Piedmont Hawthorne has installed wireless Internet access at all of its FBOs. Bill Thrift, senior v-p of FBOs for Piedmont Hawthorne, said, “In today’s information-driven society, going wireless was the one comprehensive solution available to general aviation and Piedmont Hawthorne.”
Provinces and territories of Canada
CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, PELEE ISLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA, JAN. 17, 2004–The Canadian-registered Air Georgian Caravan (CFAGA), operating as air-taxi Flight 126, crashed shortly after departure at 9:39 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard later located the wreckage nose down in the water one mile west of Pelee Island, a Canadian island in Lake Erie; 10 people on board were killed. The crash site was about 20 miles north of Sandusky, Ohio.
Would-be Toronto City Center Airport tenant Regional Airlines Holding Co. (REGCO) has filed a C$500 million ($385 million) lawsuit against the city after it reversed an earlier decision to allow construction of a bridge across Toronto Harbor to the island airport. Chief executive Robert Deluce’s proposal for the new airline, slated for launch this fall with new Bombardier Q400 turboprops, hinged on a fixed road link to the airport.
An FAA preliminary report on the January 17 fatal crash of a Canadian airline-operated Cessna Caravan near Lake Erie’s Pelee Island, Toronto, indicates that freezing rain prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and all nine passengers were killed. Transport Canada has suspended the air operator certificate of the carrier, Air Georgian Express, following a review of the company’s documentation.
Hawker 600, Bromont Airport, Montreal, Feb. 21, 2005–Scott Aviation’s Hawker 600 N21SA landed 300 feet left of Runway 5L at Bromont Airport, in the Eastern Townships, near Montreal, and spun around on its belly. Both pilots and a passenger were injured; three passengers were unharmed. The flight was at night and the Unicom operator noted that the runway lights were not working.
Next month Montreal will host the 45th annual Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) convention (June 13 to 15). The static display is to be held at the Skyservice Aviation FBO at Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval) and the event’s seminars and social functions are to be staged at the downtown Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Investigators have determined that a Cessna 208B Caravan that crashed near Pelee Island, Ontario, on Jan. 17, 2004, exceeded the maximum allowable takeoff weight by at least 15 percent, in addition to being contaminated with ice. All 10 people on board were killed in the accident.
It took some deft political maneuvering, arm-twisting, wheeling, dealing and more than anything a lot of waiting, but Porter Airlines finally got airborne on October 23 from Toronto’s controversial island airport amid fierce opposition from environmentalists and Air Canada Jazz.
At press time, London City Airport was expecting to have received a total of 7,000 business aviation movements last year–a level of traffic it had not been projected to reach until 2007. Business aircraft, which are handled through the Jet Centre FBO, now account for 10 percent of all traffic at London City.
People fly on general aviation aircraft because they can go where they want to, when they want to. It stands to reason that you don’t hear much about trips to the Gulf Coast of Texas in mid-summer (not voluntary ones, anyway) or trips to northern Canadian lake regions for the traditional February school vacation week.