IN-PERSON ONLY! BCAC's February Hangar Hangout February 23rd @ 6pm-8pm, Chinook Helicopters
Welcome to Hangar Hangout, BCAC’s Youth Engagement Committee's monthly aviation and aerospace community initiative! Here you’ll have an opportunity to connect and converse with fellow aviation enthusiasts and professionals in the BC aviation and aerospace community.
Join us on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, from 6pm-8pm for our seventh IN-PERSON casual get-together. We are excited to announce that this event will be held at Chinook Helicopters. This will be a nice change of scenery for those that mainly work in the YVR area. Chinook Helicopters is one of the world's leading flight training facilities that offers both rotary and fixed wing training. You won’t want to miss out on the guided hangar tour & aircraft static displays! There will be time towards the end of the evening to ask any questions you may have.
BCAC's intention is to create an inclusive, friendly, and inviting environment for everyone to meet new people, socialize, and connect in the “hangar” setting we’ve all been missing.
Chinook Helicopters - Abbotsford Airport (YXX)
30720 Rotor Drive, Abbotsford, BC
This event is free and open to all. Donations to BCAC's growing Scholarship Fund and other Services/Programs are graciously accepted. Tax receipts will be issued for any personal donations.
Special thanks to Chinook Helicopters for opening their hangar doors to us to hold this exciting event!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hangar Hangout January
On Tuesday, January 10th, the BCAC Hangar Hangout took place at the Elibird Aero facility at the Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB) in Delta, BC. This Hangar Hangout coincided with the launch of Elibird Aero - an aero tech company that is 100% Indigenous woman-owned and led by former BCAC board member Teara Fraser, Founder and Chief Pilot of Iskwew Air.
The event was well-attended by people of all ages, and delicious refreshments were provided by Elibird Aero. Numerous Indigenous arts and craft vendors occupied booths throughout the hangar, drawing interest from everyone.
An audio-visual presentation kept attendees informed and entertained.
For more information about Elibird Aero and their trailblazing path to advanced air mobility, please visit http://www.elibirdaero.ca/. Our sincere thanks to Elibird Aero for hosting our sixth in-person Hangar Hangout!
From Student to Immigrant? Multi-step Pathways to Permanent Residence
This data briefing explores the immigration pathways of international students in Canada and how to improve access to permanent residence for international students.
- The number of international students in Canada doubled between 2000–01 and 2009–10. The pace of growth has accelerated further since 2010.
- But Canada lacks a strategy to coordinate between granting study permits and selecting international students for immigration.
- Study alone is rarely enough to make international students eligible for permanent residence. Of international students who gained permanent residence, 88 per cent had multiple temporary visas before transitioning to permanent residence.
- Multi-permit immigration pathways mean international students spend long periods in Canada without permanent residence, which can increase their vulnerability to exploitation by employers or losing their immigration status.
- International student enrollment in college/certificate programs is growing quickly, but students at this level of study have few purpose-built immigration opportunities.
READ MORE in the attached PDF
(Source/Photo: The Conference Board of Canada, Kathryn Dennler)
After School: Keeping International Students In-Province
This research examines whether international students remain in their province of study after their first study permit and how provincial governments can increase retention in the province of study.
- The number of new international students nearly tripled from 2010 to 2019.
- Five times more new international students got a study permit for college/certificate programs in 2019 than in 2010.
- One year after the expiration of their first study permit, most international students who remained in Canada are in the province where they studied, with the highest retention in Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta.
- Former international students who are employed in Canada three years after their study permit expires tend to work in the province where they studied.
(Source: The Conference Board of Canada, Kathryn Dennler)
Travel to the U.S. from YVR just got faster
US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) has introduced Mobile Passport Control, an app that will speed up your journey to the U.S. from YVR.
Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is a new app from US CBP that allows travelers to submit information digitally prior to moving through the border process, helping speed up the departures experience from YVR for those traveling to the U.S. The MPC app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store and Google Play .
You do not need pre-approval to use the MPC app. After downloading the app, you’ll create a profile with your name, gender, date of birth, country of citizenship, and passport information. When going through US Customs before a flight at YVR, travelers will select Vancouver International Airport, take a photo of themselves, and answer CBP inspection-related questions on the app.
Once you submit your information through the app, you’ll receive an electronic receipt with an encrypted QR code, which you will show to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the US.
Travelers using the MPC app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk. They will still be processed by a CBP officer but will be directed to a specific processing lane for a streamlined entry process. A single household can submit the same MPC form on the app, which further streamlines the process for families traveling together.
As a result, travelers may experience shorter wait times, less congestion and efficient processing. If you have questions, please visit USCBP’s Mobile Passport Control FAQ page.
(Source: YVR Stories Blog, Photo: YVR)
Nanaimo airport makes the finals for international marketing award
The Nanaimo airport (YCD) has received some international recognition for its efforts to help connect people from coast to coast. The airport was a finalist for the Airport Council International award for excellence in airport marketing, communications, and customer experience for their summer promotional campaign connecting the west and east coasts.
Nanaimo Airport partnered with Halifax Standfield International Airport for a contest to connect travelers as restrictions were eased in early 2022 as part of their #Reconnect with Canada Coast-to-Coast campaign.
The grand prize was a six-night trip to Vancouver Island, which was won in a random draw by a nurse working in a COVID ward, who used the prize to take a honeymoon with her husband from Halifax to Vancouver Island.
Dave Devana, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Commission, said they wanted to symbolize all of Canada reconnecting post-COVID restrictions, with Halifax to Nanaimo being an easy one-stop flight connecting the coasts.
“We’re thrilled to be nominated for the impact we made on Canadians from the Atlantic Ocean to the Salish Sea and then onto the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of the Island,” Devana said. “We worked closely with Halifax Airport and our airline partners to continue to expand the traveling choices for the communities we serve.”
Halifax and Nanaimo were the smallest airports to be nominated and make it to the finals for the North America reward. The eventual winner was Vancouver and Sea-Tac (Seattle), and a Milwaukee and Denver combination, all airports with much larger promotions budgets.
(Source: Namaimo News Now, Photo: mcfarlane biggar architects + designers)
Hangar Hangout at Helijet - November 22
Many thanks to our hosts Danny Sitnam, President and CEO of Helijet, for hosting last month's Hangar Hangout at the Helijet terminal at YVR. We had a great turnout and everyone had a fun and informative time. Check out our Events Calendar for the next Hangar Hangout event!
Flair Airlines expands fleet, adds routes, including Victoria and Comox
As Canada’s largest airlines struggle amid COVID-19 pandemic, an Edmonton-based discount carrier with ambitious expansion plans has been looking for opportunities that include Victoria and Comox.
Flair Airlines — which bills itself as an ultra-low-cost carrier offering unbundled, bare-bones fares — announced Tuesday it is increasing the size of its fleet and expanding its service to new destinations in Canada and the U.S. The airline said it will add four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in the spring of 2022.
This brings Flair’s total aircraft count to 16, and will allow the airline to expand its route offerings by 33 per cent. Flair will launch service this spring to new destinations including San Francisco, Nashville and Denver.
Its new routes serving Vancouver Island are:
• Victoria-Toronto, once a week starting May 7, 2022
• Victoria-Kelowna, three times a week starting May 16, 2022
• Comox-Calgary, three times a week starting March 29, 2022
• Comox-Edmonton, three times a week starting March 29, 2022
A privately held company, Flair launched in 2004 as a charter operator and transitioned to scheduled service three years ago. But it’s only been in the last 12 months — a period that coincided with a collapse in demand for air travel due to the pandemic — that Flair has been aggressively pursuing growth plans, stating that it wants to grow its fleet to 50 aircraft within the next five years.
In an interview, Flair chief executive Stephen Jones said the pandemic has been an opportunity for his company. Flair has been able to scoop up experienced pilots who have been laid off from major airlines. It has also been able to negotiate good deals with airports that suffered service reductions when major airlines slashed their routes in response to COVID-19. READ MORE
(Source: Times Colonist, Amanda Stephenson, Photo: Flair Airlines)
B.C. residents may want to continue using the ArriveCAN app. Here's why.
If you found Canada's ArriveCAN app frustrating to use, you are not alone. Numerous travelers have expressed frustration about having to submit their information to the app before they return to Canada, with several of them celebrating Canada's decision to make it optional. But the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) says travelers can save time at the border by continuing to use the app.