Laser Ban Eyed


Certain types of consumer laser devices could be banned in Canada in response to Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s call that the government explore “all possible options” to stop laser attacks on aircraft. The minister gave the directive to his staff because he’s not satisfied with a 25 percent reduction in laser incidents from 590 in 2015 to 379 last year.



“This is not only reckless, it is criminal and it is absolutely essential that we bring those numbers down because one is too many, there’s no question about it,” he told the Toronto Star.

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Commonly available lasers have the power to cause serious eye damage at five miles and while there have been no documented cases of permanent disability of pilots or accidents being caused by lasers, Garneau is insisting they be stopped because there is potential for a “catastrophic” crash.  Transport Canada has an ongoing education campaign warning of the dangers of lasers but Garneau said those who are pointing at airplanes are well aware of what they’re doing and more needs to be done. “What I can tell you is that we will choose a solution that is more than just simply continuing the education program.”

Laser Ban Eyed

Certain types of consumer laser devices could be banned in Canada in response to Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s call that the government explore “all possible options” to stop laser attacks on aircraft. The minister gave the directive to his staff because he’s not satisfied with a 25 percent reduction in laser incidents from 590 in
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Electric Airplane Certified

Transport Canada has certified an electrically-powered aircraft for the first time. The Pipistrel Alpha Electro was certified as an advanced ultralight earlier this month and that means it can be used for training. A Pitt Meadows, B.C. owner recently had one delivered but it’s not clear if he will be using it for training. The
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No End In Sight For Avgas Issues

Imperial Oil says it’s not aware of any safety issues with using the avgas now safely quarantined in tanks across the country but it’s not saying much more about how the situation is being resolved. The company ordered wholesalers and retailers who got avgas produced by its Strathcona refinery in Edmonton (the only refinery making
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Wings of Hope Pilots Check In

The Give Hope Wings flight around South America has reached the halfway point of epic journey and team members Dave McElroy, Russ Airey and Harold Fast checked in earlier this week as the two aircraft turned north. Buenos Dias from Commodora, Argentina. We are now about to begin Day 33 of our Odyssey around the
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New Chair at ACPA

A Toronto-based A320 captain has been elected chair of the Air Canada Pilots Association. Matt Hogan has been at Air Canada for more than 10 years after a period flying air ambulances. He will chair meetings of the Master Elected Council and be the lead negotiator with the airline on issues that arise. He will
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Labour Issues At Swoop

WestJet’s new ultra low cost carrier Swoop hit some labour relations turbulence this week when the Airline Pilots Association applied to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to stop WestJet management from allegedly negotiating directly with WestJet and Encore pilots about moving to Swoop. WestJet and Encore pilots voted last year to join ALPA but they
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Optical Illusion Cited in Crash

The Transportation Safety Board says an optical illusion likely contributed to the crash of a Beaver on floats in central B.C, in October of 2016. The TSB report also noted the plane was 300 kg. overweight when it stalled and crashed near Laidman Lake. The pilot was killed and two of four passengers seriously hurt.
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Three Dead in R44 Crash

A pilot, his daughter, and the daughter’s friend have been identified as the three people killed when a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed and caught fire near Drummondville, Quebec on Thursday evening. Jean-Claude Mailhot, Jeannie Mailhot, and Nathalie Desrosiers were identified by family members according to the CBC. The victims were not from the Drummondville area
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Swoop Takes Aim At Flair

WestJet’s new ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) Swoop generated some media attention this week by giving away 2,000 seats and offering transit bus fares on others between low volume destinations. The tickets and the marketing message that accompanied them appeared to be aimed directly at Flair Air, the fledgling new carrier that is gathering strength
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Nav Canada Holds Teen Girls Summer Camp

Nav Canada is making a direct appeal to teenage girls to join its ranks with its first summer camp for girls heading into Grade 10 in September.The air navigation services provider will invite 20 girls to its Cornwall, Ontario facilities for a week of hands-on contact with a variety of aviation careers. The girls will
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Sea King Retirement Begins

The long-delayed retirement of the CH-124 began in earnest Jan. 26 as CFB Shearwater said goodbye to the venerable submarine hunter. Sea Kings flew in formation over Halifax in the final operational flight of the 60-year-old helicopters on the East Coast. Sea Kings will continue to serve at 443 Squadron in Victoria, B.C. until it
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Bombardier Wins Trade Case

Bombardier has won its case before the U.S. International Trade Commission and almost 300 percent duties against its CSeries airliners will not be imposed. Boeing launched the claim saying the CSeries were being dumped on the U.S. market at below market prices in a deal with Delta Airlines fo 75 aircraft, unfairly harming its business.
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CF-18 Demo Paint Scheme Revealed

The RCAF has released the design scheme for its 2018 CF-18 demo aircraft, this year honouring the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Each year the Air Force’s graphic designer Jim Belliveau uses a CF-18 as his canvas to mark an important milestone in Canadian aviation or military history. Canada has been
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Two 747s at Goose Bay

Goose Bay Airport had a couple of heavies on the ramp for a few hours earlier this week as yet another airline crew took advantage of the former Strategic Air Command Base’s 11,000-foot runway for an emergency diversion. An El Al Boeing 747-400 was about 200 miles out over the Atlantic on its way from
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Cherokee Clips Lines, Lands Safely

A close call for an Alberta pilot knocked out power to thousands of people in southern Alberta on Tuesday. The unidentified pilot was landing at the Olds-Didsbury Airport, north of Calgary, about 8 p.m. when the aircraft flew under powerlines and clipped them as it landed. The 59-year-old pilot was able to complete the landing
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