Some of this Week’s Other Highlights in Brief

  • Mirabel, Quebec-based airline Nolinor has announced that it is reintroducing a Boeing 737-200 to its operating fleet in response to demand in Canada’s northern regions for large aircraft capable of landing on gravel runways. “The consensus among aviation experts is clear – the 737-200 remains the optimal choice for serving the challenging northern regions,” said Nolinor’s president Marco Prud’Homme.
  • Commercial drone manufacturer Draganfly of Saskatoon has again garnered awards from U.S.-based industry group The Droning Company. Draganfly was awarded in three categories: Best Enterprise Drone for the second consecutive year, Best Search and Rescue Drone and Best Delivery Drone. In addition to producing a magazine dedicated to drones, The Droning Company  focusses on being an online job agency where drone pilots can be linked with those seeking drone services.
  • Defense minister Bill Blair announced at a meeting in Brussels that Canada will donate a further $60 million to the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) to support an F-16 fighter capability for Ukraine. The money will go towards F-16 supplies and equipment including spare parts, weapons stations, avionics and ammunition.

  • Garmin announced this week that display repairs for both WAAS and non-WAAS GPS 400s, GNC 420s and GNS 430s are no longer available. Garmin also advised that repairs of the GNS 430/530 series will continue to be limited due to reduced component availability, eventually being completely unavailable.