July 29, 2018

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

TSB #A18W0109: C-GNWT, a Beech B200GT aircraft operated by Air Tindi, was conducting Medevac flight TIN512 from Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) to Fort Smith, NT with 2 crew members and 2 passengers on board. Shortly after the departure off Runway 28 at CYZF, an odour was detected coming through the air vents, and the flight crew was informed of the presence of smoke in the cabin. The flight crew requested a return to CYZF, and declared an emergency. The aircraft landed shortly after on Runway 34 without further incident. The operator?s maintenance found that the smoke was actually an odour caused by an engine wash residual cleaner that had remained in the compressor.

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

A Air Tindi Ltd Beech B200GT (C-GNWT/TIN512) Medevac from Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) to Edmonton Int'l, AB (CYEG) departed Runway 28 and requested to return, declaring an emergency with smoke in the cockpit. TIN512 Medevac landed safely on Runway 34.
UPDATE from Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Maintenance inspected the aircraft and noted the distinct smell of compressor wash fluid. They ran the aircraft at all power settings and air conditioning settings for 30 minutes to remove any excess compressor wash fluid. The smell dissipated and no smoke was produced. The aircraft was returned to service and there were no further reported incidents.

March 15, 2018

Incident at ULUKHAKTOK / HOLMAN NT (CYHI) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Airports called to close Holman Island, NT (CYHI) runway due to blizzard.

November 23, 2017

Incident at EDMONTON INTL AB (CYEG)

An Air Tindi Beech B200GT (C-GNWT/TIN512) on a flight from Hay River/Merlyn Carter, NT (CYHY) to Edmonton, AB (CYEG) reported an orange laser strike on final Runway 20. The aircraft landed safely. No further impact to operations.

March 23, 2017

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV)

A NAV Canada Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (C-GNVC/NVC201) from Inuvik/Mike Zubko (CYEV), NT, to Yellowknife (CYZF), NT, advised of a fuel spill on the apron of approximately 5-10 litres from the left wing overflow valve. Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) administration and maintenance supervisor advised. No operational impact.

April 8, 2016

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown, Aerodrome - visual aids)

At the time mentioned for the incident, it was reported that the lights for Runway 10/28 were selected on, but not displaying on. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) personnel confirmed they were indeed off. Electrician was called in to investigate, and determined the problem would not be fixed until tomorrow. The flight service station (FSS) issued a subsequent NOTAM stating that the lights are unserviceable until 04-08-2300Z. This also implies that the Runway would be unavailable for use during night-time hours as the Runway would not be lit up.
Update AOR 199267-V2: Runway lights 10/28 were report unserviceable as of 0047Z. Although briefly returned to service later on April 8, the lights again became unserviceable and were unserviceable until 11 April 1800Z. A NOTAM had been issued.

October 26, 2015

Incident at NORMAN WELLS NT (CYVQ) (Communication error)

A Buffalo Airways Lockheed L 188 (BFL1426) reported taxiing for Runway 10 departure from Norman Wells, NT (CYVQ). Flight Service Station (FSS) was unable to contact driver of Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Airports vehicle TK82 to have the Runway vacated. FSS contacted another vehicle LO156 to proceed onto the Runway and relay the instruction. LO156 and ST20 both entered the Runway to meet with TK82. All vehicles exited Runway 10/28 at the threshold of Runway 10. The aircraft experienced a 3 minute delay.

January 10, 2014

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

A truck (ST501) requested permission onto runway 06/24 to do a runway check. ST501 then proceeded onto taxiway D without permission.
Update Aerodrome Safety: Department of National Defence (DND) personnel have been given education sessions and are in the process of completing theory and practical exams for the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT) Airside Vehicle Operator Permit (AVOP).

March 5, 2012

Accident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF)

UPDATE: TSB Occurrence number and Class added. A12W0020: The Buffalo Airways Ltd. Lockheed 188A, C-FBAQ, had departed from Goose Lake, NT for Yellowknife. After take-off the right main landing gear jammed in a partially retracted condition. Several attempts were made to lower the right main landing gear with alternate extension methods, but with no success. An emergency was declared and C-FBAQ landed on Runway 34 with the left hand main landing gear and nose landing gear extended. The aircraft departed the right side of the runway and came to rest in the airport infield. There were no injuries to the 6 flight crew members and no post occurrence fire. The outboard gear door strut is suspected to have jammed the gear mechanism during landing gear retraction after take-off.
UPDATE Buffalo Airways BFL 1105 departed Goose Lake NT. Crew noticed after gear retraction that there was no gear up indication and determined by visual means that the right main landing gear was partially retracted. The aircraft continued to Yellowknife and advised of gear problem. Attempt s to free right gear from its position was unsuccessful after approximately an hour of attempting to extend using various means. The aircraft landed with the remaining gear extended on runway 34 in Yellowknife. Air craft was lifted using a crane. When the gear door was pulled away from the aircraft the landing gear extended and locked. Aircraft was towed back to the Buffalo hangar. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the propeller/power plant/nacelle assemblies on the #3 and #4 positions. The right aileron, right flap, right wing tip, right landing light, right outboard-inboard section leading edge and right gear well/landing gear doors received damage as well. At this time no definitive determination of gear malfunction has been determined other than the gear door lug positioned aft of the cam follower was observed before the landing gear was released down.
BFL 1105 departed Yellowknife for Goose Lake NT, approx 80NM aircraft reported right main gear not retracting. 6000 lbs fuel. 6 Souls On Board. DC fuel tanks 600 liters gas. Aircraft returned to Yellowknife (CYZF). Aircraft crashed on runway 34 at 1825Z. No major injuries, possible minor injuries. Moderate damage to right wing and engines. Aircraft has come to a rest in the infield just east of RWY 34 about 3500FT from the Threshold of RWY 34. Brief engine fire extinguished when the aircraft went into the snow. Yellowknife City Fire and Ambulance have left the scene, leaving RCMP, GNWT and Buffalo personnel at the aircraft. RWY 10/28 is open, 16/34 remains closed- NOTAM until 0000Z. Air traffic returned to normal operations

August 22, 2007

Accident at L'Ardoise, 11miles south of Port Hawksbury

The pilot of a Canadian registered Piper PA28, phoned the Area Control Centre (ACC) on August 23 at 01:56Z to report an accident. On August 22, at 19:15Z, the aircraft landed short of the runway at L'Ardoise and the gear collapsed. One person was on board. There were no injuries. There was no fuel leakage, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot confirmed that the ELT did not activate. CACO, NOC, GMFIR, RCC and TSB were advised. The Halifax Flight Information Centre (FIC) had no flight plan for the aircraft. TSB Evaluating.
UPDATE TSB: A07A0093: The Piper PA-28, C-GNWT, was on final approach to land at Cape L'Ardoise when the aircraft touched down short of the intended landing area at 16:15 ADT. At 22:56 ADT the pilot phoned Moncton ACC to report the accident. The individual reported that the gear collapsed and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The ELT did not activate, there was no fire, fuel spill or injury to the sole person on board. The Halifax YHZ FIC did not have a flight plan on the aircraft.

October 21, 2005

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF) (Incursion - runway - animal)

After landing on Runway 33 at Yellowknife, the pilot of a PC-12 had to brake hard in order to avoid a coyote on the runway.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the aircraft was on rollout after landing on Runway 33 when it almost hit a coyote which ran in front of the aircraft. The pilot reported braking hard to avoid the animal. GNWT Environment and Natural Resources have set traps on the airport and are hunting/scaring the coyotes whenever possible. Problem with the coyotes, they are smart and migrate daily.

October 20, 2004

Incident at FORT LIARD NT (CYJF) (ATM - operations)

The Fort Liard CARS station was closed from 1930Z to 2130Z on October 20.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the GNWT Department of Transportation - Airports held a table top emergency exercise in Fort Liard. As the CARS O/C is a key player during emergencies, the only O/C was required to attend. There was no other CARS O/C to keep the station open during this important exercise.

October 18, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS O/C slept in and got to work at 7:05, 5 minutes after the scheduled opening time. GNWT personnel spoke to the contractor who is dealing with the O/C.
CARS did not open at published time. Impact was no radio or weather observations.

September 30, 2004

Incident at FORT LIARD NT (CYJF) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that GNWT has a system where the CARS O/Cs report why they are late etc., and this is what happened on September 30th at Fort Liard. The O/C closed the station for 20 minutes from 1425Z until 1446Z to bring his daughter to the Health Centre. There is no back-up O/C to cover this type of absence.
The Fort Liard airport CARS O/C advised that the station was unattended until 1459Z.

July 11, 2004

Incident at PAULATUK NT (CYPC) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS O/C did not report to duty as scheduled and did not call his supervisor. His alarm clock did not go off. As this is not the first absence of this kind, the O/C was disciplined by GNWT Airports and given a two day suspension of certification.
The Paulatuk CARS station did not open on time and the operator phoned in sick at 1403Z. No mention of when the station did open and no mention of what impact it had on airport operations.

July 10, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

The Sachs Harbour CARS station did not open until 1425Z, which is contrary to published procedures. No impact on aircraft operations was reported.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS O/C slept in and the backup O/C was out of town. Since this is not the first occurrence, GNWT Airports will be writing a letter of discipline.

June 23, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS O/C slept in. ATS Services and the GNWT have taken disciplinary action.
The Sachs Harbour CARS O/C was 40 minutes late opening the station, delaying the airport weather observation.

June 5, 2004

Incident at FORT McPHERSON NT (CZFM) (ATM - operations)

The CARS station at Fort McPherson did not open as scheduled and published procedures were not followed.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that on the day in question, the CARS O/C and the CARS Contractor slept in. At this site to ensure timely opening of the station, the Contractor has decided to drive her staff to work to ensure they are there on time. Unfortunately, that system did not work on this day. The Contractor has been advised by GNWT that this is unacceptable. Progressive discipline will take place should this continue.

June 12, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that on June 12th the CARS O/C was sick and was unable to call in due to lack of phone. ATS Services of the GNWT NOTAM'ed the station closed after the fact. On June 13th, the CARS O/C slept in. The station opened at 1337z.
The CARS station at Sachs Harbour did not open on June 12 and again on June 13 as per published hours. A NOTAM was issued advising closed until 04/06/14. No weather observations or TAF were available for the airport.

May 28, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS operator has been counselled by GNWT airports, which is the contractor.
The CARS station at Sachs Harbour airport opened 1 hour late, resulting in 1 missed METAR and a delayed TAF. Published procedures were not followed.

March 18, 2004

Incident at AKLAVIK / FREDDIE CARMICHAEL NT (CYKD) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the GNWT Airports Division believes this absence was unexcused and the contractor has written a letter of discipline to the CARS O/C involved. GNWT officials will also be speaking to him when he is on shift later this week.
The CARS station at Aklavik airport did not open as scheduled and as published in the CFS. Weather data for the airport is unavailable.

March 6, 2004

Incident at AKLAVIK / FREDDIE CARMICHAEL NT (CYKD) (ATM - operations)

The Aklavik CARS station did not open as scheduled at 1400Z. A NOTAM was issued advising of the closure until 07/1500Z. There was no radio or weather service for this airport.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the Airports Division of GNWT discovered the CARS O/C was late for no justifiable reason. Aviation Programs and the contractor will be working together to take appropriate disciplinary action.

March 5, 2004

Incident at PAULATUK NT (CYPC) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the Airports Division of GNWT discovered the CARS O/C was late for no justifiable reason. Aviation Programs and the contractor will be working together to take appropriate disciplinary action.
The CARS station at Paulatuk did not open as scheduled. Late opening occured at 1445Z. The CARS O/C did not follow published procedures.

March 4, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that following this fourth incident in the last 2 weeks (i.e. Cadors numbers 0196, 0218, 0280 and 0335) for late opening of the Sachs Harbour CAR Station, the GNWT Manager of Aviation Programs has scheduled a meeting early next week with the contractor responsible for this site. Staff motivation will be one of the main topics discussed.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that the CARS O/C was confused about the work schedule and thought the other CARS O/C was scheduled for work. When he found out that was not the case, he attended the airport late. GNWT Airports Division had a meeting this week with ATS Services. The Vice President Northern Operations attended and together with GNWT and the APM Tuktoyaktuk, a plan of action to was worked out to deal with the number of late openings in Sachs Harbour.
The CARS personnel at Sachs Harbour did not open the CARS station at the required time and after two weather observations had been missed and FSS had not been advised of what was wrong at the station, the CARS station was NOTAM'd closed until 04/03/04/1400. This is the fifth similar incident this year.

February 22, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

The Sachs Harbour airport CARS station did not open on February 22. Published procedures were not followed.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that following this fourth incident in the last 2 weeks (i.e. Cadors numbers 0196, 0218, 0280 and 0335) for late opening of the Sachs Harbour CAR Station, the GNWT Manager of Aviation Programs has scheduled a meeting early next week with the contractor responsible for this site. Staff motivation will be one of the main topics discussed.

February 9, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that following this fourth incident in the last 2 weeks (i.e. Cadors numbers 0196, 0218, 0280 and 0335) for late opening of the Sachs Harbour CAR Station, the GNWT Manager of Aviation Programs has scheduled a meeting early next week with the contractor responsible for this site. Staff motivation will be one of the main topics discussed.
UPDATE Air Navigation Services and Airspace advised that Inuvik FSS reported a voice advisory was issued and the operator showed for duty at approximately 16:30Z.
Sachs Habour CARS operator advised Inuvik FSS he would be late for work, would arrive for his 15:00Z weather. Sachs Harbour did not open until 16:00Z. Limited weather information was available and a late Terminal Area Forecast.

February 3, 2004

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (ATM - operations)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that following this fourth incident in the last 2 weeks (i.e. Cadors numbers 0196, 0218, 0280 and 0335) for late opening of the Sachs Harbour CAR Station, the GNWT Manager of Aviation Programs has scheduled a meeting early next week with the contractor responsible for this site. Staff motivation will be one of the main topics discussed.
The Sachs Harbour CARS O/C failed to follow procedures when opening late, did not notify Inuvik FSS. Sachs Harbour CARS opened at 1517Z, rather than the published 1400Z. This resulted in late TAF for Sachs Harbour. This is the second similar event for this airport in the last week. (CADORS 2004C0176)

December 25, 2003

Incident at INUVIK / MIKE ZUBKO NT (CYEV) (Aerodrome - other, ATM - NAVAIDS/radar, ATM - ILS irregularity)

The Glide Path for the ILS Runway 05 at Inuvik had been unserviceable since last Christmas because of snow accumulation around the antenna. The Glide Path became operational yesterday for a short time, but failed again last night. In addition, the whole ILS for Runway 05 failed last night. To add to the navaid situation at this airport, the VOR has gone down, apparently due to an antenna cabling problem. Nav Canada has issued a NOTAM advising of the failures and technicians on site are currently working on the problems. It was reported that snow clearing around the ILS antennae has been a chronic problem at this airport, with frequent navaid outages. There have been ongoing differences of opinion concerning who is responsible for the cost of snow clearing around the navaids. A flat ground plane is required around the navaids in order for the ILS to function properly, however this is sometimes not attended to in a timely manner. There have been discussions in the past between the GNWT government and Nav Canada concerning sharing the costs of snow removal, but it appears that the tasks are not being completed so that there is no interruption in service. With darkness most of the winter months combined with IMC weather, the proper functioning of this airport's navaids seems to require more discussion.

September 27, 2004

Accident at PORT HAWKESBURY NS (CYPD)

C-GNWT PA28 landing Cape Argos grass strip ran off the end of the grass strip due to unusual wind conditions while landing. He reported nose wheel had collapsed and left wing damaged due to contact with a tree. Pilot advised that he was unaware of any other damage. Pilot and passenger were not injured. TSB Case Closed with more to follow.

November 21, 2003

Incident at FORT SIMPSON NT (CYFS) (Incursion - runway - vehicle, ATS operating irregularity)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that at 2103Z, the pilot of C-GPMS called the Fort Simpson CARS O/C ""inbound to Simpson MOT"" (pilot terminology for CYFS). The CARS Observer/Communicator (O/C) passed the aerodrome information for the adjacent ""Island Airport"" (ET4) to the pilot, assuming incorrectly that was the destination airport. The majority of flights conducted by this aircraft are from ET4. The Observer/Communicator has been counselled regarding this error and re-certification of the O/C has been advanced from Dec. 2004 to Jan. 2004.
Aerodrome Safety advised that this report is under review by the Aviation Programs Group at GNWT. This appears to be an operational issue rather than a runway incursion problem. The close proximity of the two airports at Fort Simpson will be a factor in this event since the Cars Operators only work from the airport on the mainland.
C-GPMS, a Cessna 206, was inbound from Trout Lake to Fort Simpson and the pilot reported on final that he noticed a vehicle on the runway. There was no mention of the vehicle in the CARS airport advisory. The vehicle exited at Taxiway A and the aircraft landed. The incident is being investigated by GNWT Aviation Programs.

June 19, 2003

Incident at COLVILLE LAKE NT (CEB3) (Aerodrome - other)

During departure from Runway 28 at Colville Lake, C-GJUB, a Cessna 172, was shot at by a pellet gun. The pilot noticed 3 children shooting at him as he departed. On arrival at Tulita, the pilot checked his aircraft and discovered a small hole in the tail section. The damage did not impede the aircraft's capability for flight.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the District Manager for the GNWT Airports reported that the individuals were identified. The Band Manager and Band Council are dealing with the incident. The District Manager for the GNWT Airports is going to the airport to conduct a emergency exercise and will also provide education to band members on issues concerning airplanes. As this is a registered aerodrome and possibly a police matter, no additional action is required by Aerodrome Safety.

July 2, 2003

Incident at FORT McPHERSON NT (CZFM) (ATM - other)

The CARS operator at Fort McPherson had 2 aircraft (C-GEAG and VH-SHW) in his area and he was unable to communicate with the pilots. He was receiving their calls but was unable to respond because his transmitter was not working. To compound the problem, the CARS portable radio (which had been on the battery charger for almost 2 days) was not working either.
UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that NAV CANADA technical staff have rectified the problem. In addition, Aviation Services GNWT will be checking to ensure CARS O/Cs are familiar with the procedure for switching frequencies on the second transmitter that is available.

May 17, 2003

Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM) (Aerodrome - other)

Aerodrome Safety advised that they contacted by telephone the company, Big River Air, the Airport Manager at Fort Smith along with Jim Windsor with the GNWT Airports Group in an attempt to get the East/West portion of Taxiway Charlie in front of the hangers changed to an apron. This would virtually eliminate these unnecessary and time consuming events. To date this office still awaits word from the Group at GNWT regarding this proposal.
The driver of Mule 300 requested permission onto Taxiway C at Fort Smith for the movement of an aircraft. At the same time, Mule 301 requested permission onto Taxiway C to go from the ramp to a hangar. Mule 301 was cleared by the CARS O/C as requested. Mule 300 then proceeded onto the taxiway without authorization. When queried, the driver of Mule 300 thought the clearance was for him. No operational impact.

May 14, 2003

Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM) (Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

Aerodrome Safety advised that they have contacted by telephone the company, Big River Air, the Airport Manager at Fort Smith along with Jim Windsor with the GNWT Airports Group in an attempt to get the East/West portion of Taxiway Charlie in front of the hangers changed to an apron. This would virtually eliminate these unnecessary and time consuming events. To date this office still awaits word from the Group at GNWT regarding the proposal.
Both C-GJRO and C-GTWE, Cessna 172's, proceeded onto Taxiway Charlie at Fort Simpson airport without informing the CARS operator of their intentions. The same occurrence happened yesterday and the flying club personnel were informed of proper procedures but apparently the message was not relayed to all of their people.

May 13, 2003

Incident at FORT SMITH NT (CYSM)

Aerodrome Safety advised that they contacted by telephone the company, Big River Air, the Airport Manager at Fort Smith along with Jim Windsor with the GNWT Airports Group. This was in an attempt to get the East/West portion of Taxiway Charlie in front of the hangers changed to an apron. This would virtually eliminiate these unnecessary and time consuming events. To date this office still awaits word from the Group at GNWT regarding the proposal.
The pilot of C-GJRO, a Cessna 172, taxied onto Taxiway C at Fort Smith without calling the CARS O/C to advise intentions.

February 20, 2003

Incident at FORT McPHERSON NT (CZFM) (Aerodrome - other)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the grader operator did not hear the CARS O/C call him on the radio. A week earlier, the O & M contractor sent their mobile equipment radio into Inuvik for repairs as it was not working properly with the headphones. There is an MOU in place whereby the FSS technicians repair these radios. Unfortunately the technicians did not arrive in Inuvik until Feb. 24. The O & M contractor has been using a hand held radio rather than his regular vehicle mounted radio with headphones until their regular radio is returned. The hand held radio is not the ideal radio for operation in a noisy piece of equipment, however the operator did not hear the O/C call him. The technicians have now had a look at the radio, informed airport management staff as to parts needed to order to make the radio operational with headphones and airport staff have ordered the necessary adapter. The parts should arrive in Inuvik Friday, February 28, 2003. Artic Airports staff will go into Fort Mcpherson on Tuesday, Mar. 4, ensure the radio is installed and operational. They will also provide refresher AVOP training to all Mackenzie Valley Construction employees and test any further candidates should that be necessary. Arctic Airports have advised the contractor to have the employees review the manual prior to the training. The following week (Mar. 10) a foreman will go to Fort McPherson and perform additional radio testing if necessary. GNWT HQ staff will also be going into Fort McPherson on Mar. 11 to perform an operational review.
A grader was working on the apron of the active runway at Fort McPherson, but the driver did not appear to be monitoring FSS. AKK 109, a Beech 99, was inbound and FSS tried on several occasions to communicate with the driver and get him to leave the area but got no response. The aircraft crew was advised and continued for a landing. The grader operator finally reported clear which turned out to be the same time the aircraft touch down. No explanation was given why the grader operator did not respond sooner. There was no other impact on operations.

July 2, 2002

Incident at SACHS HARBOUR (David Nasogaluak Jr.Saaryuag) NT (CYSY) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

AKK 103, a Beech King Air 100, was on final for the runway at Sachs Harbour when Staff 26, an airport truck, was present on the runway. The driver of the truck vacated the runway before the King Air landed. There had been no previous communication between the driver and the CARS operator.
UPDATE In a further update, Aerodrome Safety reported that an investigation into the occurrence was conducted by the Nunavut Government and some recommendations were made: 1. Due to the serious safety concerns identified during investigation, recommend re-certification training for Sachs Harbour Airport CARS O/C on duty at time of incident. Note: Airport Division Aviation Programs Manager has arranged for re-certification of CARS O/C on 22 ¿ 25 July 2002. 2. To prevent recurrence of similar incidents, an AVOP course has been scheduled from 9 -11 July 2002 for all airside vehicle operators at Sachs Harbour Airport. 3. Surveyor operating airside vehicle at the time of incident will be scheduled for Airport Division ¿D¿ AVOP refresher training and testing as soon as possible. 4. Recommend all GNWT CARS contractors implement a procedure that will daily verify the Community Aerodrome Radio Stations are open and operational as published in Canada Flight Supplement. Note: ATS the CARS contractor for Sachs Harbour Airport is in the process of planning and implementing a procedure that will verify Community Aerodrome Radio Station is in operation at designated times published in Canada Flight Supplement. 5. Recommend Regional Airport Manager`s assign vehicle call signs in accordance with AVOP program requirements to all vehicles operating on runways and taxiways at airports under their jurisdiction. It also recommended vehicles that travel from airport to airport be assigned a call sign that does not vary from airport to airport; ie staff 64; staff 65 etc. 6. Recommend CARS O/Cs only be required to monitor MF, emergency frequency and local established vehicle frequency during hours of operation. 7. Recommend plan of construction be updated that would require contractor to use CARS local established vehicle frequency only when communicating with O/C. 8. Recommended all runway and taxiway seasonal vehicle operator be required to have annual AVOP refresher training.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the superintendent of NWT Airports was contacted and he filed the following report: The Tuktoyaktuk airport manager is also responsible for the Sachs Harbour airport. The NWT senior security officer was dispatched to Sachs Harbor to investigate the incident. He will interview the CARS operator, the CARS contractor, the construction contractor and airport staff. He will forward a report on completion of the investigation. Aerodrome Safety will be in Sachs during the week of July 22rd 2002 for an airport audit. AVOP procedures will be reviewed at that time.

December 4, 2001

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

The driver of a Yellowknife Airport security van proceeded along Taxiway 'H' and crossed the threshold of Runway 15 while FAB 957, a B737, was on long final approach to Runway 33. The security van did not have authorization from Yellowknife FSS.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that Twilite Security Services took over the responsibility for Yellowknife Airport apron security on December 1 from another security company. This was necessary as they did not have adequate staff to meet all airport security needs immediately following the increase in requirements resulting from the new regulations and airport staff's risk assessment. Until they had adequately trained and security-cleared staff, Malca-Amit, an international security company was used at this checkpoint. It had been reported that the previous evening (December 2, 2001) the security guard was delayed at his original checkpoint (Taxiway Bravo entrance) when a tow vehicle from Summit Air was waiting for pass verification at the end of Taxiway Hotel. This had resulted in the driver of the tow vehicle he was supposed to check on the opposite end of the apron, becoming impatient enough to drive to the security guard position and express some words of disapproval. The procedures for the movement of Summit Air vehicles and aircraft being towed to the restricted area of the main apron from the northwest quadrant of the airport had been discussed, explained and reviewed with the manager of Twilite Security. The security contract manager is responsible for training their personnel in specific duties. This matter has been complicated by the fact that the regular manager for Twilite Security is in Iqaluit until December 7, 2001. The fact that this individual was able to successfully complete all examinations for an AVOP and still make an error of this magnitude has resulted in a re-evaluation of airport testing processes. The GNWT adopted the Transport Canada model for AVOP testing, but immediately following this incident, added familiarization and knowledge verification components far in excess of previous procedures. Effective December 4, 2001, all Twilite Security personnel were required to complete enhanced re-testing procedures prior to returning to their duties. A meeting was held with Summit Air, Airport and Twilite Security Personnel on December 4 to review the circumstances of the previous evening and ensure that there were no unanswered questions or potential for confusion in the future. Meetings with Twilite Security manager will be conducted upon his return to Yellowknife. Aerodrome Safety advised that they will be flying to YZF for northern winter inspections, and a meeting to review procedures will take place at that time.