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Airbus Has Big Plans For CSeries
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Hall of Fame Induction
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CF-18 Demo to U.K.
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Canada’s CF-18 demonstration team will cross the Atlantic next week for a series of shows commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The mission will begin Jul. 3 ...
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Flying the Coquihalla

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T-33 Flight

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Electric Aviation

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Recent Incidents

C-GHPR, a Cessna A188B aircraft operated by Air Greenway Ltd., was engaged in fungicide application 0.7 nm W of St. Alphonse, MB. During a spray run, the engine (Teledyne Continental
Motors, IO-520-D) lost power. The pilot jettisoned the load and conducted a forced approach and landing on a grid road. During the landing, the main landing gear contacted a ditch and the aircraft came to rest on the roadway. The pilot received minor injuries.

The aircraft sustained damage to the landing gear, tail, fuselage, left wing, and spray-boom.

The Air Tindi Ltd de Havilland DHC-7-103, C-FWZV, was operating as flight TIN802 from Diavik, NT (CDK2) to Yellowknife, NT (CYZF). While on final approach to Runway 10 in CYZF the crew selected landing gear down and the nose gear unsafe light remained illuminated. The crew cycled the landing gear but the condition persisted. The crew then declared an emergency and conducted a low approach and requested ATC to visually inspect the gear. ATC told the crew that the gear appeared to be down but could not verify. The crew maneuvered west of the airport to reference the appropriate check list and consult with company operations. The crew then conducted another low approach and company maintenance visually confirmed the gear was down. The aircraft landed safely at CYZF with ARFF in attendance. Subsequent inspection by company maintenance found the nose gear downlock micro switch actuating lever was missing. The micro switch actuating lever was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. The company has inspected the remainder of its fleet, but have found no other aircraft with this fault.

C-FCSP, a Cessna 172S aircraft operated by Pacific Sky Aviation, was returning to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) from the Cowichan Lake flight training area with one student pilot on-board. During the approach to land at CYYJ, ATC requested the pilot increase their approach speed. During the landing flare, the aircraft porpoised, and the touchdown was hard. The pilot taxied the aircraft to the Pacific Sky Aviation Hanger.
Subsequent inspection revealed that the aircraft had sustained substantial damage including both propeller ends being bent, the nose wheel damaged and the bottom of the aircraft rippled.

N991BW, a privately operated amateur built Glasair Sportsman 2+2 aircraft, was conducting a local flight from Langley, BC (CYNJ). While in the Glen Valley training area the pilot observed an unusual noise coming from the engine (Aerosport IO375). The pilot elected to return to CYNJ. During the approach to CYNJ the pilot requested priority from ATC for landing on runway 25. Shortly after priority was given the aircraft experienced a reduction in power. The pilot made an emergency landing in a rhubarb field approximately 3.5 nm NE of CYNJ. Just after initial touch down the aircraft nosed over in the soft field. The aircraft came to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries, the aircraft was substantially damaged.

C-GFRU a Cessna 172 aircraft operated by the Truro Flying Club was conducting continuous circuits at the Debert airport, NS (CCQ3) by a solo student pilot. On one landing the aircraft porpoised and the propeller struck the runway. The student shut down on the runway and the aircraft was towed to the hangar. There were no injuries, the engine will be inspected and the propeller replaced.

C-GBBZ, a float-equipped Cessna 206 operated by Kississing Lake Lodge (dba Wings Over Kississing), was en route from Flin Flon, MB to Chatwin Lake, MB to pick up passengers. At the destination, the aircraft landed long on the lake surface and ran up onto a beach. The aircraft struck small trees and brush at the beach’s edge and sustained damage to both left and right leading edges.
The pilot was uninjured. The operator is coordinating to ferry the aircraft to a maintenance facility where it will removed from service until repaired.


It has now been confirmed that two people are  confirmed dead as a result of  a plane crash that occurred about 30 kilometers northeast of  Hope B.C.

Ken Umbach, a geophysicist from  Calgary along with his passenger have both been pronounced dead. (The passenger’s name has not yet been released)

“This case has been passed to the B.C. Coroner’s Service and B.C. RCMP,” the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria  said in a statement. “The JRCC’s thoughts are with the loved ones of the two individuals who were aboard the aircraft.”

Our Original Post:

Bad weather is hampering the search for a retired Calgary geophysicist and a friend missing on a flight from Kelowna to Nanaimo. Searchers have a good fix on the 406 Mhz emergency locator transmitter signal that was received at the joint rescue coordination centre in Victoria. “Last night we detected a 406 Megahertz emergency locator transmitter and, because it was registered with the Canadian beacon registry, we were able to figure out very quickly which aircraft it was on and that the aircraft was on a flight plan from the Calgary area to Kelowna,”

Major Justin Olsen told CTV. ”We’ve been trying to get into the area where the beacon was detected ever since but the weather has been such that the helicopter and the Buffalo have not been able to actually put eyes on the search area.” The signal came from a rugged area between Merritt and Hope and the search area has been narrowed down by the ELT signal to just two square kilometres.

The pilot and owner of the Cessna 182 has been identified as Ken Umbach.

The flight originated at Springbank Airport in Calgary and the aircraft stopped in Kelowna. He and his passenger were headed to Vancouver Island for a fishing trip.

C-FSMR, a privately registered, float-equipped Piper PA-11 aircraft, was conducting a VFR flight from Vermillion Bay, ON (CKH6) to Big Canyon Lake, ON.

Upon landing at Big Canyon Lake, the aircraft’s left float struck a rock. The damage sustained allowed water into the float and the aircraft subsequently sank.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. The aircraft has been removed from service.

C-FJKS, a privately operated Aviat Sky Intl A-1C-200 (Husky) aircraft, was on a local pleasure flight in the vicinity of Joseph Lake, AB. When the aircraft was at 300 feet above the lake, the engine (Avco Lycoming AEIO-360-A1D) began losing power. The pilot conducted a forced landing into the shallow lake and the aircraft nosed over upon touchdown.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was wearing a helmet and a four point harness, and egressed the aircraft quickly without injuries.

The 406 ELT activated, and was detected by COSPAS/SARSAT. JRCC Trenton initiated search operations, and the pilot was recovered approximately 2 hours later.

C-GNIX, an Aerospatiale AS350 B3 aircraft operated by Hy-Ridge Helicopters, was on a VFR flight with a slung load of camp food provisions from Coleman, AB to a field 20 nm to the South East. While on final approach, the pilot attempted to transmit on the radio, however inadvertently pressed the remote hook release switch.

The load was released and impacted the ground short of the landing area.

There was no damage to property and the area was cleaned up by the company.


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