June 26, 2021

Incident at VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

The pilot-in-command (PIC) of a privately registered Mooney M20R from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Kelowna, BC (CYLW) phoned to confirm the flight plan. The PIC advised that they had an IFR flight plan for the departure from CZBB but cancelled this IFR and changed to a VFR flight plan from CZBB to Penticton, BC (CYYF) to CYLW. The PIC said the CZBB tower advised them that a VFR flight plan had been filed. The PIC had to cease their flight at CYYF due to a burst tire; however, there was no flight plan on file with the Kamloops Flight Information Centre. Team Supervisor (TS) note: Emails have been sent to the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) supervisor and the CZBB unit operations specialist (UOS) for further clarification.

July 4, 2021

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

At 0200Z, an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard for about 45 seconds on 121.5 MHz at Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ). The signal was strong and clear. The signal stopped at 0201Z and no other calls were received over the frequency. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

April 5, 2021

Incident at 125NM THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

An Air Bravo Pilatus PC-12 (AB237) on a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported a mechanical issue and advised that it was diverting immediately to Armstrong, ON (CYYW). The pilot was in contact with company dispatch, who reported the aircrafts safe arrival to the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) at 1658Z.

July 23, 2021

Incident at WHITEHORSE/ ERIK NIELSEN INTL (CYXY)

A strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started at 1832Z, with the signal starting and stopping. The Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen, YT (CYXY) tower was getting a direction finder (DF) result of 220. Reported to the Edmonton (YEG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). The ELT signal became steady at approximately 1845Z.

July 22, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 MHz for 5 minutes. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No operational impact.

July 15, 2021

Incident at NORTH BATTLEFORD (CAMERON McINTOSH) SK (CYQW)

A Streak Air Piper PA-31T2 (C-GLRE) reported an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal at North Battleford, SK (CYQW). The Winnipeg area control centre (CZWG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. It was subsequently determined that C-GLREs ELT was malfunctioning. No impact on operations.

July 2, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

At Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW), a strong, steady emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 MHz that lasted over 2 minutes. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised. Source unknown.

June 17, 2021

Incident at WINNIPEG FIC / FIC DE WINNIPEG (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

The Winnipeg flight information centre (FIC) received a departure message for an American, corporately registered Reims F406 (N27NW) on a VFR flight. No flight plan on file. The specialist dug around and found that the pilot had filed a photo flight with the Winnipeg Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and thought it was a flight plan with alerting. The specialist requested information from the Winnipeg (WG) ATOS to generate a VFR flight plan that was already active. Due to a NAV CANADA Safety Information System (NC-SIS) outage, a written non-routine event (NRE) was submitted and transcribed by the supervisor.

July 2, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

At 2342Z, the Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW) tower reported hearing a strong, continuous emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal for at least one minute. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were advised. The source of the ELT signal was a privately registered Mooney M20F.

June 23, 2021

Incident at EDMONTON INTL AB (CYEG)

The Edmonton (EG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) reported the arrival of a Kisik Aerial Survey Piper PA-23-250 (C-FKSK) on a controlled VFR flight from Williams Lake, BC (CYWL) to Edmonton, AB (CYEG). The EG flight information centre (FIC) did not have an active flight plan. Alerting was not assured.

June 30, 2021

Incident at 40NM SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK (CYXE)

The pilot of a privately registered, amateur-built Vans RV-6 noticed when they got to their aircraft that the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was going off. The pilot did not know when it started, but turned it off at 1110Z. It was a 121.5 ELT. Winnipeg area control centre (ZWG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised.

May 20, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard from 1743Z until approximately 1753Z. Although the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton called to advise that the source may be a de Havilland DHC-6, the actual aircraft type is unknown. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

June 29, 2021

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

Initially an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal burst, less than 1 second in duration, was heard by the Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) tower controller at 1936Z. At 1939Z, the transmission of a mostly steady and strong ELT signal began. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and shift manager were advised. The transmission ceased at 2019Z, and ATOS was advised.

June 15, 2021

Incident at SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK (CYXE) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

The pilot of Mainline Automotive Group Ltd. Pilatus PC-12/47E (C-GJAW) from Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) to Rosetown, SK (CJX4) filed a VFR flight plan with FltPlan.com, which erroneously sent it to the Winnipeg area control centre (CZWG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). The Edmonton (YEG) flight information centre (FIC) never received the flight plan. The flight was conducted without alerting. No operational impact.

June 21, 2021

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – information)

An Orthoshop Geomatics Ltd. Cessna T310P (C-GQHL) from Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) to Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM) filed a controlled VFR (CVFR) flight plan with the Edmonton Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). The flight plan was sent to the Edmonton flight information centre (FIC) as an IFR flight plan. When the flight departed, no alerting was provided by the Edmonton FIC or the Edmonton ATOS. No impact to operations.

June 5, 2021

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

At 2029Z, the Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) tower reported a continuous, strong and clear emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on 121.5 MHz. An Air Tindi flight (TIN213), inbound for Runway 7 to the north, heard the signal as well, with no change. The shift manager, the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the flight information centre (FIC) were advised at 2042Z.

June 15, 2021

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on frequency 121.5 MHz at 0802Z for an approximate duration of 10 seconds. The ELT signal was reported to the Edmonton Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). 2 subsequent signals were heard, but did not last longer than 5 seconds. Impact on operations unknown.

June 8, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard at 2143Z, outside of the test period, for 4 seconds. A second strong signal was heard at 2146Z for a duration of 15 seconds. Unknown origin. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No impact to operations.

May 21, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal of unknown origin was heard from 1429Z to 1433Z. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) alarm was heard on 121.5 MHz from 2332Z to 2333Z. Information was passed to the Edmonton Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). Source unknown. No operational impact.

April 30, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard outside of the testing period, at 2133Z, for a duration of 2 seconds. Source unknown. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No impact to operations.

April 27, 2021

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D'EDMONTON

An intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on frequency 121.5 MHz at 2349Z, lasting approximately one minute. The signal was also heard by the Edmonton (EG) tower (TWR), the Red Deer (YQF) flight service station (FSS) and an aircraft departing from Edmonton, AB (CYEG). A pilot on the ground at Beiseker, AB (CFV2) called to advise they were hearing an ELT signal quite loudly there as well. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

April 19, 2021

Incident at WHITEHORSE/ ERIK NIELSEN INTL (CYXY)

At Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen, YT (CYXY), an intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 243.0 MHz, starting at 1830Z and ending at 1838Z. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

April 20, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard outside of the test period, at 2010Z, 2011Z and 2015Z. Unknown origin. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

April 15, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

At Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW), at approximately 0205Z, an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard going off for about 3 to 4 minutes before a Sierra Bhui Aviation Ltd. Cessna 172N (C-FJOB), on the field, identified it as a mistake coming from them. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified.

April 6, 2021

Incident at WETASKIWIN REGIONAL AB (CEX3)

At 1455Z, the Edmonton flight information centre (FIC) received a report from a pilot at Wetaskiwin, AB (CEX3) advising that they were receiving a continuous emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. At 1500Z, the pilot called back and advised that the ELT had been located and turned off.

April 1, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started at 2103Z, and ended at 2106Z. The signal was very faint, and of unknown origin. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

March 26, 2021

Incident at EDMONTON INTL AB (CYEG)

At Edmonton, AB (CYEG), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard at 1522Z for approximately 10 seconds, and was reported to the Edmonton (EG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS).

March 11, 2021

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

At 2035Z, a strong and consistent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 MHz. An airborne aircraft indicated that the strength of the signal increased as it approached the airport. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised the tower that the ELT was from a Canadian Helicopters Bell 407 (C-GAVF) from Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) to Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) that was on the ground. At 2051Z, the ELT signal stopped. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

Incident at GRANDE PRAIRIE AB (CYQU)

A loud and clear emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard at Grande Prairie, AB (CYQU) on 121.5 MHz. The signal started at 230145Z, and lasted for 15 seconds. The Edmonton (YEG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified. No impact on operations.

March 9, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal burst was heard for approximately 5 minutes. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No impact to operations.

March 1, 2021

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV)

The pilot of a Government Of Canada, Department Of National Defence de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter (VMPR4) from Inuvik/Mike Zubko, NT (CYEV) to Inuvik/Mike Zubko, NT (CYEV) reported an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on the search and rescue (SAR) direction finder when 4NM final for Runway 06, bearing 300 degrees from the aircraft, at 2352Z. The pilot of a Government Of Canada, Department Of National Defence de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter (VMPR3) from Inuvik/Mike Zubko, NT (CYEV) to Inuvik/Mike Zubko, NT (CYEV) reported an ELT signal on the SAR scan when 4NM final for Runway 24, bearing 045 degrees from the aircraft, at 0014Z. This occurred for about two minutes, before the simulated circling for Runway 06 had begun. The ELT was not picked up at 10NM from Runway 24 (simulated area navigation (RNAV) 24 near LEXIS). The ELT signals were not heard by the Flight Service Station (FSS) on 121.5 MHz or 243.0 MHz. The Edmonton (EDM) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified at 2354Z. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton contacted the FSS and information was passed to them at 0020Z.

February 18, 2021

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

Starting at 1843Z, a strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on frequencies 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. Aircraft in the area were queried, and an Excel Flight Training Incorporated Piper PA-28-161 (C-GQGC) from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) reported that it had accidentally activated its ELT upon landing and had a hard time shutting it off. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was advised. No impact to operations. The ELT was silenced at 1905Z.

February 4, 2021

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal burst was heard from 1721Z until 1724Z. Source unknown. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No operational impact.

January 19, 2021

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

At High Level, AB (CYOJ), at approximately 170145Z, a strong and constant emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal burst started on frequencies 123.25 MHz and 121.5 MHz. The end time of the signal burst was approximately 170350Z. At 1707Z, the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and Delta Helicopters advised that the signal was a test from a Delta Helicopters Ltd. Bell 204B (C-GRGA) from High Level, AB (CYOJ) to High Level, AB (CYOJ). No further impact on operations.

January 13, 2021

Incident at WHITEHORSE/ ERIK NIELSEN INTL (CYXY)

At Whitehorse/Erik Nielsen, YT (CYXY), emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal bursts were heard on frequency 243.0 MHz between 1941Z and 1944Z. This information was reported to the Edmonton, AB (CYEG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). ELT signal bursts were heard again between 1958Z and 2001Z. The Victoria search and rescue (SAR) unit called to clarify the details. The tower updated the Victoria SAR unit.

January 10, 2021

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

At Yellowknife, NT (CYZF), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard at 2043Z. The ELT signal stopped at 2044Z. At 2046Z, a WestJet Encore Ltd. de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3358) from Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) called and said that its pilot accidentally activated the ELT while getting into the flight deck. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the NAV CANADA manager (NCM) were advised.

January 4, 2021

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

At Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified.

Incident at 25NM LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

At 2121Z, the Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) flight service station (FSS) began receiving a weak, intermittently carrier-only Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal on 121.5 MHz. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. Shortly thereafter, a privately registered Bellanca 7ECA from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) called to report that their ELT had been activated but was now off. No impact to operations.

April 12, 2021

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

At Saint John, NB (CYSJ), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 243.0 MHz from 0938Z until 1024Z, with a strength of 4 and a broken transmission. From 1026Z until 1057Z, the signal had a strength of 5, was continuous and could also be heard on 121.5 MHz. At 1059Z, the pilot of an Atlantic Aircraft Salvage Ltd. Cessna 172B (C-FXJI) advised that the aircrafts ELT had activated on its own in the hangar. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No operational impact.

March 31, 2021

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT

The pilot of a Sydney Air Search Society Cessna 172M (C-GDVH) from Sydney/Douglas McCurdy, NS (CYQY) to Sydney/Douglas McCurdy, NS (CYQY) called to close the VFR flight plan, filed via ForeFlight. The pilot was advised that no flight plan was on file. The Moncton area control centre (CZQM) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised that the flight plan was filed as an IFR flight plan.

November 21, 2020

Incident at MONTRÉAL / LES CÈDRES QC (CSS3) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

At around 0115Z, a specialist received a call regarding an IFR flight plan for a privately registered Piper PA-28-161 from Montreal/Les Cèdres, QC (CSS3) to Cornwall, ON (CYCC). At the end of the call, the specialist did not forward the flight plan to the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) for processing. At approximately 0140Z, the pilot took off from CSS3 and requested clearance with the Montreal (YUL) terminal (TML), but there was no flight plan in the system. Alerting service was not provided between takeoff at 0140Z and contact with the YUL TML.
UPDATE AOR-269474-V2: The specialist had initially received an IFR flight plan for a privately registered Piper PA-28-161 via the clearance delivery officer (CDO).

November 11, 2020

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal occurred on 121.5 MHz at 1925Z for approximately 15 seconds in duration, and twice again at 1926Z for 07 and 05 seconds, respectively. The signal was strong and intermittent. A Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Aerospatiale AS 355 N (C-FWCK) from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) also reported the signal while 7NM southwest (SW) of CYXJ, with the same parameters. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised of the ELT.

July 9, 2020

Incident at 50NM PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

A 2791455 Canada Inc. Lake LA-4-200 (C-FBOQ) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) departed VFR. C-FBOQ was not on a VFR flight plan. At 2310Z, when approximately 50NM East of CYPK, the aircraft ascended above 12,500 feet. When queried by the Kamloops controller, the pilot advised needing to climb to avoid a cloud. The controller advised that the aircraft could not climb above 12500 feet unless it was CVFR. When cleared CVFR to 15000ft, the pilot climbed to 15500ft, without clearance, to avoid a cloud. The controller subsequently provided clearance to 17000ft, however, the pilot started a descent without clearance to avoid a cloud. The controller vectored another aircraft to ensure separation. The CVFR flight plan generated an IFR Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) flight plan for the aircrafts new destination of Lethbridge, AB (CYQL). An Edmonton Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) initiated a Communications Search when C-FBOQ became overdue at CYQL. C-FBOQ subsequently contacted the Edmonton Centre for flight following.
UPDATE: This record replaces 2020C2280, which was deleted due to incorrect region.

May 29, 2020

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

A strong Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 at 0301Z for 8 to 10 seconds. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. ELT heard 4 more times until 0304Z but all were conforming to ELT test procedures. ATOS updated. Very high frequency directional finder (VDF) unserviceable (U/S) and unable to determine bearing.

August 28, 2020

Incident at In the vicinity of: OTTAWA / ROCKCLIFFE ON (CYRO)

The pilot of a Rockcliffe Flying Club Cessna 172M (C-GSGG), on a flight to Ottawa/Rockcliffe, ON (CYRO), reported a laser attack from 1/2NM North of the CYRO aerodrome (AD). A green light was directed towards the base of the aircraft while it was on final (FNL) for Runway 27, during the 3 circuits. The Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau, QC (CYUL) shift manager was not available, so information was left with the CYUL Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). The Outaouais police were notified.

December 18, 2020

Incident at SASKATOON / JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER INTL SK (CYXE) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

At 1425Z, the Winnipeg flight information centre (FIC) received Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS) departure information for a Mainline Automotive Group Pilatus PC-12/47E (C-GJAW) from Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) to Rosetown, SK (CJX4). There was no flight plan (FP) on file. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was contacted and they forwarded the FP to the Winnipeg FIC.

December 12, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 MHz for 02 seconds, outside of the testing time. Source unknown. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

November 6, 2020

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

An active flight plan for a West Wind Aviation Aerospatiale ATR 42-300 (WEW441) from Prince Albert (Glass Field), SK (CYPA) to Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker, SK (CYXE) was deleted in error by the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) when actioning an overdue departure message. The controller immediately noticed the situation and contacted ATOS to re-file the flight plan. No impact to operations.

November 5, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON

A very strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard, beginning at 1913Z. The ELT signal ended at 1916Z. This information was passed to the Edmonton (EG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS).

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