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Weekly Update - Issue 254 - Mar 16, 2019
Featured News

Carriers Absorb MAX Grounding



Air Canada and WestJet flight schedules appear to have recovered from the grounding of their Boeing 737 MAX fleets in the wake of the fatal crash in Ethiopia last Sunday. The grounding on Thursday took less than 10 percent of the carriers’ fleets out of service but because the new Boeings were concentrated on domestic routes there was considerable disruption in the first couple of days. By Saturday, there were few delays or cancellations being displayed by either airline. Sunwing also pulled its four leased MAX 8s from service about 12 before the order came from Transport Canada.

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Cirrus Highway Mishap At Buttonville

A spectacular mishap captured by a vehicle dash cam is highlighting the recent change of operations at Buttonville Airport. A Cirrus SR20 flown by a student and instructor was attempting a touch and go at the Toronto airport and tried to go around.

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Snowbank Damages 747 Engine

A Boeing 747 cargo plane will need engine and cowling repairs after an outboard engine hit a snowbank at Romeo Leblanc Moncton International Airport earlier this week. Damage will likely approach $2 million in the incident, which the carrier is blaming on the airport.

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Featured Reading
Big Joe McCarthy
The RCAF's American Dambuster

by Dave  Birrell

Signed by the Author

After training in Canada, Joe McCarthy completed a tour of operations with 97 Squadron before being personally selected by W/C Guy Gibson to fly on the Dambusters Raid. Joe continued with 617 for another 13 and a half months, participating in an additional 33 challenging and varying operations with this “special duty” squadron.

Following the war, Joe spent time with the RAF’s “Foreign Aircraft Flight” flying Nazi aircraft to the U.K. and evaluating them before completing his RCAF career in Canada.

The author has made extensive use of video and audio interviews recorded following Joe’s retirement.

A portion of the sale of this book will be donated to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada....... more

Featured Article
In Some Cases Surgery Can Help
Back Pain Blues

by Cameron Boyd M.D.


The 46-year-old RCAF CC150 Polaris pilot had just bent over to tie his shoe when he felt a sudden and severe pain in his right lower back and buttock. He had never before felt any similar lower back pain. Like most of us, he had felt intermittent lower back strains from time to time, but nothing like this. The pilot had no choice but to call the squadron and ask for some sick time as he didn’t see how he could function at work with this type of pain. ......... more


Video of the Week
Cirrus On A Dashcam

Dashcam video normally captures vehicle mishaps but when a Cirrus crosses the road, it makes for a spectacular video. The accident occurred at Buttonville and there were no serious injuries.

Aeryon Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)


Capture Of Aerial
Images & Data

Airport of the Week

Rimouski Airport, CYXK, is 3.3 km northeast of Rimouski, Quebec. It only handles mostly general aviation and cargo flights.

The Airport is an important asset for the development of the regional community. It provides a key service to the business aviation community as well as pilot training and sports and recreational activities related to aviation.

Rimouski Airport has over 2000 aircraft movements annually.

A new Airport Terminal was unveiled on October 1, 2005 following a major restoration of the airport facility. The Paul-Émile-Lapointe Terminal" was named in honor of one of the great pioneers of aviation in Quebec.

Paul-Émile Lapointe was born in 1922, in Saint-Éleuthère (today, Pohénégamook). He was a fighter pilot in the Second World War where he flew Spitfires in North Africa and Europe, He flew 211 combat missions.

In 1946, Paul-Émile Lapointe founded, with the Rimouski business community, the Gulf Aviation Union and Air Rimouski, which in 1953 became "Quebecair". The company grew to become the national carrier of the Quebec government in the 1980s.

Lapointe died in 1975. He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame and Aerospace in 2003.

The airport's legacy dates back to 1927 as the Department of National Defense began its construction of a terminus for the first Canadian Air Mail route.

The City of Rimouski acquired the airport by transfer agreement in 2002. Since then, the City of Rimouski has owned and managed the facility.

In 2017, the airport became a registered Canadian airport.

The 4,600 ft. long x 150 ft. wide paved runway can accommodate twin engine turbo-prop aircraft. It also has a "GPS" approach and two (2) Visual Glide Slope Indicator (PAPI) systems. The airport also has two hangars with a total of 12,000 sq ft. of storage capacity.


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