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May 26, 2016


BCAC Scholarship and Award Nominations Due in 4 Days

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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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Ascent Helicopters expands fleet with new H125


*Photo via Skies Magazine 

Ascent Helicopters is expanding its fleet with a new Airbus Helicopters H125 and the aircraft will be operated in Fernie, British Columbia. Known for its performance, versatility and low maintenance costs, the H125 is the ideal choice to expand and complement the working fleet of Ascent Helicopters.

“Because the work we do varies and can change at any moment, the multi-mission capability of the H125 is a perfect choice to include in our expanding fleet of aircraft,” said Trent Lemke, president of Ascent Helicopters. “We must always be able to anticipate and meet the specific needs of our customers and the H125 will ensure that we will achieve just that.”

The powerful, high performance H125 is designed to carry out the most demanding missions in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions. Its exceptional lift capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed make the H125 the leader in its class.

Full Story via Skies Magazine here

Kamloops Airport donates runway sweeper to South Cariboo Regional Airport


*Photo Credit: KamloopsBCNow

The South Cariboo Regional Airport will be able to better maintain their runway thanks to a donation by the Kamloops Airport Authority Society (KAAS).

On Thursday, KAAS donated a runway sweeper to the South Cariboo Regional Airport in 108 Mile.

The sweeper is mainly used to clear snow to allow flights to land at the airport in winter conditions. It will also help airport staff to clear the runway for medevac and tourists flights that fly through the airport.

The donation was made after KAAS was able to purchase two new runway sweepers for the Kamloops Airport last summer.

“The Kamloops Airport Authority Society was very fortunate to receive funding last year from the Federal Government’s Airports Canada Assistance Program,” said Peter Milobar of KAAS. “We heard that South Cariboo Reginal Airport was in need of one and pleased to support our northern neighbour with a donation of one of our retired sweepers.”

Full story via Kamloops BC Now here

Ottawa proposes that commercial floatplane passengers and crew wear life vests


*Photo courtesy of Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press

Transport Canada’s planned amendments to Canadian aviation regulations would also require mandatory training for pilots of fixed-wing commercial seaplanes on how to get out of the plane under water in the event of a crash.

The proposed regulatory changes were published last week in the Canada Gazette. Canadians have 30 days to comment before the changes are finalized.

In 2009, a Seair Seaplanes de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver crashed at Lyall Harbour off Saturna Island. Six occupants, including a doctor and her infant drowned inside the aircraft. The pilot and one other passenger escaped with serious injuries, but were without life vests and at risk of drowning.

Full story via The Vancouver Sun here


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