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Accident, Incident Rates Improve
Accident, Incident Rates Improve
Aviation accidents dropped by about 20 percent in 2018 compared to the five year average and a sharp reduction in flight training accidents led the way. In a preliminary assessment ...
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Encore Pilots Get Tentative Deal
Encore Pilots Get Tentative Deal
WestJet Encore pilots have reached a tentative agreement for a first contract with the airline after a year of “tense” negotiations, the Airline Pilots Association said in a news release ...
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Drone Pilot Grounded, Fined
Drone Pilot Grounded, Fined
 B.C. drone pilot Jeffrey Russel, 50, has been fined $3,000 for flying his homebuilt drone around Port Alberni Harbour. The harbour is host to dozens of seaplanes and several airlines ...
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Featured Videos


Boeing Update On MAX

Boeing is running regular video updates on progress to get its MAX 8 aircraft back in the air ...
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737-200s Soldier On

Although Boeing’s latest 737 model is grounded, a variant that first flew in 1967 continues to serve northern communities because of its special capabilities ...
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Port Alberni Seaplanes

A drone operator learned the hard way how important seaplanes are to coastal communities like Port Alberni. This TV feature piece sums it up ...
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Electric Seaplanes Planned

Harbour Air has been a pioneer in seaplane transportation for decades and aims to electrify its fleet of heritage aircraft in coming years ...
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Twin Otter Role

The RCAF’s Twin Otters work in one of the harshest environments on earth so some bumps and bruises are to be expected. A rescue operation is under way north of ...
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Cirrus On A Dashcam

Dashcam video normally captures vehicle mishaps but when a Cirrus crosses the road, it makes for a spectacular video. The accident occurred at Buttonville and there were no serious injuries ...
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Recent Incidents

2019-04-04

C-GLKY, a de Havilland DHC-8-300 aircraft operated by Perimeter Aviation LP, was conducting flight PAG663 from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl (CYWG), MB to Sandy Lake (CZSJ), ON with 3 crew members and 28 passengers on board. Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew received a lavatory smoke alarm, followed by the smell of smoke. The flight crew decided to declare an emergency, and returned to CYWG where the aircraft landed without further incident
with ARFF responding.
An inspection of the aircraft revealed a leaking compressor seal of the right engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123), that introduced oil into the engine bleed air system. The aircraft was removed from service, and the engine was replaced.

2019-04-04

C-GGGQ, a B200 Beech King Air aircraft operated by Miccar Aerial (dba Good Spirit Air Service), was conducting flight GT1128 from Prince Albert (Glass Field) (CYPA), SK to Yorkton Muni (CYQV), SK with only the 2 pilots on board. During the descent through 12 000 feet approximately 40 nm north of CYQV, the flight crew noticed fluctuations in the fuel flow and gas generator speed (ng) for the left engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42). As the flight continued in the descent, the left engine parameters returned to normal, then followed by a dramatic engine rollback. The flight crew feathered the engine, noticed an increase in ITT, and performed a precautionary engine shutdown. The aircraft landed without further incident in CYQV with emergency services
responding.

The operator’s maintenance replaced the fuel control unit.

2019-03-23
N492UA, an Airbus 320-200 aircraft operated by United Airlines, was conducting flight UAL1799 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl (CYYZ), ON to Denver Intl (KDEN), CO with 5 crew members and 71 passengers on board. During the initial climb after the takeoff from Runway 33R at CYYZ, the flight crew was unable to control the thrust on the number one engine. The flight crew shut the engine (IAE V2500) down in accordance with QRH procedures, declared an emergency, and returned to CYYZ. The aircraft landed back on Runway 33R without further incident; there were no
reported injuries.
The operator’s maintenance replaced the Fuel Metering Unit and the Electronic Engine Control.

The aircraft was then returned to service.

2019-03-20
C-FUOW, a privately-registered Cessna 340A aircraft, was conducting a flight from Vernon (CYVK), BC to Ponoka Industrial (Labrie Field) (CEH3), AB with 1 pilot and 2 passengers on board. Passing through 16 000 feet after the departure from CYVK, the right engine (Teledyne Continental TSIO-520-NB) experienced an uncommanded shutdown. The pilot feathered the propeller, declared a MAYDAY, and diverted to Kelowna (CYLW), BC where the aircraft landed without further event.

Maintenance personnel performed a ground run of the right engine, however were not able to determine the cause of the shutdown. Further investigation is ongoing.

2019-03-18
C-FYMK, a Cessna 208B aircraft operated by Superior Airways, was conducting a flight from Red Lake (CYRL), ON to Pikangikum (CYPM), ON with the pilot and one passenger on board. During the initial climb at approximately 400 feet AGL, the pilot received a traffic alert, and initiated a best rate of climb. The aircraft then climbed out, and missed a helicopter by approximately 300 feet. It was reported that the traffic was C-GBOU, a privately operated Robinson R44 II helicopter.

The pilot of C-GBOU had reported its position 8 miles to the north east, during the initial takeoff roll of C-FYMK.

2019-02-25
C-GOGT, a Beech 200 King Air aircraft operated by Missinippi Airways, was conducting flight MA03 from Thompson (CYTH), MB to Norway House (CYNE), MB with 2 crew members and 1 passenger on board. While climbing through 11 500 feet after the departure from CYTH, the left engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41) chip detector light illuminated.
The flight crew elected to perform a precautionary shutdown of the engine, declared an emergency, and returned to CYTH where the aircraft landed without further incident.

2019-02-24
C-GOPP, a float equipped de Havilland DHC-3T aircraft operated by Harbour Air, was conducting sightseeing flight HES305 from Vancouver Harbour (CYHC), BC with 1 crew member and 9
passengers on board. During cruise flight, the pilot was unable to reduce the engine power setting while moving the power lever. The pilot entered an orbit over CYHC, and consulted with the operator’s maintenance. Subsequently, an emergency was declared, the engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34) was shut down, and the pilot performed a successful power-off water landing. The aircraft was then towed to the Vancouver Harbour dock. There were no injuries.

2019-02-07

C-GLQQ, a Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft operated by Porter Airlines, was conducting flight
POE122 from Newark/Liberty Intl (KEWR), NJ to Toronto/Billy Bishop Toronto City (CYTZ), ON with 4 crew members and 27 passengers on board. As power was reduced once the aircraft reached its initial cleared altitude of 14 000 feet after the departure from KEWR, the flight crew noticed an unusual noise coming from the engines. Simultaneously, a POWERPLANT message was received, which prompted the flight crew to execute the QRH. In the absence of abnormal engine indications, the flight crew continued to monitor the situation, and contacted the operator’s maintenance via ACARS. Following a step climb to FL180, the number 2 Propeller Electronic Control (PEC) caution light illuminated, and the number 2 propeller RPM rose to 1060. The flight crew executed the QRH one more time, shut the number 2 engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A) down, declared an emergency, and elected to divert the aircraft to WilkesBarre/Scranton Intl (KAVP), PA where it landed without further incident with ARFF standing by. Following an inspection, the aircraft taxied to the terminal building.
Maintenance personnel determined that the number 2 Beta Feedback Transducer (BFT) failed, causing the propeller to initially go into an underspeed condition, followed by an overspeed condition. It was held at higher than normal propeller speeds (1060) by the Over Speed Governor (OSG) until the flight crew shut the engine down. The incident has been entered into the operator’s Safety Management System for further investigation.

2019-02-06

G-TCCF, an Airbus 330-200 aircraft operated by Thomas Cook Airlines, was conducting Condor Airlines flight CFG116 from Frankfurt/Rhein-Main (EDDF), Germany to Cancún Intl (MMUN),
Mexico. During cruise flight, liquid was inadvertently spilled onto the number 1 Audio Control Panel (ACP), causing all lights on the unit to illuminate. Initially, the number 1 ACP, then the number 2 ACP became hot, and began to emit a burnt electrical odour. At approximate position 56°03’N/031°11’W, smoke started to come out from the number 1 ACP. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks, initiated a diversion to Shannon Intl (EINN), Ireland, and sent a MAYDAY message using ACARS. The flight crew jettisoned fuel in order to achieve maximum landing weight, and the aircraft landed at EINN without further incident. 1 passenger and 4 crew members were attended to by paramedics and sent to local medical facilities for a precautionary assessment before being released.

2019-02-06
C-GNKG, a Cessna 172M aircraft operated by Wetaskiwin Air Services, was conducting a local VFR training flight out of Wetaskiwin Regional (CEX3), AB with 2 persons on board. During the
flight, the instructor decided to go to an ice strip that had been cleared on Gull Lake, approximately 10 nm west of Lacombe (CEG3), AB, to conduct a precautionary landing exercise for the student.
The instructor took control of the aircraft on final approach, in order to conduct an inspection of the runway. Since the instructor was satisfied with the condition of the runway, it was decided to do a circuit, followed by a touch and go on the ice strip. The wind was light out of the west, directly down the runway.

During the take-off portion of the touch and go, the aircraft began to drift to the right due to deeper snow. The instructor could not control the drift, and the aircraft departed the strip to the right.

The instructor shut the engine down just before the aircraft struck a large snow bank, on the right side of the strip. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the nose and the left wing.

Both the instructor and the student exited the aircraft with no injuries.

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