Canada has the highest volume of seaplane operations in the world. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) estimates that in the Vancouver Harbour alone, about 300,000 passengers travel on about 33,000 seaplane flights each year.
Neil Wilson has some big shoes to fill but he certainly has the right attitude and perspective to meet the challenge.
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.
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).
On May 25, 2012, a commercially operated de Havilland Beaver floatplane crashed into Lillabelle Lake in northern Ontario.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently released its report on an incident termed as a “risk of collision” that occurred at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in April of 2011.
Many accident investigations by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in recent years have demonstrated that without flight recording systems, critical information that can ultimately help prevent accidents is not captured and available for analysis.
The theme of the 2013 CHC Safety and Quality Summit was “Building an Accident Free Legacy: Predictive Safety to Avoid ‘the Inevitable.’ ” It was all about inevitable outcomes – not accidents – as events that are entirely foreseeable and as such can be mitigated.
The incidents of laser hazards in aviation continue to climb and many eye specialists have no idea how to deal with the problem, delegates were told at the 58th annual Business Aviation Safety Seminar in Montreal in April. It was the first time the seminar was held outside the U.S.
As pilots, we never think it will happen – that horrific moment when an off-airport incident occurs, throwing you into the water with life-threatening consequences.
Canadian business aviation is in a constant state of flux and while it represents just one element of the aviation framework in this country, solidifying its place in the overall scheme of things can be a challenge.
In a country “blessed” with frigid winter conditions for a good portion of the year, it’s not surprising aviation firms and universities studying the effects of winter conditions on aircraft have plenty of examples to work with.
Nimble, forward-looking and seeking to develop best practices and excellence in all areas of the operation. It’s a strong recipe for success and the governing philosophy of new Canadian aviation firm Ottawa Aviation Services.
The world’s airlines carry more than 1.6 billion passengers annually and experts predict this figure will double in the next 15 to 20 years, with freight traffic growing even more quickly. However, current air navigation services procedures and infrastructure cannot effectively handle this growth.
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