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.

September 9, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard for approximately 1 minute. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

September 8, 2020

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard outside of the test period. Reported to the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS).

August 19, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started at 0218Z, very weak and intermittent. ELT ended at 0222Z. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

August 8, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON / VILLENEUVE AB (CZVL)

At Edmonton/Villeneuve, AB (CZVL) a loud emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard for 5 seconds. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No one confessed to testing, and the testing was outside normal testing period. Source unknown.

August 7, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON / U of A (STOLLERY CHILDREN'S HOSP) AB (Heli) (CEW7)

An intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started breaking squelch at 1812Z for about 5 seconds. At 1815Z the signal returned, strong, and steady for approximately 2 minutes. The Edmonton, AB (CYEG) terminal advised it was an inbound Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Agusta AW139 (STAR3) on a flight to Edmonton/U of A (Stollery Childrens Hospital), AB (Heli) (CEW7). Information was passed to Edmonton (EG) centre Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS). No impact to operations.

July 27, 2020

Incident at 42NM E GRANDE PRAIRIE AB (CYQU)

An American, corporately registered Cirrus SR22 (N787ZE) from High Prairie, AB (CZHP) to Grande Prairie, AB (CYQU) reported hearing an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal for approximately 10 seconds, at 5500ft. The area control centre (ACC) shift manager (SM) and the air traffic operations specialist (ATOS) were advised.

March 6, 2020

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

Delayed entry as a result of NAV CANADA safety and evaluation quality assurance (QA) review: At Springbank, AB (CYBW), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard for longer than 5 seconds. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. The airport manager (APM) discovered that it was a de-registred Cessna 172 in the tie down area and turned it off. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was advised.

April 4, 2020

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

Delayed entry as a result of NAV CANADA safety and evaluation quality assurance (QA) review: At Springbank, AB (CYBW) a continuous, strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started at 1628Z. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. The ELT stopped at 1631Z.

July 14, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC) an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 for 10 seconds. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

July 15, 2020

Incident at 15NM SW RED DEER REGIONAL AB (CYQF)

An Airwave Electronics Ltd. Cessna 182S (C-GDTX) advised that a faint emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard in the background of an aircraft communicating on the enroute frequencies. C-GDTX heard it at approximately 2130Z, 15NM Southwest (SW) of Red Deer, AB (CYQF). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised.

July 14, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC) an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 for 5 seconds. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

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.

June 23, 2020

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

A Can-West Corporate Air Charters Ltd. Beech 200 (CWA922) on a flight to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL), while on right base, was hit 3 times by a green laser originating from downtown Lethbridge at 0917Z. No injuries were reported by the pilot. The pilot considered the laser attack as intentional. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Lethbridge Police, Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) (shift manager (SM) designate), and the area control centre (ACC) controller were notified.

June 19, 2020

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

At 1407Z, the Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) tower received a strong continuous emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal on frequency 121.5, which lasted 2 minutes until 1409Z. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified. At approximately 1410Z, a privately registered, amateur-built Stits SA-11-A from Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) to Lethbridge, AB (CYQL) called to reposition and informed the specialist that they had accidentally activated their ELT. ATOS was updated. No impact to operations.

May 29, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON INTL AB (CYEG)

An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal burst occurred at 155449Z, then was heard for 6 seconds, constant, at 155500Z, then a signal burst occurred again at 155551Z. Landing aircraft monitoring the guard for the last burst did not hear anything. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was called.

May 20, 2020

Incident at WHITEHORSE FIC / FIC DE WHITEHORSE

A strong, continuous emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 243.0 from 2307Z until 2309Z. Source unknown. Notified the Edmonton (EG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS).

May 15, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON

Pilot of a privately registered Stinson 108-2 reported that their emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was accidentally activated for approximately 1 hour, from 1740Z until 1840Z. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were advised. No ELT reports received from other agencies.

May 10, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON / VILLENEUVE AB (CZVL)

At Edmonton/Villeneuve, AB (CZVL), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal began at 1958Z. The source was discovered to be a privately registered, amateur-built Vans RV-9A. The owner was notified, and the ELT was deactivated at 2056Z. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were advised.

May 3, 2020

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

At High Level, AB (CYOJ), an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal burst was heard on 121.5 at 2003Z. The burst was constant and for longer than 5 seconds. The Area Control Centre (ACC) shift manager was notified. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified as well. No further impact on operations.

April 27, 2020

Incident at GRANDE PRAIRIE AB (CYQU)

An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal started at 1657Z and ended at 1702Z. Source of the signal was an accidental activation by a Panorama Helicopters Ltd. Bell 212 (C-GZOL). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No impact to operations.

April 26, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

At Calgary, AB (CYYC), there was a 35 second Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) burst. The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. Source unknown. No operational impact.

April 23, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

The Edmonton Flight Information Centre (FIC) did not receive the filed VFR flight plans from the Nuuk (BGGL) Flight Information Region (FIR) for a Kenn Borek Air de Havilland DHC-6-300 (C-FBBV) and a Kenn Borek Air de Havilland DHC-6-300 (C-GCKB) that were departing Northeast Greenland National Park, Greenland (BGNO) to Eureka, NU (CYEU). After receiving information from the controller, it was discovered that the flight plan had been misrouted to the air traffic operations specialist (ATOS), into their Non-area of responsibility (AOR) queue. Departure times were also not sent. Obtained departure information from company dispatch and the active flight plans were manually inputted.

April 2, 2020

Incident at STETTLER AB (CEJ3)

At 1625Z, a short emergency locator transmitter (ELT) burst was heard. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised. At 1710Z, the pilot of Pinnacle Group Cessna 150L (C-GIJD) on a flight to Stettler, AB (CEJ3) called to say they had a bit of a hard landing at CEJ3 at approximately 1630Z and was concerned that their ELT could have gone off (no other impact for flight). Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised.

March 21, 2020

Incident at 5NM NNW MARKERVILLE / SAFRON FARMS AB (CSF5)

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised the Red Deer, AB (CYQF) Flight Service Station (FSS) about an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that went off, possibly from an aircraft at or near Innisfail, AB (CEM4). The signal source was identifed as a privately registered Bellanca 8GCBC. No contact with the aircraft from the FSS. No ELT sound was heard on 121.5 from the specialist. Local traffic also did not hear any ELT on 121.5. A call was received from CEM4 to update the CYQF FSS that the Bellanca was not on the field at CEM4. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and JRCC Trenton advised at 2138Z.
Update TSB Report #A20W0026: A privately operated Bellanca 8GCBC (Scout), equipped with , was operating from Winters Aire Park/Indus, AB (CFY4) to a private airfield 5 nm NNW of Markerville, AB. Prior to landing on the private airfield, the pilot conducted 2 field surface inspection passes at low altitude. Due to the field crop stubble being visible through the snow, the pilot determined that the landing surface snow cover was only a few inches thick. As the pilot attempted to land and the tires contacted the landing surface, the aircraft sunk into approximately 10 inches of snow. The aircraft nosed over and came to rest upside down. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured and the 406 ELT was activated. The aircraft received minor damage.

March 20, 2020

Incident at RED DEER REGIONAL AB (CYQF)

At Red Deer, AB (CYQF), an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 for approximately 10 minutes with a of couple short breaks. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were advised. No impact to operations.

March 18, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard for 2 minutes outside of the testing time. Source unknown. No operational impact. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. Flight Service Station (FSS) followed up with shift manager; signal source was an accidental activation by a Kenn Borek Air Beech 200 (C-GKBN).

March 15, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON / VILLENEUVE AB (CZVL)

At Edmonton/Villeneuve, AB (CZVL), an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard outside of test hours. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton advised that the ELT source was a Rocking Star Adventures Ltd. Cessna U206G (C-GRSA). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No impact to operations.

February 26, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON FIC / FIC D' EDMONTON

Emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal heard on 121.5 during test period but lasting for a full minute (from 1701Z to 1702Z). Strong signal, stopped briefly and re-started 3 times. Reported to Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS).

February 19, 2020

Incident at EDMONTON INTL AB (CYEG)

At Edmonton, AB (CYEG) an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was heard on 121.5 for more than 5 seconds. The shift manager and the Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) were advised.

February 14, 2020

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

At Fort McMurray, AB (CYMM), an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) alarmed on 121.5 for 1 minute. Shortly after, a phone call was received from the pilot of a privately registered Glasair Sportsman 2+2 to notify that they accidentally triggered their ELT in the hangar. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised.

February 6, 2020

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

Strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal heard at Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) notified. No impact on operations.

January 29, 2020

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

Intermittent and faint emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal started at 1850Z at Calgary/Springbank, AB (CYBW). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) notified and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton were called and advised. They believed it was a privately registered, amateur-built Pazmany PL-2. ELT stopped at 1910Z.

Incident at CALGARY / SPRINGBANK AB (CYBW)

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was going off continuously, starting at 2019Z. Air traffic operations specialist (ATOS) advised that it was the ELT of a privately registered, amateur-built Pazmany PL-2, origin and destination unknown. Attempts were made to contact the aircraft.

January 24, 2020

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC)

Emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal starting from 2123Z until 2129Z. Intermittent and weak. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised. Source unknown.

Incident at RED DEER REGIONAL AB (CYQF)

Weak and intermittent emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal heard from 1638Z to 1641Z at Red Deer, AB (CYQF). Source unknown. Edmonton Flight Information Region (CZEG) Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) advised. (Duplicate AOR-261034-V2 deleted)

January 23, 2020

Incident at MEDICINE HAT AB (CYXH)

At 1804Z, an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal went off for approximately 20 seconds. Rangeland called to inform the flight service station (FSS) that it was a Super T Aviation Cessna 172P (C-GGAD) from Medicine Hat, AB (CYXH) to Medicine Hat, AB (CYXH). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

January 3, 2020

Incident at LETHBRIDGE AB (CYQL)

At 2048Z, an intermittent strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard lasting approximately 2 minutes. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified. Shortly afterwards, the Edmonton (YEG) Center advised that the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) had determined the source of a 406 ELT signal. No impact to operations.

August 17, 2020

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

A privately registered Beech 58 from Debert, NS (CCQ3) to Debert, NS (CCQ3) was conducting multiple IFR approaches. During its 3rd approach, a "flight plan cancelled" message appeared on the intermediate approach waypoint (IWP) tag and on the Extended Computer Display System (EXCDS) flight data entry (FDE). The Moncton Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. No known impact.
Update AOR-266721-V2: Additional information on error message added. The terminal control unit (TCU) controller arrived the Beech 58 in error. Thirty minutes later the "CANCELLED" message showed up on the tower flight data entry (FDE).

November 12, 2019

Incident at QUÉBEC / JEAN LESAGE INTL QC (CYQB)

The planned route in the flight plan of a Chrono Aviation Pilatus PC-12 (NDL432) from Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) to Némiscau, QC (CYHH) was CYQB YQB UDBAM DICEN BEIRUT CYHH. The route the pilot was following was CYQB BV VBS CYHH. Verification was done with the air traffic operations specialist (ATOS); only one flight plan had been filed. No impact on operations.

June 25, 2019

Incident at 16NM SE ÎLE AUX COUDRES QC (CTA3)

An Orizon Aviation Québec Cessna 152 (C-GUZJ) from Isle-aux-Coudres, QC (CTA3) to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) was directly above La Pocatière heading to Quebec/Jean Lesage, QC (CYQB) at an altitude of A045 when the pilot was targeted by a green laser coming from the Saint-Onésime area. The pilot changed the aircrafts heading for a few moments to avoid being blinded. According to him, the act seemed to be intentional. The shift manager and the air traffic operations specialist (ATOS) were notified at 0237Z, and the Sûrete du Québec (SQ) du Bas-Saint-Laurent was informed at 0242Z.

December 8, 2019

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

At 1826Z, an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was heard over 121.5 for 45 seconds. A strong signal was heard for the entire 45 seconds. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised of the signal and requested that officials report back with any other updates.

November 29, 2019

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

The pilot of a North Cariboo Flying Service Ltd. Beech 200 (C-FCGM/NCB911) from Dawson Creek, BC (CYDQ) to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) reported an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal, on frequency 126.7, at strength 3-4, from the time they tuned into the frequency (approximately 15NM SE, bearing 141, at 1949Z) until they were 5NM SE (1952Z). Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) training was in progress north of CYXJ, with a practice ELT tuned to 121.775. Source aircraft was a privately registered Cessna 182H from Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) to Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ). Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised.

November 22, 2019

Incident at 67NM VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) inadvertently deleted the live flight plan for a Pacific Coastal Airlines Beech 1900C (C-GIPC/PCO451) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Trail, BC (CAD4).

November 24, 2019

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

At 1924Z, an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was heard from an unknown aircraft on 121.5 for five seconds. Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was advised. Source unknown. No impact to operations.

April 15, 2019

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (ELT)

At the Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) aerodrome, a strong and continuous emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard on 121.5 from 2327Z to 2336Z. Origin unknown. The air traffic operations specialist (ATOS) and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria were advised. No impact to operations.

February 28, 2019

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (ELT)

At the Fort St. John, BC (CYXJ) aerodrome, a strong emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard starting at 2212Z, and was suspected to be on frequency 243, since only an overflying United States Air Force Boeing KC-135R (MOLSN02) was able to pick the signal up on the radio, aside from the flight service station (FSS). The Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) was notified, who then notified the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton. The ELT signal ended at 2233Z, and the location of the ELT was still unknown. At the time, all known aircraft around CYXJ were accounted for.

August 27, 2019

Incident at TORONTO CENTRE / ACC DE TORONTO (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Flight plan – activation)

A Government Of Canada, Department Of National Defence Lockheed C-130 (Hercules) (TIGR333) from Toronto/Oshawa, ON (CYOO) to Montreal/Trudeau, QC (CYUL) departed CYOO on a composite IFR/VFR flight plan for search and rescue (SAR) training in vicinity of 4543N07228, then landing CYUL. The Toronto Air Traffic Operations Specialist (ATOS) did not send a departure message to the Montreal Area Control Centre (ZUL) to initiate alerting.
UPDATE AOR 254935-V3: Update to narrative: A Government Of Canada, Department Of National Defence Lockheed C-130 (Hercules) (TIGR333) from Toronto/Oshawa, ON (CYOO) to Montreal/Trudeau, QC (CYUL) departed CYOO on a composite IFR/VFR flight plan for search and rescue (SAR) training in vicinity of 4543N07228, then landing CYUL. The Quebec Flight Information Centre (FIC) did not receive a departure message to initiate alerting.

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