In 1972, an L-1011 operated by Eastern Airlines was preparing to land at Miami International Airport, but when they selected gear down, the indicator showed that the nose gear was not properly locked in the “down” position. It was just a burned out bulb, but all three pilots were so focused on fixing a light bulb that they didn’t notice the autopilot had disconnected and was slowly descending 163 passengers and 13 crew members into the Florida Everglades. The captain’s final words on the cockpit voice recorder were, “Hey, what’s happening here…?” The painfully simple answer was lack of situational awareness.
Bombardier's flagship Global 7500 aircraft, shown to be the longest-range business jet ever built after accumulating more than 2,700 flight hours since its testing began in November 2016, has been awarded Transport Canada type certification. Bombardier states this achievement paves the way for the aircraft's entry into service this year. Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is expected to follow shortly.
A pilot who flew for Essential Helicopters is dead after his helicopter crashed in a rural area of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont., on Tuesday afternoon. A report on the incident by CP24 News explains Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire was called at 2 p.m. Tuesday after a helicopter had lost contact with Buttonville Airport in Markham.
There has always been a pride and often a preference toward Canadian-made aircraft. During our aviation conversations, we often talk about the good ol’ days when de Havilland Canada was pumping out legendary aircraft like the Beaver, Twin Otter and Dash 7. Around the same time, Canadair was giving us several contact-built fighter aircraft, as well as the giant CP-107 Argus and the ground-breaking CL-84 Dynavert. Of course, who can forget Avro Aircraft and the marvellous CF-105 Arrow (pictured right) or Pratt & Whitney Canada with its impressive PT6.
The widely publicized conversation about an industry-wide pilot shortage always reminds me of an old story about a student pilot, flogging around in a J-3 Cub who sees a light twin cargo-hauler flying above them and dreams of the day they will be in the left seat of something a little bigger, a little faster, and that pays a little better.
Flying Colours Corp. completed its third 120-month, heavy maintenance check on a Bombardier Global airframe. The 10-year inspection of the Global Express required the privately owned aircraft to be stripped back to the airframe to enable a full structural inspection.
Swissport International AG’s acquisition of cargo handler Apron GmbH makes Stuttgart its second largest cargo hub in Germany, only topped by the Swiss company’s Frankfurt facility. This purchase provides Swissport with a large-scale cargo warehouse, adding to its global network of 133 such facilities.
The Federal Aviation Agency has granted approval for maintenance interval escalations of Bombardier CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft. The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours, and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) to 8,000 flight hours.  
L1 Treasury and Airborne Capital launched AltitudeOne Aviation with plans to acquire a portfolio of leased in-production narrow-body and wide-body commercial aircraft. Together, the two companies have committed equity capital of approximately US$250 million to AltitudeOne Aviation, which will be supplemented with bank financing.
Close to $600,000 will be invested by various pillars of government to support the development of aerial systems technology at the Foremost Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Range, based in the Village of Foremost, Alberta.
Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu was recognized with the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) EXPO, which opened in Boston yesterday. He is the first CEO from the Americas to be presented with the award. APEX is an international association dedicated to enhancing passenger experience.
Chorus Aviation, headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, reached lease agreements with Philippine Airlines (PAL) for three new Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The new Q400s are scheduled for delivery to Philippine Airlines in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 and will mark Chorus’ first leasing transaction in the Southeast Asia region.
Flying Colours has appointed Debbie Ammann, formerly chief financial officer of the MRO company, to the newly created position of senior vice president, finance & administration. The position of CFO has been filled by new appointee Alysia Carter.
Agrisoma Biosciences, an agri-tech company based in Gatineau, QC, partnered with United Airlines and World Energy on what is Agrisoma’s second international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The 11-hour nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a Boeing 787 departed on September 14.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), representing some 100,000 pilots worldwide, signed a strategic partnership with Tourisme Montréal, confirming that it will host three IFALPA Conferences – in 2023, 2028 and 2033 – in the city. The agreement will see more than 1,500 representatives will converge upon Montréal over the next 15 years.

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