A Sikorsky RH-4 made the first documented rescue by helicopter on Nov. 29, 1945, so it’s not surprising that Sikorsky sponsors the HAI Humanitarian Award. This year’s award goes to the Gander, Newfoundland-based flight crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter for a successful rescue accomplished under extreme weather conditions on Feb. 9, 2013.
Gander International Airport
Nav Canada and UK NATS have implemented a new navigation standard that reduces longitudinal separations by half for properly equipped aircraft in North Atlantic airspace managed by the Canadian and UK air navigation service providers.
Gulfstream IV, Gander, Canada, Oct. 30, 2010–The twinjet was undamaged and the four-person flight crew and two passengers were uninjured after it departed the wet runway at Gander International Airport. The airplane was making a fuel stop on a Part 135 flight from the Netherlands to Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.
Gander is something of a legend in the history of transatlantic aviation. Its location in Newfoundland positions it well to serve as the last or first stop on the North American continent for airplanes to gorge on fuel before or after crossing all that water. Gander also felt the brunt of the 9/11 grounding, accepting 39 heavy airliners and absorbing their 6,595 passengers and crew into a community of slightly less than 10,000 people.