April 28, 2021

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Incursion - runway - pedestrian)

At Saint John, NB (CYSJ), the flight service station (FSS) observed 2 airport staff members walk past the hold line on Vasis road (the runway service road). No operational impact.

November 7, 2018

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar, Aerodrome - visual aids)

The tower observed that the Toronto/Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) beacon, runway lights, visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) and runway identification lights (RILS) were not working. The ramp was advised. All lights at the airport were on manual control.

October 13, 2017

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The Flight Service Station (FSS) advised at 1606Z that a line had been cut and the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for Runway 26 were not serviceable since the previous day. NOTAM issued at 1815Z.

August 8, 2017

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Incursion - manoeuvring area, Communication error)

Vehicle (Red 1) requested and received a clearance to proceed via Taxiway B to the apron. Red 1 did not report off the apron, and proceeded back on Taxiway B. Red 1 then requested a clearance to proceed across Runway 32 Taxiway A to the VASIS road. Red 1 advised of error and clearance issued. No impact on operations.

September 14, 2016

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A Toronto Airways Cessna 172S (C-FGAR) on a local flight from Buttonvillle, ON (CYKZ) reported coyote near the visual approach slope indicator (VASI) on Runway 03 after overshooting. No other operational impact.

December 14, 2015

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for Runway 15 were reported unserviceable. Airport operator was advised.

October 18, 2015

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for Runway 03 was unserviceable at Buttonville, ON (CYKZ). Airport Manager (APM) notified.

December 8, 2014

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Update from Aerodrome Safety: Electrician dispatched and checked precision approach path indicator (PAPI) alignment, bulb intensity, heater function, and cleaned/checked lens. Subsequent reports from arriving aircraft indicated PAPI serviceable. No further action required.
A Carson Air Cessna 560 (C-GRFC/ CA999) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Dawson Creek, BC (CYDQ) reported visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) on arrival in CYDQ were reading 2 red, 1 white, 1 red. CYDQ operations advised. No known impact to operations.

December 4, 2014

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Toronto Airways Cessna 172S (C-GBLQ) on a local flight from Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) reported visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) Runway 03 as partially serviceable, with only the red lights working on the second light. Airport operator notified; ramp personnel conducted an inspection but could not confirm the pilot report saying the lights were functioning as viewed from the ground. Airport manager (APM) to inspect further.

July 12, 2014

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ)

UPDATE: TSB Report #A14O0127: The Cessna 172 operated by Toronto Airways (registration C-FWLU) departed Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport, piloted by a student practising soft field take-off procedures. During the take-off roll the aircraft pitched up and yawed left. The aircraft transitioned left of Runway 21, over the grass before control regained, then a circuit and landing were completed. The aircraft was inspected, no damage was found; there were no injuries.
A Toronto Airways Cessna 172S (C-FWLU) on a local flight from Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) issued take off clearance runway 21 (wind 230/04k). Approximately 400' into the take off roll, the aircraft veered entering grass at heliport road and continuing to power on through the grass, between the VASIS and just missed Hanger 14 and 2 aircraft on ramp 2.

August 14, 2014

Incident at RANKIN INLET NU (CYRT) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-2B6C (C-GNLN/NRL570), from Puvirnituq, QC (CYPX) to Rankin Inlet, NU (CYRT), reported the Visual Approach Slope Indicator System (VASIS) Runway 31 was unserviceable. Maintenance staff was notified. The VASIS were returned to service at 1637Z. No impact on operations.

January 24, 2013

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Bearskin Lake Air Swearingen SW4 Merlin 4 (BLS345) from Fort Frances, ON (CYAG) to Kenora, ON (CYAG) reported the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 26 was unserviceable. Airport authority was advised.
Update: Follow-up information received from Specialties [2013/11/01]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI was advised by the Airport Manager that this appeared to be a one-of incident in which a circuit breaker had tripped. No additional information. The CASI advised that no further follow-up was required at this time.

January 18, 2013

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A 7506406 Canada Inc. Sikorsky S-76A (C-GIMB/ LF6) from Kenora Heliport, ON (CJG6) to Kenora, ON (CYQK) reported the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 08 unserviceable. Airport authority was advised.
Update: Follow-up information received from Specialties [2013/11/01]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI was advised by the Airport Manager that this appeared to be a one-of incident in which a circuit breaker had tripped. No additional information. The CASI advised that no further follow-up was required at this time.
Updated as per NAV CANADA AOR 167970-V3

August 5, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

1 set of visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) were unserviceable runway 21.

August 3, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Ramp vehicle reported visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 03/21 was unserviceable. VASIS runway 33 - 1 set was unserviceable.

July 23, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Magna International Dassault Falcon 7X (C-GMGX) from Ocala, FL (KOCF) to Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) reported the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 33 was unserviceable.

July 20, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A Magna International Dassault Falcon 7X (C-GMGX) from Hamilton, ON (CYHM) to Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) reported the visual approach slope indication system (VASIS) for runway 33 were not on. Ramp was notified and attempts to re-set the breaker did not restore function. No impact to operations

July 6, 2013

Incident at CHAPLEAU ON (CYLD) (ATM - ILS irregularity)

APM advised that the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) light on all runways at Chapleau, ON (CYLD) were unserviceable. NOTAM issued.

June 26, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

An aircraft on final for runway 33 at Buttonville Municipal (CYKZ) reported that the Visual Approach Slope Indicator System (VASIS) was unserviceable. Left runway identification lights (RILS) unserviceable.

June 10, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

A privately registered Piper PA-28-161 on a local flight from Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) reported the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) runway 33 was unserviceable at 0215Z. The winds calm switched to runway 15 operations, airport authority apprised of failure.

June 2, 2013

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (ATM - ILS irregularity)

A privately registered Cessna 172I on a local flight from Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) reported visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 21 appeared to be unserviceable. This was confirmed.

February 5, 2013

Incident at NORTH BAY ON (CYYB) (Aerodrome - other)

While removing snow at the VASIS for runway 08, BW124 got stuck approximately 100 feet north of runway 08. Before the vehicle could be moved, JZA7772 departed runway 08 and VAL200 as well as MAL8095 landed runway 08. No impact on operations.

October 29, 2013

Incident at RANKIN INLET NU (CYRT) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A First Air Aerospatiale ATR 42-320 (C-GUNO/ FAB603) from Rankin, ON (CYRT) to Baker Lake, NU (CYBK) reported a wolf at the visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 31, moving south of the runway. Delayed its departure for two minutes while the wolf moved away from the area.

September 11, 2012

Incident at PETERBOROUGH ON (CYPQ)

The Toronto Airways Limited Piper PA-44-180 aircraft (C-FCFL) was on a local VFR flight from Toronto (Buttonville) Municipal Airport (CYKZ). The aircraft was on a dual instruction night training flight to Peterborough Municipal Airport (CYPQ). The C.F.I. reported that while practising visual approaches, the instructor allowed the aircraft to descend below the VASIS and the right wing clipped a tree, damaging the wing tip fairing. The instructor carried out a missed approach and completed a circuit to land. The aircraft's right wing tip came off sometime during the circuit. No other damage to the aircraft was reported. More information to follow.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Daily Notification [#A12O0151]: The Toronto Airways Limited Piper PA-44-180 aircraft (C-FCFL) was on approach into Peterborough Municipal Airport (CYPQ) as part of a night cross-country training flight with an instructor and two (2) students on board. During final approach, the right wingtip struck a tree and the instructor initiated a go-around. The aircraft landed shortly after missing the fibreglass wingtip and with minor damage to the outboard portion of the right aileron. The three (3) occupants were uninjured.

August 12, 2012

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The American, co-owner registered Piper PA-28-236 aircraft was concluding an IFR flight from Richard I. Bong Airport, WI (U.S.A.) (KSUW) to Kenora Airport (CYQK). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. advised that the pilot reported that the runway 08 VASIS were not working when the aircraft was on final. The Airport Manager subsequently advised that a tripped circuit breaker was the cause. The aircraft landed without incident. Ops. impact -- unknown.

January 31, 2012

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (C-GYHD, operating as flight BLS345) was concluding a local IFR flight from Kenora Airport (CYQK). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. advised that the flight crew reported (at 0503Z) that the VASIS for runway 08 were unserviceable. The Airport Authority was advised in the morning and staff re-set the breaker. Ops. impact -- unknown.

January 10, 2012

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM) (Aerodrome - power failure)

NAV CANADA staff at Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM) control tower reported that a power bump had occurred at the airport. Use of the airfield lighting control panel was lost and the VASIS for the runways were shut -off. There were no aircraft on the approach at the time. At 1452Z, use of the airfield lighting control panel was fully restored. The VASIS were re-selected and functional. Ops. impact -- none (at the time).

May 20, 2011

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids, ATM - other, ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. reported that at 1900Z, the Kenora Airport (CYQK) transmitter failed after a schedule power outage. The interrupted power unit (IPU) was on but it failed at 1908Z. The Kenora Airport receivers and aerodrome lighting were unserviceable. Hand-held transceivers (NICAN) were used. The IPU and transmitter were serviceable again at 1922Z. Ops. impact -- one aircraft was on approach when transmitter and aerodrome lighting were unserviceable. The aircraft landed without incident without VASIS.

January 6, 2011

Incident at REGINA INTL SK (CYQR) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Multiple aircraft on approach for runway 31 at Regina reported that the VASIS runway 31 were providing erroneous readings based on their flying the correct glide slope. Problem was reported to Regina Airport Authority and NOTAM was issued. VASIS Runway 31 reported as serviceable and NOTAM cancelled 2011-01-07 at 2209z
UPDATE Immediately upon notification of erroneous reading of the PAPI runway 31 at Regina the airport maintenance initiated repairs, realignments and returned the PAPI to service same day. The cause of malfunction is unknown. There was no physical indication of damage.

September 14, 2010

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. reported that the airport's VASIS for runway 08 and runway 26 were unserviceable. Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 7, 2010

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

An aircraft landing on Runway 30 of Thunder Bay International Airport, Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) advised that the Visual Approach Slope indicator System (VASIS) was unserviceable. Ops impact - unknown

January 6, 2010

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - operations, ATM - other)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora Airport (CYQK) F.S.S. were advised by a pilot (after landing) that the Kenora Airport visual approach slope indicator system (VASIS) for runway 26 were not on. The Airport Manager advised that it was due to a tripped circuit breaker.

May 17, 2010

Incident at CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the Calgary Airport Authority handled this maintenance-related incident in accordance with their maintenance management plan.
Calgary Tower reported that the VASIS for Runway 28 failed on night setting 3. Operational setting 4. Calgary Airport Authority was advised and will repair in the morning. The ILS was available.

January 16, 2010

Incident at RANKIN INLET NU (CYRT) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

MPE 438, a Canadian North B737-200, was on approach to Runway 31T at Rankin Inlet when the crew conducted a missed approach. They advised FSS that they were too high for landing due to the VASIS lights. The aircraft landed safely 6 minutes later at 0013z.

July 3, 2009

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

A privately registered Cessna T182T was on a VFR flight from Edmonton City Center Airport (CYXD) to Kenora (CYQK). While the Cessna was approximately 15 northwest 3 deer were spotted south of threshold Runway 08 moving north. The pilot slowed down, and the deer had crossed the runway and were outside the VASI (Visual Approach Slope Indicator) moving away from the runway on the north side when the aircraft was 5NM final Runway 08 and the aircraft landed safely at 0304Z.

March 19, 2009

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - operations)

NAV CANADA staff at Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) control tower reported that the VASIS for runway 30 was unserviceable until further notice. The Airport Authority was advised.

February 20, 2009

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. were advised by the pilot of a privately-registered Cessna 150M aircraft (on final approach to runway 08 at 0441Z) that the VASIS were unserviceable. Kenora Airport Authority staff advised. The Kenora Airport Authority reported that the VASIS was serviceable at 0521Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. were advised by the flight crew of BLS345 (on final approach to runway 26 at 0245Z) that the VASIS were unserviceable. Kenora Airport Authority staff advised. The Kenora Airport Authority reported that the VASIS was serviceable at 0521Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

February 8, 2009

Incident at VEGREVILLE AB (CEV3) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE The APM reported that the area has seen very warm and very cold temperatures. This not unusual phenomenon causes snow to melt when temperatures drop below freezing the water becomes ice. Under ground transformers or electrical pulpits which are part of the runway lighting system then disconnect which in turn renders the runway lights unserviceable. The NOTAM remains in effect until an electrician can repair or replace the affected wiring. This occurrence had no reported operational impact.
The pilot of a Piper PA28 aircraft reported all airport lights (except VASIS) U/S on landing at Vegreville. NOTAM issued.

February 28, 2008

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK) (ATM - other, ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. were advised by the flight crew of a Bearskin Lake Air Service Limited flight (operating as BLS345) that the VASIS for runway 26 were not working. The Airport Manager was advised. NAV CANADA staff did not provide a reason for the seven week delay in reporting this occurrence.

March 29, 2008

Incident at TORONTO / BUTTONVILLE MUNICIPAL ON (CYKZ) (ATM - other, ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

NAV CANADA staff at Toronto (Buttonville) Municipal Airport (CYKZ) reported that the VASIS for runway 03 were unserviceable. Ops. impact -- unknown.

July 3, 2008

Incident at CYSR (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the fire report came via a First Air Hawker Sydley (HS 748) crew who were taxing for departure on runway 29 T. First Air ground personnel drove out to the runway and extinguished the fire. The APM reported that the lead in-sequence transformer blew which in turn reversed the current and set the electrical wire covering on fire. The system was shut down and a NOTAM was issued. The wiring has been repaired and the VASIS are back on line.
North Bay FIC reported that the inside left VASIS light for Runway 29T at Nanisivik airport caught on fire. A NOTAM was issued.

October 1, 2008

Incident at FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

The Fredericton Airport Authority Advised that the VASIS for Runway 33 was unserviceable until approximately Friday October 3rd at 18:00Z. A NOTAM was issued. Nil TSB.

December 12, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

The crew of an arriving aircraft reported that the VASIS lights for Runway 29 at Whitecourt were not operating; FSS recycled the switch and the system activated.

July 31, 2007

Incident at RED DEER REGIONAL AB (CYQF) (Weather - lightning, Aerodrome - visual aids, Aerodrome - power failure)

UPDATE A severe thunder storm cause a transformer to fail. The commercial power failure caused a breaker in the lighting system at the airport to go down, which caused six fuses to blow, which was the reason for only partial runway light activation once power was restored. The fuses were replaced, the breaker was reset and the lighting system was back on line. Since this event took place during the hours of darkness between 3 and 4 am. there was no operational impact.
A commercial power failure at Red Deer airport caused the loss of all field lighting including all runway lights, VASIS and taxiway lights from 0855z until 0955z. Upon return of commercial power, the Runway 16/34 lights partially failed, as only every second light was operational.

July 3, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE AS reported that the APM reported that the switch on the control panel in the FSS facility does not work properly which results in false indications. The VASIS are going to be replaced with a new PAPI lighting system.
A Piper PA31 reported on final that the VASIS Runway 29 were not on, even though the control panel indicated to the FSS that the VASIS were on.

May 16, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that over the past six months this type of occurrence involving the VASIS at Whitecourt has been reported. The APM advised that circuit breaker continues to pop because of electrical difficulties in a very old unit. The airport Authority at Whitecourt have decided to replace the VASIS with a new PAPI ( Precision Approach Path Indicator) system. The instillation of which will be conducted in early August of 07. This event had no operational impact.
Whitecourt FSS reported that the VASIS lights for Runway 11 did not activate even though the control panel indicated that it had been turned on. This has been a recurring issue at YZU.

January 16, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the APM at Whitecourt reported that the problem was traced to the VASIS switch on the FSS operator's control panel. The switch was replaced and the system is back in service. Prior to the repair the system was turned on manually and left on. This event had no effect on air traffic.
Whitecourt FSS reported that the VASIS system at YZU did not activate although the FSS control panel indicated they had been turned on.

December 14, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Two aircraft reported VASIS runway 29 out of alignment. Notamed U/S.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the NOTAM which had been issued by the APM at Whitecourt because of the VASIS alignment problem on runways 11/29 has been rescinded. this event had no reported operational impact.

November 17, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Aircraft on final runway 29 repoted VASIS U/S.
UPDATE The APM issued a NOTAM because of the unserviceable VASIS lights. It was determined that the power to the VASIS was caused by a failed current limiter. The switch was replaced and the system is back on line. The Notam has been rescinded. There were no other reported air traffic delays or interruptions.

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