Canadian North Phasing Out 737-200s

Canadian North is phasing out its last remaining Boeing 737-200s and will replace them with ATR42-500s. The 200s have been in service for almost 50 years and were unique among Boeings in that they could […]

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Tail Strike Highlights Stable Approach Message

The Transportation Safety Board is highlighting the importance of stabilized approaches with a press release on a relatively minor mishap in northern Quebec in January of 2020. The Air Inuit Dash-8-300 had a hard landing […]

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Unions Scrap Over Crew Rest

The Airline Pilots Association has taken the rare step of slamming another union in defence of recently introduced crew rest provisions in Canada. ALPA’s international president Capt. Joe DePete said in a news release that […]

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Airport Supporters Fight Owen Sound Landing Fees

As good flying weather returns, pilots and others who use Owen Sound Airport are trying to increase pressure on Owen Sound City Council to reverse a January decision to impose onerous landing fees at the […]

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RCAF Pilot Reprimanded For Flying To Cell Service

The RCAF has reprimanded a pilot for running a personal errand and using a few thousand pounds of Jet A in the process while at work. Capt. Nathaniel D’Arcy was commanding a CP-140 Aurora on […]

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McLeod Returns To Air Race Circuit

Canadian air race and aerobatic pilot Pete McLeod has signed on to be a racer in the World Championship Air Race series, which will take off in 2022. “Super stoked to get to announce I’ll […]

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JetBlue To Fly First Canadian Route

U.S. budget carrier JetBlue will dip its toe in the Canadian market with its first-ever flights to a Canadian airport in 2022. The airline will begin non-stop flights from Vancouver to Boston and JFK in […]

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Harbour Air Moving Ahead With Electric Fleet

Harbour Air is partnering with electric flight pioneer André Borschberg’ H55 to move to an all-electric fleet of floatplanes. The company said this week that the two companies along with the electric motor developer magniX, […]

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Aircraft Luxury Tax In Budget

As expected, the federal government is moving ahead with assessing a “luxury” tax on new aircraft that sell for more than $100,000, which is virtually all of them except for some gliders and ultralights. The […]

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Air Canada Deal Sets Bailout Tone

The federal government is back in the airline business with the announcement that it has reached a deal with Air Canada on a bailout package that consists of $5.4 billion in low interest loans that […]

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Porter Hoping to Fly June 21

Porter Airlines says it’s planning to resume operation June 21 after suspending flights more than a year ago due to the pandemic. Although it’s based in Toronto, which is currently experiencing some serious pandemic problems, […]

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Nav Canada Cancels Tower Closures

Nav Canada says it’s decided to maintain tower services at seven smaller airports across the country but it’s giving no detailed reasons for the abrupt change of tack. The air traffic services company issued a […]

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Bill Peppler Dies At 95

Bill Peppler, a towering figure in Canadian aviation died April 1 in Ottawa at the age of 95. Peppler was a founding member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and served as its general […]

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Study Looks At Pilots’ Medical Care

Researchers at the University of Alberta are polling pilots on whether their desire to maintain their flight medical keeps them from seeking care. “The study itself will ask a series of questions to determine how […]

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Three Canadian MAXes Grounded

Three Canadian-operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were pulled from service on Friday as part of a precautionary grounding related to electrical issues that affected dozens of aircraft operated by 16 airlines. Three Canadian airlines operate […]

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European Competition Rules End Air Transat/Air Canada Deal

The European Commission has put the kibosh on the proposed takeover of Air Transat by Air Canada and the two companies have reached an agreement on dissolving the merger process. The companies announced the move […]

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Aviation Hall of Fame Cancels Gala Event

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has cancelled this year’s induction ceremony and gala dinner event due to ongoing pandemic restrictions. The annual event is usually held in June each year. The 2020 inductees will instead […]

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Airbus and Nav Canada Partner in CO2 Reduction Initiative

The European aircraft manufacturing giant is bringing Nav Canada on board its fello’fly program to further its ambition to prove it is both technically and economically viable to group long-haul, wide-body airliners into pairs so […]

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WestJet Restores, Adds Routes

WestJet is betting on a strong domestic travel recovery and has announced it’s adding 11 direct flights in Western Canada in June. The company will add the following flights:Toronto to Fort McMurray, Kelowna to Saskatoon, […]

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Night Rating Revisions Coming

Transport Canada is working on revisions to night rating standards that would create two levels of night ratings in response to Transportation Safety Board criticisms that the current regs don’t clearly define a “visual reference […]

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Union Raises Nav Canada Cutback Concerns

The union that represents air traffic controllers says 80 percent of its members think laying off staff at area control centres and towers across the country will affect public safety. Of the 1,800 controllers in […]

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TSB Pans Iran’s Missile Strike Report

The head of the Transportation Safety Board says the Iranian government’s final report into the missile downing of a Ukrainian airliner loaded mostly with people headed to Canada doesn’t prove it was an accident. Kathy […]

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Airports Lose “International” Status

Some sizeable airports across the country have been at least temporarily stripped of their official “international” status and will have to apply to get it back. Transport Canada issued an advisory circular in January that […]

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Laser Attacks Hit Air Ambulances

A rash of laser attacks against air ambulance aircraft in Ontario has prompted a police investigation and concern by the operator. “It can be potentially catastrophic if a pilot was hit by a laser as […]

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TSB Renews Call For Flight Monitors

The Transportation Safety Board has renewed its call for Transport Canada to require lightweight flight data recording equipment on all commercially operated aircraft as part of its investigation into a fatal seaplane crash in 2019. […]

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WestJet Cancels Order For 15 MAXes

WestJet has cancelled orders for 15 of the 42 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft it was planning to buy as it continues to struggle with the pandemic downturn. The airline is operating about the same number […]

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B.C. Airports Get Some Help

B.C.’s 57 regional and rural airports are lining up for $16.7 million in provincial relief to help them weather the next year of post-pandemic recovery. The grants were included in a rural transportation package announced […]

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PM’s Ride Back From Repairs

Just in time for the post-pandemic wanderlust that will likely strike, the prime minister’s international ride is ready to take him wherever the spirit moves. After more than a year of repairs, the CC-150 Polaris […]

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Regional Airline Consolidation Ends Sky

Sky Regional Airlines will fold after losing its contract to supply regional feeder service for Air Canada in Central Canada and the eastern U.S. The carrier will transfer its fleet of E175 twin jets to […]

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Second AD Hits Bell 505s

Transport Canada has temporarily banned single-pilot operations from the right seat in the Bell 505 helicopter after a collective stick failed during a preflight check earlier this year. The measure was included in an emergency […]

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