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CYFB - 100LL Print E-mail

The Iqaluit airport received the annual resupply of 100LL avgas in August (Aug 03/14).  There appear to be about 65 drums in stock (Feb 21/15)

Current price is $318.06 CDN (Feb 14) per 205 litre/45 CDN gallons/54 US gallons drum.  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 availability information: Uqsuq Corporation (+1 867 979-2855 or +1 867 979-1620. Fax +1 867 979-1628). Current price of JetA is $1.668/litre. (Feb 14)

Check Iqaluit airport general info here.

The Hamlet of Qikiqtarjuaq on the east coast of Baffin Island also informs us (June 3/11) that they are no longer stocking 100LL avgas. The Hamlet used to keep a few drums for visiting aircraft, but they disposed of their existing stock when it got too old.  And they have no plans to bring in more avgas.

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. There is a coalition working to promote 100 octane unleaded avgas. You'll find them here. They have a lot of links to various areas of discussion on the future replacement for 100LL.  And General Aviation News maintains an interesting blog on the GA fuel debate.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015 17:04
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:

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
Northern Aviation Scholarship Program Print E-mail

Northern Aviation ScholarshipNunavut and the Northwest Territories co-operate with a number of northern aviation companies to provide scholarships for northern students seeking aviation careers.  It is called the Aviation Career Development Program.  There are 16 $5,000 scholarships available to students resident in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories taking full time courses related to airline or airport operations or management, aircraft maintenance, and pilot training.  Northwest Territories students can check out this website for details and application forms.

More information for Nunavut students is available here. The Aug 2014 - Aug 2015 scholarships have been awarded, but check these sites for updates on next year's scholarships.

Sponsors include the NWT Department of Transportation, Nunavut Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Discovery Air (Air Tindi and Great Slave Helicopters), Kivalliq Air, and North-Wright Airways.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 23:32
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.

Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crash site found Print E-mail

TSB RecorderArcticNet and the Canadian Coast Guard have found and retrieved the wreck of a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed near Banks Island.  Working from the CCGS Amundsen, ArcticNet's remote controlled underwater vehicle found the wreck and photographed the site.  A couple of days later, they were able to bring the wreck to the surface to assist in the investigation into the cause of the crash.  CBC News has more here. The Transportation Safety Board also has information on their website.



Coast Guard helicoper recoveryCanadian Coast Guard Messerschmitt BO-105-S-CDN-BS-4 (C-GCFU) crashed in McClure Strait in the high arctic on Monday, September 9, 2013. CBC News has a story here. The helicopter was operating from the CCGS Amundsen, north of Banks Island.  It isn't clear what caused the crash.  Pilot Denis Dube, Amundsen Commanding Officer Marc Thibault, and scientist Klaus Hochheim all died.  The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is investigating.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:44
2013 Iqaluit Air Show Print E-mail

Kenn Borek DC-3 at Iqaluit airshowThe 2013 Iqaluit airshow was held in conjunction with Nunavut day evenings on July 9, 2013.  The weather co-operated for this edition of the bi-annual Iqaluit Air Show.  This event has proven popular over the last few years, and this year was no exception. There was a big turnout for the static displays, and the fly-by of Royal Canadian Air Force Aurora and CF-18 aircraft.

Here in the Eastern Arctic, air travel is the way everyone gets everywhere.  There are no roads between communities, or to the south.  So we all rely heavily on the aviation industry for things like transportation, shipping, medical emergency travel, search and rescue, and exploration.  That translates into lots of interest in planes and flying.  We were lucky enough to participate in the the first Iqaluit Air Show in 2009, when we owned a Cessna 172 here.  It was was fun then, and fun now.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 July 2013 19:59
CanAero publishing Print E-mail

C-GKYGCanAero Publishing has a website with interesting information about their books, ebooks, and Canadian aviation generally.  You'll find some interesting slide shows and articles as well.  CanAero was known for publishing Aviation Canada magazine.  Check out Bob Baglow's CanAero site here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 21:15
Jack Wiegand world rounder Print E-mail

Jack WiegandJack Wiegand completed the trip of a lifetime in just 58 days. He planned to set a Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world.  He was in Iqaluit for a few days between May 6 and 10, 2013.  His stop here was a bit longer than expected, due to some bad luck with a forgotten passport.  But with that behind him, he set off to see the world and complete his mission.  You can check out Jack's trip on his website, his Facebook page, or his daily Blog.

He was flying a 2006 Mooney Ovation2 GX N432BG.  And he used the trip to raise funds for a couple of his favourite charities.  You'll find more about that on his webpage, along with a complete live track of his round the world flight.

The photo shows Jack in his immersion suit in front of Frobisher Bay Touchdown Services here at CYFB, Iqaluit, Nunavut, just before he headed off to Greenland for the next leg of his trip on May 10th. Clck on the photo to enlarge.


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 July 2013 22:11
Greenlight Worldflight Print E-mail

Greenlight WorldflightMatevž Lenarčič is attempting something few have tried.  He's flying an advanced ultralight from Slovenia to Iqaluit, over the north pole, and then back to Europe over the north Atlantic.

The project is called Greenlight Worldflight. It takes him through northern Europe, to Svalbard, Norway and over the pole. On the Canadian side, he landed at the Enivronment Canada weather station at Eureka, then on to Resolute Bay, Nunavut and arriving in  Iqaluit on May 7, 2013. After a few minor repairs, he left Iqaluit May 10th, heading south to St. John's Newfoundland. From there, he's following the path of Charles Lindbergh across the North Atlantic to Kerry, Ireland, and then back to Slovenia.  A remarkable trip.

And he's doing it in a small plane.  He's flying the Pipistrel Virus-SW in a standard configuration.  Along the way, he's planning to collect black carbon data for scientific analysis.

We're following his trip on the Greenlight Worldflight website tracking page, which is using real-time tracking data from Spidertracks. You'll find lots of great information about the trip on the Greenlight site.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 10:31
A visitor from the United Arab Emirates Print E-mail

A6-HMSThis Airbus A320-232 Prestige (A6-HMS) was in CYFB Iqaluit, Nunavut on April 23, 2013 to pick up Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates. He was in Nunavut on a polar bear hunting trip to the high Arctic. He visited Resolute and Grise Fiord earlier in the week.

A6-HMS is operated by the Dubai Royal Air Wing, the government airline of the UAE.

Polar Flight 90 Print E-mail

Polar Flight 90 logo The Polar Pumpkin has made to the north pole. Alaskan bush pilot Art Mortvedt achieved his goal of flying his 1980 Cessna A185F N90SN to the geographic north pole on April 6, 2012. Mortvedt is a veteran of many expeditions to Antarctica, and 6 seasons of scientific work on the northern polar ice pack.  He landed this plane at the south pole in 1999.

Mortvedlt  made it as far north as the Eureka weather station on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut in 2011.  But bad weather and the closing of the Russian Barneo ice station made it a bad idea to try the Eureka to 90 North trip that year. He has a detailed trip log posted on his website, including photos taken along the way.

He spent more time preparing for the flight and speaking about the trip in various places in the United States. Here's Art at Oshkosh explaining the story of the Polar Pumpkin.

His website features a flight log of this year's trip which took him from Alaska through the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut in Canada, and on to Barneo and the pole.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:47
PA-30 with a gear problem at CYFB Print E-mail

N8234YThis 1966 Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche N8234Y had a gear-up problem on landing at CYFB Iqaluit, Nunavut around 6pm local time on March 30, 2013.  The plane was up from the US, having just completed a leg from Kuujjuaq, Quebec. The owner reports that they had a good gear down indication on final, but the right gear was not fully locked when they landed. The other two landing gear collapsed during the landing.  He says it was  "actually not very dramatic, and the damage was light".  The plane skidded on its belly and came to a stop on the west edge of the runway..  Emergency crews were called out, but there was no fire or fuel leak.







N8234Y on the jack Local crews spent a number of hours trying to jack it up and get the gear to drop and lock.  This photo shows the work underway trying to get the plane back up on its wheels. The mishap closed the first 4,000 feet of the 8,500 Runway 34 for about a number of hours while the plane was moved, however most of the evening turbo-prop scheduled flights were able to land.

The plane remained here for a couple of seasons while the owner arranged for repairs.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:37
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