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Chorus Aviation Inc. today announced a range of executive appointments, as well as the pending retirement of Rick Flynn, executive vice president and chief corporate development officer for the company.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after departing Addis Ababa airport on Sunday, March 10, killing everyone on board, which the airline believes to include 149 passengers and eight crew members – 157 total.

Preliminary reports indicate the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which had flown into Addis Ababa Sunday morning as flight ET858, from Johannesburg, suffered a catastrophic result less than seven minutes into flight 302, after the captain asked for permission from control to turn back.

Flight 302 was heading to Nairobi, Kenya. A statement from Ethiopian Airlines following the disaster indicates 18 Canadians were on board the flight. Canada by nationality would represent the second highest number of deceased in the disaster, following 35 people from Kenya.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Sunday, in part: “I am deeply saddened by the terrible plane crash today near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia... On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones as a result of this tragedy. While the causes of the crash continue to be investigated, the safety and security of all Canadians remains our primary concern.”



People from approximately 35 nationalities perished, according to Ethiopian Airlines, including: 9 from Ethiopia, 8 China, 8 Italy, 8 USA, 7 France, 7 UK, 6 Egypt, 5 Germany, 4 India, 4 Slovakia, 3 Austria, 3 Russia, 3 Sweden, 2 Spain, 2 Israel, 2 Morocco, 2 Poland, and 17 additional people each representing different countries.

This is the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 fatal crash is less than six months, after Lion Air flight Lion Air flight JT610 departed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, and went down on October 29, 2018, killing all 189 people on board. Flight JT610 crashed minutes after take-off. The BBC, focusing on a November 2018 report about the Lion Air incident, quotes Nurcahyo Utomo, aviation head at the National Transport Safety Committee, as saying, “Several problems occurred simultaneously [during flight JT610].”

No cause has been identified in the Ethiopian Airlines 302 disaster, which will involve a range of investigations and aviation authorities into a myriad of possible causes, and no links can be made between the two crashes at this time.

The 737 MAX was introduced in 2017 with Malindo Air as a fourth-generation platform of Boeing’s narrow-body, short-to-medium range airliner. In addition to a range of upgrades from even Boeing's third-generation 3-7, the 737 MAX features new engines, wings and avionics. It is built in four variants, including: the 149-seat 737 MAX7, 189-seat MAX8, 200-seat MAX200, and 220-seat MAX9.


Boeing released the following statement following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302: “Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”

The NTSB, later Sunday, noted it is sending a team of four to support the Ethiopian Accident Investigations Bureau's investigation of the ET302 crash, with assistance to come from technical advisers with FAA, Boeing and GE.
NASA today completed a critical step in its efforts to once again launch humans into space from American soil, a harsh reality of such technological development – given the country’s decades of prominence in space – book marked by Alan Shepard’s 1961 spaceflight onboard Mercury 7 and the cancellation of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011 (Atlantis).
Airports Council International (ACI) released its annual list of top global airports by size and region based on its Airport Service Quality Awards program, which measures passenger satisfaction for departures across 34 key performance indicators. Toronto Pearson International, Fort McMurray International, and Ottawa International were the lone Canadian winners in this year’s survey.

Turkish Cargo transported four lions from the Ukraine to South Africa, including the baby lion Nathan and three lioness sisters Luca, Charlie and Kai. The lions had been used as circus animals in Kiev, where they lived in a concrete and steel cage of only 35 square metres without direct sunlight and clean air.
Boeing completed the acquisition of ForeFlight, a provider of mobile and Web-based aviation applications. ForeFlight has partnered with Boeing for the past two years to offer aviators Jeppesen’s aeronautical data and charts through ForeFlight’s mobile platforms.
The Northern Lights Aero Foundation in May 2018 introduced eight recipients of its 10th annual Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Awards program. Each year, the not-for-profit foundation honours outstanding Canadian women who have made significant contributions in their field of aviation and aerospace, and who continue to lay the groundwork to attract other women to enter or excel in these industries.
Hope Air is once again preparing for its unique fundraiser, called Give Hope Wings, to take place in 2019. Building on the year’s success, Give Hope Wings – The Northwest Expedition, is set to take place in June and July of 2019 with the goal of raising $250,000 and providing 1,000 flights for Canadians in financial need who must travel far from home for the medical care they need.
StandardAero has been selected by PassionAir, a Ghana-based airline, to provide a package of engine services for its fleet of Q400 regional turboprop aircraft. Under the multi-year contract, StandardAero will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for PassionAir’s Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150A turboprop engines from its Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) in Seletar, Singapore.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has qualified the first CAE 7000XR Series Airbus A330 full-flight simulator (FFS) for Extended Envelope and Adverse Weather Training. The qualification was obtained in October 2018 and CAE has already completed similar qualifications for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG, 777 and 787 platforms, in compliance with FAA regulations.  
Air Canada Rouge announced non-stop flights between Toronto and Quito are to begin in December of this year, making it the first non-stop carrier connecting Ecuador and Canada. The airline will use a Boeing 767-300 wide cabin aircraft to cover the route with three weekly frequencies initially.
Vancouver International Airport’s self-service border control solution, BORDERXPRESS, is the first in Canada to be updated to meet the Government of Canada’s expanded biometric screening requirements, coming into effect March 31, 2019.
The Government of Canada is awarding a five-year, $128 million contract to PAL Aerospace based in St. John's, Newfoundland. The contract, announced by Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John's South, focuses on aerial surveillance in St John's to improve conservation and protection of Canadian oceans.
Bombardier states its Global 7500 aircraft completed the longest-range business jet flight in history, completing a non-stop 8,152-nautical-mile flight. The aircraft landed with fuel reserves well above NBAA requirements; 4,300 lb of remaining fuel represents nearly 1.5 hours of additional flight.
UPDATED: The Crew Dragon Capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station, where it was scheduled to stay for five days.

Scheduled for 2:49 am early Saturday morning, March 2, NASA plans to launch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule, a significant step in the developing partnerships between the United States government, through NASA, and commercial enterprises to send humans into space.

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