Skyservice Business Aviation Receives Additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for Its Installation of Aviation Clean Air Purification Systems on Gulfstreams

Canadian aircraft owners push for in-cabin clean air and disinfecting solutions as the hope for future air travel returns.

Skyservice Business Aviation - Aviation Clean Air Purification Systems

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 30th, 2021 /Press Release/

Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation, announced today that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Division has received additional supplemental type certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for the installation of Aviation Clean Air’s (ACA) purification system inside Gulfstream V and G550 (GV-SP) long range aircraft.

Skyservice Gulfstream - Supplemental Type Certificates

These certifications are in addition to the STC approvals Skyservice received last year for installing ACA solutions in Canada for the Bombardier Challenger 300/350, Global 5000/5500/6000/6500,Dassault Falcon 7X, Beechcraft King Air 300/350, Dassault Falcon 2000/2000ex and Boeing’s 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 aircraft.

ACA’s patented Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization® systems proactively neutralize pathogens in the air and on surfaces throughout the cabin and for the duration of a flight. Aviation Clean Air is scientifically proven to clean and purify the air by flooding the environment with +/- charged ions, rendering viruses like COVID-19 harmless.

“All aircraft owners appreciate good value and trusted health and safety solutions,” commented Benjamin Murray, Skyservice President & CEO. “ACA’s Airborne Air & Surface Purification System delivers an environmentally-friendly, easy to install, cost effective and proven in-cabin disinfecting solution to our clients.”

About Skyservice™

Skyservice is Canada’s leader in business aviation dedicated to safety and service excellence. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice leads the Canadian business aviation industry with the best in-class facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montréal and Muskoka. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter Services, Aircraft Sales and Acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit, and to learn more, visit: Clean Air & Sanitization Solutions.

New Multi-Use Airport Hangar Debuts Innovative Wood Design in Canada

KELOWNA, BC, March 30, 2021 /CNW/ – Canada’s forest sector is transforming the materials we use in construction. Using mass timber in building construction helps lower emissions, advance innovation in forestry and supports local manufacturing and jobs. Canada is investing in the use of mass timber in innovative and non-traditional building applications.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $800,000 investment to KF Aerospace, to build a multi-use airport hangar that will showcase a highly innovative and unique application of wood in its construction.

Located at the Kelowna International Airport, the two-storey multi-use structure will be the first of its kind in Canada, using state-of-the-art floor and tall wall wood-based systems to accommodate the large spacing between columns — a typical design element for a hangar but not yet done using this innovative building system. Once built, the hangar will house an aviation museum and a conference centre. The total carbon benefits realized from the use of mass timber for this construction are an estimated 1,753 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Funding for the project is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood Program, which promotes the use of wood in non-traditional construction projects such as low-rise non-residential buildings, tall wood buildings and bridges. The program positions Canada as a world leader in innovative wood construction technologies and the low-carbon economy.

Projects like this help Canada achieve its 2030 climate change goals by finding effective ways of building sustainably using Canadian wood products and lowering emissions.


“Wood is being used more and more in building bigger and taller buildings, and we’re leading the world at it. Creating new markets for Canadian timber supports our forestry workers, creates jobs and gets us to net zero.”

Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

A longstanding partner in our country’s defence fleet support and training facility, KF Aerospace is an industry leader. Its innovation in many aspects of the aerospace industry is a prime example of our country’s collaboration between technology, defence and the environment.

Harjit Sajjan
Minister of National Defence

“Designing and constructing this facility to reflect and blend B.C.’s rich history of aviation and forestry was very important to me. I want to thank the federal government for its contribution to allow this facility to be a true legacy to our past while showcasing what’s possible in the future.”

Barry Lapointe
Founder and CEO, KF Aerospace

Related Information

Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program 
Simply Science: Back to basics – building with wood 
Think Wood 
Canadian Wood Council 

PortsToronto Releases Request For Interest (RFI) to Identify Potential Financial Investor for Billy Bishop Airport

Investor would assume operation of the airport under lease; PortsToronto would remain signatory to the Tripartite Agreement and retain oversight and accountability

TORONTO, March 30, 2021 /CNW/ – PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), an award-winning urban airport in the heart of Toronto, today released a Request For Interest (RFI) on MERX as part of a preliminary step to identify a financial investor for the airport. This initiative is exploratory and is intended to inform a comprehensive study of possible options available to PortsToronto to support the airport as a critical transportation asset.

The process initiated by the RFI endeavours to identify a financial investor that would be interested in operating the airport under lease, and is being undertaken in an effort to reduce PortsToronto’s overall debt position, restore and enhance liquidity; enable ongoing and future infrastructure investment; and ensure the airport’s long-term viability.

The RFI is also predicated on a desire by PortsToronto to identify a financial investor that would maintain the organization’s commitment to a managed-growth approach to the airport that ensures balance within the community, and executes upon the airport’s recent Master Plan that endeavours to make investments to make Billy Bishop Airport among the cleanest, greenest and quietest airports in the world.

“It is incumbent upon PortsToronto – as owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport – to explore options to manage risk and enhance liquidity in a manner that allows PortsToronto to fulfil its mandate, support Toronto’s economy, and ensure that the airport continues to serve as an asset,” said Robert Poirier, Chair, PortsToronto. “This RFI will inform a strategic evaluation of opportunities regarding the airport by effectively extending the existing and successful P3 structure we already have in place with several key concessions at the airport. Importantly, PortsToronto will remain the signatory to the Tripartite Agreement, with the City of Toronto and the federal government, and as such will retain oversight of the airport and maintain control over such areas as slots, safety and environmental sustainability.” 

Should PortsToronto choose to pursue this concept further, the process will progress to a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this year in consultation with the City of Toronto and the federal government including Transport Canada.

“The last year has had a profound impact on many businesses and has necessitated innovative approaches to overcome the challenges at present and in future. We believe that undertaking a process now that may provide options for PortsToronto to secure a financial investor will enable the airport to come out of the COVID-19 crisis stronger,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto.

“We are undertaking this preliminary step to identify options that, when combined with anticipated government support, will ensure a well-funded future for Billy Bishop Airport,” continued Wilson. “Billy Bishop Airport will have a vital role to play in the economic recovery of Toronto – including as a creator of jobs and a facilitator of trade and tourism – and this preliminary step will ideally identify the means necessary to ensure the airport can play a stronger role in Toronto’s re-emergence as a world-class city following this pandemic.”

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 
Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Billy Bishop Airport offered service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks. Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has won a series of passenger-driven awards. Commercial service at the airport was temporarily suspended in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

About PortsToronto 
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government. 

Leonardo and CAE team up to support International Flight Training School in Italy

March 29, 2021

The International Flight Training School (IFTS) will relocate in 2022 to Decimomannu Italian Air Force Base (Sardinia Region – South Italy), shown here in this artist rendering.

The M-346 advanced jet trainer will be used at the International Flight Training School (IFTS) for Phase IV lead-in fighter training.

The International Flight Training School features a comprehensive M-346 ground-based training system, including full-mission simulators, jointly developed by CAE and Leonardo.

Leonardo and CAE today announced the two companies have created a joint venture called Leonardo CAE Advanced Jet Training Srl to support the operations of the International Flight Training School (“IFTS”) in Italy. The joint venture will provide training support services, including full maintenance and operation of the M-346 aircraft and its ground-based training system, as well as operation of IFTS base facilities.

The IFTS, a unique partnership between the Italian Air Force (ItAF) and Leonardo, has been created to deliver a comprehensive lead-in to fighter training to the Italian Air Force and foreign customers. The IFTS advanced training program, based on the Phase IV of the Italian Air Force syllabus, can rely on the M-346 ground-based training system, including the advanced full-mission simulator jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE.

The IFTS is currently located at 61st Wing – Galatina  (Apulia Region – South Italy) Italian Air Force Base and will be relocated, starting from 2022, to Decimomannu Italian Air Force Base (Sardinia Region – South Italy) where a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2020 to formally begin construction on a modern flight training campus.

“Our commitment to deliver to the IFTS customers a best-in-class training capability is further demonstrated by the choice of CAE as our IFTS partner. The joint venture represents the ideal framework to further leverage our successful collaboration on the M-346 ground-based training system, while ensuring us the agility and flexibility to meet challenging and tailored customer requirements,” said Leonardo Aircraft Division Managing Director, Marco Zoff. “Leonardo, CAE and the Italian Air Force’s world-renowned excellence will guarantee advanced top level training for the modern air forces at reduced cost in order to satisfy a growing demand in advanced flight training.”

The industrial partnership between Leonardo and CAE in the form of the joint venture will manage and conduct the day-to-day operations of the IFTS. The IFTS will operate a fleet of 22 M-346 advanced jet trainers, an aircraft that features a range of embedded training capabilities enabling extensive live, virtual and constructive training. Training will be delivered by a cadre of active-duty Italian Air Force and highly experienced international former military instructor pilots.

“CAE and Leonardo have a longstanding industrial relationship and we are pleased to invest jointly with Leonardo and the Italian Air Force in this groundbreaking public-private partnership to operate the International Flight Training School,” said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, Vice President and General Manager, Defence & Security International, CAE.  “The partnership between Leonardo and CAE will support the M-346 Integrated Training System, which is a pivotal element of a modern and innovative Lead-In to Fighter Training (LIFT) program for next generation pilots.”

About Leonardo

Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space).

Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2019 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €13.8 billion and invested €1.5 billion in Research and Development. The company has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) since 2010 and has been named as sustainability global leader in the Aerospace & Defence sector for the second year in a row of DJSI in 2020.

Learn more at to welcome Air Canada Cargo as its first North American carrier to welcome Air Canada on its leading ebooking platform and to deliver on its global expansion strategy, funded by its December 2020 Series-B investment round.

Berlin, March 30, 2021 – has entered into a letter of intent with Air Canada, through its cargo division Air Canada Cargo, to offer its capacity on’s leading air cargo booking platform. Upon conclusion of a definitive agreement, freight forwarders will soon have access to a first-class booking experience with real-time capacity and quotes. The airline is poised to become the first North American airline on the ebooking platform.

“We are delighted to double down on our global expansion strategy and look forward to welcoming Air Canada Cargo on board as a first mover in the North American region. Air Canada Cargo’s constant drive for innovation and technology to offer customers the best possible service is very much in line with’s values and strategy,” stated Moritz Claussen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of “Given the current capacity constraints out of Europe to North America,’s growing user base will now have additional real-time access to much sought-after space at the click of a button.“ 

Jason Berry, Vice President Cargo at Air Canada, said: “An association with will enable us to deliver on our customer promise of providing easy and reliable booking access to our growing capacities and help us to further develop our digital distribution capabilities. A concluded definitive agreement will support Air Canada Cargo’s rapid cargo network expansion, increase its day-to-day efficiency, while at the same time offering customers an outstanding service quality and seamless online access to attractive connections to and from Europe, Latin America, the US and Asia-Pacific.” raised more than $60 million in two funding rounds last year to support its rapid expansion, with one key focus on establishing a North American presence. It recently appointed Chad Tibor as Vice President and General Manager Airlines for the Americas, to shape its supplier growth strategy on the American continents. Chad Tibor commented: “We look forward to supporting Air Canada Cargo’s growth as it adds more cargo flights and takes delivery of the first two of its freighters later this year. We see the Americas as key markets for and will continue to invest in long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with carriers here, with Air Canada as a blueprint.” and Air Canada Cargo have kicked off their integration phase. Subject to the conclusion of a definitive agreement which is planned to be finalized by April 30, Europe to North America flights are expected to go live in the second quarter of 2021.

About Air Canada Cargo

Air Canada Cargo provides direct cargo services to over 150 Canadian, U.S. transborder and international destinations and has sales representation in over 50 countries. With hubs in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, London and Frankfurt, its network is extended through interline agreements with other air carriers and through ground trucking services offered in selected markets, serving more than 300 destinations in all.

Primarily a belly-capacity provider, in March 2020, Air Canada Cargo became the first North American airline to begin offering cargo-only main-deck passenger flights in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, stripping the seats from 4 B777 and 3 A330. To date, it has carried out more than 2000 main-deck cargo-only passenger flights, running over 30 daily, scheduled cargo-only routes within its growing service of 200 or more cargo flights per week.

At the forefront of innovation, Air Canada Cargo has three key focus areas for 2021 which include the start of its own B767 freighter network in the fourth quarter of this year, a dedicated e-commerce program complete with web-related services to come soon, and the ongoing expansion of its drone last-mile delivery projects.

New Air Canada Aeroplan & Air Dolomiti Partnership

From One Mile at a Time – link to source story

MARCH 30, 2021 BY BEN 

Air Canada Aeroplan has done an incredible job adding airline partners outside the Star Alliance in recent months, as the program has added Etihad, Azul, Vistara, Air Serbia, and Virgin Australia.

Aeroplan has now announced yet another new partner, which is the program’s 40th airline partner — Air Dolomiti has become an Air Canada Aeroplan partner as of today (March 30, 2021).

This follows the new Aeroplan program having been launched in late 2020, with no carrier imposed surcharges and stopovers allowed for just 5,000 extra miles one-way.In this post:

  • Air Canada & Air Dolomiti partnership details
    • What is Air Dolomiti?
    • Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Air Dolomiti
    • Earn Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Air Dolomiti
  • Bottom line

Air Canada & Air Dolomiti partnership details

A new loyalty program partnership has been launched between Air Canada and Air Dolomiti, offering Aeroplan members mileage earning and redemption opportunities.

This partnership can be a bit confusing since it was already possible to redeem Aeroplan miles on select Air Dolomiti flights when they were marketed by Lufthansa, so let’s get into the details — first I’ll talk a bit about Air Dolomiti as such, and then I’ll look at the opportunities to earn & redeem miles.

What is Air Dolomiti?

Air Dolomiti is a regional Italian airline that’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. The airline operates a fleet of 15 Embraer 195 aircraft, featuring 120 seats each. Air Dolomiti operates quite a few flights from Frankfurt and Munich to all kinds of cities in Italy.

For example, if you book a Lufthansa itinerary from the US to many points in Italy, you may find that your connecting flight is on Air Dolomiti.

The airline is a Star Alliance affiliate airline, so the airline has partnerships with individual Star Alliance members. For example, United MileagePlus has a partnership with Air Dolomiti, allowing members to earn and redeem miles. Well, now Air Canada Aeroplan is being added to the mix as well.

This partnership will be useful for Air Canada passengers traveling to Italy

Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Air Dolomiti

It is now possible to redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles on all Air Dolomiti flights. A few things to note:

  • Air Dolomiti awards follow Aeroplan’s standard partner award pricing chart
  • Aeroplan members are able to book Air Dolomiti flights online at, or via the call center
  • Air Dolomiti flights can be combined with flights operated by Air Canada and other international airline partners
  • While there will be no carrier imposed surcharges, the standard 39 CAD partner booking fee will apply

In terms of award pricing, here’s the Aeroplan award chart for travel within the Atlantic region:

Then here’s the Aeroplan award chart for travel between North America and the Atlantic region:

Air Canada Aeroplan is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Capital One, so if you have transferrable points this is a great program to book through. Furthermore, as of late 2021 Aeroplan will become a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Redeem Aeroplan miles for Air Dolomiti flights

Earn Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Air Dolomiti

With this new partnership, Aeroplan members can earn miles on all Air Dolomiti flights. Miles are earned based on the distance flown:

  • Members can earn Aeroplan miles on all scheduled flights operated by Air Dolomiti
  • Members can earn Status Qualifying Miles (SQMs), Status Qualifying Segments (SQSs), and Status Qualifying Dollars (SQDs), on all flights ticketed by Air Canada

Here’s the mileage earning chart:

Bottom line

Air Canada and Air Dolomiti have a new frequent flyer partnership. This allows Aeroplan members to earn and redeem miles for travel on all Air Dolomiti flights, whether they’re exclusively traveling within Europe, or connecting off a long haul flight on another airline. Many may particularly appreciate the ability to book an itinerary that involves a stopover for just 5,000 extra miles.

This is a great addition for Air Canada flyers and Aeroplan members. While Air Dolomiti has been a Star Alliance affiliate, it didn’t have much cooperation with Air Canada up until now.

4 Wing to celebrate 97th birthday of RCAF with flypast

From Grande Prairie Daily – link to source story

Kelly-Anne Riess  •  Mar 28, 2021

Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday October 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday October 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

To celebrate the 97th year of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 4 Wing Cold Lake will be doing a flypast over the City of Cold Lake on Apr. 1, if the weather permits.

At 11 a.m., the plan is that a formation of 12 CF-18 Hornets and six CT-155 Hawks will fly over Kinosoo beach from north to south. The aircraft will then regroup and fly over the city from east to west.

ACH-146 Griffon will also be participating in the flypast.

The aircraft will be at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle over ground level.

With COVID-19 restrictions, Cold Lake residents are encouraged to follow Alberta’s recommendations on outdoor gatherings and watch the flypast from their homes.

In addition to marking the 97th birthday, 4 Wing is also using the flypast to demonstrate its readiness to support its NORAD mandate, and to acknowledge the sacrifices that Cold Lake citizens have made during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.

Flair Airlines Brings Low Fares to Montreal with first ever ULCC domestic flights

The growing ULCC will serve 19 cities by August, liberating the lives of Canadians with affordable travel

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), is expanding service to include Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (IATA code: YUL) starting July 1, 2021, with direct flights to Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Abbotsford.

The addition of Flair’s service to Montreal marks an incredible milestone for the airline as it brings the first domestic ULCC service to the region. Flair’s network continues to grow within Canada as new aircraft are added to their fleet and preparation continues for the safe restart of travel. Flair’s ambitious expansion focuses on domestic markets first, ensuring all Canadians are connected with affordable travel options.

“We are excited to bring ULCC service to Montreal and to provide our low fares to a region where Canadians have been paying far too much for far too long,” says Stephen Jones, President & CEO. “Providing affordable air travel within Canada is an essential first step in restarting travel and tourism. We know there is a need for ULCC service in Montreal and are thrilled to bring our low fares to the area.”

Flair was one of the first airlines to focus its network exclusively on essential domestic travel during the pandemic. Flair continues to operate only essential service through April and will begin increasing service in May as vaccinations continue and anticipation of travel returns.

“We know there will be a need for affordable airfare once it is safe for us to travel again. As a ULCC, Flair doesn’t have the overhead and costs associated with legacy organizations and networks. This allows our efficiencies to be passed along in our pricing. Families and friends are eagerly waiting to connect, and Flair is here to ensure they can afford to fly once it is safe again to travel.”

One-way fares on several of the new Montreal routes start as low as $49 with taxes and fees included. In addition, Flair provides COVID Coverage which allows passengers to easily change their travel plans given the continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for travel through October 30, 2021, at

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 19 cities across Canada. For more information, please visit

Flair Airlines Montreal Service (July 1, 2021 – October 30, 2021)

Route ● Service Begins ● Frequency

YUL-YVR ● 01-July-21 ● M, Tu, Th, F, Sa, Su

YUL-YYZ ● 01-July-21 ● Daily

YUL-YHZ ● 03-July-21 ● M, W, Sa, Su

YUL-YXX ● 03-Aug-21 ● Tu, W, Sa

ANA Boeing 777 suffers in-flight engine shut down, diverts to Vancouver

From AeroTime Hub – link to source story


An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 777 was forced to divert to Vancouver, Canada, after suffering an in-flight engine shutdown while performing an international flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Los Angeles, US.

The incident occurred on March 27, 2021, when ANA Boeing 777-300, registered as JA788A, was performing a regular scheduled flight NH-106 from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The aircraft took off from HND airport at 11:04 p.m. (UTC) and supposed to reach the final destination at LAX airport but while flying over the Pacific Ocean at FL350, the flight crew noticed a loss of oil pressure in the left-hand jet‘s engine GE90. The pilots immediately shut the engine, then drifted the jet down to FL240 and decided to divert to the nearest airport in Vancouver.

About two hours after leaving FL350, the ANA Boeing 777 jet safely landed on runway 26R at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The local emergency services inspected the jet and the aircraft taxied to the apron with no further incidents reported.

According to data, it was the second incident in 2021, involving ANA‘s aircraft. Previously, in January 2021, the airline‘s Boeing 777-300, registered as JA787A, had a left-hand engine GE90 issue when the abnormal engine vibrations were noticed while en route from Chicago, the US to Tokyo Japan. 

Snowbirds CT114 Tutor Investigation Report Confirmed the Ingestion of a Bird

Royal Canadian Air Force Investigation Report | January 29, 2021 | Updated: March 23, 2021

Location: 1 NM east of Kamloops airport, BC
Date: 17 May 2020
Status: Investigation Completed

The accident involved a CT114 Tutor aircraft from the Canadian Armed Forces Air Demonstration Team (Snowbirds) enroute to Comox, BC to reposition in support of Op INSPIRATION. The aircraft was number two of a formation of two Tutor aircraft.

Following the take-off, a loud, impact-like sound was heard by both occupants and the aircraft then experienced a loss of thrust. The pilot initiated a climb straight ahead and then elected to carry out a left-hand turn back towards the airport. The manoeuvre resulted in an aerodynamic stall halfway through the turn before the pilot gave the order to abandon the aircraft. Both occupants subsequently ejected and the aircraft was destroyed upon impact in a residential area. The passenger was fatally injured and the pilot received serious injuries. Evidence gathered during the investigation revealed that both occupants’ ejection sequences were outside of the ejection envelope.

Crash site. Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

DNA evidence collected from the engine’s internal components confirmed the ingestion of a bird as witnessed from video evidence; however, the damage it caused was insufficient to cause a catastrophic failure. Rather, it resulted in a compressor stall that was never cleared.

The investigation recommends a directive be published which outlines the aircrew’s priority where an emergency during the take-off or landing phase occurs and has the potential to result in an ejection near or over a populated area.

Crash site. Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The investigation also recommends further training on engine-related emergencies be practiced in the takeoff/low-level environment. It is also recommended that the practice of storing items between the ejection seat and the airframe wall cease immediately.

Finally, further research is recommended into the potential options that would stabilize the CT114 ejection seat from any tendency to pitch, roll or yaw immediately following its departure from the ejection seat rails.