BY SHELBY THOM GLOBAL NEWS – Posted November 27, 2019 4:41 pm
The corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation services (ANS) said a fix is en route to the Penticton Regional Airport (YYF), which has been plagued by flight delays and cancellations.
Media relations manager Brian Boudreau said a new navigational aid has been developed to allow airplanes to land at YYF during inclement weather and at night.
The issue with landings at the airport arose in June after Transport Canada issued a “Notice to Airmen” (NOTAM) that was posted to Nav Canada’s website, alerting pilots to a shortened runway at YYF by about 470 feet due to an obstacle.
“When we found out about that in June, our team started looking at a new procedure that they could develop to be used at the airport that would allow greater accessibility in low visibility conditions,” Boudreau said.
The federal agency said the obstacle is the exhaust system at the nearby Greenwood Forest Products sawmill
Shortened Penticton airport runway prompting flight delays and cancellations
The exhaust system has reportedly been in place for several years, but was flagged during a recent audit of the airport.
“What they wanted to make sure about was that this procedure would work effectively to accommodate that obstacle that shortened the runway, and allow for planes to land and take off safely,” Boudreau said.
WestJet said the shortened runway impacted specific navigational aids.
It resulted in a handful of WestJet flights from Calgary unable to land at YYF in October. Passengers reported that the plane flew to Penticton, only to turn-around and head back to Calgary when the pilot couldn’t land, stranding passengers. Navigation system improvements not included in multi-million Penticton airport expansion
Air travellers said they were forced to spend out-of-pocket money for overnight accommodation and that connections were missed, causing headaches.
Boudreau said the team responsible for designing landing procedures worked tirelessly to come up with a solution before the busy Christmas rush.
“They were able to design it, to validate the new procedure and to do a flight check on it,” he said.
Boudreau added that the navigational aid will improve accessibility at the airport.
“The flight service reliability will increase,” he said.
The new procedures come into effect on Dec. 5. YYF is owned and operated by Transport Canada.
It is unclear when the full runway will be reinstated to 6,000 feet.
The federal agency declined to comment and referred Global News back to NAV Canada.
BY DAINA GOLDFINGER GLOBAL NEWS – Posted November 27, 2019
Next year, people will be able to fly from the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport to New York City.
The new air charter service will begin in September 2020, while Simcoe County will acquire an increased ownership stake in the airport in January.
“Five years ago, our company had this wonky little dream that we wanted to be the first travel agency to start chartering our own 737-400 aircraft,” said Scott Stewart, president of CWT Vacations/Blowers and Stewart Travel Group Ltd., which is headquartered in Peterborough, Ont.
“Those aircraft hold 156 seats, and we would start to create a passenger experience ‘that was the way it used to be.’”
When travellers arrive at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA), they will be greeted by staff with iPads and will be checked in, Stewart said.
“We’re going to take your bags for you, we’re going to hand you your boarding pass, check your passport, then you’re going to park in the parking lot at no charge,” he added.
According to Barrie–Innisfil MP John Brassard, the LSRA is “one of the best economic development drivers in central Ontario.”
“The LSRA will help meet the increasing demands in air service for southern Ontario, but most importantly, it will drive our economy,” he said.
Simcoe County warden George Cornell told Global News the county is expecting that more people will be attracted to the region from a tourism perspective.
“As we continue to develop and expand the airport, we’ll be attracting more businesses to the site here at the airport,” he said.
“Today, it’s New York City — the future will bring more destinations, more jobs and further economic growth.”
LSRA is a member of the Southern Ontario Airport Network, which was established in 2015 and formalized in 2017 as a forum for 12 of the leading commercial airports in the region.
Simcoe County and Oro-Medonte have each held 20 per cent of shares in the LSRA since 2014, with Barrie being a 60 per cent shareholder.
As of January, Simcoe County will acquire an additional 70 per cent of shares and become the majority shareholder with 90 per cent stake, while Barrie will maintain 10 per cent of shares.
Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press – Published Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Wreckage of an Air Saguenay plane involved in an aircraft accident in the Tadoussac region in Quebec is shown in this 2015 handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
MONTREAL — Months after a float plane crash in Labrador that killed seven men, the Quebec airline being sued by the family of one of the victims is going out of business, its president said Wednesday.
Jean Tremblay said Air Saguenay will not resume operations next year and he is selling off its facilities and equipment.
In a phone interview, Tremblay said the company was unable to recover from the Quebec government’s decision last year to end the caribou hunt, which he said was a serious blow to a regional airline that operates seasonally and serves mostly remote, northern locations.
The government did not offer any support or compensation for the closure of the hunting camps, which led directly to the decision to close, he said.
“In announcing the end of the caribou hunt, it was almost like announcing the end of Air Saguenay,” he said.
The announcement also came shortly after the family of a fishing guide who died in a July crash announced it was suing the airline, alleging negligence and breach of contractual duties.
Clifford Randell, 50, had been working as a fishing guide on the trip to Mistastin Lake on July 15, along with another guide, four American tourists and Air Saguenay’s pilot, Gilles Morin.
The family claims the crash was likely caused by the pilot’s alleged substandard flying skills as well as improperly maintained equipment. The lawsuit also alleges the airline failed to adapt to safety standards because none of the bodies recovered had personal flotation devices on.
None of the allegations has been tested in court.
Tremblay said while lawsuits are part of the airline business, the crash would have likely made the company’s insurance premiums prohibitively expensive or impossible to renew, which he said also factored into the decision to close.
“We don’t have a good accident history in the last 10 years, so it’s sure next year it would be hard for us to renew our insurance,” he said. “Right now, what we have as an indication is a minimum 200 per cent increase, if we find an insurer.”
He said he’s approached other companies about the possibility of buying some or all of his company’s assets in the hopes of continuing plane service to Quebec’s North but has yet to find a buyer.
Some 50 people will lose their jobs as a result of the closure.
The bodies of three people and the wreckage of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver were never recovered from Mistastin Lake after a weeks-long search led by the RCMP. Without the plane or any witnesses, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it could not conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2019
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RICHMOND HIILL, ON, Nov. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will deploy a team of investigators tomorrow morning to Kingston, Ontario, following an accident involving a Piper PA-32. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
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Los Angeles World Airports CEO will take on role with Greater Toronto Airports Authority in April 2020
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – The Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) today announced the appointment of Deborah Flint as President and Chief Executive Officer of the GTAA. Ms. Flint will commence her new role in April 2020 following more than 4 years as CEO of Los Angeles World Airports and 24 years serving in executive roles in the aviation industry.
“Deborah is a proven aviation executive who has been leading Los Angeles World Airports, one of the world’s largest passenger and cargo airports, through a period of significant transformation, including the development of an intermodal transit centre,” said Doug Allingham, Chair of the GTAA Board of Directors. “The GTAA Board undertook a global search for a new leader to help guide Toronto Pearson through its next phase of growth, and we are pleased to have found a Canadian-born airport executive with the energy, passion and experience to continue on with our vision to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world.”
In her role at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates both Los Angeles International and Van Nuys (general aviation) airports, Ms. Flint has focused the organization on the $14-billion modernization of its terminals, runway improvements, and a comprehensive transit program that includes roadway improvements and an intermodal transportation facility. Ms. Flint’s deep experience in connecting airports to regional transit networks dates back to her tenure as Aviation Director of Oakland International Airport where she delivered the BART, a $480 million Airport Rail Project.
“In the world of international airports, Toronto Pearson is a rising and notable star, known for its significant accomplishments on passenger service, growth in passenger traffic, and its leadership in working with both industry and community partners to take a regional perspective on the role a mega-hub airport plays in lifting those around it,” said Ms. Flint. “As a Canadian-born airport executive, I consider it a privilege to be able to return home to lead this organization and ensure it continues to deliver benefits to all of our stakeholders.”
Los Angeles World Airports has an impressive story, serving more than 87.5 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. In addition to being the 4th busiest passenger airport in the world, it is the only U.S. airport to serve as a hub for four U.S. legacy carriers (Alaska Airlines, American, Delta and United). It is considered to be one of two North American mega-hub airports, with Toronto Pearson focused on joining the ranks by the end of 2019. Mega-hub international hub airports serve more than 50 million passengers, with a high percentage of connecting and international passengers.
As a recognized leader within the international and U.S. aviation community, Ms. Flint serves as a member of the Airports Council International board, appointee to the U.S. DOT Drone Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program. Beyond the airport industry, she has served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and is a Director of the Honeywell Corporation.
Ms. Flint will take over the position as President and CEO following the planned retirement of current President and CEO Howard Eng in March 2020. Mr. Eng led Toronto Pearson from 2012 and oversaw a period of record passenger growth, a dedicated focus on customer service and a dramatic expansion of the airport’s retail and service offerings. Mr. Allingham thanked Mr. Eng for his years of service and wished him a happy and productive retirement.
“After nearly 40 years running airports around the world, Howard’s retirement is a bittersweet moment in the history of Toronto Pearson,” stated Allingham. “We will continue to benefit from his dedication for years to come, as we reap the benefits of the decisions that he made over his eight-year term at Canada’s busiest airport.”
CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Tom Schmutz, CEO, remarked, “During the quarter, FLYHT generated substantial topline revenue growth, press released the selection of AFIRS for the Airbus A220, and began shipping backlog acquired from Panasonic Weather Solutions last October.”
Third Quarter 2019 Results
Revenues and Other Income increased by 88% to $5,820,990 compared to the third quarter of 2018. This included:
SaaS revenue of $2,649,345, an increase of 131% from the third quarter of 2018;
Hardware revenue of $1,864,523, an increase of 13% from 2018’s third quarter;
Licensing revenue of $589,546, an increase of 122% from the third quarter of 2018;
A Technical Services revenue total of $94,032, which is an increase of 217% from the third quarter of 2018; and
Other Income of $623,544 associated with Subsidy Recovery from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC).
Gross margin was 49% of revenue, compared to 57% in the third quarter of 2018.
Operating expenses increased 48% from the third quarter of 2018, with the addition of Panasonic Weather Solutions expenses to FLYHT’s operations from October 2018 onward. Distribution expenses increased by 39%, Administration expenses increased by 21%, and Research and Development expenses increased by 136%.
Negative EBITDA1 totaled $460,906 in the quarter compared to an EBITDA loss of $792,555 in the same quarter of 2018.
Net loss was $777,648, compared to a net loss in Q3 2018 of $953,034.
FLYHT’s balance sheet ended the quarter with:
A cash balance of $2,040,638, which was a decrease from 2018 year-end’s balance of $2,406,769 and a decrease from Q3 2018’s balance of $2,065,242; and
FLYHT adopted the requirements of IFRS 16 – Leases effective January 1, 2019 using the modified retrospective approach, which can be seen in several areas of the Q3 2019 financial statements, including:
Leased assets of $1,087,931
Current lease liability of $629,649
Non-current lease liability of $602,234
FLYHT’s Q3 2019 Report, which contains more detailed information including the CEO’s Message, Management Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements, has been posted to the Company’s website and can be accessed at http://flyht.com/financial-reports/. The MD&A and Financial Statements have also been filed with SEDAR and will be accessible at www.sedar.com.
FLYHT will host a live conference call to discuss its third quarter financial results on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 7 am MDT (9 am EDT, 6 am PDT). The conference call will include a brief presentation about FLYHT’s third quarter and will be followed by a question and answer period with management.
To access the conference call by phone within Canada and the U.S.A., the toll-free number is 1-800-319-4610. Outside Canada and the U.S.A., dial 1-604-638-5340. (Callers should dial in five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time).
Management will accept questions by telephone and e-mail. Individuals wishing to ask a question during the call, can do so by pressing *1. Questions can be emailed in advance or during the conference call to email@example.com.
An archive of the conference call will be posted on the Presentations and Webcasts section of FLYHT’s website as soon as it is available from the conference call provider.
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With less than 48 hours to go before Black Friday officially begins, Sunwing has added even more vacation packages to their Early Orange Friday Sale at up to 35% off. Shoppers can get ahead of the Black Friday rush and book their winter getaway at an incredible price with new packages to top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. There’s no need to brave the Black Friday chaos – vacationers can book today and ensure they get their dream getaway at an unbeatable price – guaranteed.
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All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can enjoy award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and a buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the World Famous Original Smoked Meat from iconic Montreal-based Schwartz’s Deli along with dishes inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. For additional perks, including additional baggage allowance and legroom, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.
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PORT ALBERNI, BC, Nov. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – Coulson Aviation has been selected by the United States Air Force to install their Retardant Aerial Delivery System (RADS)-XXL Firefighting Systems on the seven C-130H aircraft to be operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Coulson teamed with Lockheed Martin who will carry out all the installation activities at their location in Greenville, SC. With the addition of these seven aircraft, the Coulson RADS Series of Aerial Delivery Systems will be the most prominent large airtanker delivery system in the world.
Coulson Aviation, the world leader in aerial firefighting technology, first developed and installed the RADS in 2011 to equip their own C-130H/Q for aerial fire suppression. Now, Coulson Aviation won a contract with the United States Air Force to provide them with state-of-the-art RADS for their fleet of C-130’s.
“We are honored to have been selected by the United States Air Force. This contract award is a testament to the commitment at Coulson Aviation of excellence in aerial firefighting. We are very fortunate to have so many hard working men and women supporting operations on three continents,” says Wayne Coulson, Coulson Aviation. “We are the first system in the industry to employ technology to not only aid and reduce the workload of the pilots, but to produce a superior drop pattern on the ground,” added Britt Coulson, Coulson Aviation.
Coulson Aviation has over 25 years of experience in aerial fire suppression and is the only commercial operator of C-130H aircraft. Their RADS-XXL Firefighting System will help CAL FIRE in their fight against California’s horrifying wildfires saving not only thousands of acres of land and structures but also lives.