Ontario’s Ornge air ambulance system remains under government scrutiny. In testimony before the Provincial Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee March 6, the then-head of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Chris Lewis, said its anti-rackets branch is expanding its investigation to include interviewing witnesses in the U.S. and Italy and seeking documents from those jurisdictions.
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Signature Flight Support signed an agreement with InterDel Aviation Services of Vancouver to become a licensed Signature Flight Support location, the companies announced today at the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention. Signature Vancouver, located at Vancouver International Airport, is the third Canadian facility for the FBO chain. This follows an agreement signed in October between Signature and Imperial Oil of Canada that offers the former Avitat network members the opportunity to become Signature Select or licensed Signature Flight Support locations.
Composites Atlantic of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, won a multi-year contract with Bombardier Aerospace to manufacture composite parts for the horizontal stabilizer of the Global 7000 and 8000. The Canadian vendor will ship parts to Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, N. Ireland, which is responsible for the design and manufacture of the horizontal stabilizers for Globals. Composites Atlantic has been a supplier to Bombardier Belfast since the mid-1990s and manufactures composite parts that are installed on many of the Canadian OEM’s aircraft.
Kanata, Canada-based First Air said it fired two Boeing 737 pilots last week after an incident in which the crew allowed the aircraft to stray from its programmed flight plan on a March 31 trip between Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Iqaluit. Initial reports claim the pilots might not have followed the company’s standard operating procedures and mis-programmed the aircraft’s flight management system. The aircraft, carrying 19 passengers and four crewmembers, arrived safely at its destination, 20 minutes late.
ST Aerospace (Booth L01) has signed a contract with Shenzhen, China-based cargo carrier SF Airlines for the conversion of five passenger Boeing 757s to freighters. The deal also includes options for the conversion of three more aircraft.
Montreal-based corporate aircraft service provider Execaire (Booth No. N915) announced here at NBAA 2013 the completion of a VIP lounge at its flagship facility at Toronto’s Lester Pearson International Airport (CYYZ).
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Brent Monroe vice president of North American sales for the western division. In his new role, he leads a sales team whose territory includes the Western U.S. states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Monroe, who is based in Dallas, has more than 20 years of experience in both military and business aviation, particularly in the Midwest region.
A helicopter air ambulance belonging to Ontario’s provincially funded service, Ornge, crashed shortly after takeoff May 31, killing its four-man crew of two pilots and two flight paramedics. The 1980 Sikorsky S-76A took off from rural Moosonee along St. James Bay at 12:10 a.m. en route to the remote First Nation village of Attawapiskat for a patient pick-up. It crashed almost immediately after takeoff into a densely wooded area less than 3,000 feet off the airport and burned.
Toronto-based Porter Airlines on Wednesday revealed itself as the “unidentified Americas-based” customer for the Bombardier CSeries. The purchase agreement, still subject to certain conditions including relaxing the airport’s limitations on jet operations, calls for a firm order for 12 CS100s and options on another 18.
The wreckage of a DHC-6 Twin Otter that went missing on a trip between the South Pole and an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay on January 23 has been found by New Zealand air rescue helicopters. Weather prevented rescue efforts on January 23, but the aircraft’s strong ELT signal made finding it easier once the weather cleared. The aircraft, operated by Kenn Borek Air, went down in a mountainous region of the Queen Alexandra Range, where peaks rise to 12,800 feet. The three crewmembers aboard are reported to have perished in the accident.
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