May 25, 2018


A privately registered Mooney M20J departed Runway 07 at 1239Z from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) with RVR 40, GND VSBY 1/4.
UPDATE: Update to narrative: Narrative changed to "A privately registered Mooney M20J departed Runway 07 at 1239Z from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) with RVR 4000, GND VSBY 1/4."

November 16, 2016


A privately-registered Piper PA-28R-180 from Dawson Creek, BC (CYDQ) to Springbank, AB (CYBW) was inbound from the north for landing on Runway 17. At 0000Z VSBY 3SM 2000' was overcast. The aircraft encountered low cloud and icing about 8 miles north of the field. At about 4 miles north the pilot declared an emergency, citing gear trouble. Tower continued to assist the pilot in finding the airport. The pilot did one orbit during which the gear came down and landed safely at 0025Z.

January 28, 2015


A PAL Airlines de Havilland DHC 8 102 (PVL553) departed Runway 31, ground visibility (VSBY) 1/8 at 2113Z.

January 21, 2013


An American privately registered Cessna 206 departed with reported VSBY 1/4 SM and RVR 1000.

October 6, 2013


A Magna International Falcon 7X (C-GMGX) from Buttonville, ON (CYKZ) to Greenville, SC (KGSP) departed RWY 15 with reported VSBY 3/8 SM CIG VV001. No operational impact

August 27, 2013

Incident at HAMILTON ON (CYHM)

The following aircraft departing runway 12 with VSBY 1/8 to 1/4 SM faxed to CACO: VIS 1/8 RVR 1200 : KFA275, KFA280, CJT575, KFA273. VIS 1/8 RVR 1000: KFA271. VIS 1/8 RVR 1100: CJT571. VIS 1/8 RVR 1800: CJT573, SLQ726 VIS 1/4 RVR 2400: SLQ734. VIS 1/8 RVR 900: C-GLNL.

July 28, 2013

Incident at In the vicinity of: FORT SMITH NT (CYSM)

A Loon Air Cessna U206G (C-FJST) floatplane on Four Mile Lake (approximately 5.2nm S of Fort Smith, NT (CYSM)) called CYSM CARS for CYSM Traffic Advisory. YSM observer/ communicator (O/C) provided traffic and weather information (Cig OVC002 Vsby 3/4sm -RA BR). The aircraft advised CYSM O/C that after departure they would remain clear of CYSM control zone. Shortly after Traffic Advisory was provided C-FJST was observed flying low level (Tail Numbers visible to the ground) over the town of Fort Smith, NT which is located within the CYSM control zone.

January 21, 2013

Incident at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE / BLATCHFORD AB (CYXD) (ATM - weather observation systems)

The CYXD AWOS visibility readings are unreliable. AWOS 1400Z 11/4 -SN VV14 PIREP 1403Z 2 Miles VSB VV28 TWR VSBY 2 Miles

October 2, 2013

Incident at ST. JOHN'S INTL NL (CYYT)

Several aircraft departed with vsby 1/4sm: EV174, B190, RWY 29, RVR29A 16, RVR29B 40, DEST YQX, GRND VIS 1/4 -DZFG, 1052Z JZA8993, CRJ9, RWY 16, RVR16 24, DEST YHZ, GRND VIS 1/4 -DZFG, 1155Z EV7617, B190, RWY 16, RVR16 22, DEST YQX, GRND VIS 1/4 -DZFG, 1208

September 29, 2013

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

Departure with VSBY 3/8 SM JZA791 DH8A V3/8 RVR2200 0844Z DR23

September 24, 2013


Numerous aircraft departed with vsby 1/8-3/8 sm. List faxed to CACO. SLQ602 B190 DEP RWY 31 VIS 3/8 Time 2058. OCST905 E101 ARR RWY 13 RVR 14 VIS 1/8 TIME 2051 FGMG BE20 DEP RWY 21 VIS 1/8 TIME 2155 EV173 B190 DEP RWY 13 RVR 16 VIS 1/8 TIME 2157 EV7644 B190 ARR RWY 13 RVR 35 VIS 1/4 TIME 2348

September 13, 2013

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

TAXI VSBY 1/8 SM GGN7336 B190 1820z 1/8NM RVR05 2000 RVR23 2000 DEP JZA948 DH8D 1848z 1/8NM RVR05 1400 RVR23 1400 ARR KCE1 CL30 1920z 18NM RVR05 1600 RVR23 1600 DEP JZA949 DH8D 1939z 1/8NM RVR05 2600 RVR23 2200 DEP CFGMG BE20 1949z 1/8NM RVR05 1200 RVR23 1200 DEP KCE1 CL30 2113z 1/8NM RVR05 1200 RVR23 1200 ARR CFGMG BE20 2132z 1/8NM RVR05 1400 RVR23 1200 ARR DEPARTURE VSBY 1/8 SM GGN7336 B190 1/8NM RVR 2000 1826z RWY 23 KCE1 CL30 1/8NM RVR 1400 1923z RWY 23 JZA949 DH8D 1/8NM RVR 2200 1939z RWY 23 CFGMG BE20 1/8NM RVR 1200 1955z RWY 23

August 29, 2013

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

Weather-related Taxi Operations and Departures: TAXI: JZA791 DH8A 0853Z VSBY1/8 RVR05 1200 RVR23 1400 DEPARTURE Departures JZA791 DH8A VSBY 1/8 RVR1200 0855Z Departure R23 JZA945 DH8D VSBY 1/8 RVR1600 1158Z Departure R23

August 28, 2013


Two aircraft departed with vsby less than 3/8 sm, list faxed to CACO. 1. MPE9134/C-FLER/B734/Departure/Runway 07/RVR1600/Ground Visibility 3/8/Dep Time 0602. METAR CYQY 0600Z 22005KT 3/8SM FG VV001 16/16 2990FG8 SLP126 2. JZA803/C-FGRY/DH8A/Departure/Runway 25/RVR 3000/Ground Visibility 1/4/Dep Time 0936. SPECI CYQY 280927Z 22002KT 1/4SM FG BKN 004 FG6SC2

August 27, 2013

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

TAXI operations KCE1 CL30 0922z VSBY 1/8 RVR05 1200 RVR23 1200 DEP GGN7332 B190 0930z VSBY 1/8 RVR05 1200 RVR23 1200 DEP KCE1 CL30 1112z VSBY 1/8 RVR05 1200 RVR23 1800 ARR CFZCC G280 1120z VSBY 1/8 RVR05 1800 RVR23 2000 ARR Departures KCE1 CL30 VSBY 1/8 RVR 1200 0925z RWY 23 GGN7332 B190 VSBY 1/8 RVR 1200 0935z RWY 23

November 16, 2012


Weather deteriorated while an Orca Air Piper Navajo operating as ORK540, IFR Vancouver (CYVR) to Campbell River (CYBL) was on approach to CYBL. While aircraft was final, FSS issued a special metar indicating 'VSBY 1/4 SM RVR 1400FT'. Pilot reported the runway insight and landed. No operational impact.

December 18, 2012

Incident at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE / BLATCHFORD AB (CYXD) (ATM - weather observation systems)

YXD AWOS visibility reading 1 1/8sm at 1400z, since 1411z vsby 3sm but AWOS not indicating change.

January 25, 2012


Aircraft departed without IFR Clearance or SVFR authorization. VSBY 1 !-SN BR

January 9, 2012

Incident at YELLOWKNIFE NT (CYZF) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

An Air Tindi aircraft, flight AT801, DeHavilland DHC 7 on an IFR flight from Diavik to Yellowknife was 1nm on final for runway 34, with tower VSBY 1sm -SN ceiling OVC003. Airport power switched from back-up to regular power and all runway and approach lights failed for 3-5 seconds. Lighting returned to normal when the aircraft was within a half mile final.

January 20, 2010

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (Weather - visibility, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The following aircraft departed with weather below CAP minima: C-GJDI BE20 Taxi 1812 VSBY 1/4 +SN RVR 05 2200 RVR 23 2400 D1823 KCE1 CL30 Taxi 1820 VSBY 1/4 +SN RVR 05 2200 RVR 23 2400 D1829 CFGMG BE20 Taxi 1835 VSBY 1/4 +SN RVR 05 2800 RVR 23 UNA D1844
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety: All aircraft taxiing for 05 departure were taxiing at 1/4 mile and the RVR was above 1200. They were above limits and thus no violation or infraction. CAP (CFS) limits are 1/4 mile and 1200 RVR for this runway (05)

December 12, 2009

Incident at DAWSON CREEK BC (CYDQ) (ATM - weather observation systems, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

Dawson Creek (CYDQ) Aerodrome Special Meteorological Report (SPECI) 1726Z 13005KT 1SM -SN FEW026 M29/M32 3017 RMK SLP299 VIS VRB 5/8-3. Truck TK98 on the field reported that he could see no limitations to ceiling or visibility. North Cariboo Air Flight NCB911 on arrival at CYDQ at 1752Z reported ceiling and visibility unlimited. Further SPECI received from CYDQ Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) were at 1748Z VSBY 3SM -SN CLR, at 1751Z 6SM -SN CLR, and at 1756Z 9SM CLR.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

September 26, 2009

Incident at PINCHER CREEK AB (CZPC) (ATM - weather observation systems, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

CZPC AWOS reporting error. from 1904z to 2237z and 2240z to 2350z ZPC AWOS was reporting vsby 9 -SN CLR with a temperature of 23 Celsius. Wind was also gusting to 40 kts .

August 24, 2009


The crew of ACA 1195, an Air Canada EMB 190, carried out a missed approach at Fort McMurray at 0451z. The aircraft landed uneventfully on the second approach at 0508z. Weather SPECI CYMM 240444Z 32002KT 2 1/2SM -RA OVC030 OVC 095 11/11 A2979 RMK VSBY VRBL 1.7V5.0.

February 13, 2009

Incident at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE / BLATCHFORD AB (CYXD) (ATM - weather observation systems, ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

Edmonton City Centre AWOS Reporting VSBY 5 CIG 100 BKN. Helicopter operating locally over the city says VSBY unlimited, low cloud "very isolated

May 29, 2008


UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: The occurrence has been followed up by Flight Information Services. No further action required.
An American privately registered Cessna C182, VFR origin unknown to Williams Lake (CAC5) reported 30 SE at 1341Z inbound for CAC5. VSBY 11/2 in the CYWL control zone and SVFR was required if the pilot entered the Control Zone. Pilot reported overhead CYWL 1356Z . SVFR was not requested.

December 24, 2008


JZA854 (C-GNJA), RJ200, enroute from Toronto (CYYZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), missed the approach to Runway 21 at 17:20Z. After the second missed approach at 17:33Z, the flight diverted to Fredericton (CYFC). 17:00Z weather: vsby 2 SM -SN DRSN 004OVC.

January 25, 2007

Incident at SARNIA (CHRIS HADFIELD) ON (CYZR) (ATM - weather observation systems)

At 2206Z, the Sarnia AWOS issued a Special Obs without a sky condition SPECI CYZR 252206Z AUTO 32014G22KT 2 1/2SM -SN M12/M16 a3013 RMK VSBY VRBK 1.7v9.0=

November 18, 2007

Incident at EDMONTON CITY CENTRE / BLATCHFORD AB (CYXD) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

Red Deer FSS reported that the Edmonton City Centre weather was: VSBY 1/8 mile. RVR 34 1800 feet light setting 5. Shortly after the crew of AM 20, a Beech King Air, reported landing and exiting Runway 34, CYQF FSS heard 3 microphone clicks on frequency 119.1 and the CYXD RVR monitor showed the light setting change from 5 to 3. AM 20 confirmed they did not change the ARCAL setting and the crew of another King Air (inbound ETA 0935z) also confirmed they did not change the ARCAL settings. The second King Air landed uneventfully at 0941z.

June 29, 2007

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

A privately registered Piper PA31 350, departed Saint John (CYSJ) with visibility below CAP take-off minima (D23 D0839 VSBY 1/8 RVR1200). Nil TSB

April 5, 2005


C-FNSJ took off at 1451Z from Runway 28 at CYBC. The weather reported was VSBY 1/8 SM.

April 2, 2005

Incident at HAVRE ST-PIERRE QC (CYGV) (ATM - weather observation systems)

There were significant differences between the information from the automated weather observation system (AWOS) and the conditions reported by the pilots. At 1237Z, C-GDSK gave a PIREP for CYGV: C1 OVC VSBY BETWEEN ¾ AND 1½ . At 1200Z, AWOS reported: FEW088 VSBY 4SM. At 1300Z, AWOS reported: FEW041 vsby 4SM. Nothing special between 1200Z and 1300Z. A NOTAM was issued. 1300Z awos RAPPORTE: FEW041 vsby 4SM Aucun spécial entre 12 et 13z. Un NOTAM a été émis.

March 9, 2005

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

Flight LAL8304 took off from Sept-Îles (CYZV) on Runway 09, bound for Wabush (CYWK) even though the meteorological conditions were below the minima. VSBY 1/4 and RVR 2200.

June 7, 2005

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ)

KCE5 DHC6 departed runway 23 in Saint John at 1022 VSBY 1/4 RVR 1400. Nil TSB

December 5, 2004

Incident at SAULT STE. MARIE ON (CYAM) (Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR))

Air Canada Jazz flight JZA7791 was cleared for approach at Sault Ste Marie (CYAM). The tower advised of VFR traffic 5 miles ahead, C-FVWH, a Zlin 42, moving northeast. Traffic passed and JZA7791 advised he had traffic on TCAS. Pilot advised Tower that TCAS RA and action had to be taken. JZA7791 passed VFR target 17SSE within 500 feet and 1 mile. METAR YAM 2000Z 07001KT 10 SM - SHSN BKN 033 BKN 250 RMK CU6CI1 VSBY N 3

November 17, 2004

Incident at vicinity of Sioux Lookout

The 663605 Ontario Ltd. Cessna P-337H aircraft (C-FNDU) was on a VFR flight from Fort Frances Municipal Airport (CYAG) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The weather was below VFR minima (CIG 600 OVC VSBY 4F). The pilot called inbound from Fort Francis, 20 miles southwest (bearing 196º) at 2017Z. The pilot checked that the weather was below VFR and requested Special VFR approval to enter and land (presently at 3,500 feet). Previously (at 2001Z), BLS362 SW4 en-route from Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) reported CIG 019 OVC 032 and clear blue above. After a safe arrival at 2041Z, the pilot of C-FNDU was asked about cloud conditions for his flight. The pilot's response was, ""I was on the edge at 018-019 indicated"" and then added ""but on the way from Fort Francis, I was VFR on top all the way at 035 in the clear.""

May 2, 2004

Incident at SAINT JOHN NB (CYSJ) (ATM - other)

Localizer 23 at Saint John airport failed when GGN7492 B1900 enroute Montréal to Saint John was approx. 2 miles final for Runway 23. Aircraft did a missed approach and the ILS23 was pulsed back up successfully. The aircraft landed on second approach. WX1200Z W1X vsby 1/8F RVR RWY23 1200ft Nil TSB
Localizer 23 at Saint John airport failed when GGN7492 Beech 1900D enroute from Montréal to Saint John was approx. 2 miles final for Runway 23. Aircraft did a missed approach and the ILS23 was pulsed back up successfully. The aircraft landed on second approach. WX1200Z W1X vsby 1/8F RVR RWY23 1200ft Nil TSB

October 26, 2003


Follow-up information received from Aviation Enforcement [2004/07/16]: Company records were checked and it was confirmed they have operating specification approval for 1/4 mile (RVR 1200) take-offs. Weather was reported as 1/4 mile with 3/4 mile to the south. Earlton runway meets the requirements. No apparent violation in this case. The file is closed.
The Grant Forest Products Dassault Falcon aircraft (C-GGFP) departed Earlton Airport (CYXR) on an IFR flight for Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ) when the visibility was below the published departure minima. METAR CYXR 261100Z 00000KT 1/4FG VV000 01/01 A3002 RMK VSBY S 3/4

November 17, 2003

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG) (Aerodrome - visual aids)

At 0207Z, the CAT 2 runway lighting system for Runway 36 at Winnipeg International Airport was turned on. Three minutes later at 0210Z, the runway lights failed when the diesel was fired up for the CAT 2. An electrician was then called out. 0200Z Winnipeg weather: wind 200 at 5 knots, vsby 1 SM light drizzle and mist, vertical vsby 200 feet, temp 5, dew point 5, altimeter 2939. Runway 13 was made the active runway during this period. The lights for Runway 36 became serviceable an hour and 9 minutes later at 0316Z and the CAT 2 system was operational at 0316Z. No aircraft had to do missed approachs while the CAT 2 was inoperative. The cause of the system failure is not known.
UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the electrical folks at the airport found a 350 amp fuse blown. The fuse was replaced and the lighting system returned to normal operation. On a positive note, the fail safe or back up system functioned normally and when the failure occurred, every second runway light remained on, which provided 50% runway lighting for landing aircraft while the technicians did their trouble shooting.

March 11, 2003

Incident at INUVIK / SHELL LAKE NT (Water) (CEE3)

The pilot of C-GWLZ, a Cessna 185, was on a round robin flight from Shell Lake (CEE3) to Rendevous Lake and back. In the 30 minute period prior to arrival at CEE3, the weather deteriorated to below Special VFR conditions. The pilot initially planned to land on a highway outside the zone but subsequently decided to follow the highway to CEE3 and land there. No emergency was declared. The pilot landed at CEE3 at 0239Z. Weather at 0219Z: 30020G27kt 1/2 SM R05/5000ft/D - SN BLSN VV010 RMK SN8 VSBY VRBL 1/8 - 3/4

October 31, 2003


BLR6285 a J328 inbound from Boston Logan conducted a missed approach on Runway 09 due to a possible wildlife sighting. The FSS asked the aircraft of intentions and was advised by the aircraft that he was requesting a visual approach. The aircraft landed on Runway 15. A vehicle checked the runway and found no wildlife. - WX YFC 16Z 240/02 VSBY P6SM 120 FEW 250 -SCT 11/04 QNH 30.32

December 17, 2002

Incident at FORT NELSON BC (CYYE) (ATS operating irregularity)

: Approach lights were not turned on during IFR weather conditions. VSBY 6SM CIG 600 ft. Preliminary investigation indicates an operating irregularity occurrence when an arrival advisory was not provided and runway lights were not activated.

December 5, 2002


N4PT departed Nanaimo (CYCD) at 1617z when the reported VSBY was 1/4 nm in Fog. CYCD SP 1608z 0000 1/4 SMFG BKN 50 RMK FG4SC2 VSBY RWY 1/8 FOG


C-GXOF reported 8 SE of Campbell River inbound to the airport for landing. Pilot was advised that Campbell River was below VFR with ceiling 600 overcast VSBY 11/4 in Fog. Pilot acknowledged weather. C-GXOF was requested to standby for Special VFR authorization with IFR traffic departing SE bound. C-GXOF next reported 2 miles east on Right Base for RWY 29. No SVFR authorization was given to C-GXOF before the aircraft entered MF zone.

May 30, 2002


Morningstar Air Express flight 7060 (MAL7060) was enroute to Winnipeg IFR, radar identified at 8000 feet. Approx. 35 miles west of Atikokan (CYIB), the a/c descended from 8000 feet to 6,200 feet. The aircraft was not in communication with ATC or FSS at the time. There were no pireps in the area but some significant weather. (CB, TCU with heavy rain associated). As soon as the aircraft leveled 6,200 on the mode ""C"" he then climbed back to 8000 feet and continued flight. The aircraft remained on course at all times. No other traffic was in the vicinity. CYQT 2300Z wind 020 10kt 12sm FEW008 BKN056 BKN096 15/14 A2945. Remarks CB ASCOTD W-N. CYQT Special 2309Z wind gusting 24kt vsby 7sm Thunderstorm, Lightning cloud to cloud.

June 29, 2002


The pilot of C-FKPD, a Luscombe 8 inbound to Lloydminster from Saskatoon, did not establish radio contact with LLoydminster FSS on the MF prior to entering the control zone. The first radio contact with C-FKPD was when the a/c was overhead the airport. Weather at the time was 100 FEW E240 OVC VSBY 3 SMOKE.

May 14, 2002

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH)

The crew of TGO 983, a Beech King Air, failed to contact Thompson (YTH) Radio 5 minutes prior to entering the MF. First contact was 1/2 mile final for Runway 05 at 1639Z. TGO 983 landed at 1640Z. WX: SPECI YTH 141618 07010KT 11/2SM -RASN BR OVC005 VSBY VRBL 1-21/2

Incident at THOMPSON MB (CYTH)

The crew of WJA 94, a B737, failed to contact Thompson (YTH) Radio 5 minutes prior to entering the MF. First contact was 'BARCH' on final approach at 1634Z. WJA 94 landed at 1636Z. WX: SPECI YTH 141618 07010KT 11/2SM-RASN BR OVC005 VSBY VRBL 1-21/2

March 15, 2000

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

MF area communications: ARN 737, an Air Nova Dash 8 IFR from Dorval (CYUL), was on approach to Val d'Or (CYVO) with an estimated landing time of 2046Z. At 2041Z, the Val d'Or FSS had 3 vehicles clear off the runway. At 2046Z, the pilot of ARN 737 had still not contacted the FSS, although the Control Centre had transferred him to the FSS. The FSS initiated first contact with the pilot, who reported that he was 15 DME south of the Val d'Or VOR on final for Rwy 36. The aircraft landed at 2050Z. Weather 2027Z: SP ceiling 100 ft obscured; vsby 1-1/4 SM light snow; wind 060 at 03 kt; altimeter 2996. Communications zones MF: ARN 737, Dash 8 d'Air Nova en provenance de Dorval (CYUL) aux instruments (IFR), était en approche à Val D'Or (CYVO) avec une heure prévue d'atterrissage 2046Z. À 2041Z, la FSS de Val D'Or a fait dégager les 3 véhicules qui se trouvaient sur la piste. À 2046Z, le pilote d'ARN 737 n'avait toujours pas contacté la FSS malgré que le Centre de contr,le l'avait transféré à la FSS. La FSS a initié le premier contact avec le pilote qui s'est alors signalé à 15 DME au sud du VOR de Val D'Or en finale pour la piste 36. L'aéronef a atterri à 2050Z. Météo 2027Z SP plafond 100 pieds obscurci, vsby 1 1/4SM neige faible, vent 060 à 03 noeuds, altimètre 2996.

May 3, 2000


Le pilote du vol SPR 901, Merlin 4 (SW4) d´Eastern Flying Service, a décollé de Blanc-Sablon (CYBX) pour un vol aux instruments (IFR) à destination de Goose Bay (CYYR) alors que le METAR indiquait: VSBY 1/8-SN +BLSN et la station AWOS via le VGM (voice generator module) VSBY 3/8-SN. RAC 602.126 The pilot of Flight SPR 901, an Eastern Flying Service Merlin 4 (SW4), took off from Blanc-Sablon (CYBX) on an IFR flight to Goose Bay (CYYR) when the METAR indicated: VSBY 1/8-SN + BLSN, and the AWOS station via the VGM (voice generator module): VSBY 3/8-SN. CAR 602.126

March 17, 2000


AMO 134, un SW3 de la compagnie Air Montréal, était en provenance de Bonaventure (CYVB) aux instruments (IFR). Le pilote demande les informations pour un atterrissage piste 08 via l'arc de 15 DME. Il est au courant des conditions météorologiques. Il rappelle sur l'arc de 15 DME puis à TOBIE en finale. L'aéronef est atterri à la première approche mais le FSS ne l'a pas vu sur la piste, seulement lorsqu'il était sur la voie de circulation. Le minimum pour la piste 08 est de 460 pieds ASL (élévation: 34 pi.). Météo de 2000Z: 03017G40KT 1/4SM -SN +BLSN VV002 M06/M08 RMK VSBY VRBL 1/8-3/8. AMO 134, an Air Montreal SW3, was making an IFR flight from Bonaventure (CYVB). The pilot requested information for landing on Rwy 08 via the 15 DME arc. He was aware of the weather conditions. He called back on the 15 DME arc and then at TOBIE on final. The aircraft landed on the first approach, but the FSS did not see it on the runway, but only when it was on the taxiway. The minimum for Rwy 08 is 460 feet ASL (elevation: 34 ft). Weather at 2000Z: 03017G40KT 1/4SM -SN +BLSN VV002 M06/M08 RMK VSBY VRBL 1/8-3/8.