Aviation and Aerospace Headlines

Feb 12, 2016

A Direct Flight to Improvements for B.C.’s Airports

The Province is providing $8 million in funding this year to support infrastructure improvements at B.C. airports, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced today.

The funding comes from the B.C. Air Access Program, announced last year as part of the Province’s 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move. The ministry committed $24 million over three years and last year announced $6 million, which funded a dozen projects at ten regional and municipal airports throughout the province. Read more

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members and Honour a Belt of Orion Recipient in 2016

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members, and recognize a Belt of Orion recipient at its 43 rd annual gala dinner and ceremony, to be held Thursday June 9, 2016, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa.

The new members are:

  • Frederick James Carmichael: northern Canada aviation entrepreneur.
  • Kathleen Carol Fox: Flight Instructor; Chair of Transportation Safety Board
  • William Ross Lennox: RCAF pilot; Chief Test Pilot P&WC
  • Beverley Strahan Shenstone: aerodynamicist; aeronautical engineer
  • Royal Canadian Naval Air Branch (1945-1968) – Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.

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Canadian aerospace industry welcomes ambitious new CO2 emissions standards

The Canadian aerospace industry welcomed recommendations for new CO2 emissions standards put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). The new standards are designed to encourage the development of technologies and innovations to reduce aircraft emissions and aviation’s overall environmental impact.

The recommendations were prepared by a task force of over 170 experts from international governments and observers, including the Canadian government and industry representatives from the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), which Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) vice-chairs. If they are approved by ICAO’s council as expected later this year, all new aircraft designs produced after 2020 will be required to comply with the new standards. Read more

Plane crashes in B.C. up 40 per cent from 2014

Seven people were killed and four seriously injured in aircraft accidents in B.C. last year, while the number of crashes topped 43, according to new Transportation Safety Board statistics provided to The Sun.

Although the number of accidents represent a 40-per-cent increase over 2014, it compares favourably with the five-year average of 45.

The deaths include: two pilots of a Carson Air Swearingen freight-carrying plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Vancouver International Airport on April 13; the pilot of an amateur-built Kitfox on a May 8 return flight to King George Airpark in Surrey; both occupants of a Cessna 182Q northwest of Dawson Creek on June 1; two occupants of a Cessna 207 on takeoff from a grass strip just outside Taylor, Oct. 16. Read more

WEEKLY PHOTO FEATURE BY BRADLEY FRIESEN

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