Web News • 31 July 2022
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OTTAWA, ON, July 29, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this update today on progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveller wait times at Canadian airports.
Passenger security screening wait times
Passenger travel volumes
Metering (holding) of aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Flight cancellations and delays
Collaborating with air industry partners
Increasing staffing for security screening and customs processing
Streamlining customs processing at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Information resource for passengers experiencing flight delays, cancellations and lost or delayed baggage
Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
Richmond, British Columbia, 28 July 2022 — Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A21P0018) into the Airspan Helicopters Ltd.’s Bell 212 loss of control and collision with terrain that occurred on Bowen Island, British Columbia (BC) in March 2021. The investigation found that environmental conditions and the helicopter’s system limitations led to the occurrence.
On 05 March 2021, the Bell 212 helicopter, with two pilots on board, was travelling from Sechelt, BC, to Cypress Provincial Park, BC. During the cruise portion of the flight, the helicopter entered wind shear and experienced a sudden loss of control. After the crew regained control of the helicopter, the number 2 engine experienced an uncommanded in-flight shutdown and the flight controls became very hard to manipulate. A location on nearby Bowen Island, BC, was selected for an emergency landing. During the descent, the helicopter began a rapid rotation to the right, which the pilots were unable to arrest. After several rotations, the helicopter collided with trees and came to rest on a rocky ridge on the northwest corner of Bowen Island. Both occupants received serious injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
The investigation found that at the time of the occurrence, the environmental conditions were conducive to severe mechanical turbulence, lee waves, and low-level wind shear along the helicopter’s flight path in the vicinity of Bowen Island. The pilots were aware of the forecasted weather, low-level wind shear, and mechanical turbulence, but decided to continue with the day’s planned flights based on improving weather forecast later in the day, the desire to complete the operational flight, and the observation that other aircraft were operating around the Sechelt Aerodrome.
The helicopter entered an area of severe turbulence that led to a loss of control, that resulted in excessive flapping of the main rotor blades. As a result, the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tail rotor driveshaft, causing a loss of tail rotor thrust and yaw control. The helicopter’s extreme attitude during the initial loss of control likely caused the hydraulic system to malfunction, the number 2 engine to shut down in flight, and the number 1 engine to reduce fuel flow (resulting in less power), which subsequently reduced the main rotor speed. As the helicopter slowed for the emergency landing, yaw control was lost due to the absence of tail rotor thrust, and the helicopter collided with the terrain.
Following the occurrence, Airspan Helicopters Ltd. temporarily suspended all operations, completed an internal safety investigation, and took several actions to mitigate future occurrences.
For additional information, please see the investigation report.
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.
CALGARY, AB, July 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Newly unionized WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have ratified a first contract that gives members at least a 13% wage increase, their first increase in five years.
“After nine months of challenging bargaining, the Local 531 bargaining committee achieved long overdue and significant wage increases, improved benefits and better working conditions,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the National President and lead on the airline sector.
Newly unionized WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have ratified a first contract.
“Members starting out in the wage grid will see their wages rise as much as 40% and members at the top of the scale will see increases between 13% and 17% over the life of the agreement.”
Unifor Local 531 represents nearly 800 baggage service agents,(BSA’s) customer service agents (CSA.s) and priority service agents (PSA’s) in Calgary and Vancouver airports after being certified in May of 2021.
Steps have merged, condensing the time workers progress, ensuring faster wage increases. A 5% premium over CSA/PSA wage scale replaces the $1 per hour premium previously in place. An extra step at the top of the grid giving members an additional increase after 8 years of service.
Other gains include a $100.00 yearly uniform allowance, paid breaks, 100 hour stat holiday credit, continuation of the WestJet Savings Plan, seniority rights, 12 sick days for full time and 10 for part time workers, minimum rest periods, and improved scheduling.
The employer has also agreed that casual employees will not exceed 10% of the workforce.
Bargaining began in October 2021, and Unifor Local 531 filed for conciliation with the Canadian government on April 26, 2022.
“Together we have proven there is power in a union and we strongly encourage WestJetters in Edmonton to join Unifor Local 531. Our bargaining committee worked hard for these important gains and we appreciate the unwavering solidarity from the members,” said Sherwin Antonio, member of Local 531’s Calgary Bargaining Committee.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
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