Aviation and Aerospace Headlines

Apr 14, 2016


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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.

Registration and More Information


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Anderson Family Scholarship
Deadline extended for The Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship, awarded to a young aspiring BC pilot, aged 16-19. Nominations extended until today – April 15, 2016. 

Deadline for all other Award and Scholarship Nominations – May 31, 2016 (*Not including the Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship)

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

Apply Here

Canadian air travel demand grows by just over 4% in 2015


In 2015 a total of 16 airports in Canada handled over one million passengers, the same number as in 2014. Passenger numbers at 10 of the country’s top 11 airports (ninth ranked Toronto City Airport has not yet made its statistics public) grew by 4.1% to just over 115 million passengers. This compares with growth of 6.1% in 2014, 2.7% in 2013 and 3.7% in 2012. Last year saw the country’s busiest airport, Toronto Pearson, break through the 40 million passenger mark for the first time, while second-ranked Vancouver passed the 20 million passenger milestone for the first time.

Read more via anna.aero

Good weather and some luck could bring a record-shattering aircraft to Vancouver


*Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is one of four locations being considered as the North American West Coast destination for a history-making flight.

Scientists and pilots linked to the round-the-world flight of a solar-powered airplane are expected to decide the destination in the next month as they await a favourable weather window.

West Coast destinations, including Phoenix, the San Francisco area and Los Angeles, have been selected to allow maximum flexibility for route planning and weather conditions.

The Solar Impulse 2 is able to fly day and night without fuel and has completed one jump across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii on its way across North America and Europe to Abu Dhabi.

But a news release from the programs co-founders says the 117-hour, 52-minute non-stop 8,900-kilometre flight last July overheated the batteries and the plane has been grounded in Hawaii since then, completing repairs and test flights.

The single-seat, carbon fibre Solar Impulse 2 weighs little more than a small car and has more than 17,000 solar cells built into its nearly 72-metre wingspan, providing renewable energy for four electric engines.

Read more via Vancouver Observer

Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One lands at Vancouver International Aiport


*Photo Courtesy of YVR Airport 

Iron Maiden and aviation fans had their eyes on the sky Saturday.

The heavy metal band’s private plane carrying band members, crew and gear landed at Vancouver International Airport at 3:30 p.m. PT in advance of Iron Maiden’s concert at Rogers Arena as part of The Book of Souls world tour.

The plane is dubbed Ed Force One after the band’s mascot Eddie, whose face is painted on the Boeing jet’s tail.

Its pilot is likely one of the most famous in the world — the band’s lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson has a commercial pilot’s licence.

Read more via CBC News

Pilot walks away from crash landing near Abbotsford Airport

A small aircraft made a hard emergency landing about four nautical miles north of the airport late in the afternoon, said Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board.

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but there were no serious injuries, according to a spokeswoman for B.C. Emergency Health Services.

Police also attended, said Abbotsford Police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald.

Story via Vancouver Sun

Two Sask. residents killed in B.C. plane crash


Two people from Saskatchewan have been killed after a plane crash near Revelstoke, B.C.

Around 5:20 p.m. on Monday, police received a report of a downed airplane near Trout Lake.

By the evening, police had confirmed that a Rockwell 112B plane with two people on board had crashed in a mountainous area.

A local helicopter pilot was able to reach the area, and confirmed that the two people on the plane had been killed.

The victims have been identified as a 50-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, both from Saskatchewan.

Read more via CTV News



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