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A220 Order Book Grows
A220 Order Book Grows
Bombardier’s big gamble is finally paying off but it’s doing so for Airbus. The CSeries airliner will become the financial success Bombardier always hoped it would be but as the ...
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Sikorsky Tribute to Canadian Sea Kings
Sikorsky Tribute to Canadian Sea Kings
The RCAF’s retirement of the Sea King prompted a tribute from none other than Sergei Sikorsky, the son of the inventor of the modern helicopter and Sea King designer Igor ...
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Small Airport Projects Funded
Small Airport Projects Funded
Transport Canada had some Christmas cash for small airports across the country. Although the money was budgeted months ago, the announcements were nonetheless good news for the individual airports and ...
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New Drone Rules Coming

They really are amazing devices and in the hands of a skilled operator can create beautiful videos ...
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Ski Flying Season

Flying on skis is a fun challenge and a few lessons can get you going. FlightChops got a firsthand look ...
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Canadian Know-How

When we lost our aircraft carriers, we didn’t lose ship-borne aviation capability thanks to a device known as the bear trap. The winch system could recover a Sea King on ...
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CF-100 Canuck

Everyone remembers the Avro Arrow but fewer acknowledge its predecessor, the CF-100 Canuck. Almost 700 Canucks were built by Avro and it remains Canada’s only indigenous fighter. Brad Gordanier did ...
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Ah, What Might Have Been

Can we ever get enough of the Avro Arrow? Thanks to the Canadian Aviation and Space Conservancy we’ll be able to see exactly what the plane looked like for a ...
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A220 Steep Takeoff

Much has been made of how quiet the A220 (formerly CSeries) is but it’s also quite a performer. Watch it quietly take off in a hurry at Zurich ...
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Recent Incidents

2018-12-08
C-FSKA, a Beech A100 King Air aircraft operated by Beaver Air Services (dba Missinippi Airways), was conducting a flight York Landing (CZAC), MB to Thompson (CYTH), MB with 2 crew members
and 2 passengers on board. During cruise flight, the flight crew smelled and observed electrical smoke and fumes in the cockpit.

All unnecessary electrical equipment was turned off, and the
smoke was evacuated. The flight crew advised ATC, however no emergency was declared. The flight continued to CYTH where an uneventful landing was conducted with emergency vehicles
standing by as a precautionary measure.

A subsequent inspection by the operator’s maintenance revealed that the aircraft’s heater vent blower had seized. The vent blower motor was replaced, and the aircraft was returned to service.

2018-12-06
N813SK, a Bombardier CL-600-2D24 (CRJ900) aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines, was conducting flight SKW4718 from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl (CYWG), MB to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Intl/Wold-Chamberlain (KMSP), MN. Shortly after the departure from CYWG, the flight crew observed a STEERING INOP caution message, followed by a GEAR DISAGREE warning message.

The flight crew requested vectors while they conducted the QRH procedure for the GEAR DISAGREE. Upon completion of the procedure, the landing gear indicators showed three green lights in the down position. An emergency was declared, and vectors were requested for a low approach so that ATC could visually inspect the landing gear.

The tower reported that the landing gear appeared down, and that the nose wheel was straight. An uneventful landing was then carried out with emergency vehicles standing by. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the gate.

A post-flight inspection by the operator’s maintenance revealed a leaking nose gear strut seal. The seal was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service.

2018-12-19
C-FMZU, an Embraer 190-100 aircraft operated by Air Canada, was conducting flight ACA592 from Houston/George Bush Intercontinental (KIAH), TX to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl (CYYZ), ON with 4 crew members and 65 passengers on board. Passing FL280 during the climb to cruising altitude, approximately 110 nm northeast of KIAH, the flight experienced continuous moderate turbulence.

As the flight passed through FL300, the turbulence became severe and the flight crew observed the vertical speed in excess of 2500 feet per minute. A higher level was requested, however it was denied by ATC due to heavy traffic at FL320. The flight crew levelled off at FL310 in continuous moderate turbulence, and subsequently climbed to FL350 a short while later.

The operator’s maintenance carried out a phase one inspection and found no faults. The aircraft was returned to service.

2018-12-12
C-GZEH, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Air Transat, was conducting flight TSC041 from Paris/Orly (LFPO), France to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl (CYYZ), ON with only 2 flight crew members on board. Just before the flight crew set take-off thrust at the start of the take-off roll, a thick white smoke filled the cockpit. The flight crew rejected the takeoff, and the smoke dissipated as soon as the power was brought back to idle. The aircraft exited the runway.

The aircraft was on its first flight with Air Transat, and was on a positioning flight as it was being delivered to CYYZ. The previous operator’s maintenance had prepared the aircraft, and it was found that both engine oil levels were over-serviced.

Both engine oil reservoirs were drained as per the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), and an idle run leak check was completed. The aircraft was returned to service.

2018-11-08
C-FEJF, an Embraer ERJ 170-200 aircraft operated by Sky Regional Airlines, was performing flight SKV7634 from Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl (CYUL), QC to New York/La Guardia (KLGA), NY with 4 crew members and 77 passengers on board. During cruise flight approximately 210 nm North of KLGA, in the vicinity of Saranac Lake, NY, the aircraft experienced severe turbulence.

All passengers were seated at the time of the event, but the aircraft experienced violent shaking and banked to the side. Once the aircraft returned to wings level, the flight crew was able to confirm that no passengers had been injured, however both cabin crew members sustained minor injuries.

Emergency medical services (EMS) was requested upon arrival at KLGA, and both cabin crew members were released after examination. The flight crew were relieved for the return leg back to CYUL.

Following an inspection by the operator’s maintenance, the aircraft was returned to service.

2018-10-28
N660UA, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by United Airlines, was conducting flight UAL931 from Chicago/O’Hare Intl (KORD), IL to London/Heathrow (EGLL), UK with 11 crew members and 178 passengers on board. Approximately 100 nm southwest of Goose Bay (CYYR), NL, the flight crew declared an emergency and requested a diversion to CYYR due to a cracked windscreen. The aircraft landed without further incident at CYYR.

2018-10-26
D-AIMJ, an Airbus 380-841 aircraft operated by Lufthansa, was conducting flight DLH401 from New York/John F. Kennedy Intl (KJFK), NY to Frankfurt/Rhein-Main Intl (EDDF), Germany with 23 crew members and 432 passengers on board. During cruise flight approximately 190 nm southeast of Gander Intl (CYQX), NL, the flight crew smelled smoke on board and requested a diversion to either KJFK or Boston/General Edward Lawrence Logan Intl (KBOS), MA. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks, while some of the cabin crew members donned their smoke hoods. The QRH procedure for smoke/fumes was executed, and the environmental system was suspected as a source of the smell; consequently, the number 1 environmental pack was shut off.

Cabin crew members reported feeling sick, which prompted the flight crew to consider Halifax/Stanfield Intl (CYHZ), NS as a possible diversion option. While the flight crew started to jettison fuel in preparation for the landing, KBOS was selected for the diversion as the air condition in the aircraft had improved.

Enroute, the flight crew noticed that the number 2 engine (Rolls Royce Trent 970B-84) oil quantity was decreasing. Approaching KBOS, medical services were requested to meet the aircraft at the gate. The aircraft landed without further incident. Two cabin crew members received medical attention following the landing at KBOS.

Maintenance personnel determined that there had been an internal oil leak on the number 2 engine, which was the source of the smell. The operator proceeded to ferry the aircraft to its home base (EDDF) on a manufacturer-approved 3-engine ferry


A Boeing 747-400 was landing on a wet runway in a brisk quartering tailwind when it was destroyed in a runway excursion at Halifax-Stanfield International Airport on Thursday. Four crew members on the Skylease Cargo plane suffered minor injuries in the accident, which occurred about 5 a.m. Transportation Safety Board investigator Austin Adams  said the aircraft landed on Runway 14 with winds reported at 33 kmh at 250 degrees. It ended up 210 metres from the runway near the airport perimeter fence.

Along the way, the it took out a localizer, lost its gear and two engines and one of the loose engines lodged under the tail and caught fire. The flight originated in Chicago and the 747 was due to be loaded with live lobster for a flight to China. 

One person is  dead after two aircraft collided in mid-air collision in Carp near Ottawa on Sunday morning. One of the aircraft crashed into a field in Ottawa’s west end while the other made a safe landing at the Ottawa International Airport located just south of Ottawa. No injuries were reported on that aircraft.

Paramedics are on the scene of the crash and the Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

The occupant of the aircraft  that crashed, a Cessna 150,  died at the scene due critical injuries according to paramedics.

The pilot of the Piper Cheyenne  that landed safely reported his aircraft had been struck on the bottom and that he had a landing gear issue.

more (CBC)

2018-10-11
The American Airlines Boeing 787-800, N814AA, was operating as flight AAL263 operating from Dallas-Fort Worth Int’l, TX (KDFW) to Beijing / Capital, China (ZBAA). During cruise flight, approximately 200 nm East of Fond-du-Lac, SK., the flight crew declared a passenger medical emergency and that AAL263 was diverting to Edmonton Int’l, AB (CYEG). On approach to CYEG, AAL263 experienced flap and slat issues and the flight crew declared an emergency.
As the aircraft was above the maximum landing weight, the flight crew entered a hold to burn fuel. While assessing the technical issue, the flight crew elected to divert to Calgary Int’l, AB (CYYC) due to the availability of a longer runway.
Upon landing, the flight crew reported nose landing gear steering issues. AAL263 stopped on the runway and was met by ARFF. The aircraft was towed from the runway.

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