August 19, 2016


A privately registered Cessna 177B, from Havre St-Pierre (CYGV), QC, to Forestville (CYFE), QC, announced itself over frequency 122.0 at 1627Z. Madeleine Radio tried several times to contact the Cessna 177B without success. At 1644Z, ground personnel at CYGV reported that the Cessna 177B had taken off two minutes earlier with the intention of stopping at CYFE. Impact: Information about the Cessna 177B was given to an inbound Aerospatiale AS50.

May 16, 2016

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK)

An American corporately registered Beech E-90 (N390PS) from Lincoln, NE (KLNK) to Kenora, ON (CYQK) did not contact Kenora Radio on the mandatory frequency (MF) for Arrival Advisory and did not maintain a listening watch on the frequency while on approach. An AS50 landed on the ramp and a SW3 held short of the runway while the aircraft was on short final.

July 5, 2013

Incident at SMITHERS BC (CYYD)

While providing departure advisory for a Central Mountain Air Beech 1900 (GLR716), three aircraft were observed on final for Smithers BC (CYYD) runway 33 with no prior radio contact to the Flight Service Specialist (FSS). GLR716 was requested to hold short for inbound traffic. The three aircraft, all inbound to CYYD from Dease Lake, BC (CYDL) were: a privately registered Cessna 182B, a privately registered American Piper PA-28-235 and a privately registered American Bellanca 8GCBC. The three aircraft all landed on CYYD runway 33 between 2257Z and 2300Z. Additional traffic for the Smithers Mandatory Frequency (MF) area at the time of the occurrence were: a Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd Bell B407 (C-FYHY) who departed the Smithers apron at 2254Z northwestbound, a Canadian Helicopters Ltd Aerospatiale AS50 helicopter (C-GRBT) who landed at the Smithers Heliport (CAA6 - three miles SE of Smithers airport) at 2257 and a Mustang Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 B-2 helicopter (C-FAOV) who was inbound from the northwest with an estimated time of arrival at Smithers of 2302Z.

November 2, 2012

Incident at Vicinity of Kelowna International Airport (CYLW) (TCAS alert)

A Westjet Boeing 737 (operating as WJA617) was on final runway 16 and received an RA due to a state operated AS50 (operating as AIRR3) departing northbound west of the approach. Traffic was passed to both pilots and both pilots reported they had the other aircraft in sight.

July 16, 2012


Comsearch started on CGFUG, an AS50 on a VFR flight plan from CYBR to CYWG with an ETA of 0006Z. Aircraft did a precautionary landing 24NM west of CYPG and 1NM south of Austin, Manitoba due to a vibration in a tail rotor. Aircraft landed safely, flight plan was closed.
UPDATE TSB reported that the Questral Helicopters Eurocopter AS 350 B3 (C-GFUG) was en route to Winnipeg, MB from Brandon, MB on a routine ferry flight. Shortly after departing Brandon the pilot noted a vibration in the rudder pedals. After discussion with an on board maintenance person the decision was made to land and assess the cause of the vibration. During the landing, it was determined that the vibration was coming from the tail rotor (T/R). The flight to Winnipeg, where maintenance would be available, resumed but approximately 20 minutes after lift off the vibration worsened and was accompanied by a noise, and the pilot initiated a precautionary landing near Austin, MB. The maintenance engineer inspected the T/R and noted that the T/R half-shell bearings had failed and that the rotor blade cuff appeared to have separated from the rotor spar. The helicopter was removed from service and is awaiting replacement parts. On 06 July 2012 the T/R half shell bearings (P/N 704A33-6332-61) on T/R blade (P/N 355A12-0055-00 S/N 18126) were replaced. The aircraft had 91.3 hours total airframe time.

March 20, 2011

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Abitibi Helicopters Ltd. Aérospatiale AS50 aircraft (C-FHAP) was on a VFR flight from Grand Rapids/Itasca County Airport, MN (USA) (KGPZ) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). Upon landing at Thunder Bay pilot requested flight plan closure however there were no flight plan on file. Ops. impact - unknown.

October 10, 2010


UPDATE from System Safety: CH10-288 Incident AS350 C-GALD Pilot called 5 miles out of Seal Cove on 122.5 with no response. He then received a call from Prince Rupert radio to identify himself. Pilot realised that the transmit selector was still on FM. He switched to VHF. Radio was on incorrect transmit function. Pilot debriefed to be more careful near control zones.
A Canadian Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 (C-GALD), VFR Terrace (CYXT) to Seal Cove (CBF6) was observed visually on approach to CBF6 at 0105Z without making radio contact. The Flight Service Station (FSS) broadcast to the helicopter requesting identification and intentions, the pilot responded and was informed of the Mandatory Frequency (MF) Area. An airport advisory was issued and the helicopter landed at 0106Z without any impact on operations.

September 12, 2010


CGEOY AS50 left Tok, Alaska, (6K8) and arrived in CYXY without an active flight plan.

September 10, 2010

Incident at FLIN FLON MB (CYFO)

AS50 noticed his ELT was activated and advised he would shut it off by 00445 upon arrival at Channing.

June 2, 2009

Incident at ROBERVAL QC (CYRJ) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

Mise à jour #1: Selon les informations obtenues de la division Aviation commerciale et d'affaires, le responsable des opérations de l'entreprise a avisé les pilotes de toujours vérifier le volume de la radio avec le silencieux HF (Squelch).*** ** *** Update #1: According to information received from the Commercial and Business Aviation division, the company's operations manager told the pilots to always check the radio's volume with the squelch.
C-GHVD, un Aerospatiale AS50 exploité par Hélicoptères Canadiens, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) en direction de l'hôpital de Roberval (CYRJ). Après que le pilote se soit rapporté à six milles nautiques à l'ouest de Roberval en direction de l'hôpital situé à deux milles nautiques à l'est de l'aéroport, le spécialiste d'information de vol (FSS) n'a pu établir le contact radio avec le pilote. Plusieurs tentatives ont été effectuées pour communiquer avec le pilote en utilisant l'émetteur principal et de relève, mais sans succès. Cependant, le pilote a continué à diffuser ses positions entre 2337Z à 2342Z, où il était en finale pour sa destination. La communication radio a été établie entre le spécialiste et le pilote lors du retour de l'hélicoptère à l'aéroport de Roberval. Après discussion, il semblerait que le volume était probablement baissé donc le pilote ne pouvait entendre aucune communication. Il n'y a eu aucun autre trafic dans la zone de Roberval lors de l'incident.*** ** *** C-GHVD, an Aerospatiale AS50 operated by Canadian Helicopters, was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight to the Roberval (CYRJ) hospital. After the pilot reported being 6 NM west of Roberval, headed toward the hospital located 2 NM east of the airport, the flight service specialist could not establish contact with the pilot. Several attempts were made to communicate with the pilot using the main and backup transmitters, but were unsuccessful. However, the pilot continued to broadcast his positions between 2337Z and 2342Z, when he was on final for his destination. Radio contact was established between the specialist and the pilot when the helicopter returned to the Roberval airport. After discussing the situation, it seems as though the volume was probably turned down, and therefore, the pilot could not hear any of the communication. There was no other traffic in the Roberval area during the incident.

June 1, 2009

Incident at SALLUIT QC (CYZG) (ATS operating irregularity)

L'observateur de la station radio d'aérodrome communautaire (CARS) de Salluit (CYZG) a demandé au centre d'information de vol (FIC) de Québec (CYQB) de fermer le plan de vol de C-GPHN, un Aerospatiale AS50 exploité par Hélicraft 2000. Après quelques recherches, le plan de vol se trouvant dans la mauvaise filière du système de gestion de fichiers (FIMS), l'aéronef n'a pas eu le service d'alerte.*** ** *** The Salluit (CYZG) community aerodrome radio station (CARS) observer asked the Québec (CYQB) flight information centre (FIC) to close the flight plan for C-GPHN, an Aerospatiale AS50 operated by Hélicraft 2000. After a few searches, the flight plan was found in the wrong FSS Information Management System (FIMS) file. The pilot did not receive alerting service.
Mise à jour #1: Des actions ont été prises par Nav Canada.*** ** *** Update #1: Action was taken by NAV CANADA.

Incident at VAL-D'OR QC (CYVO)

Un signal de radiobalise d'urgence (ELT), fort et clair, a été entendu à 1617Z durant deux secondes. Après avoir effectué des recherches, le spécialiste d'information de vol (FSS) de Val-d'Or (CYVO) a trouvé à 1634Z, que le signal provenait de C-GGHA, un hélicoptère AS50 exploité par Heli-Inter, dont le pilote a effectué une vérification de la nouvelle radiobalise hors des heures prévues. Aucun impact sur les opérations ATC.*** ** *** An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was heard loud and clear for two seconds at 1617Z. After conducting some searches, the Val-d'Or (CYVO) flight service specialist found the source of the signal at 1634Z. It was coming from C-GGHA, an AS50 helicopter operated by Heli-Inter, whose pilot had checked his new ELT outside the prescribed hours. There was no impact on ATC operations.
Mise à jour #1: Selon les informations obtenues de la division Aviation générale, le gestionnaire des opérations va s'assurer que les pilotes connaissent les procédures de test des radiobalises d'urgence (ELT).*** ** *** Update #1: According to information received from General Aviation, the operations manager will make sure that the pilots know the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) testing procedures.

August 15, 2009

Incident at 12 NN Northeast of Vancouver

Westjet Airlines WJA131, a Boeing B737 IFR Calgary to Vancouver (CYVR), reported being struck by a green laser in the vicinity of Patullo Bridge (12 NM northeast of CYVR) on approach to Runway 26R (approximately 3000 ft). RCMP helicopter AIR1, an Aerospatiale AS50 VFR CYVR to CYVR, was also hit with a laser in the same general area.

October 19, 2009


UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A09P0352 - The Vancouver Island Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350B1 helicopter (C-GVIA) took off from Campbell River for Menzies Bay. Shortly after take-off, the hydraulic failure light illuminated and the horn sounded. The pilot completed the appropriate checklist which called for all hydraulics to be turned off and returned to Campbell River, where the helicopter landed without further event. Maintenance replaced the hydraulic pressure switch and returned the helicopter to service.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: The VIH Helicopters AS50 had just cleared the CYBL control zone when the Hydraulic Horn and Hydraulic Light activated, Hydraulic isolation was switched off and the aircraft proceeded back to CYBL [6 miles] and landed with Hydraulics Off without incident. Maintenance was carried out and trouble shooting found there to be an indication problem only. The pressure switch p/n MA124-01 s/n 4362 was removed (Date of Manufacture of failed pressure switch was April 2009) and a serviceable switch was installed. The aircraft was ground run, leak checked and the hydraulic system was tested. The aircraft was returned to service.
The VIH Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Campbell River to Menzies Bay, inbound advised of possible hydraulic problems but did not declare an emergency. Red2 was advised and stood by. The aircraft landed without incident.

October 15, 2009

Incident at SMITHERS BC (CYYD)

The Tsayta Aviation Ltd. Cessna C206 (C-GDER), VFR Fort St. James to Smithers, reported exiting McKendricks Pass inbound for the airport. Advisory and traffic was issued to the aircraft. As the pilot was stating his intentions, radio contact was lost. Several attempts were made to establish contact with no success. Aircraft was passed as No Radio (NORDO) traffic to an Aerospatiale AS50 and Beech B190 both on final. Several minutes later the aircraft landed on Runway 15 NORDO. The pilot phoned the FSS and said his radio had stopped working. There was no operational impact.

August 15, 2009

Incident at 12 NN Northeast of Vancouver

Westjet Airlines WJA131, a Boeing B737 IFR Calgary to Vancouver (CYVR), reported being struck by a green laser in the vicinity of Patullo Bridge (12 NM northeast of CYVR) on approach to Runway 26R (approximately 3000 ft). RCMP helicopter AIR1, an Aerospatiale AS50 VFR CYVR to CYVR, was also hit with a laser in the same general area.

July 29, 2009

Incident at 8 NM North of Penticton, BC

UPDATE from Aerodrome Safety: No further action required. The Penticton Airport has a wildlife program in place meeting the regulatory requirement of CAR 302.
The Government of Canada RCMP Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Kelowna to Osoyoos BC, reported a bird strike while en route. It was at 5,000 ft, 8 NM North of Penticton. The AS50 diverted to Penticton to check for damage. No assistance was required. A bird had struck the nose with no damage. The helicopter departed for its destination.

June 22, 2009


Bighorn Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 (C-FETQ), VFR departed north of Waterton park in Alberta destination unknown his ELT was accidentally set off due turbulence. The report was phoned to Cranbrook CYXC FSS the by company.

May 30, 2009


UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: On May 30, 2009 the Blackcomb Helicopters AS355 Twinstar (C-FXBC) was en route from Vancouver (CYVR) to Calgary for some film work. After departing CYVR and in the vicinity of the Pitt Meadows Airport, the pilot thought he experienced a momentary droop of the #2 engine power turbine. The pilot asked for permission to land at Pitt Meadows to examine the aircraft as there was an AME on board at the time. The aircraft landed without incident. The AME examined the governor and fuel control rigging and found no defects. Subsequent ground runs and flights performed over two days did not expose the defect.
The pilot of the Blackcomb Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Vancouver to Kelowna, contacted Pitt Meadows Tower to request landing at Pitt Meadows due to mechanical concerns. The flight landed without incident on Apron 1.

April 28, 2009


The Bighorn Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 (C-FETQ), en route from Cranbrook VOR to Bighorn Helicopters (CBG7) had an ELT malfunction from 1856Z to 1902Z. The pilot did not require assistance and C-FETQ landed safely at CBG7 at 1907Z.

February 20, 2009


Castlegar (CYCG) FSS remained in operation past published operating hours for the arrival and departure of the Blackcomb Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 (C-GSRF), VFR Nelson (CZNL) - CYCG - CZNL. The station closed at 0139Z.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

October 16, 2008

Incident at SEPT-ÎLES QC (CYZV)

LAL8301, a de Havilland Dash 8, operated by Labrador Airways, was conducting an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Wabush (CYWK) to Sept-Îles (CYZV). The crew reported having received a warning from the traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) while the aircraft was on final for Runway 09 at Sept-Îles and an Astar AS50 was taking off westbound, along the beaches. The traffic had been exchanged between the two aircraft and the pilot of the AS50 reported having the traffic in sight.

August 22, 2008

Incident at BAGOTVILLE QC (CYBG) (ATS operating irregularity)

At 1547Z, the tower controller at Bagotville (CYBG) contacted the flight information centre (FIC) at Québec (CYQB) in order to close the flight plan of an Aerospatiale AS50 operated by Expédition Hélicoptère. The aircraft was on the ground so that the pilot could conduct a check. At 2140Z, the tower controller at Bagotville contacted the Québec FIC again to close the helicopter?s flight plan. The aircraft had no alerting service between 1547Z and 2140Z.

July 25, 2008

Incident at ROBERVAL QC (CYRJ) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

An Aerospatiale AS50 helicopter operated by Héli-inter had flown under Visual Flight Rules from Chute des passes (CYDG) to Roberval (CYRJ). The pilot did not make contact with the FSS in Rouyn-Noranda (CYUY) upon landing, as had been requested. The FSS received confirmation that the helicopter had landed from the airport manager. No impact on ATC operations.

July 24, 2008

Incident at LA GRANDE RIVIÈRE QC (CYGL) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

A Hélicoptère AS50 operated by Les Hélicoptères Abitibi was making a local flight under Visual Flight Rules in the Hélico Whapchiwem area. The pilot made initial contact 14 NM southeast of La Grande Rivière (CYGL) but the requirement is that initial contact in the MF zone of La Grande Rivière be made at 15 NM.

January 28, 2008


A Canadian Helicopters Aerospatial AS50 was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) flight to a destination 10 NM northeast of La Grande Rivière (CYGL). At 2110Z, the La Grande Rivière flight service specialist (FSS) made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the helicopter pilot. At 2130Z, the flight crew of AIE782, an aircraft operated by Air Inuit, inbound to La Grande Rivière, notified the FSS that they were in contact with the helicopter pilot on frequency 126.7. Radio contact was finally established between the La Grande Rivière FSS and the helicopter pilot at 2135Z at 14 NM south of the flight service station. The aircraft landed at its base at 2151Z. The cause of the radio problem is still unknown. **** ** **** Un Aerospatiale AS50 exploité par Hélicoptères Canadiens, effectuait un vol selon les règles de vol à vue (VFR) pour se rendre à 10 milles nautiques au nord-est de La Grande Rivière (CYGL). À 2110Z, le spécialiste d'information de vol (FSS) de La Grande Rivière a essayé à plusieurs reprises et sans succès de contacter le pilote de l'hélicoptère. À 2130Z, l'équipage d'AIE782, un appareil exploité par Air Inuit, qui était en rapprochement pour La Grande Rivière a avisé le spécialiste d'information de vol qu'il était en contact avec le pilote de l'hélicoptère sur la fréquence 126.7. Le contact radio a été finalement rétabli entre le spécialiste d'information de vol de La Grande Rivière et le pilote de l'hélicoptère à 2135Z à 14 milles nautiques au sud de la station. L'aéronef a atterri à sa base à 2151Z. La cause du problème radio est demeurée inconnue.

December 16, 2008


RCMP Flight AIR5, an Aerospatiale AS50 VFR origin unknown to Campbell River, arrived no radio (NORDO). There was no impact on operations. The aircraft was on Frequency 122.2.

December 7, 2008


Initial contact from the Qwest Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR origin unknown to Fort Nelson, was 4 NM North of the Airport. There was no operational impact.

September 24, 2008


UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: The pilot has been counselled. No further action required.
The Bailey Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR origin unknown to Dawson Creek, did not report down after reporting final. Maintenance confirmed the aircraft down at 2133Z.

September 30, 2008


The private American-registered Northstar Trekking Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Ketchikan AK to Seal Cove (Public), arrived without a transborder flight plan.

August 9, 2008

Incident at VICTORIA (GEN HOSP) BC (Heli) (CBW7)

The Talon Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Seattle-Boeing Field to Victoria (General Hospital), flew transborder without an active flight plan.
UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: A cross border flight plan was opened but not handed off from Seattle to Victoria.

August 5, 2008

Incident at NELSON BC (CZNL)

An inadvertent ELT signal was received at Nelson (CZNL) from the High Terrain Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR CZNL to CZNL.

July 13, 2008


The pilot of the Qwest Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR origin unknown to Dawson Creek (CYDQ), did not report down at CYDQ. Confirmed down by local agency at 0109Z.
UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: The company has addressed the issue. No further action required.

June 26, 2008

Accident at Williston Lake (5626.151N 12417.998W)

Pacific Western Helicopters Ltd Aerospatiale AS50 origin and destination unknown was reported to have crashed in the east end of Williston Lake, BC. The cause and extent of the damage is currently unknown. There are no reported injuries. The accident was reported by a nearby Fire Warden Troy White.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A08P0193: The Pacific Western Helicopters Eurocopter AS350BA helicopter experienced a sudden loss of engine power in flight and landed heavily in a creek bed near Williston Lake, BC. There were no injuries to the four persons on board. This helicopter had the Rolls Royce 250-C30M engine installation. Examination revealed a loose B-nut on the FCU. Class of Investigation being assessed.
UPDATE Commercial & Business Aviation: Change OPI to Maintenance & Manufacturing.

March 14, 2008


Government of Canada, RCMP Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Origin unknown to Dawson Creek failed to provide FSS with a down call. Helicopter was located shortly thereafter on the Apron by ST20.

February 23, 2008


The privately-registered Robinson R22, VFR origin/destination unknown, entered the Abbotsford Control Zone without authorization. A U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Eurocopter AS50 reported the aircraft identification.

January 10, 2008

Accident at Douglas Island (3 NM West of Pitt Meadows, Douglas Island)

UPDATE from System Safety: TSB Final Report A08P0011 received.
An American privately registered Astar Alaska Eurocopter AS50, VFR Pitt Meadows to Pitt Meadows (CYPK) was working at Douglas Island with a long line. At 1907Z the pilot informed CYPK Control tower that they had a minor crash landing on the island. The two occupants did not suffer any injuries and emergency services were not required. Private arrangements had been made to retrieve the two occupants.
UPDATE from TSB: Class of Investigation assessed as a Class 3. (Upgraded to an accident and OPI changed to System Safety.)
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A08P0011: The two occupants of the Eurocopter ASTAR AS350 B3, being operated by Prism Helicopters, were doing some long line training, using a 100' line with an empty remote hook, when the helicopter experienced a power loss (Turbomeca Arriel 2B, serial number 22083, TTSN:2304.9). The weather at the time of the incident was rain, visibility was about 5 miles, wind was light and variable with a temperature of about 3 degrees C. The helicopter had been maneuvered the aircraft over to a tree about 30' tall and was hovering with the line near the top of the tree. When the helicopter descended about ten feet power was pulled back in to arrest the decent. The helicopter did not respond and continued to descend slowly. The pilot immediately lowered the collective pitch. The throttle was twisted toward the "Vol" setting, but this had no effect. Still moving forward a 180 degree turn was executed and preparation made for a hard landing. Upon impact, the aircraft settled about 15 degrees to the right, and the main rotor blades contacted some very small trees. The engine continued running and the rotor RPM was low. The pilot twisted the throttle to the ground idle position and shut the engine off, pulled the rotor brake and brought the blades to a stop. Neither of the two occupants were injured. The aircraft skid gear and belly panels were damaged. After the blades had stopped the throttle was moved back back to the "Vol" position. A short time later, it was observed that the warning light panel, that in addition to the seven announciator lights which are normally illuminated, the red "Gov" light was on. Company maintenance and Turbomeca personnel subsequently extracted stored data from the Engine Electronic Computer Unit (EECU) and Homogenized Metering Unit (HMU) Computer. A fault codes was indicated. Components will be removed for further evaluation. Class of Investigation is being assessed. (OPI changed to Maintenance & Manufacturing.)

August 7, 2008

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

AS50 failed to report at least 5 minutes prior to entering the MF zone.

July 9, 2008


The following aircraft operated in the Fort McMurray control zone without properly functioning Mode C transponder: AS55 20:34Z AS55 19:56Z AS50 22:47Z.

December 5, 2007

Incident at TERRACE BC (CYXT)

Upon arrival and on short final, the pilot of the Lakelse Air Ltd. Aerospatiale AS50, VFR origin unknown to Terrace, advised he was making an emergency landing short of the intended helipad on the apron. Winds were gusting to 35 knots. The aircraft landed safely. The pilot did not advise the FSS of the exact nature of the emergency.
UPDATE/ add info TSB: A07P0403: The Lakelse Air Aerospatiale AS 350B-2 helicopter took off from the Thornhill helipad for a nearby logging camp. Soon after establishing in cruise flight the engine (Lycoming 101-700) began to compressor stall and lost power momentarily. The pilot diverted to Terrace airport, declared an emergency with the tower, and landed on the apron. Maintenance inspection found no faults. The inlet barrier filter was changed and the helicopter returned to service.

November 29, 2007

Incident at LANGLEY REGIONAL BC (CYNJ) (Navigation error, Conflict - potential, Conflict - loss of separation)

The TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Langley (CYNJ) to CYNJ, was doing hoverwork on the west side of the airport. He requested and was cleared for a westbound departure along the west helicopter route. Instead, the AS50 departed eastbound toward the active Runway 01 and circuit traffic. Due to the controllers facing west into the low setting sun, his mistake was not spotted until he approached the runway and then corrective action was taken as the Langley Flying School Piper P28, VFR CYNJ to CYNJ, was on short final for a touch and go. The controller told the pilot of the AS50 that he was instructed to depart westbound and not eastbound, and the pilot admitted to the error.
UPDATE from ANS & Airspace: No further action required.

October 18, 2007

Incident at FORT NELSON BC (CYYE) (Conflict - potential)

UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: The pilot of the AS50 reported he had the engine started at 1530 local time. The weather was below VFR (4 miles and 800 ft overcast) and in accordance with the agreement with Fort Nelson Flight Services requested a "South Special VFR Route" departure. Fort Nelson FSS issued a clearance for a South SVFR Departure and reported (company) traffic inbound on the North SVFR Route, which had not yet reported at 'Junction' checkpoint, but was about to. The pilot reported he would not lift off until he had the traffic in sight, and the FSS concurred. Once visual with the inbound traffic he proceeded to take off. During a break in FSS transmission with a departing QWest helicopter, the inbound Jetranger reported 'Junction' (checkpoint). The FSS broke transmission with Qwest, asked the AS50 pilot if he was airborne who replied affirmative with traffic in sight, and then advised the pilot the final leg of the SVFR route was restricted to one helicopter at a time. At no time during departure was there a risk of collision. The procedures were reviewed with regards to the final airport/junction checkpoint, which Nav Canada will review with their staff re phraseology (FSS issued the pilot a 'clearance' for takeoff, despite an inbound aircraft about to be reporting at a key waypoint). It was agreed the FSS would not issue 'clearance' to a departing helicopter when there was an inbound helicopter established on one of the corridors, but instead have the departing aircraft 'stand by for clearance'.
A Highland, AS50, VFR, CYYE to CYYE, was given a departure advisory for the south SVFR corridor in the Fort Nelson Zone with traffic passed as a Highland, B06, VFR, CYYE to CYYE, in the north SVFR corridor, reporting at the SYD bridge. The AS50 advised they would wait thr the traffic. the AS50 departed into the corridor when the B06 was on the junction to final leg.

September 27, 2007


The pilot of the VIH Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR origin unknown to Dawson Creek, did not report down upon arrival. Airport staff reported that the aircraft was on the ramp.
UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: The VIH Helicopters' pilot assures that he did report having landed. The Nav Canada Specialist may not have heard or was away from the radio. The pilot has been advised by the company to expect a reply to his radio transmissions in cases such as this.

September 23, 2007

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

The pilot of the Canadian Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Fort St. John to Fort St. John, did not make the mandatory final call.

August 22, 2007

Incident at PORT HARDY BC (CYZT) (Conflict - IFR & VFR, Communication error, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

An American privately registered Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Origin unknown to Port Hardy check in with the FSS 9 NM west of the field and was notified that the weather was below SVFR. Pilot said that he intended to fly closer towards town (5 nm) and land on a road. Hawkins Aviation Pilatus PC12, IFR Port Hardy to Boundary Bay was on departure Runway 25 when AS50 was observed on a 1 mile final for Runway 07.

August 12, 2007

Incident at CHETWYND BC (CYCQ)

CMCC Trenton formed an initial SARSAT composite 77058/59 in the vicinity of Hudson Hope. High flying aircraft also heard an ELT tone. The 442 Squadron Buffalo was tasked to home the signal. Fort St. John FSS reported no known TFC in the vicinity SARSAT composite datum. The ELT tone was isolated to the VIH Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50 located at Chetwynd Airfield. The Buffalo 456 stood down. The ELT activated after the pilot of the aircraft completed a hard landing during a practise autorotation to the Chetwynd Airfield. The incident was a false alarm with no distress.

August 3, 2007

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ)

The Canadian Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Fort St. John to Fort St. John, did not make the mandatory call on final.

July 19, 2007

Incident at QUESNEL BC (CYQZ)

UPDATE from Commercial & Business Aviation: As a result of conversations with Highland Helicopters Chief Pilot, it appears that the pilot in command of the AS50 was not advised that the weather had dropped below VFR minima by ATC prior to his entering the control zone. Therefore, the pilot was not in a position to request special VFR clearance, nor did he know the minima was now at SVFR and proceeded as originally cleared.
A Highland Helicopters, AS50, VFR ZZZ to ZZZ reported 9 SE YQZ inbound for landing 3 SW YQZ. YQZ SPECI 2002Z Ceiling 007 BKN. No SVFR authorization was obtained for the aircraft to enter CZ. The aircraft landed 2016Z.

July 18, 2007


UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: After take-off the pilot was changing channels to frequency 126.70 when the radio controls failed and, in the process, lost frequency 122.20. The aircraft returned to base and a repaired KY196 radio was installed and tested serviceable. The aircraft was returned to service.
Qwest Helicopters Aerospatiale AS50, VFR Fort Nelson to Fort Nelson (CYYE) departed CYYE at 0024z. At 0031 the pilot advised via cell phone that he had a Radio failure and would be returning to CYYE. Qwest Helicopters landed without incident at 0036z.

July 15, 2007

Incident at PORT HARDY BC (CYZT)

UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A07P0251: The Cessna 182D aircraft was on a VFR flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy. About 50 nm south of Port Hardy the aircraft flew through a heavy rain shower. After passing through the shower both VHF radios failed. The pilot continued to Port Hardy using NORDO procedures and landed on runway 16 without further event. After some time on the ground both radios functioned normally again.
The privately-registered Cessna C182, VFR Chilliwack to Port Hardy, was observed performing No Radio (NORDO) procedures at Port Hardy. Traffic was passed to an inbound West Coast Helicopters Maintenance & Contracting Aerospatiale AS50 and a departing Pacific Coastal Airlines Grumman G21. Both aircraft experienced short delays until the C182 landed.
UPDATE from General Aviation: The incident has been reviewed, and no further action is required at this time.