These changes are happening against the backdrop of the immediate economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming recession. “A lot of the regional and smaller airports are just hanging out by the fingernails,” he said.
Dave Frank, executive director of BC Aviation Council, struck a comparable note in his often candid assessment and critiques of government policy.
“Everybody in this room should be right pissed off at the federal government’s airport capital assistance program,” he said. “They only invest $38 million a year into small airports for the entire country, which is about one-third of what is required. And if you come from a community without scheduled passenger service, you don’t even qualify. That is totally against supporting air ambulance services, emergency response, fire suppression, tourism development, remote and Indigenous community service, economic development (and) spatial justice.”
This approach by the federal government should upset small-town mayors, he said. “What it means is that if your small airport doesn’t have scheduled passenger service, it is crumbling and it’s living off depreciation and the end of life is happening out there.”
By contrast, he praised the British Columbia Air Access Program for supporting airport enhancements. “You are an idiot if you don’t plug into that program for your airport.”
That said, Frank noted larger airports are not immune, and added it’s amazing the aviation industry made it through COVID.
“Eighty-seven per cent of its business disappeared for basically two years,” he said. “Airports have no balance sheets left. They have no cash in the bank. And yet the federal government still charges exorbitant rents … If you believe our thesis, that airports and aviation are the most powerful socio-economic development infrastructure out there, why do we nickel and dime to it death?”
Beynon and Frank made these comments during a clinic that also included presentations from Walt Judas, chief executive officer of the Tourism Association of B.C., and Rose Klukas, economic development manager for the City of Campbell River.
Judas stressed the importance of air travel for provincial tourism while Klukas identified the city’s airport as an important engine of local growth.
Audience members had heard earlier from Frank that Vancouver International Airport contributed $20.2 billion to total economic output before the pandemic. COVID-19 then led to the cancelation of a capital project worth $8 billion. “It hardly made a ripple in the news,” he said, adding the total economic output of Vancouver International Airport is twice as great as the Port of Vancouver.
But if YVR is the keystone, Frank said the importance of provincial airports and the aviation industry extends beyond scheduled passenger service. They include the aerospace industry in small communities like Powell River and centres like Kelowna, educational and flight training facilities, general aviation, corporate aviation, and air ambulance airports.
November Hangar Hangout at Helijet (YVR)
Join us today, November 24th, 2022, from 1800-2000 hrs for our fifth in-person casual get-together. We are excited to announce that Helijet will be hosting us again for a second year. The first scheduled helicopter service in Canada was launched by Helijet in 1986 and is now perhaps the world's largest service of its type. Helijet will be displaying their helicopter and Learjet air ambulances.
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.
Special thanks to Helijet for opening their hangar doors to us to hold this exciting event!
This event is free and open to all. Donations to the BCAC's growing Scholarship Fund and other Services/Programs are encouraged and graciously accepted. Tax receipts will be issued for any personal donations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please Note: Space is limited so please register for this free event at: http://bit.ly/HH1122
Beaver aircraft stamp fails to take off with Canadian aviators
It was meant to honour the De Havilland Beaver, a Canadian aviation workhorse, but a small stamp is causing a big upheaval in Canadian aviation circles.
Canada Post unveiled the new stamp to much acclaim on Oct. 13th, 2022, as part of its Canadians in Flight series, honouring the country’s achievements in aviation. The Crown corporation even sent its chief executive to British Columbia to mark the event. Victoria-based Viking Air (De Havilland) owns the plans and tools used to build the Beaver and, crucially, spare parts. But sharp-eyed aviation historians noticed a flaw. The aircraft pictured on the stamp bears the markings N995SP – an American registration owned by Sportsman’s Air Service, based in Anchorage, Alaska.
“(The plane) originally came out of Canada. It was picked up there as a wreck,” said owner Joe Schuster, who refurbished the plane in the 1990s and still flies it more than 500 hours a year ferrying tourists, hunters, and outdoors enthusiasts to hard-to-reach destinations. “It flies slow, rarely gets over 1,000 feet elevation, and carries a big payload.”
The Beaver was the first all-metal bush plane designed and built in Canada, with 1,692 manufactured between 1947 and 1968. It still holds the record as the bestselling Canadian aircraft. More than 700 are still flying, including 14 in regular passenger service on the B.C. coast with Vancouver-based Harbour Air. READ MORE
(Source: Global News, Brett Ballah)
Elk Valley Air Cadet soars high
Local cadet, Sgt Kamryn Rawles is working to obtain a pilot’s licence
This summer 16-year-old cadet Sgt Kamryn Rawles had the opportunity to obtain a pilot’s license to fly a glider. She attended the 7-week Glider Pilot Training Course in Trenton, ON.
“There’s no way to describe the feeling of flying a glider on your own. The exhilaration you get when you think the only thing keeping you 3 thousand feet in the air is the glider and your skills” says Rawles.
Sgt Rawles has been a member of 279 Elk Valley Air Cadets for 4 years and has just started her 5th year. She has been working towards the goal of obtaining a pilot’s license by participating in weekly training and additional ground school training. Cadets can apply for courses, such as the Glider Pilot Training Course once they meet the requirements. There is a knowledge exam, interview and review of the cadets’ training and school records.
“It was overwhelming to say the least. The skills and professionalism of the instructors was phenomenal and the experience and knowledge I gained inspired me.” Says Rawles, “The days were long, both mentally and physically challenging, but the summer really seemed to fly by.” READ MORE
(Source: The Free Press, Sherri Shaw)
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Cathy Press Honoured at the Inspire Gala by Elevate Aviation
Our very own Vice-Chair, Cathy Press, Owner and CEO of Chinook Helicopters, was recently honoured at the Inspire Gala hosted by Elevate Aviation, an organization that provides a platform for women to thrive and succeed through aviation.
Elevate Aviation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta.
"With programs all across Canada, we are creating a shift in the aviation industry. Research and polls from a variety of demographics across Canada, prove that the largest barrier to female entry into aviation is simply lack of awareness. How can something so simple have caused such a massive gender gap in an industry? This gap not only denies women options for economic security, but it has also been identified as a cause of a labour shortage that the industry is facing.
So, what are we doing about it? We introduce women and youth to careers in aviation through our many programs including tours, speaking engagements, mentorship, webinars, and our Elevate Aviation Learning Centre. We partner with Canada’s leaders in aviation to promote their companies, unique careers, and the industry as a whole. Each and every one of our programs are targeted at moving the needle in the industry." (Elevate Aviation)
Airport gets new managing director
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Vantage Airport Group announced Carolyn Turner as the North Peace Regional Airport’s (YXJ) new Managing Director. According to the contractor, Turner has over 25 years of industry experience.
“I am pleased to be joining the YXJ team and North Peace community in this role,” she said in a release.
Turner arrives in the Peace region after working at CAE Inc.’s Military Aviation Training subsidiary and her private aviation consulting services firm, Whirlybird Business Services.
Her career began with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, where she earned pilot licenses to fly gliders and fixed-wing aircrafts (sic), which are propeller-driven or jet engine powered and have wings that do not move.
Through Canadore College, Turner furthered her experience by earning a commercial helicopter pilot license, and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she continued her industry-related education.
According to Vantage, Turner has also provided procurement, project, and contract management support for Bombardier Aerospace and CAE’s Military Aviation Training division and its NATO Flying Training in Canada program. She worked with airport authorities of Moose Jaw Municipal Airport, Regina International Airport, and the Central Deicing Facility at Toronto Pearson International. Turner also worked for Fireweed Helicopters in Dawson City, Yukon and the Air Operations section of the Yukon Government’s Wildland Fire Management department.
Vantage Airport Group says she is a member of Women in Aviation International, Canadian Women in Aviation, and Women in Defense & Security, where she was reportedly named a 2021 Emerging Leader for encouraging women to pursue careers in aviation, engineering and technology.
Vantage Airport Group oversees the operation of the North Peace Regional Airport under an agreement with the North Peace Airport Society.
(Source: www.energeticcity.ca, Shailynn Foster)
Save the Date. BCAC Conference, Prince George, June 5-7, 2023!
We are pleased to announce the dates for the next annual BCAC Conference. It will take place in Prince George, BC, ("Base camp to the North" and home to YXS) from Monday, June 5th to Wednesday, June 7th at the "Courtyard by Marriott" hotel.
We'll provide you with more information as we get closer to the date including the conference theme, agenda, list of speakers, menu of local activities and events, as well as hotel and travel partner recommendations, so mark your calendars and stay tuned! Questions or Sponsorships? Ask Dave!
(Photo: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects and Designers)
Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter
The latest Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter is appended to this edition of Frequent Flyer in PDF format. An important reminder that our industry needs to always reinforce its Safety Culture! (Photo: Gary Deol)
Transport, Mobility, Logistics, Supply Chain: Developing Talent for Tomorrow's World
The Pacific Chapter (CILTNA) is pleased to invite you to an in-person reception and presentation featuring Mr. Chad Rolstad, CP’s VP Human Resources and Chief Culture Officer.
When Monday, November 28, 2022 , 4:30 pm PT – Registration
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm PT – Reception/Presentation
Where Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6
Cost CILTNA Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $25.00, Students: Free
Sponsored by: SHL (SULMONA Holdings Inc.) SHL will announce a permanent endowed Award at UBC in mobility studies… Exciting details to follow at our event.
Coast Dog Press (CDP) edits the would-be self-publishing author's text and designs the book’s cover and the typography including scanning of photos etc. We create what is referred to as the "pre-press" files from which any printer in the world can print. We then work with our printer-contractor who generates a physical proofing copy, which allows for any last-minute changes before performing the pressrun in the numbers selected by the client.
From our website you will note that most of our titles are maximum 8.25 inches square in softcover and do they exceed 500 grams in weight. This allows for mailing at a special five dollars plus change anywhere in Canada—beats parcel post rates, which are four times that price. Also, a $39 dollar book cannot afford a $1000 dollar magazine advertisement, but ten or twelve authors can share that cost and benefit in sales from the ad exposure.
We now offer an optional fulfillment service to assist the client in book sales. Coast Dog operates as an umbrella publisher for our combined self-publishing authors. Bookstores and individual readers prefer to deal with one source rather than with each author, most of whom do not have a marketing system in place.
We have performed this work to date for 25 professional aviators and welcome your enquiry.