December 30, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Electrical problem, Aerodrome - visual aids)

The crew of an aircraft inbound to Stony Rapids reported that the airport ARCAL system, which operates the runway lights, was not working. The airport manager was advised and a NOTAM was issued until 10/12/31/1800.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that Regina FSS notified the Stony Rapids APM at 1430z that the ARCAL was unserviceable. The Airport Manager immediately initiated the process to locate and determine the cause and an electrician was flown in from Prince Albert for emergency repair of the underground electrical cable broke due to frost action. At 2125z the ARCAL was returned to service. The Airport Operator has applied for ACAP funding to upgrade the lighting system at Stony Rapids.

July 18, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - other)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that Nav Canada operates the RAAS and AWOS which are not connected to the airport lighting system or to the manual backup lighting system. The intent of this backup system is during power outage to supply power for PAPI and light operations. The power was completely restored by 19:00 local time. An automatic backup power plant is included in the ACAP application for airport surfacing and electrical rehabilitation.
Regina FSS reported a power failure at Stony Rapids, exact time unknown. The outage was detected at 2044z when an aircraft was observed on radar departing CYSF without obtaining an advisory. CYQR FSS was unable to establish radio contact. A telephone call by CYQR to ZWG TOC confirmed the loss of power in the CYSF area. No estimated repair time available. The power failure involved the total interruption of RAAS and VAS services at CYSF. Number of aircraft and vehicles affected is uncertain but at the time of this report, there were 20+ IFR and VFR aircraft observed on radar arriving and departing from CYSF airport and the CKW5 waterbase. CYWG FIC reported the loss of 126.7 FISE from the same time onward. The power loss resulted in a progressive failure of the CYSF AWOS and at the time of filing, icing, precipitation, wind velocity and visibility sensors were not reporting. It is not known why the airport's backup power system failed to operate.

May 21, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Upon landing at Stony Rapids, the pilot of a Piper Navajo reported two dogs on Runway 06/24. The Airport Manager was informed.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the APM investigated and was informed by the flight crew that two dogs went into the bush on the north side of the runway, and he was unable to locate the dogs. Regina FSS was advised. Long term CAP is airport perimeter fencing through ACAP.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.

February 10, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

Airport Supervisor reported the incident to RCMP. Immediate CAP are temporary piles of large snow banks at access points to prevent entry. Any trespassers that are caught will be charged. Airport staff will monitor for snowmobile activity regularly. The long term CAP is to apply for funding through ACAP for complete perimeter fencing of the airport.
Pilot reported snowmobile crossing runway while on final R24. Snowmobile vacated runway and aircraft landed safely. Pilot remarked there were numerous snowmobile tracks alongside the runway.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.

January 14, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

UPDATE The incident had not been reported to Airport Authority, but it was confirmed that RCMP had received notification. Immediate CAP are temporary snow banks at identified access points to deterrent from entry. Long term CAP is to apply for funding through ACAP for complete perimeter fencing of the airport.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.
C-FAAF, a Transwest Air Piper Navajo, landed at Stony Rapids at 0221z on January 14 and the pilot reported two snowmobiles crossed Runway 06/24 when he was approximately 500 feet back on final approach for Runway 24. Once he was down, the snowmobiles started travelling on the runway. Stony Rapids RCMP was contacted, but it is not known if the drivers were identified.

January 15, 2010

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Aerodrome - other)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.
The crew of a departing aircraft at Stony Rapids reported a snowmobile approximately 30 feet from the runway on the extended centreline.

February 9, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - operations)

NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) reported that the airfield lighting panel was unserviceable for approximately 20 minutes. During this period, partial control of airfield lighting was lost. Ops. impact - none. ***Note:*** As per CADOR 2009O0250, an Aerodrome Safety Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that this has been an on-going problem that has been traced to a power cable which was not updated when a new lighting panel was recently installed under the ACAP program. An agreement has been reached to update to a new fibre optic cable which should alleviate the problem.

February 7, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - other)

NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) F.S.S. reported that the airfield lighting and control panel failed. The computer was re-booted to re-establish communications. Control of the airfield lighting was lost for approximately six (6) minutes. The APO was notified. Ops. impact -- none (as the lights activated three (3) minutes before the next inbound aircraft arrived). ***Note:*** As per CADOR 2009O0250, an Aerodrome Safety Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that this has been an on-going problem that has been traced to a power cable which was not updated when a new lighting panel was recently installed under the ACAP program. An agreement has been reached to update to a new fibre optic cable which should alleviate the problem.

February 5, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - operations)

NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) F.S.S. reported that airport lighting panel had failed and the airport lights were unable to be illuminated. The flight crews of one (1) inbound aircraft (C-GKPX) and one (1) departing aircraft (VAL795M) were advised of the situation. The lighting panel was rebooted normally. C-GKPX landed and VAL795M departed. Both aircraft were delayed eight (8) minutes. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aerodrome Safety [2009/02/06]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that this has been an on-going problem that has been traced to a power cable which was not updated when a new lighting panel was recently installed under the ACAP program. An agreement has been reached to update to a new fibre optic cable which should alleviate the problem.

August 23, 2008

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Diversion, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - other, Aerodrome - operations)

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aerodrome Safety [2008/08/26]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) spoke with the Airport General Manager about this (as this was the fourth electrical issue in the recent past). The CASI was advised that the problem is with the new lighting control that was installed under ACAP. A teleconference with the lighting manufacturer was planned to discuss the problem. Apparently any little electrical interference or passing electrical storm will knock the control off with the result that the runway lights have to be turned on manually at the FEC. This requires the F.S.S. staff to call out the on-call airport representative who then has to drive out from town to re-set the lights.
NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) F.S.S. reported that the runway lighting panel was unserviceable as of 0258Z. One (1) inbound aircraft (WSG2933) diverted to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) due to the unavailability of runway lights at Sioux Lookout Airport. The airport authority advised that the runway lights were on setting 1 as of 0405Z. Sioux Lookout F.S.S. staff do not have control of runway lighting settings. Ops. impact -- unknown.

August 6, 2008

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

The Wasaya Airways Limited Cessna C-208B aircraft (operating as WSG128) was on a VFR flight from Deer Lake Airport (CYVZ) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). WSG128 executed a missed approach due to deer on the runway at Red Lake (CYRL) at 1958Z. The aircraft landed safely at 2003Z.
UPDATE From the Airport Aurthority. The area of the airport was checked and no deer found. They are taking steps to prevent wildlife from coming on airport property including keeping the grass cut short, cutting the brush in the vicinity of the runway and many runways checks carried out daily. They are currently working on an ACAP application with other Northern Ontraio airports for perimeter fencing.

August 10, 2008

Incident at LLOYDMINSTER AB (CYLL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the APM reported that a big storm went through Lloydminster with lots of thunder and lighting which caused a two hour power outage. The weather was so severe that it scared a horse which was on a ranch in a wooden coral about a mile or so from the airport. The horse ran or jumped the coral and because the powered fence was down, he was on the lose. The horse decided to hold up at the airport workshop (maintenance building). A farmer who was bailing hay at the airport saw the horse and tried to catch him which was how the horse got onto the runway. Both FSS personnel and the farmer called the APM. The APM Lariat in hand was able to catch the horse and lead it back to his home. Once he established who owned the horse the APM returned it to the owners. This event did not cause any interruption of air traffic although it did liven up for a while at least a rather slow Sunday at the Lloydminster Airport. The APM is still trying to get fencing through T/C ACAP funding.
Lloydminster FSS staff observed a horse on the runway. The APM was called and removed the animal from the field about an hour later at 2049z.

March 11, 2008

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

While taxiing for departure at Stony Rapids, the pilot of a National Aviation Piper Navajo reported a snowmobile crossing the threshold of Runway 24. No vehicle traffic had been reported to Regina FSS.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the aerodrome at Stony Rapids does not have a security fence around the airport boundaries, it is difficult if not impossible to prevent motorized snow machines from accessing the airport/runway. The type and colour of the snowmobile nor it's operator were identified. This event had no operational impact.

March 30, 2007

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aerodrome Safety [2007/04/03]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that Kenora Airport has an on-going deer problem which they are dealing with. The new (2005) F.S.S. building provides the NAV CANADA staff with a good view of the airport property (including entries by deer onto it) and they are notifying airport staff during working hours. Airport staff have recently completed an Airport Wildlife Management Plan which is being sent to Transport Canada for review. Airport management will be applying for ACAP funding for a wildlife fence. Airport staff are working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources staff on approved deer deterrent methods.
The 2080061 Ontario Inc. (operating as Skycare Air Ambulance) Cessna C-441 aircraft was on a VFR flight from Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) to Kenora Airport (CYQK). The aircraft was on final for runway 26 when the flight crew initiated an overshoot due to the presence of deer on the runway threshold. The aircraft subsequently landed on runway 08 without incident after the deer had run off (at 1831Z). Ops. impact -- unknown.

June 3, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Whitecourt FSS reported that a deer crossed the runway just as an aircraft touched down requiring hard braking action by the pilot of CRC 684, an Air Tractor.
UPDATE AS reported that the Whitecourt airport is a registered aerodrome and as such does not qualify for ACAP funding. The airport is used as a year round helicopter and fixed wing training facility and because of its paved 5800 foot runway Numerous forest fire fighting aircraft are based there in the summer months. The APM reported that the city of Whitecourt has allocated $186.000 for an 8 foot security and wildlife fencing . The fence will incorporate a three strand barbwire crown which will angle outwards at a 45 degree angle. This project was to have started on the 25th of June. A deer culling program was initiated after this occurrence and will remain in effect until the fencing is up.

March 3, 2007

Incident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety advised that the APM reports that the coyote problems continue to be an issue. The airport does not have a security fence although an application for funding via the ACAP program has been submitted to the PNR Regional Office for review and consideration. The Alberta Bird and Wildlife branch has a culling program in effect at a bordering sheep farm which seems to be reducing the number of coyote sightings on the airport property. No other aircraft were affected by this event.
A coyote crossed the runway at Peace River as GLR 772 was departing.

February 22, 2007

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - vehicle, Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

After landing on Runway 06/24 at Stony Rapids, the pilot of C-FCCE reported pedestrians and snowmobiles towing sleds up and down the south side of the runway. RCMP advised.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ACAP funding approval was included in the long term Corrective Action Plans to reduce runway incursions. As the ACAP was rejected, the CAP has been revoked and the airport will continue the Control of Unauthorized Access in accordance with the current process.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the RCMPolice are investigating this occurrence. PNR. Airdromes & Air Navigation division has suggested to the airport operator (Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation Branch) that an airport safety announcement be made via public radio broadcast with CBC at La Ronge regarding the dangers of this type of activity. The snow machines and sleds are believed to be owned by local trappers who by using the airport are taking a short cut to their trap lines.

July 26, 2006

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH) (Security acts, Incursion - runway - vehicle, Conflict - potential)

At 1900z, the FSS Specialist at Thompson was delivering a clearance to the crew of CAV 7794, a departing Saab 340, when he observed a vehicle following the aircraft down the runway. The Specialist made a broadcast for the vehicle to identify itself or if anyone knew who it was. The Specialist informed the flight crew that a vehicle was following the aircraft down the runway. and contacted the driver of an airport vehicle to proceed onto Runway 05/23 to determine why the vehicle was there. The unknown vehicle followed CAV 7794 to the threshold of Runway 05 and stopped in the turnaround area. ST 24 caught up to the vehicle and disabled it by taking the keys. CAV 7794 departed with only a minimal delay and CAV 7509 landed with no delay. ST 41 then proceeded to the threshold of Runway 05 where they apprehended the unknown vehicle and the operator. The vehicles then returned to the ramp and called the RCMP to deal with the matter.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the driver of the vehicle entered the airside apron area on the north side of the field. Although there is security fencing on the north side the fence is located on the south side of the access road it front of the hangars. The solution for tenant entry which are gates is also the problem. The gates are opened and very rarely closed except at night or once air operations have been finished for the night. So once the individual was airside he elected to follow the aircraft (CALM Air flight CAV7794 a Saab 340) out onto the runway expecting it would appear to catch a flight. Staff from the Thompson Airport Authority were able to defuse a potentially threatening and hazardous situation and turn the matter over to the RCMPolice. It was reported that the individual appeared intoxicated however it was later revealed that he was going through a personal crisis and had neglected to take his medication. There were no charges laid. This event caused only a minor delay to one departing aircraft. The airport authority have applied for funding to change the North side fencing issue under ACAP (Airports Capital Assistance Program)

April 8, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the APM at Whitecourt reported that the deer although inside the airport's boundary were never closer than 400 feet from runway 11/29. Since the aerodrome is registered and not certified the airport operator (woodlands county) does not qualify for ACAP funding. The Town of Whitecourt have applied to the provincial government for a $90:000 grant which would be used to re-fence their airport boundaries with an 8 foot high barbed wire crown fence. The fence would certainly reduce deer numbers accessing the airport more improtantly it would restrict elk(which because of their size are a much more serious threat to aviation safety than the smaller deer) from gaining the airport proper. Once the ground thaws fencing repairs at the airport will begin. In the mean time the APM continues to cull the deer and has increased the number of airport patrols. This event did not cause any reported interruption of air traffic at Whitecourt.
C-GMLR, a BAe 125, was taking off at Whitecourt when the crew reported 5 deer north of the runway inside the airport boundary. A few minutes later, the pilot of an arriving Bell 206 reported the deer crossing the runway. Two hours later at 0239z, the pilot of another Bell 206 on final for Runway 11 reported a deer crossing the runway.

February 19, 2006

Incident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that as was reported in Cadors Updates #2006-C-0207 & 0213, the lack of snow cover is the main reason why the airport at Peace River has seen such an increase in wildlife activity. These latest reports did not include a reported sighting of a moose on the airport property to go along with the Deer and the coyotes The airport manager has increased airport boundary patrols, has contacted the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Alberta Government to begin an immediate culling or eradication program to reduce the number of mammals on the airport. The Airport Authority are still awaiting the hiring of a trapper who would further reduce the wildlife population. Air operators have been advised about the unusual numbers of Wildlife at the airport and are being asked to show extra caution when operating in and out of Peace River until the situation there improves. The Airport Authority applied for ACAP funding for an 8 foot boundary fencing two years ago and are awaiting the review process to see if their application is successful.
One coyote and three deer were on runway 04 and delayed Peace Air PE870 5 minutes.

January 31, 2006

Incident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that personnel at the Peace River airport have increased there boundary patrols, in an attempt to keep the coyotes away from the runway's there. However these fellows are very clever. It has been reported that when snow removal equipment or front end loaders are in use the coyotes won't move in fact they come within a few feet of the machinery. However when a half ton truck comes on the scene they head for the hills.. The airport authority at Peace River have applied for funding under the ACAP program for a new 8 foot high fencing which would surround the air port property and reduce the wildlife activity at the airport.
A coyote was observed on the runway at Peace River. One inbound aircraft circled until the animal departed, then landed.

January 24, 2006

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - power failure, ATM - other)

The Mandatory Frequency and airfield lighting at Stony Rapids airport failed due to a commercial power outage at 0220z. Two arriving flights were delayed, one for 30 minutes and one for 10 minutes. One departure was delayed about 10 minutes. Power was restored at approximately 0250z: C-FDOV and C-GQHV were able to land at Stony Rapids at 0259z and 0303z respectively, and TW 301 departed at 0252z. It is not known if the airport's auxiliary power system was available.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the auxiliary power unit at Stony Rapids does not automatically start when there is a commercial power outage. The Saskatchewan government highways and airports branch are in the process of submitting an ACAP application for an airfield lighting rehab project. In it they have identified the need for a new APU with auto start capabilities. The power outage lasted for 30 minutes which caused four aircraft arrival and departure delays.

September 22, 2005

Incident at LA RONGE (BARBER FIELD) SK (CYVC) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Three flights (2 departing, 1 incoming) at La Ronge were delayed approximately 5 minutes due to coyotes on Runway 36. The coyotes eventually left the area and flights resumed.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that an adult female Coyote and her four pups were on the button of runway 36 at La Ronge. Mother quickly realized that she and her brood were not in a good place and left for the bush East of the runway. Airport personnel at La Ronge are in the process of erecting a 10 foot high perimeter fence which should prevent this type of event from reoccurring.( All the post's are up fencing is next) Funding for the boundary/perimeter/security fencing was provided through Transport Canada's ACAP program. The coyotes have not been seen at the airport since.

July 26, 2005

Incident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Authority at Peace River have applied for funding under the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). The money would be used to fence the entire airport property, which would reduce the number of deer and Moose on the airport . Three deer and one Moose have been culled and the airport has reported seeing upwards of 150 deer this year. This event did not cause any interruption of air traffic at the airport in Peace River.
A construction crew at Peace River airport reported a deer on Runway 24, with a PA-31, FCV 404, inbound and 8 miles west. The pilot elected to use Runway 22 which gave ground personnel time to remove the deer. The a/c landed without incident.

July 21, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Five unauthorized deer were observed operating near the threshold of Runway 07 at Fort McMurray airport. The offending deer were last observed high-tailing it off the runway towards the south.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that airport Personnel were notified of the deer and dispatched vehicle to get them off the property however they departed on their own volition. The airport have bird and deer patrols as well as scare cannons set up as preventative measures. The Erection of boundary fencing Through Transport Canada's ACAP program is scheduled to begin at the end of July and will be completed by late September. This should reduce wildlife activity on the airport.

July 19, 2005

Incident at STONY RAPIDS SK (CYSF) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the dog was long gone by the time the airport manager was notified and drove out to the runway. The dogs are not normally a problem however because there isn't a security fence around all of the airport property this type of event will continue. Perhaps the airport operator will apply for ACAP financial assistance regarding airport boundary fencing. The fencing would decrease domestic and wildlife activity on airport property. NCB103 was delayed for 5 minutes while the dog headed South for the trees.
NCB 103, a Beech 1900, was departing Stony Rapids when the crew rejected the takeoff due to a dog on the runway.

June 18, 2005

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Aerodrome - other)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that airport personnel were dispatched chase the deer from the runway. Once this was accomplished the aircraft was landed without further incident. The Airport Authority at Fort McMurray were earlier this year granted funds under the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to completely fence in their airport boundaries. The project is slated to begin after the July long weekend and will be completed by the end of December 2005.
Fort McMurray FSS staff observed three deer running towards the runway as AM 31, a BAe 31, was inbound 5 NM south entering the zone. The crew was advised and executed a missed approach but this action did not deter the deer from approaching the runway edge. The driver of Flight Center 239 was dispatched to encourage the deer to leave the runway area. The arrival landed at 0457Z without further incident.

November 25, 2004

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - runway - animal, Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that since this occurrence the Airport Authority at Fort McMurray have increased their surveillance activities around the airport boundaries. The authority have submitted a proposal to Transport Canada for funding under the ""Airport Capital Assistance Program"" (ACAP). The funds will if granted be used to enhance airport fencing. Which should reduce the amount of wildlife on airport property.
UPDATE TSB reported that the Syncrude Canada Cessna 560 Citation, registration C-FYMM, operating as SYN 21, struck a coyote just prior to reaching V1 during a night IFR departure from Fort McMurray, Alberta. The flight crew rejected the takeoff and returned to the ramp without further incident. There were no occupant injuries. Maintenance examination determined that actuator rods on the nose gear door were bent. The runway was closed for FOD removal for about 10 minutes.
SYN 21, a Cessna Citation with 2 crew and 10 passengers, hit a coyote during a night, IFR departure at Fort McMurray. The aircraft hit the animal just under V1 and the crew rejected the takeoff. The aircraft was examined and damage was limited to a gear door and the rods that operate the door. The runway was closed for FOD removal for approximately 10 minutes. TSB has been in contact with the operator.

November 13, 2004

Incident at JESRU 7456N 141W over the Arctic Ocean (ATS operating irregularity)

JAL 6421, a B747-400, was IFR en route from Anchorage to Frankfurt at FL 330 PANC ACAP EDDF. At 2227Z, Arctic ICAO passed to Edmonton ACC JAL 6421 position FL 330 JESRU 2219Z PEKMO 2301 PELRI next. No co-ordination had occurred with Anchorage ARTCC for this flight. No loss of separation occurred, but safety was not assured when JAL 6421 entered Edmonton ACC airspace without co-ordination. Anchorage ARTCC had advised Arctic ICAO of JAL 6421 instead of the ACC.
UPDATE TSB reported that the Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 was operating as JAL 6421 from Anchorage, AK, to Fankfurt, Germany. Safety was not assured when the Anchorage ARTCC did not provide coordination with the Edmonton ACC when the flight entered Canadian airspace. Anchorage ARTCC had advised Arctic Radio instead.

October 5, 2004

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the pilot of C-GJNH a PA 31 Piper Navajo rejected his take-off when he saw deer on the runway. The deer were chased away by airport staff and the aircraft after back tracking departed without further incident. Personnel from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Branch are called when wildlife are reported on the airport property. The Branch works with the airport authority and are part of their comprehensive wildlife program. Staff from the Wildlife Branch are tasked with the reduction or culling of deer and other animals which create a hazard to aviation Safety. The Airport Authority at Fort McMurray have applied to the Department of Transport (T/C) for financial assistance under it's ACAP program for funds which would provide fencing around all of the airport property. This event did not cause an interruption of air traffic.
Two deer were observed on the runway during the initial part of C-GJNH's takeoff roll. The pilot of the Piper Navajo elected to stop and back-tracked to the threshold without further incident.

August 4, 2004

Incident at PEACE RIVER AB (CYPE) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Authority at Peace River have an active and on going Bird and Wildlife program which was in effect at the time of occurrence. It was reported that because of an increase in the Deer and Moose populations the Airport at Peace River are seeing and having to deal with a growing number of these mammals on the airside of there facility. The Authority have as part of there wildlife program the resources of the Alberta Wildlife Branch who's personnel will remove of the animals if it becomes necessary. The Airport Authority have also Applied for funding to Transport Canada under its ACAP program for more and higher fencing.
A moose crossed the runway at Peace River while GLR 734 was on final approach. The crew of the Beech 1900 overshot.

December 31, 2002

Incident at FORT NELSON BC (CYYE) (Aerodrome - power failure)

The Fort Nelson airport and FSS were on back-up power and the generator failed resulting in a loss of power to the airport and FSS. The NDB, ILS, airport lighting and FSS radio's were unserviceable. Fort Nelson FSS was able to provide service on the MF using a portable transceiver. All systems returned to normal at 1827Z when the power was restored. There was no impact to the users.
The airport manager informed that arrangements had been made to shut off the power to he airport for approx. 30 minutes for electrical repairs. When the power was removed, the backup generator began to turn over but then stopped and did not start up automatically. Normal electrictiy was restored and the generator was manually started. After the normal power was again shut off to facilitate the planned repairs the generator failed and it took approx. 30 minutes to get it running again. This was caused by a faulty thermostatic switch. The airport was without electricity for approx. 20 minutes while the planned repairs were completed. The airport manager immediately issued a NOTAM. The weather was VFR and work was intentionally scheduled for a time period when there is very little traffic. No aircraft were affected. The generator has been repaired and tested several times to ensure that it will automatically start when normal electrical power is removed. It is suspected that a faulty relay in the auto-switching system caused the initital failure. Fort Nelson has previous submitted an ACAP request for major electrical upgrade.
Event information changed from Service cutback to Power Failure - Facilities as per 03-01-08 notification.

September 10, 2003

Incident at LA RONGE (BARBER FIELD) SK (CYVC) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Airport Authority at La Ronge has an active wildlife management program in place and was in effect at the time of the deer sighting. The Canada Flight Supplement, Aerodrome/ Facility Directory cautions airside users of the possibility of deer or wildlife within the airport perimeter. Airport personnel use a scare gun to help disperse the deer. The Airport Authority at La Ronge has applied for funds under the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP)to erect a twelve high foot chain link fence around the airport perimeter.
The crew of TW 300, a King Air departing La Ronge for Wollaston Lake, reported deer along the side of Taxiway Charlie and Runway 18/36. The information passed to the crew of TW 282, departing for Stony Rapids. The deer subsequently moved to the west and both aircraft departed without incident.

June 21, 2003

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that there is a warning issued in the caution section of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for Iqaluit, which states that the presence of large animals (mammals) within the confines of the airport perimeter is a possibility. This warning is about the migratory habits of the Barren Land Caribou, not local stray or abandoned dogs. There have been five reported dog events at the Iqaluit airport over the last month starting on May 20th and up to and including the last report which was on June 21st. So far, these occurrences have not compromised safety, however birds and mammals of any shape or size can and do constitute a hazard to aviation safety. The Airport Manager and staff along with FSS personnel at Iqaluit have done all they can to prevent the dogs from reappearing. Like many airports in our region, Iqaluit does not have a chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. Like Brandon Airport, Iqaluit has a page wire fence which is easily compromised by animals. Aerodrome Safety has suggested to the APM that ACAP funding may be available for enhanced fencing at the airport. The bylaw officer (dog catcher) for the community has been asked by the APM to assist in addressing this issue by whatever means are available.
A dog was observed walking on the runway at Iqaluit at 2202Z and it was picked up by an airport maintainer at 2208Z.

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A dog was observed on the runway at Iqaluit.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that there is a warning issued in the caution section of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for Iqaluit, which states that the presence of large animals (mammals) within the confines of the airport perimeter is a possibility. This warning is about the migratory habits of the Barren Land Caribou, not local stray or abandoned dogs. There have been five reported dog events at the Iqaluit airport over the last month starting on May 20th and up to and including the last report which was on June 21st. So far, these occurrences have not compromised safety, however birds and mammals of any shape or size can and do constitute a hazard to aviation safety. The Airport Manager and staff along with FSS personnel at Iqaluit have done all they can to prevent the dogs from reappearing. Like many airports in our region, Iqaluit does not have a chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. Like Brandon Airport, Iqaluit has a page wire fence which is easily compromised by animals. Aerodrome Safety has suggested to the APM that ACAP funding may be available for enhanced fencing at the airport. The bylaw officer (dog catcher) for the community has been asked by the APM to assist in addressing this issue by whatever means are available.

June 17, 2003

Incident at HAY RIVER / MERLYN CARTER AIRPORT NT (CYHY) (Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

An unauthorized person was riding a bike on Runway 13 at Hay River. The driver of ST 21 intercepted the person and the RCMP were notified. There was no air traffic at the time.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the person was visiting from Fort Providence and was riding a mountain bike exploring the sights when she came upon a causeway or dike which had been erected in hopes of controlling spring flood waters at Hay River. The dam leads onto the airport property, then onto Runway 13. Nav Canada technicians who were at the airport repairing ground based navigational equipment, halted her travels and called the APM, who then escorted the young lady off of the airport property. The airport does not have a fence around the perimeter. Aerodrome Safety suggested that the airport operator at Hay River apply for ACAP funding.

June 6, 2003

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A dog was seen on the airside and then went onto the runway before being removed by Airport personnel .
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that there is a warning issued in the caution section of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for Iqaluit, which states that the presence of large animals (mammals) within the confines of the airport perimeter is a possibility. This warning is about the migratory habits of the Barren Land Caribou, not local stray or abandoned dogs. There have been five reported dog events at the Iqaluit airport over the last month starting on May 20th and up to and including the last report which was on June 21st. So far, these occurrences have not compromised safety, however birds and mammals of any shape or size can and do constitute a hazard to aviation safety. The Airport Manager and staff along with FSS personnel at Iqaluit have done all they can to prevent the dogs from reappearing. Like many airports in our region, Iqaluit does not have a chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. Like Brandon Airport, Iqaluit has a page wire fence which is easily compromised by animals. Aerodrome Safety has suggested to the APM that ACAP funding may be available for enhanced fencing at the airport. The bylaw officer (dog catcher) for the community has been asked by the APM to assist in addressing this issue by whatever means are available.

May 28, 2003

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

Two dogs were observed crossing the runway at Iqaluit!
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that there is a warning issued in the caution section of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for Iqaluit, which states that the presence of large animals (mammals) within the confines of the airport perimeter is a possibility. This warning is about the migratory habits of the Barren Land Caribou, not local stray or abandoned dogs. There have been five reported dog events at the Iqaluit airport over the last month starting on May 20th and up to and including the last report which was on June 21st. So far, these occurrences have not compromised safety, however birds and mammals of any shape or size can and do constitute a hazard to aviation safety. The Airport Manager and staff along with FSS personnel at Iqaluit have done all they can to prevent the dogs from reappearing. Like many airports in our region, Iqaluit does not have a chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. Like Brandon Airport, Iqaluit has a page wire fence which is easily compromised by animals. Aerodrome Safety has suggested to the APM that ACAP funding may be available for enhanced fencing at the airport. The bylaw officer (dog catcher) for the community has been asked by the APM to assist in addressing this issue by whatever means are available.

May 20, 2003

Incident at IQALUIT NU (CYFB) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that there is a warning issued in the caution section of the Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) for Iqaluit, which states that the presence of large animals (mammals) within the confines of the airport perimeter is a possibility. This warning is about the migratory habits of the Barren Land Caribou, not local stray or abandoned dogs. There have been five reported dog events at the Iqaluit airport over the last month starting on May 20th and up to and including the last report which was on June 21st. So far, these occurrences have not compromised safety, however birds and mammals of any shape or size can and do constitute a hazard to aviation safety. The Airport Manager and staff along with FSS personnel at Iqaluit have done all they can to prevent the dogs from reappearing. Like many airports in our region, Iqaluit does not have a chain link fence around the perimeter of the airport. Like Brandon Airport, Iqaluit has a page wire fence which is easily compromised by animals. Aerodrome Safety has suggested to the APM that ACAP funding may be available for enhanced fencing at the airport. The bylaw officer (dog catcher) for the community has been asked by the APM to assist in addressing this issue by whatever means are available.
Three dogs were observed out for a morning walk along the runway at Iqaluit airport.

April 16, 2003

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

Aerodrome Safety advised that the Airport Authority at Fort McMurray tracked the intruders down. They were three 12-year-old boys taking a short cut home. The boys, who were on bikes, were able to travel across a portion of the airport and climb a four foot barbed wire fence. The boys were escorted home after they received a briefing about the inherent dangers at airports. The Airport Authority will apply for ACAP funds to improve the fencing in and around the airport property.
Three unauthorized people were observed on the airside service road at Fort McMurray airport. They proceeded onto the runway eastbound and exited the runway on the east side. They climbed the security fence and proceeded eastbound into the trees. Airport security was called by the FSS. There was no operational impact.

December 5, 2002

Incident at LA RONGE (BARBER FIELD) SK (CYVC) (Incursion - runway - animal)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the airport operator immediately went out and searched for the coyote but was unable to locate it. Earlier this fall (Oct. 24th) they had contacted the local officials (Sask. Environment Conservation Officers) in charge of Wildlife regarding deer and coyotes on the Airport. Since Oct. 25th they have been actively attempting to hunt and eliminate some of the wildlife on the property but have only been able to remove one coyote. They are now considering hiring a trapper to try and eliminate the coyotes that are crossing the Airport property. The La Ronge Airport currently has an ACAP application under review for Wildlife Perimeter Fencing, and are hopeful this will help to eliminate wildlife incursions.
TW 340, a Saab 340 on short final to Runway 18 at La Ronge, was advised by the pilot of an aircraft on the ground that there was a coyote on the runway. The crew of TW 340 did a missed approach, joined the circuit and landed on Runway 18 without further incident.

May 20, 2002

Incident at LA RONGE (BARBER FIELD) SK (CYVC) (Incursion - runway - animal)

La Ronge FSS staff observed deer on Runway 18/36. C-GVDQ, a PA-31 Navajo, was inbound and the pilot was advised. He elected to conduct a low approach in order to scare the deer off the runway. This was not succesful but he elected to land and did so at 0310Z without incident.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the airport operator has changed the positioning of the scare cannons and will be attending the airport on some evenings to chase off any deer which are observed on the property. The Town of La Ronge has already hired a consulting firm to put together an ACAP application for us for perimeter wildlife fencing.

April 4, 2001

Incident at NORTH BAY ON (CYYB) (Other operational incident, Incursion - runway - animal)

The pilot of an aircraft which landed on runway 26 reported seeing two (2) dogs on the first 1,000 to 1,600 feet of the runway. As 1235Z, the pilot of a helicopter reported seeing them near the Alert Hangars. However, a Field Foreman was unable to locate them in his search. Ops. impact -- unknown.
Follow-up information from Aerodrome Safety [2001/04/05]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector discussed this incident with the Airport Manager. Upon being notified that the dogs were airside, his maintenance staff immediately investigated. There was concern as to whether these were domestic animals or coyotes that are known to reside in the area. The animals could not be found. The airport's wildlife management program is being adhered to. As well, the Airport has applied for ACAP funding for a new perimeter fence. This is considered to be an isolated incident.