Aviation and Aerospace Headlines

Mar 24, 2016

6th Annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week Attracts 44,000 in 120 Venues on 4 Continents. 8,418 Girls Fly

Photo Courtesy of iWOAW

Photo Courtesy of iWOAW

20 venues in Africa, America, Europe, and Oceania hosted activities aimed at advancing gender balance in the air and space industry during the 6th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, a global aviation awareness week for girls of any age, founded and managed by the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW). 44,000 participated.

With 27 venues, France led the way for most venues in one single country closely followed by Turkey with 26. The United States, Canada, and Australia join the top 5 countries, venue-wise. New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Angola, and Guyana celebrated The Week for the first time.

Roughly half of the official activities were organized by flight schools and flying clubs. Noticeable was the increase in aerospace factory visits, control tower tours, aviation university department open houses, and aviation museums special event offerings.

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AVIATION COUNCIL BRINGS TOGETHER LEADERS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE FOR B.C. AIRPORTS

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From Anahim Lake to Abbotsford, from Cranbrook to Campbell River, British Columbia is home to 39 certified airports, a testament to the importance of the aviation industry to the health of this province.

More than 100 senior airport, airline, aviation authority, government and related business executives will gather in Nanaimo from April 25-27 for the annual event. The theme for the three days of meetings, workshops and networking is Shaping Our Future.

“It’s important to provide opportunities for airports and related service providers to discuss current issues and build on business relationships,” says Candace McKibbon, the B.C. Aviation Council’s Executive Director.

“Industry leaders will share their innovations, knowledge and insights—all focused on advancing B.C.’s aviation sector.”

Just some of the focus areas will be:

* Maximizing revenues and funding

* Meeting increased demands for security and training

* Planning and regulatory compliance

As in previous years, speakers will share best practices and discuss holistic strategies for dealing with these topics.

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BCAC Scholarship Deadline Extended

Photo By Jim Jorgenson

Photo By Jim Jorgenson – 2015 Anderson Family Flight Training Winner, Nathaniel Ralphs

The John Anderson family funds an annual $5,000 scholarship, awarded in June to a young aspiring BC pilot, aged 16-19.  Nominations for 2016 are now open with closing date of April 15, 2016.  Winner will be announced by mid June.

Download nomination form.

Xiamen Airlines to Land in Canada for the First Time at YVR

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Xiamen Airlines announced they will fly a three times weekly, non-stop flight between Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) in China to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) starting July 25, 2016, subject to final government approvals. This will mark the first time the airline has service to North America.

“We are thrilled to welcome Xiamen Airlines to YVR. This new route and destination will provide access to new markets for business and leisure for both Canadian and Chinese travellers,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “YVR now has more Chinese carriers than any airport in the Americas or Europe, which is testament to Xiamen Airlines and their support of YVR as the gateway airport between the Americas and Asia.”

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YVR tightens security in response to Brussels bombings

Photo Courtesy of CBC

Photo Courtesy of CBC

Officials at Vancouver International Airport say they are working with police, Canadian Border Services Agency staff and others to ensure a heightened level of security today.  Vice-president of operations Steve Hankinson said Tuesday people will notice more police officers and dog teams at the airport, but he wouldn’t go into further detail. “Beyond that for obvious reasons we don’t disclose the details of our security practices but it’s multi-layered and we have a comprehensive program to ensure everyone is safe and secure at YVR.”

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