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Operation Nanook 2016, Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation, began on Sunday, August 21, 2016, and will occur in three locations across the North.
Drones are about to be added to the fire fighting arsenal of the B.C. Wildfire Service. Spokeswoman Erin Catherall says the service has conducted two seasons of trials and is ready to put the remotely controlled aircraft to work. | READ MORE
After four years and about 1.8 million hours of work, SaskPower has completed a $330 million transmission line project that promises to improve power reliability in northern Saskatchewan. | READ MORE
The United States Army Contracting Command (ACC), based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, has awarded GE Aviation a $102M, 24-month contract leading to a Preliminary Design Review of its GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP).
Alpine Aerotech has announced that it has officially secured European Aviation Safety Agency approval for its Bell 429 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)  has published a set of proposals to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. These rules are contained in so-called Part-MED, which covers aviation safety rules related to the medical aspect and fitness of aircrews.
Helijet’s $104-million contract to operate air ambulances in B.C. is in danger of being cancelled because of Transport Canada safety concerns. Helijet International Inc. has stopped landing air ambulances on helipads at several major B.C. hospitals. Instead, the medevac helicopters are going to airports or the heliport on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. | READ MORE
Pilots manning the Saskatoon Police Service's Air Support Unit have been named the top aviation team in North America. On July 22 in Savannah, Ga., Sgt. Wade Bourassa and Const. Kristopher Kluz received the Aviation Law Enforcement Association's (ALEA) Operator of the Year award for their service manning Air1, the Saskatoon Police Service's Air Support Unit (ASU). | READ MORE
After West Kelowna residents complained about the noise from his helicopter company's work drying cherry trees, Valhalla Helicopters general manager Blair Savege is firing back. | READ MORE
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing.
Ontario's EMS helicopter pilots have been assisting Ontario residents in need for decades, and to celebrate 35 years of EMS excellence, the Sudbury EMS community gathered to mark this important milestone.
Emergency helicopters in two Canadian cities reported eerily close encounters with drones, prompting authorities to issue warnings Friday.
Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. has announced it has validated additional STCs with the FAA for the AW139 in VIP configuration. Previously the STCs were validated with EASA.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters to be used for transport and EMS missions.
Residents of West Kelowna, B.C, are calling on the city to enforce noise bylaws to keep helicopters from flying close to their homes in the early hours of the morning. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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