Past Editorials

Passionate Aviator Peter Lubig Remembered

A celebration of life will be held Saturday at Peterborough Airport for talented aviation journalist and accomplished aviation professional Peter Lubig. Lubig died Nov. 4 from cancer and the family services have already been held in Calgary. The Saturday event is intended for all of his many aviation friends and colleagues in Ontario to say
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More Good News For CSeries

The second major tentative order for Bombardier’s CSeries in as many weeks is giving the company confidence the aircraft will become a market success. Egyptair is expected to buy at least 12 CS300s and maybe another 12 and an unnamed European airline is ready to sign for 30 planes and possibly another 31. The two
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Canada Jetlines Aiming For June 1

The ultra low cost airline world got more crowded on Thursday with the announcement that Canada Jetlines plans to launch June 1 with fares of less than $100. But the airline will need to tap into the potential of new regulations that allow up to 49 percent foreign ownership of airlines. CEO Stan Gadek is
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Group Wants Lanc Restored

The City of Toronto says it won’t damage or dispose of a Second World War Lancaster that was dismantled when the flight museum at Downsview was evicted six years ago. The Lancaster originally sat on a pedestal on the Toronto waterfront for decades before going to the museum in 1999. The old Lanc has been
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Facette New CBAA Boss

The Canadian Business Aviation Association announced Thursday (Nov. 9) that Jim Facette has been chosen to succeed Rudy Toering as president and CEO of the organization. Facette was president of the Canadian Airports Council and his CBAA appointment takes effect Dec. 1. “CBAA made tremendous progress during Rudy Toering’s tenure; its influence in Ottawa is
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Fatigue Rules Panned

Transport Canada is now reviewing comments on its controversial proposal to amend crew rest standards for commercial pilots. Transport Minister Marc Garneau told delegates to the Air Transport Association of Canada meeting in Montreal this week that the changes bring Canada more in line with international standards and are aimed at improving safety. But many
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Things Looking Up For CSeries

After a tumltuous year, Bombardier may be finding its groove with the CSeries. The company announced a major order for up to 61 of the airliners to an unnamed European carrier. The order would effectively put the design over the hump in terms of market confidence and remove a significant barrier to airlines investing in
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Flair On Collision With Swoosh

Upstart ultra low cost carrier Flair Airlines is girding for the fight of its short life as it adds capacity to meet the formidable challenge that WestJet’s new entry into that market will bring. Swoosh will begin operations in the summer of 2018 but by that time Flair will have grown to seven third-generation Boeing
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Drunk Pilot May Have Crashed Intentionally

A drunk cargo pilot may have intentionally crashed the Carson Air Metroliner he was flying in 2015 and that has prompted a call for government oversight of substance abuse programs. The Transportation Safety Board released its investigative report on the April 13, 2015 crash of the Metro in the mountains north of Vancouver. It killed
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Fuel Starvation Caused Helo Crash

A sudden turn by the pilot of a survey helicopter likely caused an interruption fuel flow to the engine, resulting in a fatal crash near Whitecourt, Alberta in September of 2016 according to the Transportation Safety Board report. One of two surveyors on the aircraft was killed when the helicopter dropped 160 feet into trees.
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WestJet Gets First MAX

As a trade battle over Boeing’s successful bid to get import duties slapped on Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, there was a touch of irony in WestJet’s big announcement on Wednesday. It took delivery of Canada’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner, Boeing’s latest design. “The MAX’s design updates, including Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and the Boeing
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Airbus Takes Control of CSeries

Bombardier announced Monday it has sold a 50.01 percent interest in its CSeries passenger jet business to Airbus for no cost. With this deal, Bombardier would retain 31 percent with the remaining 19 percent being held by the Quebec government’s investment agency. This comes after the U.S. Commerce Department announced it would impose an 80%
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Canada Looking At Aussie F-18s

The Department of National Defence has taken the first step toward buying used F-18s from Australia to beef up the RCAF’s fighter force. Canada’s procurement agency said in a statement it has formally enquired to the Australian government about the jets. “Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will
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Complex Patch Job For A380

The Air France A380 that made an emergency landing in Goose Bay almost two weeks ago remains stranded there while the airline works on a complex scheme to get it back to France. The airline will do what is known as a three-engine ferry, which is a common way to get four-engine airliners back to
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Boeing Motives Questioned

Analysts seem to agree that Boeing has little chance of proving that Bombardier’s sale of 75 CSeries airliners to Delta Airlines caused it any harm. It has to prove harm for countervailing and anti-dumping duties of 300 percent approved by the U.S. Commerce Department to stick. Boeing’s issue is that it’s doing much too well
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Northern Lights Awards Gala

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation presented awards to eight female aviation leaders and up and coming recipients at its annual Gala Sept. 30 in Vaughan, ON. Each year the group recognizes industry veterans for their contributions but also keeps an eye on the future with young women honoured in the Rising Star, and for the
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Canadian North in the Caribbean

An ancient airframe at home on unimproved strips in the Arctic is employing its unique capabilities in much different environment for the next while. Canadian North has dispatched one of its Boeing 737-200 aircraft to the Caribbean to be used for hurricane relief. The 50-year-old baby Boeing, with its noisy turbojet engines, was one of
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A380 Investigation Continues

France will lead the investigation into an uncontained engine failure on an Air France A380 that prompted an emergency diversion to Goose Bay Airport last Saturday. The No. 4 engine came apart over Greenland on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles tearing off the low-pressure turbine, which is three metres in diameter and the
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Spilled Drink Caused Emergency

A spilled drink of some kind led to a major emergency aboard an Air Canada flight in May of 2016. The Transportation Safety Board issued a report into the incident involving an Embraer E-190 flying from Boston to Toronto and found that the liquid caused a fire that knocked out many of the aircraft’s electrical
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Duties Slapped on CSeries

Bombardier, with the backing of the federal and Quebec governments, will fight U.S. government action that would effectively kill the company’s most important deal for the CSeries airliner. The U.S. Commerce Department slapped a 219.3 percent countervailing duty on CSeries sold in the U.S. because it believes that the Quebec government’s decision to buy a
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WestJet Swoops In

WestJet named its new budget carrier Swoop and announced plans to begin flying in June of 2018. The airline, which billed itself as a low-cost airline at its inception, created the ultra-budget spinoff to join such U.S. carriers as Spirit and Allegiant, which have captured a significant share of that market with their basic, no
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Windmill Project Abandoned

The company proposing eight wind turbines in the flight paths for Collingwood and Stayner Airports in southern Ontario has abandoned the project according to a local media report. Bayshore Broadcasting reported Monday that an official with WPD Canada confirmed in an email to the radio station that the company’s board of directors had decided not
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Lancaster On the Move

A long-time gate guard in Edmunston, NB started its journey to a cozy hangar at CFB Trenton on Wednesday. According to an RCAF news release, crews started dismantling Lancaster KB882 to get it ready for transport to the National Air Force Museum of Canada at the base. “The National Air Force Museum of Canada is
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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

The Canadian Business Aviation Association and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association are protesting proposed tax changes that could cost private aircraft owners who own their planes in companies a lot in taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency wants to change the way it calculates the taxable benefit that results from the use of business aircraft
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‘Nerd Bird’ Floatplane Service Eyed

Harbour Air will launch its so-called “nerd bird” service between Vancouver Harbour and Lake Union in downtown Seattle next spring to link the two high tech centres. Vancouver’s tech sector has grown significantly in recent years and the floatplane connection will allow walking-distance connections between the two. “There’s a lot of interest in it, especially
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May Enters Boeing Fray

British Prime Minister Theresa May has entered the fray over Boeing’s trade complaints against Bombardier and has appealed directly to U.S. President Donald Trump in the dispute. A decision will be made Sept. 26 by the U.S. Commerce Department on dumping charges levelled by Boeing after the discounted sale of 75 CSeries airliners to Delta
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YVR Expansion Move Criticized

The City of Richmond, B.C.’s biggest taxpayer is under attack by the municipality because it wants to be even bigger. Vancouver International Airport is laying the groundwork for the addition of a third east-west runway that will likely be needed to meet capacity requirements in 30 years. The difficulty is that building heights in the
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Trudeau Plays Hardball With Boeing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has continued his novel approach to dealing with trade disputes by targeting the U.S. state most affected by Canada’s current tiff with Boeing. Trudeau phoned the Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday and reminded him how important Canada is to his state. The Boeing F/A Super Hornet is built in St.
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Arrow Rocket Model Found

The effort to find rocket-powered scale models of the Avro Arrow that were fired into Lake Ontario in the 1950s hit paydirt recently and the result will be displayed to media Sept. 8. Raise the Arrow leader John Burzynski confirmed Thursday that sonar, still and video images have confirmed the discovery of one of the
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