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May 5, 2016


BCAC Scholarship Nominations Open

BCAC Industry Awards

Nominations for BCAC Industry Awards can be submitted year round but must be in to our office no later than May 31 each year in order to be considered for the current year. Awards will be presented at the annual Silver Wings Awards event. In 2016, scheduled for October 26th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Fill out the nomination form and recognize BC aviation talent. We live in the best province and have some exceptional aviators so please nominate them for recognition by their peers.

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BCAC Scholarships

Deadline for all other Award and Scholarship Nominations – May 31, 2016

BC Aviation Council members recognize the financial pressures faces by students pursuing studies in aviation and aerospace, and the BCAC provides scholarships and awards for students on an annual basis.

Students actively pursuing studies in the following fields can apply for cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

  • Commercial Pilot
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Airport Operations
  • Private Pilot

British Airways’ Airbus A380 begins service to Vancouver


*Image Credit: YVR/Elettra Communications

One of the world’s largest birds in the skies landed at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Sunday evening for its first regular non-stop trip between London and Vancouver.

Hundreds of plane spotters gathered outside the airport at 6:30 p.m. to watch British Airways’ Airbus A380 touch down on the runway for its inaugural service between the cities. The aircraft’s immense size and weight required the use of almost the entire South Runway to slow down and touch down.

Story via VanCity Buzz here

Drones plague Canadian airports. But are promised rules the solution?


*Image Credit the Associated Press 

The dry language of a federal aviation database can’t conceal the drama of the incidents they describe.

In October of 2014, the pilot of a floatplane on its way to Squamish, B.C. from Vancouver encountered a drone at 1,400 feet, ‘barely missing his wing.’

Months later, another drone whizzed 10 feet from a startled pilot as he tried to land in Vancouver.

Two weeks later, a drone flying over a forest fire in the B.C. interior forced the grounding of 13 aircraft helping fight the fire, which spread for four hours until they could fly again.

In 2014 Toronto’s Pearson airport had to close a runway, and in 2015 the Vancouver control tower had to stop two aircraft taking off, because of drones. There are several reports in Transport Canada’s incident reports of pilots changing course to avoid drones.

Drones are increasingly causing problems for traditional aviation – a fact that could pose real dangers for pilots and passengers.

In 2015, there were 77 complaints, mostly from pilots, to Transport Canada about the gadgets. (In 2014, there were only 28.) Four of them describe truly close calls, where drones barely missed aircraft.

Story via Global News here

KF Aerospace and Star Navigation announce distribution agreement

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (Star) and KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd.) (KF) have announced the appointment of KF as Canadian distributor of Star’s STAR-A.D.S. in-flight safety monitoring system.

KF will be promoting the STAR-A.D.S. system and after-sales services to its customers and prospect base, while Star will provide value-added services.

“We are very pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with one of the top aviation service providers in Canada,” said Viraf Kapadia, Star’s CEO. “Together with KF, this agreement will allow us to bring our newest technologies and services to a large base of customers and operators.”

Story via Skies Magazine here

New BCAC Directors Selected

At the Annual General Meeting held in Nanaimo on April 26th, the following were elected to BCAC’s Board of Directors.  A short bio on each can be found here.

  • Peter Barratt, West Coast Helicopters
  • Heather Bell, Bell Advisory Services  (BCAC Chair)
  • Heather Braun, Alpha Aviation (Boundary Bay Airport)
  • Harvie Buitelaar, Hatch Ltd.  (BCAC Secretary)
  • Jonathan Burke
  • Michael Delves, MNP  (BCAC Treasurer)
  • Cuyler Green, Prince George Airport  (BCAC Vice Chair)
  • Reg Krake, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Jack Lazareff, Crowe MacKay
  • Ian Matheson, SNC-Lavalin
  • Dave Nowzek, Greyrock Properties
  • Gregg Rafter, Boughtonlaw Corporation
  • Trevor Skillen, Measoft Ltd.
  • Quentin Smith, Pacific Coastal Airlines
  • Jack Willms, Tetra Tech EBA

New generation of water bombers


*Image Credit: Gordon Baron Photo

Conair Aerial Firefighting has acquired two Avro RJ85 AT Jets to attack wildfires in B.C. this year.

The company, which specializes in aerial fire suppression aircraft, is keeping maintenance crews busy transforming the four engine passenger aircraft into state of the art, next generation air tankers. The aircraft has a quick response time on initial fire dispatches, high rate of climbing and turning ability plus fast turnaround times dumping 11,400 litres of retardant on fires. The retardant delivery system is one of the most advanced in the world. The tail of the aircraft has been redesigned with special flaps to slow the four jet engines down to a drop speed of 120 knots. The Avro RJ85 AT will supplement B.C.’s current aerial firefighting arsenal to protect wildfires in B.C.’s Interior this summer.

Story via The Tribune here

WestJet looks to biofuel to trim emissions in energy-intensive aviation industry

Canada’s second-largest airline is looking to home-grown cleantech to cut down on the heavy environmental toll associated with conventional jet fuels.

Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced it will partner with Alberta’s Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) on the development of feedstock biofuels, vowing to get “actively involved” in working on cleaner aviation fuels that are both sustainable and affordable.

“There is a great opportunity to develop a sustainable biofuel industry within Western Canada and Alberta, as there is an abundant supply of biomass, infrastructure and the human resources at the ready,” Geoffrey Tauvette, director of Environment and Fuel at WestJet, said. “We feel that the location of the CETC is ideal for testing the waters.”

Though WestJet has yet to determine the amount of money it will dedicate to the project, Tauvette said pinpointing how much the biofuel research will cost—and how much the airline is prepared to commit—is one of the next items on the agenda.

Story via Cleantech Canada here


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