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May 13, 2016


BCAC Scholarship Nominations Open

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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

Air Canada launches Vancouver’s only non-stop flight to San Jose

Air Canada on May 9 launched a new route between Vancouver International Airport and San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

It is part of a flurry of new routes that the airline is launching out of Vancouver this spring. Other new cities for Air Canada out of Vancouver include Chicago, San Diego and Dublin. The airline is also doubling its number of flights between Vancouver and London’s Heathrow Airport on a seasonal basis.

The airline’s Air Canada Express division will fly the Vancouver to San Jose route twice daily and it is the only airline to fly non-stop between the two cities.

Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Criag Richmond said the new route “answers the demand for a direct link between Vancouver’s tech sector and heart of the Silicon Valley.”B.C.’s tech sector is estimated to generate more than $15 billion in gross domestic product (GDP). It employs more than 100,000 technology workers at Vancouver-based companies such as Hootsuite and Slack and in the offices of global technology giants, such as Microsoft and Sony Imageworks among others.

Full story via Business in Vancouver here

Drones reportedly spotted near two large B.C. wildfires

British Columbia wildfire officials are reminding the public that flying drones near fires can be dangerous and costly.

Fire information officer Amanda Reynolds said the BC Wildfire Service received two reports of unmanned aerial vehicles near wildfires on Friday.

Crews saw some people getting ready to launch a drone near the Beatton Airport Road fire, burning 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John, but when they were approached, the people got in their vehicle and drove away, Reynolds said.

A report was also received about a drone flying above the Alberta portion of the Siphon Creek fire, which B.C. crews are continuing to fight in a bid to relieve pressure on their Alberta counterparts.

An unauthorized drone flying near the Testalinden Creek fire near Oliver, B.C., last August grounded eight helicopters and five planes for more than three hours, hampering firefighting efforts.

Federal regulations ban the use of drones near wildfires, and violators can face penalties of up to $25,000 and 18 months in jail.

Flames from both the Beatton Airport Road fire and the Siphon Creek fire have forced people to flee their homes, while others are prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Full story via CTV News here

Kamloops Airport traveller numbers steady in April

The Kamloops Airport saw a slight decrease in travellers in April compared to the previous month.

There were 24,434 total travellers in April. In March, the airport saw 29,827 travellers.

The numbers in March were credited to the World Women’s Hockey Championship.

The April numbers are consistent when compared to the same period last year which had 24.492 travellers.

“An increase in tourism related travel is helping to offset the reduced number of migrating workers that were travelling to northern Alberta in previous years,” said Fred Legace, Kamloops Airport Managing Director.

Full Story via Kamloops BC Now here

Lumby plane crash


*Photo Courtesy of Global News 

We’ve learned more details surrounding a plane crash in the Lumby area Tuesday.

The plane, with three men on board, went down in a field off Mabel Lake Road shortly after 10:30 a.m.

All three occupants escaped without injury despite the aircraft catching fire shortly after the crash.

Global Okanagan has learned the plane was a de Havilland Beaver float plane which had taken off from a nearby private airstrip before developing engine problems.

Full story via Global News here

Minister expects WestJet’s YVR-London service to boost B.C. economy

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*Photo Courtesy of CTV News

When WestJet’s first nonstop flight from Vancouver International Airport to London touched down in the U.K. Saturday, it brought with it “a new chapter of long-haul travel” for the once-regional only airline.

That’s what WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky called the new route shortly before its maiden flight departed from YVR Friday night.

For the province of British Columbia, however, the expectation is that the expanded service will be even more than that.

“We are very, very fortunate,” B.C.’s Jobs and Labour Minister Shirley Bond told the assembled onlookers at the ribbon-cutting. “We’re adding new flights like this all the time. And why should that matter to us? It matters because it actually is great for the economy.”

Bond said the new YVR-London flight will add $8.5 million to the province’s gross domestic product and create as many as 140 jobs.

Full story via CTV News here

Owner looking for new home for Martin Mars water bomber


*Photo courtesy of The Times Columnist 

The owner of the Port Alberni-based Martin Mars said he’s taking the water bomber to an air show this summer in hopes of finding it a new home.

Neither the B.C. nor Alberta governments have requested support from the retired air tanker, said Wayne Coulson, chief executive of the Coulson Group of Companies.

“Based on the fact no government has any interest whatsoever in the aircraft fighting fire, we have decided to take the Mars to the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin in late July in hopes of finding another business or home for it, keeping it somewhat operational,” Coulson said in an email.

The Martin Mars was retired from firefighting service in 2013, but was brought back last summer for the forest-fire season on a $600,000 contract.

Coulson said it can’t be used to fight fires without government support.

“In the firefighting business, it is the government that has operational control of the aircraft. No aircraft operator in the world can simply go and put out a fire, even if they wanted to. And if someone ever did, they would be facing serious criminal charges,” Coulson said.

Full Story via The Times Columnist here

Prince George Airport Authority’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament


EVENT: Prince George Airport Authority’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, June 25

WHERE: Alder Hills Golf Course

COST: $65 Per Person include green fees, dinner, putting contest, door prizes & more.  All proceeds going to Hope Air

REGISTER: www.pgairport.ca or Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyYXS


  • Last year this tournament raised over $10,000 for Hope Air, a national registered charity providing free flights for Canadians who are in financial need and must travel to healthcare.
  • In 2015, Hope Air provided over 11,000 flights and arranged 1,115 flights for Prince George residents
  • Prince George to Vancouver is Hope Air’s second busiest route in Canada which means locals need our help.



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