Runway Condition Reporting Standards Set

Canada will be the first to adopt a standardized set of pilot reporting terms to describe the braking action on contaminated runways. According to Macleans, Transport Canada will be sending guidance to operators that will […]

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De Havilland Pause Sparks Relief Demand

The union representing production workers at De Havilland Canada is demanding federal government involvement to support those losing their jobs at the company’s Q400 assembly plant in Toronto. As we reported in January, De Havilland […]

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Quebec Attracts Big Satellite Project

The Quebec government has rolled out incentives to get two Ontario companies to build a massive satellite project there. MDA and Telesat have partnered to launch a constellation of 298 small low earth orbit satellites […]

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Pilot Killed In Crash Of Speedy Ultralight

The owner and pilot of a Blackshape BS100 was killed when the high performance ultralight crashed at near Carp Airport near Ottawa last Wednesday. The aircraft went down in a wooded area after the pilot […]

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Air Transat Takeover Approved

Transport Canada has approved the sale of Air Transat to Air Canada citing the pandemic as a key factor in its decision. “As Transat A.T. itself noted in December 2020, current uncertainty casts doubt on […]

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Air Canada CEO Hopeful Of Airline Bailout

Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu says he’s hopeful the federal government will bail out air carriers after what he calls “the bleakest year in aviation history.” Rovinescu told analysts in a conference call on Friday […]

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Seatbelt Bracket Failure Cited In Fatal Crash

A seatbelt bracket failure has been cited in the fatal crash of a Cessna 140 in British Columbia last year that killed a beloved member of the B.C. flying community. Erissa Yong died when the […]

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Canada’s Busiest Airport Kitchener-Waterloo

Canada’s busiest airport in November of 2020 was Kitchener-Waterloo and two others that don’t normally occupy those spots, Boundary Bay and Abbotsford, were in second and third respectively. Statistics Canada said there were 13,619 takeoffs […]

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Nav Canada Defends Tower Closure Study

A senior Nav Canada official says the closure of seven air traffic control towers at smaller airports across the country is not a foregone conclusion and any decisions will be based on safety alone. Heather […]

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Heritage Calendar Released

By John Chalmers Once again the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) has published its annual calendar with original art from Canada’s top aviation artists. Included in the 2021 Calendar are paintings from members of the […]

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Flair Adds 13 MAX

Flair Airlines says it’s adding 13 Boeing 737 MAX airliners to its current complement of three older 800 series 737s. The aircraft will be leased from 777 Partners, which has a 25 percent stake in […]

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tailbeaconX Gets U.S. Approval

Montana-based uAvionix has announced that their tailBeaconX, an ultrasmall device that can be installed in place of a standard tail beacon or position light on certified aircraft, has now received TSO approval from the American […]

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U.S. Requires COVID Tests For Passengers

Most aircraft passengers, including those on GA flights, will need proof of a negative test for COVID-19 to enter the U.S. for the foreseeable future.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the […]

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Maintenance Snag Stops MAX Flight

The return of the Boeing 737 MAX to Canadian skies hit a minor snag on Friday when a WestJet flight using the type had to be cancelled for a maintenance issue. The aircraft was boarded […]

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Stall/Spin Preceded Moose Crash

A low-level stall/spin preceded the fatal crash of a Murphy Moose on floats in central Alberta last summer. The pilot, a training pilot and a passenger were all killed when the big homebuilt single crashed […]

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De Havilland To Pause Q400 Production

De Havilland Canada will pause production of Q400 turboprops later this year when the last of its backlog of 17-19 aircraft is built. Orders have dried up for the regional airline mainstay because of the […]

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Conair Picks Q400 As Future Heavy Air Tanker

Photo by Herve Dormoune Aerial firefighting pioneer Conair, of Abbotsford, B.C. is looking to the future and has chosen the De Havilland Q400 as its large platform for the future. The company, which formed in […]

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Alghabra Named Transport Minister

Former Transport Minister Marc Garneau has been promoted to Foreign Affairs Minister and replaced by Omar Alghabra, a Mississauga MP. On his first day on the job, Air Canada announced 1,900 layoffs and route cuts […]

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WestJet Blames COVID Policy For Cuts

WestJet is blaming the federal government’s sudden requirement for airline passengers arriving in Canada to have negative COVID-19 tests for the slashing of its schedule and job cuts affecting 1,000 employees this week. The airline […]

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MP Seeks Intervention On Nav Canada Tower Study

An Ontario MP says he’s found a way for the federal government to intervene in Nav Canada’s apparent intention to cut air traffic control services at seven airports. Windsor MP Brian Masse had asked Transport […]

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Fatigue Crack Led To Otter Crash (Corrected)

The Transportation Safety Board says fatigue failure of the right wing strut attach assembly caused the crash of a Blue Water Aviation DHC-3 Otter near Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba in October of 2019. The float-equipped […]

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Lancaster Restoration Resumes

After a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, work has resumed on the restoration of an RCAF Lancaster at the National Air Force Museum in Trenton. According to a CBC report, volunteers are committed to […]

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Four Dead In Alberta Helicopter Crash

RCMP and local authorities in Birch Hills County in northern Alberta are investigating the New Year’s Day crash of a Robinson R44 helicopter that killed all four people onboard. Details are scant but the aircraft […]

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JetBlue Gets First A220

The end of 2020 is proving positive for the Airbus A220 as sales ramp up and rumors circulate about a stretched version that would seat as many passengers as a Boeing 737 MAX. On Jan. […]

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MAX Under Microscope

With the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX, there is intense scrutiny on the first flights of the aircraft and even the most mundane maintenance snags rate prominent attention in the mainstream media. […]

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RCAF Pilots Earn U.S. Honours

Two RCAF pilots earned high honours in the U.S. recently. Capt. Chris “Lime” Swartz graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) program, better known as TOPGUN. Meanwhile Maj. Maciej “Match” Hatta has […]

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Quebec Pilot On ‘Most-Wanted’ List

A Quebec man known as the “pilot to the stars” is on the run after failing to show up to jail when his bail was revoked. Normand Dubé is suspected to be hiding out at […]

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Canadian Astronaut To Go Around The Moon

A Canadian astronaut will be on the first crew to travel to the moon as part of an effort to build a space station in lunar orbit. The Canadian government signed a deal with the […]

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New Victoria Taxiway Unusable

Aircraft are unable to use a new taxiway extension at Victoria International Airport because an obstruction blocks the view of part of the taxiway. Taxiway Echo was lengthened in a $4.3 million project in 2019 […]

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ADS-B Found Crash Site In Quebec

Canada’s search and rescue service is now using space-based ADS-B tracking data as part of its response to missing aircraft after a 2019 crash in Quebec that may never have been located without the technology. […]

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