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US approves $8.5 billion sale of Chinook helicopters to Germany

Biden administration approves an $8.5 billion sale of Chinook helicopters to NATO ally Germany.

Open burning banned across B.C. to curb human caused wildfires

BC Wildfire Service says large open burning will be banned across the province to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Smoky conditions remain in much of Alberta with continued heat, dryness expected

Special air quality statements from Environment Canada continue to cover most of Alberta.

Air quality expert says risks underestimated as wildfire smoke descends across B.C.

An air-quality expert says not everyone seems aware of the serious health hazards posed by smoky skies.

Fort St. John, B.C., breathes easier as wildfire evacuation alert is lifted

More than 1,300 properties in area of northeastern British Columbia remain under an evacuation order.

Wildfires, disasters underscore need for mutual aid agreements between Indigenous Nations in Alberta

Lac La Biche setting an example of how to develop mutual aid agreements to benefit region.

France moves to ban smoking in woodlands to combat growing risk of mega fires

French lawmakers vote to ban smoking in all forests and woods during the fire season.

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Erickson S-64F certified for NVG operations

An Erickson Air Crane helicopter was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for night vision goggle operation, targeting tactical planning and agility in aerial firefighting and a variety of civil protection operations. » 

VSR700 tested at sea in full operational configuration

Airbus tests the unmanned aerial system VSR700 for the first time in an operational configuration from a ship at sea, performing 80 fully autonomous take-offs and landings from a civil vessel equipped with a helicopter deck. » 

WestJet starts to cancel flights as pilot strike looms, negotiations in stalemate

WestJet on Thursday started to cancel flights as talks with pilots’ union remained at “critical impasse". » 

Massive gap’ between WestJet, pilots’ union as strike looms and bookings fall: CEO

WestJet CEO discusses gap between airline’s offer to pilots and the union’s counter-proposal. » 

Travel, tourism sectors set for major recovery this year

Canada's travel and tourism sector is poised for a big post-pandemic rebound. » 

Heroux Devtek reports Q4 profit down from year ago, sales up

Heroux-Devtek reports a fourth-quarter profit of $6.3 million, down from $11.5 million a year earlier. » 

Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation rose to 4.4 per cent in April

The annual pace of inflation rose in April for the first time since it peaked in June last year. » 

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 0.7 per cent in March

Manufacturing boosted by gains in the motor vehicle, aerospace product and parts, and primary metal industries. » 

TSB reports on fatal floatplane accident near Rivière Bonnard Aerodrome

September 2022 fatal collision with terrain following in-flight separation of left wing of a Wag-Aero Sportsman. » 


Vertical Flight Society Forum 79

May 16 – 18, 2023
Location: West Palm Beach, FL

4th Annual Aerial Firefighting Conference

October 26, 2023
Location: KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence, Kelowna, BC

HAC 28th Annual Conference & Trade Show

November 6 – 10, 2023
Location: Vancouver, BC

ATAC Canadian Aviation Conference and Tradeshow

November 14 – 16, 2023
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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