Aviation and Aerospace Headlines

Jan 29, 2017

Abbotsford International Airport Has Record Setting Year With 530,643 Passengers

The Abbotsford International Airport announced that 2016 brought in a record setting amount of passengers—with a total of 530,643 people, a major increase of 42,810 from 2015.

YXX Airport has been under development over the past several years with renovations made to its major terminal and the addition of an international customs building.

The airport’s growth allowed for an 8.78 per cent increase of passengers from 2015 to 2016.

Read full story via 604 Now here

Air Canada Receives Award for Best Corporate Sustainability Report – Transportation from the Finance and Sustainability Initiative

Air Canada has been recognized by the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) with the “2017 Award for Best Corporate Sustainability Report – Transportation” in Canada.

This annual competition aims to promote excellence in sustainable development reporting among Canadian public companies.

Air Canada was selected to receive this honour for its 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Citizens of the World, updated annually on www.aircanada.com/csr. The airline’s fifth corporate sustainability report details Air Canada’s performance during 2015 in four key areas of sustainability: safety, the environment, employee well-being, and the company’s community involvement.

Read full story via Aviation.ca here

Buildings coming to Pitt Meadows airport driver training centre

The sound of tires squealing and gunned engines were the appropriate background noise for the announcement at the Pitt Meadows Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Police recruits honed their driving skills outside, while inside the canvass structure politicians announced a more permanent building for the driver education centre run by the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) at the airport. The YPK/JIBC Integrated Driving Centre is located at 18200 Ford Rd.

Read full story via Maple Ridge News here

Increased airline capacity boosts international tourism to B.C.

The B.C. government says increased airline traffic through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is continuing to bring more international tourists to the province — particularly from China and India.

Both the government and YVR say this increased capacity is due to rate cuts that make it a more affordable destination for airlines.

Shirley Bond — minister for jobs, tourism, skills training and labour and the MLA for Prince George-Valemount — said continued growth is good news for B.C.’s economy, particularly in rural and northern areas where tourism can be a viable alternative to struggling resource sectors.

Read full story via CBC here

More funds for YXS, this time for operational upgrades

Just one day after announcing renovations to its baggage screening system, YXS is getting, even more, funding, this time for operational upgrades.

Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) board of directors approved $368,418 to improve aspects of the Prince George Airport.

Some renovations, like a terminal upgrade, are scheduled for spring. By renovating the terminal, airport workers can add space to attract new flight partners. Planned lobby adjustments will eliminate gusting winds and a vacuum created when one of the gates opens.

Read full story via My Prince George Now here

Nominations open for prestigious aviation and aerospace awards

The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is now accepting nominations for its eighth Annual Awards Program. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honours outstanding Canadian women who have made a significant contribution to aviation or aerospace, and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

Read full story via Skies Magazine here

Vimy Ridge on Canadian Museum of Flight radar

When Canadian Museum of Flight General Manager Mike Sattler, was asked if building two Sopwith Pup replicas at a self-funded museum on a shoe-string budget, with 45 volunteers, and getting to Vimy Ridge for 2017 was feasible, the ex-aircraft mechanic/bush pilot’s response was: “Sure! Why not!”

“I saw the project as a chance to showcase the museum and what this crew does that a lot of people don’t know about,” says Sattler.

Read full story via Cloverdale Reporter here



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