Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Award Celebration October 26, 2023
At our annual Silver Wings Industry and Scholarship Awards Celebration, we recognize outstanding achievements by British Columbians in the aviation and aerospace industry. We also award almost $100K in scholarships annually to aviation and aerospace students studying in BC – the largest program of its kind in Canada.
Please join us at our gala celebration for an inspiring evening of fine food, live entertainment, engaging awards ceremony, online auction, 50/50 draw, and superb networking opportunities. Visit our Silver Wings webpage to learn more about this event!
|Thursday, October 26th, 2023
|17:45 - 22:00
|Vancouver Convention Centre, F3-1055
|BCAC Member $142
|Low-Income Student or Recent Graduate $35
|Register at bit.ly/SW-23
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Air cadets from across the province graduate with pilot licence at Kamloops Airport
Fourteen air cadets graduated last week at the Kamloops Airport from the Power Pilot Training Course, which awards them their first pilot’s licence. More than 50 friends and family members gathered Friday at Fulton Field to celebrate the graduation. The Power Pilot Training Course is a seven-week course that helps cadets earn their pilot’s licence as well as their wings, which is a badge worn on their uniform.
Capt. Josh Burneau from the Regional Cadet Support Unit said two other graduations were taking place on Friday — one in Comox and another in Pitt Meadows. The graduates in Kamloops came from across B.C., including Comox, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta and Victoria.
One of the graduates, Cole Morris, said he hopes to continue on to military college or go to BCIT for aviation and eventually fly commercial planes.
“Overall, super proud," he said. "It was just a great experience."
Julian Glass, another graduate, plans to teach young cadets to fly in the future.
“I’m going to try to do Flying for Cadets, so I can fly cadets up there, get them familiar and hopefully they can come and do what I did,” Glass said. “I’m so relieved everything went well. Yeah, I am going to miss some of the guys, but I am sure we will find some way to see each other again.”
Lieut. Col. Ryan Kean, commanding officer in Cold Lake, Alta., travelled to Kamloops to present the new pilots their wings.
“I’m sure you are looking at all the effort and hard work and support that you needed to get you where you are today. The thing that I ask you to do the most is not only look back but look forward,” Kean said. "You will now always have an escape to the skies.”
(Source: Castanet.net, Mya Toews, Photo/Kamloops This Week)
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Abbotsford International Airport hits new annual passenger volume record
YXX closing in on cracking top ten passenger airports in Canada by pursuing low cost strategy. The airport is a Silver Level Silver Wings Sponsor.
With nine months of the year elapsed, Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) has already made a new all-time historic annual record for passenger volumes. A new annual record has already been created, but with three months still to go in 2023, the final tally is up in the air. In September 2023, YXX already surpassed its previous record of 1,008,716 passengers achieved in 2019.
As of this week, YXX is forecasting 1.2 million passengers by the end of 2023, which represents not only a full rebound from the pandemic but the surpassing of pre-pandemic volumes. If realized, this would be a year-over-year growth of about 21%.
The airport also came close to reaching pre-pandemic levels in 2022, when 992,712 passengers were recorded. YXX passenger volumes dropped to about 316,000 in 2020 and 511,400 in 2021 due to the pandemic.
The strong volumes in 2022 and 2023 represent a continuation of YXX’s strong growth in the years leading up to the pandemic. The airport’s annual passenger volumes climbed from 487,833 in 2015 to 842,212 in 2018, with the latter two years of this period seeing a year-over-year growth of 25%. This past summer, YXX saw up to 7,400 passengers daily.
“After a couple extremely challenging years for the air-travel industry, we are thrilled Abbotsford International Airport is having a record-breaking year,” said Ross Siemens, the mayor of Abbotsford and the chair of the Abbotsford Airport Authority, in a statement. YXX is owned and operated by the City of Abbotsford.
“Since opening in 1997, our airport has been a key asset for Abbotsford as the cultural and economic hub of the Fraser Valley. Its strategic location in one of the largest aerospace regions (including Washington State) in the world, and its world-class infrastructure make it an ideal hub for aviation activities and air travel.”
According to the airport authority, its strong growth can be attributed to not only the recovery of the global aviation industry but also YXX’s lack of an Airport Improvement Fee, which encourages airlines to increase capacity and provider lower fares through Abbotsford.
Airlines that currently serve YXX include WestJet, Swoop, and Flair Airlines. This past summer, YXX had non-stop routes to Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton, Kitchener, London (Ontario), Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.
(Source: Daily Hive/Urbanized, Kenneth Chan. Photo/YXX)
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