier Decision Sept. 25

The U.S. Commerce Department will decide Sept. 25 if it believes, as does its complainant Boeing, that Bombardier is “dumping” CSeries airliners on the market thanks to Canadian subsidies but the decision could have a ripple effect through the Canadian aviation industry. Whether that’s a good or bad thing will depend largely on the federal
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Viking Eyes CL-415 Production

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CBAA/ADSE Meeting Breaks New Ground

The Canadian Business Aviation Association says its recent collaborative effort with the Aerospace Defence and Security Expo “broke new ground with expanded educational and exhibition opportunities that will set a new standard for high-value convention and education activities in the future.” The combined attraction of the two major associations drew top speakers from government and
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CS100 Serving London City

Swiss International Airlines has begun service to London City Centre Airport using Bombardier CS100 airliners, the largest aircraft to regularly use the airport. To get into City Centre, the approach is at 5.5 degrees rather than the customary three degrees of glide slope. The short runway restricts capacity on the 125-seat aircraft to a maximum
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Air Canada Mishap Sparks SFO Changes

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