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CYFB - 100LL Print E-mail

The Iqaluit airport has received its annual shipment of 100LL AVGAS.  This year, the shipment was very late, due to an unusual concentration of sea ice at the inlet, which put cargo deliveries back by over a month, and caused the sealift companies to reschedule various shipments.  In a normal year,  the sealift ships arrive in early July.

The current price is $318.06 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 price/availability information: Uqsuq Corporation (+1 867 979-2855 or +1 867 979-1620. Fax +1 867 979-1628). Current price of JetA is $1.6448/litre. (Oct 15)

Current drum count: about 380 drums (Oct 19/15)

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. 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 Wednesday, 21 October 2015 08:13
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:

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
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