Air Canada Supports Economic Recovery as the Country’s Leading Carrier, Serving 50 Cities Across Canada to Enable Canadians to Conveniently Connect

  • Most extensive domestic schedule supports Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector
  • Includes three new routes, re-established routes plus Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class cabins on select transcontinental routes
  • New refund policy gives additional peace of mind

MONTREAL, June 15, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s domestic peak summer schedule beginning at the end of June has been developed to advance the country’s economic recovery and support Canada’s tourism and hospitality businesses during the important summer period.  Three new domestic Canada routes, service to 50 Canadian airports, the re-establishment of select regional routes, and wide-body aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class and Premium Economy Class on select transcontinental routes are included. Seats with attractive pricing in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres and travel agencies.

“With Canada’s ongoing vaccine roll-out acceleration together with various provincial governments’ reopening plans that include travel, this summer is looking brighter. As customers are ready to travel, Air Canada is taking a leadership position to support our partners in Canada’s tourism and hospitality sector with service to 50 destinations from coast to coast, the re-start of regional services and new, non-stop flights,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“We are especially proud that our new state-of-the-art, Canadian-manufactured Airbus A220 aircraft will be operating across Canada. With our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, promotional fares including for our premium cabins, compelling Aeroplan opportunities, and our new refund policy offering additional peace of mind, customers can book Air Canada with confidence.  We look forward to welcoming you onboard when you’re ready to fly,” concluded Mr. Galardo.

Air Canada’s new refund policy provides customers an option for a refund to the original form of payment in instances where Air Canada cancels their flight or reschedules the departure time by more than three hours, irrespective of the reason. Air Canada customers will also have the option of accepting an Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan points with a 65% bonus.  Normal fare rules will apply when customers make voluntary changes to non-affected flights.

New route details:

RouteFrequencyAircraftEffective
Montreal-Deer LakeDailyCRJ900Jul 1, 2021
Montreal-Kelowna3x Weekly July4x Weekly AugAirbus A220June 26, 2021
Montreal-Saskatoon-ReginaDailyCRJ900Aug 1, 2021

Resumption of services:

Airport StationRouteEffectiveFrequency
Gander Gander – HalifaxJun 293x Weekly
 Gander – TorontoJul 25x Weekly
St. John’s St. John’s – TorontoJun 19Daily
Goose Bay Goose Bay – St. John’sJun 293x Weekly
Deer Lake Deer Lake – HalifaxAug 15x Weekly
Halifax Halifax – CalgaryAug 15x Weekly
Sydney Sydney – TorontoJun 263x Weekly
 Sydney – MontrealAug 1Daily
Charlottetown Charlottetown – TorontoJun 184x Weekly
Saint John Saint John – MontrealJun 303x Weekly
 Saint John – TorontoJul 24x Weekly
Fredericton Fredericton – MontrealJun 29Daily
 Fredericton – TorontoJul 15x Weekly
Bathurst Bathurst – MontrealJun 273x Weekly
Quebec City Quebec City – TorontoJun 191x Daily
Ottawa Ottawa – CalgaryJul 2Daily
 Ottawa – EdmontonAug 12x Weekly
North Bay North Bay – TorontoJun 283x Weekly
Fort McMurray Fort McMurray – TorontoJuly 12x Weekly
Winnipeg Winnipeg – CalgaryJun 206x weekly
 Winnipeg – MontrealAug 1Daily
Regina Regina – CalgaryJul 15x Weekly
Saskatoon Saskatoon – CalgaryJul 25x Weekly
Kamloops Kamloops – VancouverJun 294x Weekly
 Kamloops – CalgaryJun 284x Weekly
Comox Comox – VancouverJun 303x Weekly
Nanaimo Nanaimo – TorontoJul 41x Weekly
 Nanaimo – CalgaryJul 25x weekly
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert – VancouverJun 253x Weekly
Penticton Penticton – VancouverJun 294x Weekly
Sandspit Sandspit – VancouverJun 233x Weekly
Victoria Montreal – VictoriaJun 193x Weekly
 Toronto – VictoriaJun 194x Weekly
 Calgary – VictoriaJun 214x Weekly
Castlegar Castlegar – VancouverJun 283x Weekly
Kelowna Kelowna TorontoJun 184x Weekly
Yellowknife Yellowknife – CalgaryJun 303x Weekly

Air Canada is also providing connectivity to five additional regional communities through interline agreements with third party regional carriers: Wabush, Baie Comeau, Gaspe, Mont Joli, and Val d’Or.

Air Canada’s commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, and in 2020 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Pilot injured in small plane crash on Kamloops Airport runway

From CFJC Today – link to source story

Image Credit: CFJC Today / Kent Simmonds

by James Peters | May 20, 2021

KAMLOOPS — UPDATE: The airport now says the runway will open at about 2:00 p.m.

Update: Runway closure is extended to 2pm while crews complete cleanup.

— Kamloops Airport (@KamloopsAirport) May 20, 2021

EARLIER: Emergency crews are on the scene of a small aircraft crash at Kamloops Airport.

In a post to social media, Kamloops Airport (YKA) says the crash involved a small private aircraft. It can be seen sitting damaged on the airport’s runway.

YKA says the pilot was taken to hospital in stable condition.

The runway is closed for inspection and cleanup, but YKA says the incident is not expected to impact scheduled flight operations.

There is no word what caused the crash.

Emergency crews are currently responding to an aircraft incident involving a small private aircraft at YKA. The pilot has been transported to hospital in stable condition. While the runway is presently closed for inspection, there is no expected impact to scheduled flight Ops

— Kamloops Airport (@KamloopsAirport) May 20, 2021

Image Credit: CFJC Today / Kent Simmonds

Kamloops to Memorialize the Snowbirds, Operation Inspiration, and Captain Jennifer Casey

May 17, 2021

Kamloops, BC – Today marks one year since the devastating Snowbirds crash in Kamloops during Operation INSPIRATION. This event rocked our community and the entire nation. This morning, the City of Kamloops was joined by Captain Jennifer Casey’s partner, Captain Scott Boyd, to announce plans for a new, permanent memorial at the future Fulton Field Park, which will be located on Tranquille Road between Airport Road and Aviation Way.

“This was a tragedy that rocked our community to the core and an event that will remain a part of Kamloops history,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The Brocklehurst neighbourhood was particularly affected, and we would like to honour the community, the Snowbirds, and Captain Jennifer Casey through curated memorials at Fulton Field Park. The park will be a place of observation, remembrance, and honour for the history of the Canadian military and the Snowbirds within our community.”

“It is hard to believe that it has already been one year since the tragic accident that claimed the life of my partner and best friend Jenn,” said Captain Scott Boyd. “The kindness, compassion, and support shown by the community of Brocklehurst, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Shuswap Nation, and the Rocky Mountain Rangers on that day and over the past year has been absolutely incredible. The City of Kamloops will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I could not be more proud to be a Canadian and a British Columbian. “

“Once again, the City of Kamloops has shown us their unwavering support and warmth of their hearts by honouring the memory of Captain Jenn Casey and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. We are honoured to see this park dedicated to the team and to now be an integral part of the Kamloops culture,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Bandet, Commanding Officer of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.

About the Park
Fulton Field Park will be located on Tranquille Road between Airport Road and Aviation Way and is currently in the design stage. The park vision includes flower beds, pathways, bench seating, and an artist tribute memorial to Captain Jennifer Casey and the Snowbirds as well as curated boards describing the history of Fulton Field and Kamloops’ connection to the Canadian military.

Fulton Field Park is scheduled to be constructed in 2023 in conjunction with a beautification and road project along Tranquille Road.

Background
The Snowbirds, officially known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, are the military aerobatics team of the Royal Canadian Air Force. What began as an exercise to raise morale across Canada, “Operation INSPIRATION” turned tragic when one of the jets crashed shortly after takeoff in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood and resulted in the loss of life of public affairs officer Captain Jennifer Casey and the serious injury of pilot Captain Richard MacDougall. The tragedy took place on May 17, 2020, with the cause of the crash later determined to be a bird strike, which caused a compressor to stall and ended in loss of power to the engine.

City of Kamloops unveils memorial plans for fallen Snowbird Jenn Casey

From CTV News – link to source story and video


Ben Miljure, Multi-Skilled Journalist, CTV News Vancouver | Monday, May 17, 2021

Link to CTV News video

VANCOUVER — Monday marks a solemn anniversary in Kamloops, B.C., where it has been one year since a fatal crash claimed the life of Snowbirds team member Capt. Jennifer Casey.

An investigation into the May 17, 2020, crash revealed a small bird flew into the plane’s engine shortly after takeoff from Fulton Field at the Kamloops airport, causing it to lose power.

The pilot gave the order to eject, but the plane was at too low of an altitude for Casey to safely deploy her parachute.

In Kamloops Monday morning, Capt. Scott Boyd, Casey’s partner and also a Snowbirds team member, joined Mayor Ken Christian for an announcement about a permanent memorial the city plans to create to honour Casey.

“Today is a day to remember and a day to really celebrate a great Canadian,” said Christian.

From Royal Canadian Air Force

He went on to say the City of Kamloops will create a series of curated memorials at Fulton Field Park that will pay tribute to Casey and the entire Snowbirds team.

It’s being called an interpretive park and will feature storyboards highlighting the history of Fulton Field, the Snowbirds and Casey’s life.

“This has been the longest year of my life but it also feels like just yesterday the accident took place that took the life of Jenn, my best friend,” said Boyd. “It’s been absolutely incredible, the kindness and compassion and support that Kamloops has shown us.”

At the time of the crash, the acrobatic aviation team was on a cross-country mission called Operation Inspiration, which was intended to boost morale and bring joy to Canadians amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.

In an interview after Casey’s death, her family told CTV News she was “supporting an important mission that seemed to be designed for her.”

Casey was the team’s public affairs officer.

The Snowbirds were grounded for three months following the fatal crash but have since returned to the skies and have announced plans for another Operation Inspiration tour that will see the team perform at locations across Canada and the United States beginning in June.

One year ago, we suffered a loss that was profoundly felt across Canada, and particularly within the RCAF. Today we send our thoughts to Captain Jenn Casey’s family, colleagues and friends. Her passion to spread joy to others during difficult times will be her legacy. pic.twitter.com/ulkQAO356d— Royal Canadian Air Force (@RCAF_ARC) May 17, 2021

Central Mountain Air Releases Summer Flight Schedule

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(SMITHERS, BC May 11, 2021) Central Mountain Air responds to the need to provide air service to communities by adding 78 flights per week. 

Grande Prairie, High Level and Quesnel added to network.

Flights per weeks
8 – Edmonton YEG | Fort St John YXJ
8 – Edmonton YEG | Grande Prairie YQU
4 – Edmonton YEG | High Level YOJ
4 – Edmonton YEG | Prince George YXS
5 – Edmonton YEG | Fort Nelson YYE
5 – Edmonton YEG | Terrace YXT
5 – Kamloops YKA | Prince George YXS
5 – Kamloops YKA | Fort Nelson YYE
6 – Kamloops YKA | Fort St John YXJ
6 – Kamloops YKA | Terrace YXT
5 – Kelowna YLW | Prince George YXS
5 – Kelowna YLW | Fort Nelson YYE
6 – Kelowna YLW | Fort St John YXJ
6 – Kelowna YLW | Terrace YXT
4 – Prince George YXS | Fort Nelson YYE
5 – Prince George YXS | Fort St John YXJ
5 – Prince George YXS | Terrace YXT
4 – Prince George YXS | Grande Prairie YQU
4 – Quesnel YQZ | Castlegar YCG
6 – Vancouver YVR | Castlegar YCG
3 – Vancouver YVR | Kamloops YKA
3 – Vancouver YVR | Kelowna YLW
5 – Vancouver YVR | Quesnel YQZ
6 – Vancouver YVR | Prince George YXS
6 – Vancouver YVR | Edmonton YEG
6 – Vancouver YVR | Fort Nelson YYE
7 – Vancouver YVR | Fort St John YXJ
7 – Vancouver YVR | Terrace YXT

Central Mountain Air (CMA) announced today that it will increase its scheduled service by 78 flights per week beginning June 28th, 2021, and continuing through to November 6, 2021. Many of these flights will service connections that were originally suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMA is also expanding the available days of the week on their existing schedule, with an emphasis on new Friday and Sunday flight options.

 “CMA has been contacted by both individuals and community leaders to provide service to enable their communities to recover and receive air connectivity after scheduled service reduced over 80% due to COVID-19. I commend these municipalities and airports for their willingness to partner and support their regions to help make this announcement today,” commented Michael Claeren, Central Mountain Air’s Head of Commercial.  

 “These communities are concerned about their future as they face the prospect of being left without or with limited air service, especially at a time when their regional economies have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding hardship.”  

 Although COVID-19 rates are still high, CMA is optimistic that essential travel guidance will be eased as British Columbia, Alberta, and Canada continue on the road to recovery with more vaccines being administered daily. CMA will still offer a flexible booking and cancellation policy for bookings until June 20th, 2021 for travel through to November 7th, 2021. 

 Bob Cummings, CEO added, “CMA will apply the same operational discipline for which it has a reputation to all the new routes and capacity. This will help nurse communities back to full recovery as the pandemic subsides. While many of the affected regional cities have been impacted by this announcement there are more cities and services to come.”

CMA is the independent regional airline leader in British Columbia and Alberta with 29 aircraft and looks forward to more fully utilizing that fleet.  

To celebrate their summer flight schedule launch, CMA is offering 10% off base airfares using promo code SUMMER21.

The promo code is valid for all scheduled flights starting June 01, 2021 with no blackout periods. This deal is only available on bookings through the CMA website and is not available through your travel agent. CMA has extended its Flexible Booking and Cancellation Policy for bookings until June 20, 2021 for travel through to November 7, 2021 to give you peace of mind when making your booking.  

Book from May 11, 2021 until May 25, 2021 @ 11:59PM PST 

For travel between June 01, 2021, and November 6, 2021 

See CMA’s full schedule at flycma.com/schedule

About Central Mountain Air Ltd.  

Established in 1987, CMA is a Western Canadian privately owned and operated company. CMA provides scheduled flights to twelve communities, cargo to ten, and charter flights throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Western Canada. For more information, and to learn about CMA’s enhanced COVID-19 safety procedures, visit flycma.com. 

Nearly one year after tragic crash, Snowbird aircraft returns to Kamloops

From CFJC Today – link to source story

Image Credit: CFJC Today / Kent Simmonds

By James Peters | May 4, 2021 12:13 PM

Kamloops Airport is confirming the presence of a dear friend in Kamloops Tuesday (May 4).

A CT-114 Tutor aircraft belonging to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds touched down at Fulton Field at about 11:45 a.m. It’s believed to be a fuelling stop before heading west to Canadian Forces Base Comox.

This is believed to be the first Snowbirds visit to Kamloops since the tragic May, 2020 crash in Brocklehurst that took the life of Capt. Jennifer Casey.

The fleet remained on an operational pause for three months after the accident, which was caused by a bird strike.

The Snowbirds 2021 air demonstration schedule will begin on June 5.


‘It is hard for the team to go back’: Snowbirds return to Kamloops, heavy with emotion

By James Peters | May 4, 2021 2:39 PM – link to source story

KAMLOOPS — While residents of Kamloops were ready and eager to throw open their arms in welcome to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Tuesday afternoon (May 4), the team itself had a difficult time returning.

The Snowbirds aerial demonstration team last touched down in Kamloops nearly one year ago, May 16, 2020, as part of its Operation Inspiration, meant to lift the spirits of Canadians in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A day later, as the team took off to its next destination, a bird strike resulted in one of the CT-114 Tutor jets plummeting into a Brocklehurst yard. Capt. Jennifer Casey, the team’s public affairs officer, was killed. The pilot, Capt. Richard MacDougall, was seriously injured.

For three months after the crash, the remaining Snowbirds aircraft sat grounded at Kamloops Airport as authorities investigated. Finally in August, the aircraft returned to their base at CFB Moose Jaw.

They did not return to Kamloops until Tuesday, performing a brief formation fly-by before a refuelling stopover en route from Calgary to CFB Comox.

The Snowbirds’ new public affairs officer, Capt. Gabriel Ferris, said the return is not altogether joyful for Casey’s surviving colleagues.

“We wanted to show our appreciation for what the city and the population did for us last year,” Ferris told CFJC Today. “It is hard for the team to go back, I’m not going to hide it. A lot of the team members are having a difficult time, but it’s important for us to show the population that we appreciate very much what they did for us last year.”

In the weeks following last May’s crash, Kamloops residents reached out to express comfort and love to the Snowbirds. Mayor Ken Christian spoke of how the demonstration team and the city will forever be bonded by the tragedy.

Ferris said ironically, that deep connection was one reason the Snowbirds chose not to publicize the visit in advance.

“That (love is) always there. We know it. We even know that it’s a little bit… I don’t want to say too much, but just be careful because there are still COVID regulations. We want to make sure that people are still following them and not gathering too much at the airport.

“Everyone here has been talking to me about how the population has a super warm welcome, every time we go there.”

Passenger volumes at Kamloops Airport remain low in first three months of 2021

From Radio NL 650AM – link to source story

Victor Kaisar | Apr 21, 2021

Passenger volumes at Kamloops Airport remain low in first three months of 2021

A slow start to the year for Kamloops Airport with just 8,628 passengers in the first three months of 2021.

That is compared to 91,638 passengers during the same three months last year, though there were no COVID-19 travel restrictions in January and February of 2020. By comparison, there were 2,128 passengers this past March, down 89.8 per cent from the 21,123 passengers last year.

“What we are seeing now is a true reflection of the impacts of COVID compared to this time last year when numbers were just starting to fall,” Airport Managing Director, Ed Ratuski told NL News. “This is the reality we’re in right now with so few passengers travelling through the airport right now, and essential travellers only at this point.”

“Numbers have been stable since that last round of travel restrictions that came into effect at the end of 2020. We were sitting right at about 2,500 passengers a month, largely just because it is essential travellers.”

In all of 2020, there were just 123,675 people who passed through the terminal at Kamloops Airport compared to a record 361,586 back in 2019.

Ratuski says while there are signs of optimism in the months ahead, passenger volumes will likely remain low as long as travel restrictions are in place.

“Federal support for airlines will help to re-establish suspended routes and introduce new destinations to support an expected surge in demand for domestic leisure travel once it is safe to do so,” Ratuski added.

Last month, the BC Government also announced $720,000 in COVID relief funding for Kamloops Airport to help pay for things like operating and maintenance costs, payroll, rent, and other overhead costs until the end of March 2022.

Kamloops Airport has and will remain open during the pandemic for essential travel and cargo as well as medivac flights and wildfire planes.

Ratuski is asking any passengers to follow all of the physical distancing and other public health measures that are in place.

New Kamloops flight school offering ultra light training

From infoNews – link to source story

Carli Berry | April 11, 2021

The Zenair ultra light aircraft owned by Vayu Aviation. Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Vayu Aviation

A new Kamloops flight school is attracting pilots and newbies alike.

Praveen Premchandran, chief flight instructor with Vayu Aviation, said the new fixed-wing flight school in the city has been a long-time goal.

Premchandran is one of three partners of Vayu Aviation including Vignesh Rajasekar and Matt Erhardt that got off the ground in November 2020.

“I was in Calgary working for a regional airline and I was laid off in April and I’ve been laid off since then… and for the longest time I’ve been dabbling with the idea of starting my own flight school and not knowing when I would get hired back with the airline. We were talking and Vignesh said ‘hey why don’t we open one here?’” Premchandran said.

There is currently no other flight school in the city that provides ultralight training, Premchandran said. According to the flight school’s website, an Ultralight Pilot Permit is required for someone who wishes to operate ultralight airplanes including powered parachutes, powered paragliders, weight-shift trikes and two or three-axis fixed wing airplanes under 1200-pound maximum take-off weight.

READ MORE: Kelowna to Montreal flights from Air Canada to start this summer

Premchandran and Rajasekar have taught in the community before and they’ve been spreading the word for the new flight school through social media and through the aviation community.

“A lot of legwork has been going through and we’ve definitely seen some results. With the pandemic and everything, I think we’re doing well. Obviously we could do a lot better as things get easier and as people get to know more about us. It’s definitely been pretty overwhelming the response from the community, you know people hearing about a flight school and wanting to get flying,” Premchandran said.

The flight school offers both the ultra-light training and regular fixed-wing training and aspirational pilots can rent the planes to complete the required hours to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence, he said.

Interest for flight training is coming from a broad age-range, he said.

“We’ve had interest from someone has young as 12-and-a-half,” he said.

After offering a discovery flight to the youth, he was hooked and can’t wait to get his student licence, Premchandran said, adding that retirees and those who already have a pilot’s licence but just want to rent the planes are also expressing interest.

The company’s ultra light basic packages costs $3,000 but flights can also be on a pay as you go basis.

The long-term plan is to keep expanding the flight school and maybe partner with TRU one day, Premchandran said.

Details of Financial Support to Air Canada

From: Department of Finance Canada | 12 April 2021

Backgrounder

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.

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.