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Aireon Adds Another Partner
Aireon Adds Another Partner
NATS, the U.K.’s privately operated air traffic services has taken a 10 percent stake in Aireon, the space-based air traffic surveillance system being developed by Nav Canada. NATS was already ...
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WestJet Strike Looms Larger
WestJet Strike Looms Larger
Both sides in the WestJet pilots’ dispute appear to be getting ready for a strike as the rhetoric rises and passengers start considering their options. The pilots, who are represented ...
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Flight School Focuses On Instructors
Flight School Focuses On Instructors
The Victoria Flying Club is getting ready for a busy training season thanks to a strategy that has allowed it to keep a healthy complement of flight instructors. Chief Flight ...
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Featured Videos

Super Sealane

A Super Sealane 182 burned at Cooking Lake Airport last Monday. Canadian Aviator Publisher Russ Niles flew with the developer of the aircraft Jim Schwerman to Airventure in 2014 ...
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Snowbirds From Above

Here's a perspective of the Snowbirds most people don't get to see. This was shot over Tofino during a media flight in late April. Watch for the twinkling lights ...
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Air Force Multi-Engine Training

Any RCAF pilot who doesn’t fly an F-18 or helicopter goes through the multi-engine course at Southport, Man. KF Aerospace contracts for the aircraft and facilities and the Air Force ...
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Pilot Reality

As with any other career, aviation has its less-than-glamourous moments. A young couple from Northern Ontario showed a typical day flying for a small airline in the Northern Ontario winter ...
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CF-18 Over Long Beach

A little raw video from our photo flight with the RCAF over the west coast of Vancouver Island April 19 ...
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ATC Audio Communications – Southwest 1380

ATC audio communications from the Southwest 1380 flight which sustained an uncontained engine failure which resulted in one passenger losing her life. Remarkable, calm, professional by all involved in this ...
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Recent Incidents


C-GOLM, a Cessna U206G aircraft operated by Mackenzie Mountain Aviation, was on a VFR flight from Fort Nelson, BC (CYYE) to Watson Lake, YT (CYQH). While established in cruise at 6500 feet ASL, the pilot became incapacitated.

The aircraft descended 2500 feet and changed course approximately 270 degrees.

Just prior to contacting a meadow on a ridge at 4000 feet ASL, the pilot was able to pitch the aircraft up enough that the main wheels contacted the meadow first. The aircraft bounced a few times prior to contacting some trees.

The uninjured pilot exited the aircraft and contacted the company using a satellite phone. The pilot stayed with the aircraft overnight and was recovered the following morning by JRCC.


C-FEXH, a Cessna 208B aircraft operated by Morningstar Air Express, was conducting flight MAL7060 from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl, MB (CYWG). During the descent from 10 000 feet ASL, the aircraft experienced moderate to severe turbulence. Severe turbulence was encountered at 6 000 feet ASL, as a downdraft caused a 2 000 to 2 500 feet per minute descent, with an associated airspeed exceedance.

The pilot did not have control over the rate of descent and informed ATC that the flight would be unable to maintain 3 000 feet ASL to the initial fix.

The subsequent landing was uneventful. The operator’s maintenance inspected the aircraft and no defects were noted.



C-GTYM, a privately operated, amphibious float equipped Cessna R172K aircraft, was landing on the Harrison River abeam Sandpiper Golf Course/Rowena’s Inn, BC. After touchdown, the aircraft struck a boat wake which resulted in both wings contacting the water. The right and left ailerons were damaged and the left wing was bent. The aircraft was taxied to a dock. The pilot was not injured.


C-FRWI, a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter operated by Synergy Aviation, had completed the days flying and was enroute to a fuel cache before returning to base. At approximately 1500 feet AGL while at cruising speed, the pilot experienced a yaw to the right, followed by a low rotor warning horn. The collective was lowered to regain rotor and engine speed. However, when power was brought back, a severe vibration developed, accompanied with a loud clacking noise. The pilot initiated an autorotation approach into a well site and, when power was brought back on short final, the vibrations increased. A full auto rotational landing was conducted.

After the landing, the pilot visually inspected the aircraft for damage; none was found.

The operator’s maintenance determined that an exhaust valve had failed on the Avco Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5 engine.


C-FVGR, a privately owned and maintained Cessna 150GX, had been rented to a pilot for flight training. Prior to departing Langley Regional, BC (CYNJ), the pilot sumped the fuel, and then filled both tanks. About an hour into the flight while flying at 3000 feet ASL in practice area CYA185 over Stave Lake, BC, the pilot conducted a stall and the engine (Continental O-200-A X) stopped producing power. The pilot recovered the aircraft from the stall, however engine power could not be restored.

The pilot radioed a MAYDAY, which was relayed to Vancouver ACC by an overflying aircraft. Shortly afterwards, the engine began to produce intermittent power.

The pilot was able to maintain 2000 feet ASL and elected to return to CYNJ, approximately 18 nm South West. Inbound to CYNJ, the mode C function of the aircraft’s transponder stopped operating and, after the landing, the engine quit while taxiing to the apron.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Super Sealane Cessna 182 on amphib floats at Cooking Lake Airport Monday. The aircraft was flying in the area when the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit. He made an emergency landing at Cooking Lake in the nick of time and managed to escape the burning aircraft with minor burns. “He had some minor burns on his hands and his hair got singed,” Airport Manager Jim Johannsson told Seaplane Magazine. “We’re really, really thankful that he got on the ground fast.”

The fire destroyed most of the aircraft from the tail to the firewall and the airport was closed for several hours while the debris was cleaned up. The plane is a modified version of the 182 with a Continental IO-550 engine and increased payload. The cause of the fire has not been released.


C-GLBW, a privately registered Cessna 180 aircraft, was enroute from North Battleford, SK (CYQW) to Moosomin/Marshall McLeod Field, SK (CJB5) with the pilot and one passenger on board. As the pilot flared the aircraft before touchdown on Runway 08 at CJB5, the aircraft dropped to the runway and bounced. The pilot elected to go around and applied full power. The aircraft veered to the right, and attempts to control the turn were unsuccessful. The aircraft continued to bank to the right and, as the pilot was about to regain control, the right wing struck the ground. The aircraft contacted the terrain and spun around.

Both occupants had their seat belts and shoulder harnesses on and received minor injuries.

However, the aircraft was destroyed. The ELT did not activate and there was no fire. The wind was reported to be from the east at 15 knots, gusting to 25 knots on the runway heading.


C-GMAN, a Rockwell Intl Aero Commander 690B aircraft operated by MAG Aerospace Canada, was conducting a Bird Dog operation from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) in support of aerial fire suppression 13 nautical miles South of Lac du Bonnet, MB (CYAX). During flight, there was an odour and associated smoke in the cockpit and cabin, that appeared to be unrelated to the smoke generated by the fire on the ground.

The flight crew elected to divert to CYAX and noticed that, when the ground blower automatically shut down at 140 knots, the smoke cleared.

The subsequent landing was uneventful. The operator’s maintenance proceeded to replace the ground blower.


C-FIVQ, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA881 from Paris/Charles de Gaulle, France (LFPG) to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl, ON (CYYZ) with 12 crew members and 249 passengers on board. As the aircraft was being pushed back from the gate at LFPG, Apron Control observed smoke and flames coming from the APU area, and dispatched ARFF. When attending to the aircraft, ARFF sprayed the fire retardant to the affected section. Although there was no APU fire warning, the flight crew discharged the APU fire extinguisher out of precaution.

Passengers were deplaned from the aircraft. There were no injuries and no damage to the aircraft. Upon preliminary inspection, the operator’s maintenance found the APU oil level to be empty due to a leak.

It was later determined that the flames and smoke were from the APU tailpipe, and not the APU compartment.


C-GAAP, a Pilatus PC-6/B-H2 Turbo Porter ski equipped aircraft operated by North-Wright Airways, was conducting a wildlife survey out of Ulukhaktok/Holman, NT (CYHI). After almost 3 hours of flying, it was decided to land on the snow to provide a pause for the observers. The pilot selected an appropriate area for a remote site landing in Minto Inlet, approximately 70 nm North of CYHI, and commenced the approach.

Shortly after touchdown, the aircraft contacted a snow drift and the right landing gear leg collapsed. The right wing, strut and propeller were also damaged.

There was 1 pilot and 6 observers on board, and no one was injured.


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