NORAD’s Operation ‘Noble Defender’ Complete

Fourteen aircraft from the RCAF and the USAF participated in an exercise that took place in the latter half of January of this year and stretched from Thule in Greenland’s high Arctic to the central […]

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Webster Trophy Competition Heads to Waterloo

The 2023 edition of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition will be hosted by the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre at Waterloo’s airport (CYKF) from August 21 to 26, 2023. The annual competition uses a variety of […]

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Single-Pilot Airline Cockpits?

According to reports from Forbes magazine, ICAO, the United Nations body charged with standardizing international flight rules, is under pressure from some quarters to address the pilot shortage by allowing single-pilot cockpits in airliners. They […]

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Forbes Names Air Canada a Top Employer

Just a week after Jazz Aviation was recognized as Atlantic Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s top employer by MediaCorp Canada, U.S.-based media company Forbes has named Canada’s flag carrier as one of this country’s ‘Best Employers’ […]

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Commercial Pilot Shortage Becoming Acute

A combination of factors is being blamed for a reportedly severe pilot shortage in the Canadian airline industry. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many flight schools to scale back or shut down completely, one of the […]

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Buttonville Drone Collision Report Released

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) recently released its report on the collision between a police-operated drone and a Cessna 172 at Toronto’s Buttonville airport (CYKZ) on August 10, 2021. The 172 with a flight instructor […]

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Jazz Aviation Again Top East Coast Employer

For the twelfth consecutive year, Nova Scotia’s Chorus Aviation-owned Jazz Aviation has been named the top employer in both Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia by Mediacorp Canada Inc. “We’re proud of our long history in […]

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Fokker On a Farm

Alberta aviation enthusiast Jesse Millington is creating a visual attraction on his property in Vulcan County, some 50 kilometres northeast of High River, having recently relocated a Fokker F28 ‘Fellowship’ to his back yard. It […]

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Shatner Recognized as Aviation Legend

Montreal-born William Shatner, best known for his TV and movie roles as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise, is today (Jan. 20) being officially recognized as a Living Legend of Aviation, […]

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Lethal Iranian Drones Use Rotax Engines

News surfaced in Canadian media this past week that a Rotax engine was discovered in an Iranian-manufactured, Russian-operated drone that crashed in Ukraine last September. Rotax is an Austrian company wholly owned by Quebec-base Bombardier […]

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Spaceport Nova Scotia

Maritime Launch Services Inc. (MLS), based in Nova Scotia, is aiming to become the first commercial spaceport in Canada. The first launch is planned for 2025, using the Ukraine-designed and manufactured Cyclone-4M rocket, which has […]

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When is a NOTAM not a NOTAM?

As anyone who follows the news even casually knows, there was a total failure of the FAA’s NOTAM system on January 11, which led to a ground-stop for most flights in, to, and from the […]

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Is There an Airbus A220-500 in the Offing?

Speculation is rampant that Airbus is quietly working on a stretched version of the popular Airbus A220-300 aircraft, designed and previously built by Canada’s Bombardier as the CS300, itself a stretched version of the entry […]

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Nav Canada Decommissioning of Traditional NAVAIDs Continues

A recent study by Nav Canada has resulted in the decision to decommission more navigational aids across Canada. Part of an ongoing program, the current tranche (Phase 9) subject to permanent shut down includes 19 […]

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Annual Airworthiness Report No Longer Annual

In an unusual development, those trying to file their Annual Airworthiness Information Report (AAIR), previously required from the owners of all Canadian-registered civil aircraft, were greeted with this message on Transport Canada’s website: “PLEASE NOTE […]

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Cormorant Upgrade to Cost $1.24 Billion

The government of Canada announced last week that the RCAF’s fleet of CH-149 Cormorant helicopters will receive a mid-life upgrade, bringing the fleet up to modern standards. Included in the program is the acquisition of […]

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Pilots Continue to Report UFOs

There have been 22 reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, so far this year, according to Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System, or CADORS. And this system does not include reports by […]

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Canadian Hornet Contingent in Europe Returns Home

Six CF-118 Hornet fighters returned home earlier this month after a tour of duty patrolling NATO’s eastern European frontiers. The aircraft were based in Romania. Their return to Canada marks the first time the RCAF […]

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Treasury Board Green-Lights F-35 Purchase – Reports

Sources in the Department of National Defence, who wish to remain anonymous, have said that the DND has received approval to purchase up to 16 Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets for a total of $7 […]

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Hybrid Dash-8 Closer to Takeoff

Pratt & Whitney Canada has performed the first runup of their hybrid-electric power plant that is destined to propel a de Havilland Dash 8-100 as early as 2024. De Havilland Canada is partners in the […]

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Hangar Flight Museum Recruiting Space Camp Student

Calgary’s Hangar Flight Museum (HFM) is once again recruiting a western-Canada high school student who will then attend the United Space Camp in Houston, Texas next summer. All expenses will be paid for the lucky […]

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Porter Goes Trans-Continental

With the recent delivery of the first of dozens of Embraer E195-ECs to Toronto’s Porter Airlines comes the announcement of the inaugural routes for the airline newest fleet addition. Operating from Toronto’s Pearson airport, the […]

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Drone Pilot Faces $10,000 For Illegal Flight

The owner-operator of a drone faces a fine of $10,000 after being caught flying his device near Jasper Lake, located well within the boundaries of Jasper National Park, on September 6 of this year. Rajwinder […]

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Another Sex-Related Scandal in Canada’s Armed Forces

A fighter jockey’s handle, or call sign, that led to another well-publicized scandal in the RCAF was homophobic in nature, it has been reported. Two senior officers are facing charges relating to the incident, which […]

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Date Set for Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony

The 50th anniversary of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will be celebrated next year as more high achievers in Canada’s aviation and aerospace industries are inducted into the august body. Those who will join […]

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Canadian North to Retire 737-200

Next spring will see the last flight of Canadian North’s 737-200. The aircraft has been a popular model in Canada’s North over the years due to its ability to routinely and safely land on gravel […]

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Flight Instructor Honoured

Dale Nielsen, a Class 1 Flight Instructor in the fixed-wing division of Abbotsford, British Columbia’s Chinook Helicopters, was presented with the David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award at the recently held ATAC conference […]

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Pivot Crew Home – At Last

As reported in the November 11 edition of this newsletter, the Pivot Airlines crew that had been detained in the Dominican Republic in early April, 2022 after reporting to local authorities that a pre-flight inspection […]

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Bombardier Flying High Again

Montreal’s Bombardier Business Aircraft, one of the remnants of the vast Bombardier empire that at one time included the CSeries regional jets, Shorts Brothers, Learjet, de Havilland Canada, Flexjet, Rotax, a Business Aircraft Training division […]

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RCAF Gearing Up For 100th Anniversary

Planning and preparations continue for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the RCAF, which will occur in 2024. It was in July 2021 that then-RCAF commander LGen Al Meinzinger, together with the RCAF’s Command […]

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