Air Bravo Corp. and Executive Aviation have jointly completed the purchase of the 20,000-square-foot hangar facility from Geotech Aviation, located at the Sudbury Airport. The hangar was originally built in 2011 to support Geotech’s helicopter and airborne geophysical survey business.
Viking Air Ltd. received the 2018 James C. Floyd Award, named after the chief designer of the Avro Arrow, presented by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada during its conference held in Ottawa, Ontario. AIAC awards were also presented to Dr. John MacDonald, co-founder of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, and Mannarino Systems of St-Laurent, Quebec.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. The engines will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft, which will be designated as the CC-295 in Canada.
Pat Mann, president of Patlon Aircraft & Industries, was elected as chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. He succeeds Cynthia Garneau, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the past year.
Boeing and Safran received regulatory approvals for a joint venture so they can begin designing, building and servicing aircraft Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) — onboard engines primarily used to start the main engines and power aircraft systems while on the ground and, if necessary, in flight.
Andy Cook, a retired Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force, has joined West Wind Aviation as director of flight operations. Before joining West Wind, Cook served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) for 28 years.
Montreal Saint Hubert Airport (YHU) is partnering with Canada Jetlines Ltd. to introduce new Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) services for the Montreal area. Based on Canada Jetlines’ aircraft roll-out strategy and the airport's recent plan to build a passenger terminal building, the two parties say the service could begin by 2020. Saint Hubert Airport also recently refurbished its main runway.
Jet Support Services Inc., which provides maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry, released its JSSI Business Aviation Index for the third quarter of 2018 and found the sector continues its positive utilization trend. This includes significant traction for helicopter usage.
AirSprint Private Aviation, a fractional aircraft ownership company based in Calgary, Alberta, committed further to its safety development by selecting the Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) System for its Cessna Citation CJ fleet of aircraft. The agreement is for two systems initially, with options for 10 additional units.
Aéro Montréal, a think tank created in 2006 to represent the interests of Québec's aerospace sector, received $2.977 million in funding to support the development of the StartAero360° initiative. The funds, announced in in Gaspé by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, are part of a federal strategy for innovation and growth of Québec regions.
Longview Aviation Capital Corp., parent company to Viking Air Ltd., agreed to acquire Bombardier's entire Dash 8 program, including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program. The transaction, valued at approximately $300 million, also includes rights to the de Havilland name and trademark.
CAE has agreed to acquire Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Training (BAT) business for approximately US$645 million ($844.5 million in Canadian funds). CAE explains the move will expand its position in the largest and fastest growing segment of the business aviation training market, involving medium- and large-cabin business jets.
Bombardier’s flagship business jet, the Global 7500, received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, reaching another important step in the company’s plan for the aircraft to enter service later this year.
The first Airbus A330-800 development aircraft, MSN1888, completed first flight on November 6, 2018, at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, as this shorter-fuselage member of the A330neo series initiates its certification campaign. Airbus expects A330-800 certification in 2019 based on a development program that will include approximately 300 flight-test hours.
Niagara Helicopters is the 2018 recipient of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award. Flying close to 100,000 passengers annually, as part of the company's more than 2,800 flight hours accumulated per year, Niagara Helicopters primarily provides charter flights and also works with local authorities in search and rescue efforts.

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