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May 20, 2016


BCAC Scholarship Nominations Open, new one-time scholarship added to Honour Mark Duncan

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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

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Airbus aborts landing at Vancouver International Airport—and video goes viral


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Alchemy at the Airport, Comox Valley Airport

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The Comox Valley Airport will partner with Art Alchemy Studio in Courtenay on a summer art exhibit at the Comox Valley Airport. The six month long display, dubbed Alchemy at the Airport, will feature 23 unique pieces from Comox Valley artists Marianne Enhorning, Bill Kerr, Larissa McLean, Lucy Schappy, Sofie Skapski, Helen Utsal, Nicolette Valikoski and Maggie Ziegler.

Alchemy at the Airport will be on display in the departures and arrivals section of the airport terminal fromMay 17 to November 1, helping to create a sense of place for Comox Valley Airport passengers. It is one of two exhibits for YQQ’s public art program, which showcases Vancouver Island artists who create art depicting thepeople, places, events and environment of northern Vancouver Island.

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BCAC Airport Conference a Great Success


Ninety delegates and speakers attended the annual BC Aviation Council’s Airports Conference, held this year in Nanaimo, April 25-27.

A great networking event, started with a 9 hole golf tourny on Monday, April 25th with 30 players hitting the links, this followed by a an ‘ice breaker reception’ at the hotel.  One and a half days of sessions got down to the business of airport issues with a diverse range of speakers presenting on topics as outlined below.  A great industry social on Tuesday evening, held at the Port of Nanaimo, HeliJet facility, was again well attended and showcased a number of Nanaimo eateries and beverage providers.  The BC Aviation Council’s AGM was held during this conference and its new Board of Directors elected.

PRESENTATIONS:  (Dropbox file link)

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From solar planes to vegetarianism, B.C. students bring suggestions to environment minister


Grade 11 student Jeremy Hughes asked whether the government would consider pursuing solar or electric-powered aircraft through Quebec-based Bombardier.

“Bombardier is one of Canada’s top and most internationally recognized customers,” he began. “If the government of Canada were to invest more money in Bombardier for them to focus their research on eco-friendly modes of transportation in the realm of aviation then perhaps Canada could be helping countries outside of North America.”

“Emissions of the aviation sector are a huge thing, we are working to get an agreement this year,” McKenna replied.

After the event, Mr. Hughes said the question stemmed from a longtime interest in aviation.

“I’ve always had an interest in airplanes. I took note that every single airplane I’ve ever been on pollutes,” he said in an interview.

Full story via The Globe and Mail here

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group celebrates a decade in Canada

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of its first office in Canada; in Abbotsford, B.C. The company’s presence in Canada is supporting the country’s growing aerospace industry, and in 2014, Marshall purchased a 4,343-square-foot building, also in Abbotsford, to accommodate up to 35 personnel, the majority of which are engineers and technical staff.

The Abbotsford office has subsequently become Marshall’s headquarters in Canada.

“The provision of in-country support is very much a Marshall strength, and we have a proven track record of collaborating with military and commercial organizations to deliver quantifiable end-user benefits,” said Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.

Full story via Skies Magazine here

Smithers airport modernization timeline released

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The first stage of the Smithers Regional Airport Terminal Modernization Project has begun.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide detailed design and engineered drawings, as well as contract administration services, has been released with a closing date of May 26, 2016. The RFP has been posted on BC Bid and the complete document is available on the Town’s website at www.smithers.ca under Businesses/Bid Opportunities.

“By increased accessibility and capacity, the modernization of the Smithers Regional Airport terminal will strengthen the competitive position of Smithers as an economic and regional hub,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach.

Full story via The Interior News here

Vancouver International Airport testing automated self-service bag drop


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Another step in the air travel process for passengers taking off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) could become an automated self-service.

Vancouver Airport Authority is currently in the process of testing a self-service bag drop machine that allows passengers to drop a checked bag by themselves. The machine scans and verifies the passenger information on the boarding pass and bag tag to ensure the bag is approved.

However, passenger information that does not match and bags that weigh more than the allowed threshold will be rejected. When all steps are successfully completed, the bag will be moved onto the airport’s baggage conveyor system so that it can be loaded onto an aircraft.

Full story via Vancity Buzz here



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