Past Editorials

Labrador Airlines Combine

When Air Labrador ceased to exist last week, its longest serving pilot figured that was as good a time as any to end his highly respected career. Lester Powell spent 44 years engaged in some of the most challenging flying on Earth, ensuring people and freight could move in and out of the far-flung communities
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New Hall of Fame Inductees

Hundreds of Canada’s aviation leaders were on hand at Vancouver International Airport June 15 to witness the induction of four new members of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame and the honouring of the RCAF’s Golden Hawks. The Hall welcomed loving members Robert Deluce, founder of Porter Airlines, Daniel Sitman, founder of Helijet Airways and
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COPA Convention Is On

Hundreds of delegates are expected at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association annual convention and tradeshow in Kelowna, B.C. this week. Among the first things those attending saw was the organization’s new branding, which is a marked departure for the group’s wings logo that had been virtually unchanged over the past 65 years. The new
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First Flight For Fairview Canso

After one of the most complicated recovery and restoration efforts in warbird history, much of the town of Fairview, AB turned out to watch a PBY Canso lift off from the local airport for its official first flight on Father’s Day. The aircraft is a former RCAF Canso that hunted submarines in the North Atlantic
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Alberta Airports Get a Boost

Six airport projects totalling about $2 million have been included in the Province of Alberta’s Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program for 2017. The government announced the projects in early June and will pay 75 percent of the cost of the projects. The five airport projects are being funded along with 81 road and bridge improvements. The
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GA Valued at $9.3 Billion

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) has released a new study that highlights the economic impact general aviation contributes to Canadian communities and to the national economy. The study, compiled by Vancouver-based InterVISTAS, estimates that general aviation operations in Canada contributes $9.3 billion in economic output nationally and directly accounts for almost 20,000 full
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Beech Bonanza Forced Landing Issue Cited

The non-certified use of mogas in a turbonormalized Beech Bonanza was cited as a risk factor in the forced landing and subsequent fire that destroyed the aircraft and badly burned its pilot in Osoyoos, B.C. in July of 2015. In a report issued last week, the Transportation Safety Board said the aircraft owner’s frequent use
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WestJet Buying 787-9s

WestJet is poised to go head to head with Air Canada on lucrative international routes to Asia and Europe with the purchase of up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The company announced earlier this week it will get its first 10 Dreamliners in 2019 and 2021 and has an option to get 10 more
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Pilots Call For Fatigue Rules

Canada’s four largest pilot unions have joined forces to pressure the federal government into tightening proposed crew rest requirements for commercial pilots. The Air Canada Pilots Association, Air Line Pilots Association Unifor and Teamsters, which represent 8,000 pilots, say Canada is out of step with other flying nations and its crew rest regulations are “antiquated.” The
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Aero150 Hampered By Rain

Despite sleet, near freezing temperatures and a generally miserable day, the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France were able to wow a determined air show crowd at Aero150 in Gatinueau April 30. The eight-plane formation performed with the Snowbirds at the early air show, which was hastily arranged to take advantage of the French team’s
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No-Frills Plan Boosts Union Bid

WestJet’s announcement that it will be spinning off a no-frills carrier by the end of the year may mean the end of its admittedly tenuous status as a non-union company. The airline has used profit sharing and a team concept to try to prevent certification and narrowly avoided it with both pilots and flight attendants
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Summit Air Expands

Summit Air has anounced it’s building a new operating base at Calgary International Airport and added its largest aircraft to date to its fleet. The company, which is a subsidiary of construction giant Ledcor, specializes in fly-in, fly-out services to mining operations in the North from Edmonton and Yellowknife. “We have had a Calgary base
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Voyageur Completes Dash 8 Freighter

North Bay-based Voyageur Aviation has completed it first conversion of a Dash 8-100 for freight service. The company unveiled the first completion last week at its North Bay hangar and announced Wasaya Airways as launch customer. The high-wing turboprop will be used on unimproved runways throughout the North, replacing Hawker Siddeley HS 748s and Cessna
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CSeries Approved For London City

Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency have approved Bombardier CS100 airliner for service to London City Centre Airport. And that means Bombardier can sell the aircraft to airlines that want to provide non-stop service from the convenient downtown London airport to eastern U.S. cities. Most of the aircraft that use the downtown airport
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A330 Loses Wheel

Ground crews at London’s Heathrow Airport were surprised to find an Air Canada A330 missing one of four wheels on its right main gear when it landed there on Monday. The aircraft took off from Montreal seven hours earlier and left the wheel in Montreal beside a runway. It apparently rolled away while the aircraft
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Rouge Pilot Collapses On Final

An Air Canada Rouge lost consciousness as the aircraft approached Pearson International Airport on April 3. The flight was enroute from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and set up for the runway when the pilot flying collapsed. The pilot monitoring (PM) took immediate control and landed the aircraft without further incident,” said the CADORS report.  “The
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TC Defends Simulator Training

Transport Canada’s director general Aaron McCrorie defended cuts to training flights for its inspectors in Parliament on Tuesday saying they’re actually better off learning on the ground. “You can actually get better training with a simulator,” he said in testimony before the House of Commons Transport Committee. McCrorie was responding to questions from committe members
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Pearson Delays Ripple

Reconstruction of a main runway at Canada’s busiest airport has caused rippling cancellations, particularly among regional airlines. Runway 05/23 will be out of service until the end of May and that has caused some slot problems. Most cancellations have affected regional airlines and London International Airport has had 10 Toronto flights cancelled in the last
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Beauty in Beastly Weather

The RCAF is putting its air demonstration teams through their paces in Comox, B.C. this week as they get ready for the six-month air show season. The Snowbirds and CF-18 demo teams typically spend a couple of weeks on normally-balmy Vancouver Island in April to put the final touches on their routines before hitting the
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Vimy Mission Accomplished

Five replica First World War biplanes flew around the Vimy Monument in France on April 9 as part of a huge ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the epic battle. The aircraft, four Nieuport 11s and an SE-5, duplicated an honour flight that took place in 1936 marking the dedication of the monument. After Sunday’s
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Bombardier Chairman Cuts Pay

Bombardier’s board of directors has approved cutting Executive Chairman Pierre Beaudoin’s pay by $1.4 million USD to his 2015 rate of $3.8 million USD. The pay cut was requested by Beaudoin after filing documents made public last month revealed that the total compensation for senior executives jumped 50 percent from $21.9 million USD to $32.7
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Flying Replica Arrow Takes Shape

A group of Calgary pilots is building a .6 scale replica of the Avro Arrow that they hope to fly within the next five to 10 years. The group has been meeting for 20 years about the project and much of the first few years was spend in research. The build goes on every Tuesday
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Zenair Stab Inspections Needed

By RAA Canada In September 2016 an Advanced UL Zenair 601 was on approach to Guelph Airpark when the nose pitched abruptly downward and crashed, killing the one crew member on board. The Canada Transport Safety Board did a comprehensive investigation and found preexisting internal damage to the forward spar of the horizontal stabilizer. The
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Canadians Flock to SNF

By: Phil Lightstone In typical Florida weather, Sun ’n Fun opened hot and humid, with a broken ceiling at 3800 feet.  With a record of 510 exhibitors, Canadian participation was at an all-time high with a total of 10 companies exhibiting.  Members of the Buttonville Flying Club from Toronto flew down in record numbers.  Igor
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A350 Lands in Vancouver

The first scheduled flight of Airbus’s latest airliner landed in Vancouver earlier this week. Cathay Pacific has launched daily A350-900 service to and from Hong Kong. The aircraft is Airbus’s answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which Air Canada operates on Asian routes. The Cathay Pacific version features the individual seat pods in first class
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KF Aerospace Expands

KF Aerospace will hire 90 employees in coming months to cover a major expansion in its maintenance and cargo conversion business. The company has signed a deal with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. which holds the engineering rights for installing cargo doors on Boeing 737-400 and 800 passenger aircraft as well as MD80 and CRJ models. The
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Hawk One For Sale

Vintage Wings of Canada is selling Hawk One, its Canadair MK-V Sabre that has been used as an air demonstration aircraft since 2009. The airplane was originally restored as a tribute to the centennial of powered flight in Canada in 2009. Vintage Wings has flown the aircraft at air shows in the intervening years but
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17 WOAW Events in Canada

Canadian volunteers staged 17 events in the annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in early March as part of a global effort to expose women to aviation. A total of 53,000 girls and women at 148 events all over the world jumped at the opportunity to visit local industry facilities, attend multi-faceted events, meet female
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Ghost Plane Crash Likely Suicide

Authorities are now calling the mysterious crash of a pilotless Cessna 172 in Northern Ontario a suspected suicide. The University of Michigan, which owned the aircraft, issued a statement Wednesday saying the ghost flight and crash “likely were an act of self harm” by Xin Rong, a PhD student at the university who rented the
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Drunk Pilot ‘Ashamed’

The Sunwing pilot who passed out in the cockpit of the Boeing 737  he was supposed to command to Mexico last New Year’s Eve has pleaded guilty to having care and control of an aircraft while impaired. “I can’t even describe how ashamed I am,” Miroslav Gronych told a Calgary court. “My kids will be punished
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