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On September 29, Indra presented the unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft at the London conference series on maritime reconnaissance. Indra’s General Manager of Defense and Security, José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, took advantage of the multinational’s participation in the conference series to make the announcement.
L-3 Aviation Products and Thomas Global Systems have announced at NBAA that they have signed an alliance agreement to cooperate in the development of certain CRT-to-LCD display upgrade products that eliminate CRT-related maintenance costs, downtime and obsolescence issues, while providing a cost-effective growth path for cockpit upgrades.
Esterline CMC Electronics has announced that Swiss International Air Lines is the first customer to select the company’s PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) factory option on their Bombardier C Series aircraft.
In the last issue of Wings, I reported on the “Internet of Things” and creating intelligent airports. Walk down the bridge and discover that technological change and the way airlines connect with travellers is going to be as profound.
Guardian Mobility have added another valuable tool to improve avionics tracking, mapping and management of fleets across the entire aviation market. SilverEye Aviation is the latest new piece to the overall solution from Guardian Mobility and is proof of GMI’s commitment to continuously develop and improve the global aviation business market.
Tecnam has announced a co-operative financing programme with Flight Support, a Softeks Group  company, that will enable EU based Flight Training Organizations to acquire Tecnam airplanes at lower initial capital expenditure terms.
We've come a long way since 1903, when the Wright brothers flew the world's first powered aeroplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. But our thirst for travel is costing more than an air ticket.
TrueNorth Avionics has reported that Clay Lacy Aviation has obtained an STC for the company’s Simphonē FANS-1/A Data Link UnitPlus as part of a flight deck system on a Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft. The STC meets worldwide mandates while improving safety, lowering operating costs and reducing flight times. The DLU, which is the only FAA TSO-C159a FANS over Iridium system for the flight deck, streamlines the STC process because it already meets specific requirements.
Toulouse, France - A wing-skin that harvests natural vibrations to power in-flight systems, drones that lead birds to a safe haven “birdport”, and a games console-inspired infra-red system that detects potential obstacles when taxiing, are among the ideas from university students shortlisted by Airbus in its Fly Your Ideas contest, with the five finalists now vying for the €30,000 ($40,000 CDN) jackpot.
Los Angeles, Ca. - Worldwide Aeros Corp. has announced that The United States’ Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted U.S. patent number 9,016,622 for the cargo airship’s ‘Flight System for a Constant Volume Variable Buoyancy Air Vehicle,’ with Onboard ‘Control-of-Static-Heaviness’ (COSH) Management.
With longer-range jets continuing to dominate new business aircraft sales, Bordeaux, France-based Dassault Aviation fast-tracked its first ultra-long-range aircraft by stretching the highly regarded fly-by-wire Falcon 7X tri-jet. The new Falcon 8X was announced only a year ago at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, but is already in test flight mode, and initial deliveries are proposed for late next year.
While air travel plays a major role in Canada’s economy, it also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. On June 1, 2012, the Government of Canada introduced its Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation, developed with the Canadian aviation industry to increase efficiency and improve environmental performance in the sector.
For manufacturers looking to improve productivity and increase their return on investment, POP Avdel has introduced the new ProSert XTN20 blind rivet nut installation tool.
Always on the lookout for new aerial challenges and technical innovations, from Oct. 5-16, Hamilton tested the impact of gravity on the chronometric performance of its mechanical watch movements in a campaign of parabolic flights.
Amadeus has announced the launch of a cutting-edge Travel Intelligence solution for airlines, Amadeus Schedule Recovery, which minimizes disruptions to operations caused by external events such as bad weather or air traffic control congestion.  Amadeus Schedule Recovery serves as a recommendation engine, using data analytics to help quickly and efficiently identify the most critical issues, and act upon them.
In recognition of the Breitling Jet Team’s incredibly successful first ever North American tour, Breitling is pleased to unveil the Chronomat GMT Breitling Jet Team American Tour limited edition timepiece, announced at the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Airshow.
Spectronics Corporation has its pulse on the latest and most advanced leak detection solutions, and the Spectroline MDE-2000NC MarksmanT II ultrasonic diagnostic tool is one such notable achievement.
Eliminate the dangers of electrical arcing when working on static-sensitive components in and around aircraft and other industrial applications with the new Electro Static Discharge-Safe Precision Pliers from Snap-on Industrial.
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has announced the SCc –an Angle of Attack (AoA) based system has been certified by the FAA and is currently available for certificated aircraft in the general aviation market.
July 21, 2015 - Concorde is well known for designing “Drop In Replacements” and is pleased to have developed and certified five new products for 2015.
Garmin has announced an expanded Connext ecosystem, which broadens compatibility to include the Garmin aera 796/795 aviation portable GPS, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. With compatible Garmin avionics, customers can wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, as well as display precise GPS position data and back-up attitude information within these compatible products and devices.
The new Giddings & Lewis V Series from Fives Machining Systems is a versatile line of vertical turning centers for shops looking for a dependable, multi-purpose lathe capable of handling a wide range of parts, including pumps, valves, gears, bearings, compressors, wheel hubs, jet engine housings and more. With high metal removal rates and high precision, the V Series lathes offer unmatched standard features and superior value.
Guardian Avionics is now shipping its Multi-Function Display system, the MFD 650, for installation in Experimental Aircraft panels. The purpose of the MFD 650 is to share information that is in front of the pilot with his passengers while creating a valuable record of flight data that can be stored in the Cloud. Two to six iPads, mini-Pads, iPhones or iWatches will allow passengers to view synthetic reality, a moving map display, engine data or the pilot logbook when those devices are connected to a Garmin GPS and an electronic engine monitor. At the same time the MFD 650 will monitor carbon monoxide levels in the cockpit and provide two USB Smart Charger outlets for rapid charging of cell phones or other electronic devices.
Inspection professionals have an exciting tool for fluorescent magnetic particle and penetrant testing and many other applications — the Spectroline EK-3000 EagleEyeT UV-A/White Light LED Inspection Kit. FPI and MPI are crucial nondestructive testing procedures that detect fine-surface and slightly subsurface irregularities in aircraft, pipelines, vessels, bridges, tunnels, refineries and much more. Undetected flaws can result in unsafe conditions, failure, or loss of revenue due to unplanned shutdowns.
FlightSafety and Pratt & Whitney Canada have announced the expansion of their training services agreement originally signed in 2010.
During its 206th session on Nov. 18, the 36-State Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a formal Declaration. The Declaration stated that the Council would ensure continuous leadership of ICAO on environmental issues relating to international civil aviation, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT), the joint venture between Emirates and CAE, has announced at the 2015 Dubai Airshow that it has signed a five-year business aviation training agreement with Arab Wings to expand its training program with ECFT from 3 to 11 aircraft types.
It’s not often that I get a blank stare on my face and need someone to carefully repeat what has just been expressed to me. But that’s precisely what Mike Hamel was tasked to do this past fall, after he detailed our mission plan for my introduction to Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).
Canada has a pay as you go business model for air transport. The merits of the model versus the United States, where aviation infrastructure is subsidized, can be heavily debated, most recently in a 2012 Senate report, The Future of Canadian Air Travel: Toll Booth or Spark Plug, which recommended abolishing airport rent.
On a November morning in 2012, eight people boarded a Cessna 208B in Snow Lake, Man., bound for Winnipeg. The trip was expected to take a little over two hours, but barely one minute into the flight, tragedy struck. According to our investigation report released earlier this year, the aircraft was overweight, and its takeoff and climb performance was reduced by accumulated ice on the leading edges of its wings and tail, and it crashed into a nearby wooded area, killing the pilot and seriously injuring all seven passengers.
So what does it take to make your mark in the world of aviation and aerospace? It’s all about having a flexible, hardworking, “can do” attitude while being as resilient and proactive as possible. And if you really want to make your mark, copious quantities of passion for your chosen field goes a long way.
Jan. 23, 2015 - Wings and Helicopters Careers in Aviation 2015, is a one-stop resource to landing an exciting career in avation. It contains breif descriptions of several leading aerospace sectors, as well as valuable information on education and training. | READ MORE
A culture of safety in aviation is always evolving and it must be managed properly or there won’t be a solid Safety Management System (SMS).
As Canadian air transport continues to grow, Transport Canada (TC) has been plotting an opposite course. Budget cuts and attrition has left the regulator struggling to do more with less.
When most people think about the role of Transport Canada (TC) in Canadian aviation their minds go to the oversight aspect.
The appointment of Lisa Raitt as minister of transport last July was a plus for the aviation industry, according to Harvey Friesen, president of Bearskin Airlines and past chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC).
The rise in popularity and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has attracted much attention recently. We have recently seen a major uptick in drone use by private companies. Drones have been regulated for some time through federal aviation regulations, but the accessibility of drone technology has led Transport Canada (TC) to consider revisiting the regulations to ensure they keep pace with current interest and use.In many industries, both private actors and government bodies are using UAVs in new and innovative ways. Arising from this technological leap forward are a number of new legal issues, particularly in the area of privacy. A special consideration for companies employing or supplying drones for public or para-public use is the possibility of infringing on privacy rights protected by s. 8 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canadian citizens have a right to privacy, including rights that prevent the government from collecting information about them in certain circumstances. The use of drones to take photographs or video, or to collect other data, can be open to challenge. For example, in the Supreme Court of Canada case of R. vs. Tessling, 2004 SCC 67, the RCMP used an airplane equipped with forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) cameras to obtain images of heat radiating from a building suspected of housing a marijuana grow-op. The FLIR images did not show the inside of the building. Using these images, the police obtained a search warrant to search the suspect’s property, finding the grow-op they suspected was there.The suspect argued that the FLIR photographs breached his s. 8 right to privacy. The Supreme Court disagreed, noting that the images produced by the current FLIR technology were not truly invasive, because they did not allow the police to “see” inside the suspect’s home. The Court emphasized, however, that improvements in the technology may lead to a different result in future challenges. The principles in Tessling have been applied to other types of searches where authorities have used non-traditional surveillance techniques.Because police forces are clearly linked to the government, their use of UAVs is subject to the Charter. But what about private companies that provide services to public bodies? Is the Charter something they should consider when using UAVs? At the moment, Charter implications for using drone technology remains an open legal question. To date, there are no reported court decisions that consider the issue.Some guidance may be taken from a line of cases where the courts consider whether a private citizen or entity is acting as an “agent” for law enforcement. In these cases, courts consider whether the private citizen or entity has been asked or directed to assist with a search. For example, in R. v. Wilkinson, 2001 BCCA 589, a landlord took it upon himself to investigate the residence of a tenant and, after finding a marijuana grow-op, advised the police. Because the landlord was not asked or told to investigate by police, the court allowed the evidence found during the search to be used against the accused. However, in R. v. Liang, Yeung, et al, 2007 YKTC 18, police asked a Yukon Electric employee to go onto the accused’s property in search of an electrical bypass. The employee discovered the bypass, and the police used that information to make an arrest. The court concluded that because the police had specifically directed the Yukon Electric employee, the employee was an “agent” of the police and his actions were subject to the Charter.Based on these cases, private contractors hired for the specific purpose of conducting searches should be aware that the results of those searches may be subject to Charter scrutiny. Ultimately, the impact on the non-government actor may be minimal, as the remedy for a Charter breach is to expunge the evidence from the record. However, beyond the Charter issues, there are general privacy concerns that may expose a company to civil liability, or even criminal charges. Private contractors may wish to seek a lawyer’s opinion regarding the legal implications of their UAV activities. Amanda Winters is an associate of the Aviation Practice Group at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. The Aviation Practice Group handles legal matters of special concern to the aviation community across Canada and internationally. For more information, go to www.airlawblog.com
It was a long dry summer out west, the warmest summer on record (based on 140 years or so of record keeping). Following a winter that saw record low snowfall in many areas, the result was reservoirs at record low levels and unprecedented water restrictions. Looking south at the fire season in California and even up into Washington State, you can’t help wondering what the future holds for what used to be the “wet coast.”
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the air, ocean and road freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Back in 1815, the history of yellow-branded logistics started with Louis Danzas establishing "Danzas", which would become a worldwide renowned shipping company over the course of the following 20 decades.
I didn’t get a drone for Christmas. Or for my birthday.
Last year’s Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) convention and exhibition in Edmonton experienced a 60 per cent increase in operator attendance. Rudy Toering, CBAA chief executive, sat down with Wings to discuss advocacy, changes at Transport Canada (TC) and plans for the upcoming conference June 16-18 at Avfuel H-18 St. Hubert in Montreal.
A big sigh of relief was heard March 31st when the federal government finally released the RFP for the Fixed Wing Search And Rescue (FWSAR) Project with little public fanfare. It’s a document that gives little clue of the long and winding road getting to this point, nor the frantic race to the finish line a mere six months later.
Edmonton - Three North American pipeline industry leaders - Enbridge Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Corporation, and Kinder Morgan Canada - have signed a Joint Industry Partnership (JIP) agreement to conduct research into aerial-based leak detection technologies, in the interest of enhancing across-the-board pipeline safety.
It may seem counterintuitive to operate an aerial surveillance program with aircraft painted fire engine red and the word “surveillance” in big block letters on both sides, but that is exactly what the federal government is doing with great success.
The New Year promises to be an interesting one for Canadian airlines. The two majors, WestJet and Air Canada, are coming off successful years, with high load factors and happy shareholders. It was such a good year in 2014, in fact, that at least two different groups (Canada Jetlines and Jet Naked) announced they are on the hunt for the capitol required to provide Canadians with the option of an ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) flight experience, staking out the bottom of the market. I would have thought, however, that the “ultra-low cost” crowd had already been hovered across the border by the lure of dirt-cheap flights on antique aircraft.
The November announcement of a memorandum of agreement signed by Air Canada and Air China to stimulate growth in air traffic between the two countries could mean Montreal is a step closer to getting its long awaited non-stop Montreal-Beijing route.
Where is the price of oil headed over the next 12-months? The crystal ball remains cloudy. At the annual Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin, Ireland in January, duelling experts predicted the cost of oil could hover around the US$40 a barrel mark for at least the next couple of years, or creep up to US$100 a barrel by spring. There is enough room between the extremes to drive a fleet of tanker trucks through.
Bombardier’s airplane divisions certainly struggled through a challenging year in 2014. Programs such as the midsize Learjet 85 were delayed, the CSeries flight test program, now back in the air, was grounded following an engine failure, and plans to build Q400 turboprops in Russia are currently stalled.
Flying Colours Corp. KSUS has been awarded by Bombardier Business Aircraft the Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North American category. According to Bombardier, the win exemplifies quality, performance and commitment to customers, as well as support of Bombardier’s strategy to deliver outstanding customer experience through superior performance.
Field Aviation has extended its contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (SCG) to provide engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the SCG’s three Dash 8 Q300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The original contract began in 2009, and with this new agreement will continue for another 5 years, until 2021, with an option to renew for two additional years.
Flying Colours Corp is broadening the expertise of its sales team with the appointment of former Bombardier Aerospace interiors specialist Clint Bloom as Sales Manager – Interiors. Bloom will be based in Tucson, Ariz., with a remit that covers the entire U.S. and Canada, as required.
Vector Aerospace is celebrating the third anniversary of supporting operators in the Asia-Pacific region from its engine MRO facility in Brisbane, Australia.
UTC Aerospace Systems is expanding its rescue hoist and cargo winch systems maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
AJW China has announced the signing of a prestigious PBH agreement with West Air, part of the Hainan Group.  The agreement supports engine LRUs for West Air’s fleet of V2500 powered A320s.  Over its 10 year duration, the escalating agreement will support West Air’s growing fleet of A320s, which is projected to increase from the current 17 aircraft to 64 by 2020.
Singapore - Vector Aerospace Corporation has announced the opening of its new MRO facility in Singapore and signing of MOU with Republic Polytechnic.
Singapore - Flying Colours Corp. has inaugurated its interiors facility at the Bombardier Service Centre, Seletar Airport, Singapore. The grand opening ceremony, which took place on April 21, welcomed 40 guests including owners, operators, and a distinguished aviation elite, to celebrate the company’s latest venture in Asia. 
March 19, 2015, Wood Dale, Il. - AAR has announced that AAR Airlift has been awarded a contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa. The contract is valued at approximately $19 million.
Nov. 11, 2014, Al Ain, U.A.E. - AAR has announced it has been selected by AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre) LLC, the Abu Dhabi-based Joint Venture between Mubadala Development Company, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, to support in the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of AMMROC’s state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain, UAE.
Oct. 14, 2014, Farnborough, U.K. - Seventy four high flying engineering apprentices have been welcomed to British Airways this week, ready to begin their careers at one of the world’s leading airlines.
Oct. 6, 2014, Oslo, Norway - AAR’s Nordisk Aviation Products, in partnership with Airbus, has announced it has developed an AMV main deck cargo container exclusively for the A330-200F, A300-600 and A310-300 converted freighter.
Are you an energetic and innovative leader with excellent mentoring skills, strong leadership qualities and a broad knowledge of the aviation industry? If so, then do not miss this ideal opportunity with the Ontario Public Service, a top 100 Canadian employer of choice, where a defined pension plan and comprehensive health plan are just some of the sought after benefits that the Operations Manager position has to offer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Aviation Section. Sault Ste. Marie is a thriving community of 75,000 situated on the banks of the St. Mary's River and, being a border town, it is joined to the United States by the International Bridge. Sault Ste. Marie is situated less than an hour away from provincial parks and the unspoiled coastlines of Lakes Huron and Superior and with direct air links to Toronto, Ottawa and a number of northern Ontario cities. 
Permanent, contractual and temporary job offers in Toronto (GTA) & Montreal City: Toronto Category: Skilled trades aeronautics Type of position: Permanent    If you are an aerospace professional, now is the time to take your career to new heights! Our client, an international leader in aerospace manufacturing, is currently seeking new talents for a large range of technical and professional job positions open in Toronto and in Montreal.   These job offers include: Structural/Mechanical/Electrical Assemblers, Logistics Agents, Methods Agents, Project Analysts, Project Management Officers, Quality Inspectors, and more! This is your opportunity to benefit from your expertise, and to participate in the tremendous growth of a world-renowned company. Apply today!
There is a position of employment with Northern Lights College to instruct in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering “Basic M” and “Type Training” programs at the Vernon location based with the Okanagan College.
The Opportunity   Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer, the Director of Pricing and Revenue Management is responsible for building, developing, and managing the Revenue Management, Pricing, and Network Planning department.  The Director will act as a subject matter expert providing strategic pricing process, system and tools leadership, guidance, management and training, working with the multiple stakeholders and providing insights for pricing analyses and decisions bringing analytical rigor, strategic insights and business judgment to pricing discussions.
The Opportunity   Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Operations, the Director of Airport Services ensures the smooth functioning of day-to-day airport operations by fulfilling NewLeaf Travel’s performance goals, consistently drives improvements to reduce costs, oversees and directs ongoing manpower planning, and ensures compliance with company policies and procedures in a safe and professional manner.  This position is based in Winnipeg, MB and will also oversee Hamilton and Kelowna operations.
  Status: Permanent / Full-Time                                          Location: Portage La Prairie, MB     Canadian Helicopters Limited (CHL),a Canadian subsidiary of the HNZ Group whom Executive office is based in Alberta (4500, 1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, T9E 0V3) specializes in helicopter transportation and related support services. We are the largest helicopter transportation services company operating in Canada with a network of twenty-four (24) strategically located bases providing operations in every geographical region of the country. CHL’s Corporate office is located at 1215, Montée Pilon, Les Cèdres, Québec, J7T 1G1.   In addition to providing full turn-key maintenance services to our clients, CHL also provides rotary wing Instructors. To that end, we are responsible for providing ground training to Department of National Defence (DND) Student Pilots who are training to become “wings standard” military helicopter Pilots, as well to qualified military helicopter Pilots who are training to become Flight Instructors.  
Executive Flight Centre (EFC) has been setting standards in aviation fuel and service for over forty years. Headquartered in Calgary, with operations in both Alberta and British Columbia, EFC offers a diverse range of aviation services to meet the needs of airport users.  EFC also offers additional expertise and services to customers throughout Western Canada in the areas of Airport / Aerodrome Services and Aviation Real Estate Development.  Our vision is to provide an excellent quality of service to all customers in the Aviation Industry by focusing on Safety, Quality, Consistency and Customer Service. Our Edmonton location is seeking an experienced full-time Security & Screening Agent to support our diverse operations. Main Functions: The Security & Screening Agent works to ensure the safety and protection of EFC’s property, personnel and information.

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