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NavCanada Aviation Info Products Print E-mail

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NavCanada has a new on-line store, where you can buy Canadian aviation information products, like the CAP (Canada Air Pilot IFR info), VFR charts, the Canada Flight Supplement and more. You'll find it on their website,

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 July 2018 23:24
 
2019 Midnight Sun Fly-in Print E-mail

Midnight Sun Fly-inThe next edition of the Midnight Sun Fly-in takes place in July, 2019.  If you're a floatplane enthusiast, Yellowknife is the place to be for this great opportunity to meet other pilots and enjoy the beauty of the Northwest Territories.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 July 2018 23:25
 
#YFBspotters Print E-mail

An-124 by Frank ReardonThere is a new group of planespotters taking great photographs these days at the Iqaluit airport (YFB), led by Brian Tattuinee and Frank Reardon.  You can find some of their great photos on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #YFBspotters.  Read more about it in this article from Up Here magazine.  Or check out Frank Reardon Photography on Flickr, YFBspotters on Twitter, or YFBspotters on Instagram.  Happy plane spotting!

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 July 2018 22:19
 
Northern Aviation Scholarship Program Print E-mail

Northern Aviation Scholarship

The Nunavut government provides scholarships for Nunavummiut seeking aviation careers.  The $7,500 scholarships are available to students resident in Nunavut taking full time courses related to airline or airport operations or management, aircraft maintenance, and pilot training. More information for Nunavut students is available here. The application deadline in Nunavut is August 18, 2018.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 July 2018 23:49
 
CYFB - 100LL Print E-mail

The Iqaluit airport usually receives its annual shipment of 100LL AVGAS in July or August, depending on sea ice conditions and shipping schedules.

The current price is $318.06 per 205 litre/45 CDN gallons/54 US gallons drum (Apr 17).  You have to buy the whole drum. The price is generally set once a year, following the arrival of the new year's supply by ship.  Check with the fuel supplier for price/availability information: Uqsuq Corporation (+1-867-222-2855) Current price of Jet A is $1.2878/litre. (Apr 17)

Current drum count: not available. Check directly with Uqsuq Corporation.

Check Iqaluit airport general info here.

If you're reading this, it is probably because you're flying a plane that uses 100LL avgas.  In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration is actively pursuing the search for an unleaded alternative to 100LL. And General Aviation News also has an update on plans for 100LL replacement.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 July 2018 22:18
 
Midnight Sun Fly-in 2017 Print E-mail

2017 Midnight Sun Fly-InThe Midnight Sun Fly In Association is hosting the 2017 fly-in event from July 6 - 9, 2017 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Planned activities include a fly-out picnic, live entertainment, dockside dining, airplane rides by Viking Air, pancake breakfast, and great bush pilot conversation.  See their website for more information.  Yellowknife is home to a large number of float planes, and the Fly-in is a great attraction in the town that, in many ways, exists because of bush pilots.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 June 2017 14:21
 
Canadian Arctic Aviation 2017 Print E-mail

Canadian Arctic Aviation TourCanadian Arctic Aviation 2017 was a non-profit group trying to bring a travelling airshow to a number of communities across the Canadian arctic. They managed to reach a number of places before the money dried up. You can also check out their story on Twitter @CAAT2017 and on Facebook.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 July 2018 22:29
 
Sergey Ananov rescued from Davis Strait Print E-mail

Sergey AnanovRussian helicopter pilot Sergey Ananov is a lucky man.  He was on a trip around the world in his Robinson R-22, when a belt failure brought him down in cold, icy Davis Strait, between the east coast of Baffin Island and Greenland, as shown on this SPOT tracking capture.

Ananov was seen at the Iqaluit airport refueling the R-22 on Friday, July 24, 2015. He set off from CYFB for Greenland on Saturday, July 25.  When the R-22 went down as he was crossing Davis Strait, he was able to grab his life-raft and flare gun. He was wearing his survival suit, but didn't have it fully zipped up, resulting in him getting wet when he went into the water.  He managed to swim to an ice floe as the R-22 sank, where he spent a couple of cold nights, scaring off polar bears.  He was found by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson.

 

 

Sergey Ananoy refuelingAnanov experienced some frostbite, but was otherwise was uninjured in the crash. The CCGS Pierre Radisson took him to Iqaluit. He told Russia 24 how he was feeling when he returned to Iqaluit: "With regard to mental health, it is good. Here (in Iqaluit, Canada) I was literally bathed in the waves of love and friendship." He was able to take a commercial flight to Ottawa to pick up a new passport from the Russian Embassy there, and head back home to Moscow.

For more, CBC News has extensive coverage here.  in English. In Russian, here's the coverage of his return to Moscow on Russia 24. The Russian news agency TASS called the rescue a good example of Russian-Canadian co-operation in the Arctic.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 14:16
 
TSB final report on Sanikiluaq NU crash Print E-mail

Sanikiluaq crash Dec 2012The Transportation Safety Board has released its report into the December 22, 2012 crash at Sanikiluaq, Nunavut of a Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III (C-GFWX). The plane came in too high, too steep and too fast. It touched down 200 metres beyond the end of the runway, skidding another 300 metres. The report says bad weather, poor visibility, fatigue and a departure from established protocols all played a part in the crash. TSB investigator Gayle Connors also told a news conference in Winnipeg on June 29, 2015 that the flight had departed Winnipeg for Sanikiluaq only to discover the crew had forgotten the instrument procedure charts for approach and landing. Rather than return to the airport and extend the flight time even more, the captain instead radioed the company to obtain most of the required information.

 

There were 9 people on board, including a crew of 2. All survived, except 6 month old Isaac Appaqaq. The infant was thrown from his mother's lap on impact, and he died from multiple injuries.

 

The TSB report calls on Transport Canada to mandate child safety seats for children under 2 years of age commercial flights.  The report provides information about the difficulties inherent in trying to hold an infant through a crash situation like this.  The report also calls for commercial airlines to keep better statistics on the number of children under 2 on their flights.

 

CBC News has an extensive story here about the report here. The full TSB report is available here.  Our earlier story is here.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 23:33
 
Midnight Sun Fly-in Print E-mail

Midnight Sun Fly-inThe Midnight Sun Fly In Association is hosting the 2015 Midnight Sun Fly In from July 10 - 12, 2015 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Planned activities include a fly-out picnic, live entertainment, dockside dining, airplane rides, pancake breakfast, memorial fly-past, and great bush pilot conversation.  See their website for more information.  Yellowknife is home to a large number of float planes, and the Fly-in is a great attraction in the town that, in many ways, exists because of bush pilots.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 17:18
 
Ice Pilots NWT ends its run Print E-mail

Buffalo Airways C-46AThe popular History Television series Ice Pilots NWT has aired its final episode.  The series ran for 6 seasons, and became an international success.  It features stories about the north's most interesting airline, and the many vintage planes in the Buffalo Airways fleet. The History Channel has episodes from the last season available on line, in case you missed them.  And of course, Buffalo Airways continues to do business across the North.

This is a picture of one of Buffalo's Curtiss C-46A, taken by Darian Froese.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 21:58
 
Change in CYFB runway designation Print E-mail

Runway 34The runway at CYFB Iqaluit has been redesignated.  The runway is no longer designated 17/35. The NEW DESIGNATION is 16/34. All published navigational information that referred to 17/35 will now use 16/34. Here's the NOTAM:

140146 CYFB IQALUIT
  CYFB INSTR PROC PRODUCT REFERENCES FOR:
RWY 17 ARE NOW FOR USE ON RWY 16
RWY 35 ARE NOW FOR USE ON RWY 34
1406262024 TIL 1409180901

This is, of course, due to the significant movement of the north magnetic pole in the last few years.  It is estimated that the poll is now moving about 55 km a year.  There are maps and some rather interesting explanations of the pole movement here and here

Most other Nunavut runways are not affected, as runways in Northern Domestic Airspace are designated in degrees True.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:30
 
TSB Report on 737 crash in Resolute, Nunavut Print E-mail

TSB investigationThe Canadian Transportation Safety Board has completed its report into the crash of a First Air Boeing 737-200 C-GNWN at Resolute Bay, Nunavut on August 20, 2011.  The final report was released at a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:00 am ET.

The report was more than two years in the making.  It looks at a range of issues around the accident, and provides a comprehensive analysis of what happened.  The TSB identified problems in communication between the captain and the first officer, and an inadvertent mode change to the autopilot as key factors in the accident.  They called for First Air to improve CRM training (Cockpit Resource Management) , and for Transport Canada to update CRM standards across the country.

CBC News has a detailed story, including links to the TSB's explanatory animation of the final minutes of the flight.  There's also more on the TSB's site here.  It is unclear yet what impact the TSB report will have on a number of lawsuits filed following the accident. A full copy of the TSB's Aviation Investigation A11H0002 is available here.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 20:41
 
Flying 4 Conservation Print E-mail

Alexis Peltier and Michel Laplace-ToulouseAlexis Peltier and Michel Laplace-Toulouse finished their trans-Atlantic flying adventure on February 9, 2014. The pair flew a 1957 Piper SuperCub on big tundra tires from the west coast of North America, across Canada, then on to Greenland, and Paris in the summer of 2013.  Their trip plan included Canadian stops at Montreal, Sept Illes, Quebec, Wabush, Labrador and Kuujjuaq, Quebec; then on to Iqaluit and Qikiqtarjuaq Nunavut before crossing Davis Strait to Greenland.  You'll find maps of their complete trip plan here .

They did the next leg from Paris to Kenya, via the Sahara desert from January 13 to February 9, 2014. You'll find their journey tracker on the web here.

Alexis once held the record as the youngest Canadian pilot, and he's been on some really interesting aviation adventures in North and South America and in Africa. You can read about his Air Adventure personal air safari company here.

They called this adventure Flying4Conservation. Alexis and Michel are involved in conservation projects at home in Kenya, including using the aircraft to assist with wildlife surveys and other projects.

You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter @F4C_SuperCub

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 17:16
 
More photos in our Planespotting slideshow Print E-mail

N97DWe've added a few more photos taken around the ramp at CYFB, Iqaluit, Nunavut.  At left is one of a pair of US-registered Beech 65-A90-1 aircraft operated by Dynamic AvLease that stopped by in July of 2013. N97D is holding short on taxiway Delta, for a 35 departure, following N90D, which had just taken off. These planes display an interesting array of antennae. You can see more of our Planespotting photo collection here.

 
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