19-year-old hoping to be youngest woman to fly solo around the globe lands in N.L.

From CTV News – link to source story and VIDEO

By Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press Staff | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Zara Rutherford

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — A teenage pilot hoping to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world landed in Labrador Monday, proud to have finished her first transatlantic flight and the hardest part of her journey.

Nineteen-year-old Zara Rutherford began her adventure on Aug. 18 in Belgium, where she was born. She aims to end it sometime in November, when she’ll land on the exact spot from which she took off, thus closing her circular path around the Earth.

She said she knew the long hours looking at nothing but the vast, grey Atlantic Ocean would be difficult, adding that she’s glad she tackled it at the beginning of her trip.

“It’s kind of freaky, it’s weird — you start getting optical illusions,” Rutherford said in an interview Tuesday. “When you’re in the air like that for three, four hours, you start thinking you’re seeing land ΓǪ and then you start struggling to differentiate between the water and the sky, or the water and the clouds.”

Flying over Greenland was also a towering challenge, she said, with the high terrain and ferocious winds. “I think now I’ve really got the confidence to get me going.”

Rutherford has always wanted to be a pilot, but she said she had found it disappointing so few pilots were women. She’s hoping her efforts to break the world record for the youngest woman to fly solo around the world will inspire more girls to get into aviation and to explore science, mathematics and engineering.

The inspiration for the quest came easy to the young aviator: “Flying around the world is the ultimate thing you can do,” she said.

Her plane of choice is a Shark.Aero two-seat, tandem, ultralight single-engine aircraft. The plane is just under seven metres long, with a wingspan of nearly eight metres, according to the manufacturer’s website. It weighs about 300 kilograms when empty.

Rutherford made stops in the United Kingdom, Iceland and Greenland before arriving in Labrador on Monday evening to a large, welcoming crowd at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay airport.

“I had a lot of pressure on the landing; I had to make sure that the landing was good,” she joked.

She had intended to leave Labrador on Tuesday, but unfavourable weather kept her on the ground. Instead, she’ll leave Wednesday morning, she said, en route for Montreal and then New York City.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 24, 2021.

Air Canada updates from Gander, Goose Bay, Kamloops & Winnipeg

1 July 2021

It’s good to be back in Gander, a city we have served for several decades. It’s time to reconnect communities across Canada and reunite friends and families.

Today was the first day in 156 days that @AirCanada flew to Gander.

There were epic hugs for the ages in the parking lot.

The sun on your shoulders.

Something in the air – new promise, perhaps?

Summer lies ahead, an open road.

This feels like a beginning.

Originally tweeted by Gander Airport (@GanderAirport) on 28 June 2021.

Originally tweeted by Air Canada (@AirCanada) on 28 June 2021.

It's wonderful to return to @C_YYR and we are thrilled to welcome back our customers on board.

Fantastic day in the Big Land as Air Canada and their crew rev their engines once again !!! Good news for our passengers as we launch into the new world 🙂 Bring on the travel!!!

Originally tweeted by Goose Bay Airport (@C_YYR) on 29 June 2021.

Originally tweeted by Air Canada (@AirCanada) on 29 June 2021.

We are thrilled to be back to @KamloopsAirport! We have safely restarted and we look forward to welcoming customers on our flights. ✈️

Welcome Back @AirCanada! Now servicing @FlyYYC & @yvrairport. #flyyka #kamloopsairport

Originally tweeted by Kamloops Airport (@KamloopsAirport) on 29 June 2021.

Originally tweeted by Air Canada (@AirCanada) on 30 June 2021.

Starting out the week with blue skies and added service at #YWG as @AirCanada brings back direct service from Winnipeg to @FlyYYC. As vaccination levels continue to climb, this familiar route will play a vital role in serving our community in the months ahead.

Originally tweeted by Winnipeg Airport (@YWGairport) on 28 June 2021.

Details of Financial Support to Air Canada

From: Department of Finance Canada | 12 April 2021


The government’s financial support to Air Canada is being provided under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation (CEEFC) has committed to provide $4 billion in repayable loans and an equity investment in Air Canada of $500 million in newly-issued Class B Voting Shares at a 15 per cent discount to their recent trading price. CEEFC will also receive warrants on Air Canada stock in an amount equal to 10 per cent of the loan commitments (CEEFC’s news release contains detailed information regarding the warrants).

As a condition of its agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has made a number of commitments as outlined below.

Refunds for Canadians

The agreement with Air Canada ensures that customers who had their flights cancelled, or took action to cancel a flight because of the pandemic, are not financially disadvantaged. Under the terms of the financing agreement, Air Canada has committed to offer refunds to any passenger who wants a refund for certain pandemic-related cancelations by the carrier that CEEFC will finance. Air Canada has committed to providing customers with their refunds as soon as possible – beginning April 30, 2021 at the latest. CEEFC will provide additional loan financing of up to $1.4 billion for Air Canada to provide these refunds. Travel agents may assist in the processing of refunds for tickets the travel agents sold but will not be required to refund their commission to Air Canada.

Protecting Jobs

As a condition of the agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has committed to maintain jobs at current levels, to respect collective bargaining agreements, and protect workers’ pensions. Air Canada currently has 14,859 active Canadian employees.

As required more generally under LEEFF, Air Canada has also agreed to restrictions on dividends, buying back shares, and executive compensation. The company will also provide climate-related financial disclosures, including how its future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate goals.

Restarting Vital Domestic Air Services

The terms of the financial support will ensure that Canadians and communities retain air connections to the rest of Canada, through the restart of service at airports temporarily suspended by Air Canada. For seven airports where Air Canada had permanently canceled service, the airline will seek interline agreements with other carriers with a view to ensure those Canadians continue to have convenient access to their preferred airports and the flights they need.

Service will resume by no later than June 1, 2021, at the following suspended airports based on public health advice:

  • Bathurst
  • Comox
  • Fredericton
  • Gander
  • Goose Bay
  • Kamloops
  • North Bay
  • Penticton
  • Prince Rupert
  • Saint John
  • Sandspit
  • Sydney
  • Yellowknife

Supporting Jobs in Canada’s Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry supported 235,000 Canadian jobs and contributed over $28 billion in gross domestic product to the Canadian economy in 2019.

This financing agreement will allow Air Canada to continue to be a vital customer of the Canadian aerospace industry by completing its planned purchase of aircraft as set out in its business plan, which includes aircraft built in Canada, such as the Airbus A220. Aerospace is one of the most innovative and export-driven industries in Canada. The negative impact of the pandemic on the bottom line of airlines has put the relationship between airlines and the aerospace industry at risk, threatening job security in the sector. Ensuring that Air Canada maintains its status as a key customer of Canada’s aerospace industry is important to ensuring the long term success of the sector and the thousands of jobs it supports.