July 28, 2020

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

While on final approach, a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVO/BLS318) from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) had a landing gear indication. On a fly-over, a staff vehicle advised that the gear appeared to be down. The aircraft landed safely.

November 18, 2019

Incident at 10NM DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYXL/BLS318) from Dryden, ON (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) was issued a clearance to 5000ft and climbed to 5500ft before descending to and levelling at 5000ft. No impact to operations.

November 15, 2019

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GWVH/BLS318) on a flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) initiated a missed approach due to a gear indication. The aircraft then entered a VFR hold to troubleshoot the issue and landed safely at 1339Z. No impact on operations.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Metro 3 C-GWVH had a gear indication issue on final into Red Lake. Upon gear down selection, the pilot got 2 green and 1 black indication. 30 seconds later, the #1 gear indicated green. Aircraft was ferried back to CYWG with gear down. Maintenance found the #1 gear down lock switches to be intermittent, and so replaced the switches.

July 24, 2019

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SA227-AC (C-GMEW/BLS318) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) stated taxiing for Runway 08. Reported airborne and observed on radar off of Runway 26. No impact to operations.

July 26, 2019

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYRL/BLS318) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported a bird strike landing Runway 25, no remains found.

September 13, 2019

Incident at 30NM WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVH/BLS318) on a flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) reported a mechanical issue on engine #2 and declared an emergency. The pilot advised returning to Winnipeg and shutting down the engine. The aircraft landed safely at 1150Z. No impact to operations.
Update TSB Report #A19C0115: C-GJVH, a Fairchild SA227-DC aircraft operated by Perimeter Aviation, was conducting flight BLS318 from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Intl (CYWG), MB, to Red Lake (CYRL), ON. During the climb the flight crew observed a number 2 engine fire light indication. The crew conducted a precautionary engine shutdown, declared an emergency and landed the aircraft in CYWG without further incident.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Metro 23 C-GJVH had an air return in YWG due to a #2 engine fire light illuminating. After return, maintenance inspected the aircraft and found the right-hand (R/H) fire extinguisher logic module connector corroded. The connector and logic module were replaced. Fleet campaign being carried out to inspect the affected module on the remaining Metro 23 fleet.

March 15, 2019

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SA226-TC (BLS318) from Winnipeg/Richardson Intl, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) rejected its takeoff due to an unspecified reason. The aircraft taxied back to the apron. No operational impact.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. A Bearskin Airlines Swearingen SA226-TC (C-FYAG/BLS318) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) had a ground turn back in Winnipeg, MB (YWG) due to a generator falling offline. Maintenance replaced the effected generator with no change. Left-hand (L/H) generator relay PN: A-703DB was also replaced and the aircraft tested serviceable.

August 13, 2018

Incident at 5NM SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (YXL) NDB

After departure from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL), a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D (WSG947) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) was cleared to 14,000 feet en route to CYRL. A short time later, a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (BLS318) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) departed on a VFR departure, and after being radar-identified, was cleared to maintain 10,000 feet. The aircraft flew parallel tracks separated by 3 miles laterally, with WSG947 approximately 2,000 feet above BLS318. The controller recognized the error and stopped the climb for BLS318 at 8,000 feet after observing WSG947 climbing through 9,000 feet.

August 24, 2018

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVW/BLS318) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) declared a mayday at 1223Z due to engine failure. The aircraft landed without incident at CYXL at 1243Z. No impact to operations.

September 8, 2017

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

After clearing the Red Lake, ON (YRL) control zone, a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYQT/ BLS318) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) advised Kenora Flight Service Station (YQK FSS) that they were returning to Red Lake, ON due to a gear indication. No assistance was required and the aircraft landed safely.

July 14, 2017

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVB/ BLS318) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) called Sioux Lookout aerodrome advisory service (AAS) on the Mandatory Frequency (122.0). BLS318 had an IFR flight plan filed. BLS318 was asked to standby due to Flight Service Station (FSS) was providing continual traffic information to four inbound aircraft estimating in 3 to 5 minutes and using opposite end runways: PC12 from SE, Runway 34 in 3 min; MU2 from NE, Runway 16 in 3 min; PA31 from NW, Runway 16 in 4 min; PC12 from SE, Runway 34 in 5 min. BLS318's next call on 122.0 was while holding short of Runway 16/34 on Taxiway Bravo and directed to an inbound aircraft.

July 4, 2017

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SA227-CC (C-FXUS/BLS318) had an IFR flight plan from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT). The aircraft requested a VFR departure. The flight departed Runway 16 without approval. The aircraft was advised once airborne that its VFR had not been approved, and the pilot indicated that they were proceeding VFR on a company itinerary.

September 15, 2017

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVW/BLS318) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) rejected take-off on Runway 36 due to a gauge indication. BLS318 taxied back to the apron. No impact to operations.

September 16, 2016

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (ATM - weather observation systems)

An aerodrome special meteorological report (SPECI) was recorded at 1234Z and the Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) automatic terminal information service (ATIS) was updated with an incorrect altimeter setting (29.36 vs. 29.86). At 1256Z, a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D (WSG919) from CYXL to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) queried the discrepancy when they were taxiing for departure and the altimeter was corrected. A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SA227-DC (BLS318) from CYXL to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) departed at 1243Z and questioned the discrepancy through air traffic control (ATC) at 1259Z. Two 2320127 Ontario Inc. de Havilland DHC-3 (C-FCZP and C-FNWX) arrived at Pelican Lake at 1248Z and 1251Z. It is unknown if they had received the incorrect ATIS information.

September 9, 2016

Incident at 9NM NW SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVC/BLS318) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) requested a lower altitude with Winnipeg area control center (ACC) and received clearance to descend to 7 000 feet. BLS318 received clearance to descend to 7 000 feet and read back the clearance correctly. BLS318 was observed on radar descending below 7 000 feet. BLS318 was queried regarding altitude and advised that they had been cleared to 3 000 feet. BLS318 was subsequently cleared for an approach into CYXL.

July 30, 2016

Incident at 14NM SE SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SW4 (BLS318) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported deviating due to a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) advisory climbing through approximately 7800 FT eastbound after departure from CYXL. Traffic was a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900 (WSG615) from CYQT to CYXL who had cancelled IFR on descent to CYXL. Traffic advisories had been provided to both aircraft by the Winnipeg Area Control Centre (ACC) controller. BLS318 was observed on radar passing 2000 FT above WSG615 and 0.3 miles laterally. No other impact to operations.

July 18, 2016

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A privately registered Super Lambair from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Dauphin, MB (CYDN) was taxiing for departure Runway 34. On the threshold of Runway 34 they were unable to manoeuvre to line up with the runway. Pilot exited the aircraft and was able to physically turn the aircraft and departed at 1251Z. Two aircraft on final Runway 34, a Wasaya Airways Pilatus PC 12 (WSG5511) and a Wasaya Airways Beech 1900 (WSG915) delayed their arrival approximately 13 minutes and two aircraft a Wasaya Airways Cessna 208B (WSG126) and a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild Dornier SA-227DC (BLS318) delayed their departure approximately 14 minutes.

December 11, 2013

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

National Voice Communication System (NVCS) at the Red Lake, ON (CYRL) operating position was configured incorrectly overnight. Relieving specialist became aware during the position hand-off. Several calls missed from a Bearskin Lake Air Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYXL/ BLS318) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL), position configured correctly at 1246Z with BLS318 on final runway 26.

September 19, 2012

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

UPDATE Supplemental information received from Red Lake Airport staff [2012/09/19]: Red Lake Airport Airfield Maintenance staff reported that the birdstrike (with a large Canada Goose) occurred 50 feet west of the threshold of runway 08. Weather conditions at the time were light rain, sky overcast with a ceiling of approximately 900 feet. Kenora F.S.S. staff were advised (and they implemented at bird alert advisory), as were Bearskin Airlines dispatch staff. Aircraft damage (if any) is unknown.
The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227DC aircraft (C-GJVB, operating as flight BLS318) was nearing the conclusion of an IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. reported that the aircraft was involved in a birdstrike (with a Canada Goose) while on final for runway 08 at 1145Z. The birdstrike was reported by the operator of STAFF41 at 1334Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

May 14, 2012

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (C-GYHD operating as flight BLS318) was concluding a VFR flight from Red Lake (CYRL) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). The flight crew of BLS318 reported that they had struck a small bird while they were landing runway 12. The Airport authority found remains of a small sparrow hawk on the runway. No other operational impact.

February 27, 2012

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

The Perimeter Aviation LP Beech E-95 aircraft (C-FKMZ, operating as flight PAG80) was concluding an IFR flight from Kenora Airport (CYQK) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). NAV CANADA staff at Winnipeg ACC advised that the aircraft blew a tire on landing on runway 12/30 at 1350Z. The aircraft was disabled on the runway until 1436Z. Ops. impact -- two flights -- BLS318 and BLS307 -- were delayed. No other aircraft involved.

November 17, 2012

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

Bearskin Lake Air Service, flight BLS318, rejected take off on runway 31 at Winnipeg due to an indication. BLS318 departed runway 31 safely at 1221z.

January 13, 2011

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

BLS318 REJECTED TAKE OFF DUE TO INDICATION. PROBLEM SOLVED AND DEPARTED AT 1217Z. NO OTHER AIRCRAFT INCONVENIENCED.

August 14, 2010

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (Incursion - runway - animal, Aerodrome - other, Aerodrome - operations)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Limited Fairchild SA227DC aircraft (operating as BLS318) was commencing an IFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The aircraft was taxiing for departure on runway 12 and reported two dogs on the runway. Dryden airport staff were not available for runway check. BLS318 waited a few minutes until the dogs were clear of the runway. No other operational impact.

July 20, 2010

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Limited Fairchild SA227DC aircraft (operating as BLS318) was concluding a scheduled IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). After landing on runway 08, the flight crew reported a coyote on the runway. Ops. impact - none.

February 4, 2010

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (Other operational incident, ATM - weather observation systems)

NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout F.S.S. reported that the Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) AWOS was reporting a visibility of 1 3/8SM while the flight crews of BLS318 and PAG80 both advised that the visibility was greater than six (6) miles with sky clear. PIREPS were issued for VFR weather conditions. Subsequently, the Dryden Regional Airport AWOS was reporting a visibility of 2 3/8SM while the pilot of another aircraft advised that the visibility was greater than ten (10)SM with CAVOK weather.

December 2, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Communication error, ATS operating irregularity)

The scheduled Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Wasaya Airways Pilatus PC12/45 operating as WSG5507 was inbound to Sioux Lookout Municipal Airport, Sioux Lookout, ON, (CYXL) from Thunder Bay International Airport, Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) estimating 1431z. The scheduled Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Wasaya Airways Beech 1900D operating as WSG920 was inbound to CYXL from CYQT and arrived at 1423z. The Winnipeg Area Control Centre (ACC) controller received the arrival time on WSG920 from Sioux Lookout Flight Service Station (XL FSS) and recorded it on the flight progress strip, but did not remove the flight progress strip from the control board. At 1431z, the Winnipeg ACC controller issued a clearance to BLS318 departing CYXL with a clearance valid restriction referencing an arrival time for WSG920 instead of WSG5507. WSG5507 subsequently cancelled IFR prior to a Bearskin Lake Swearingen SW4 operating as BLS318 departing CYXL for CYQT. Ops. impact - unknown

March 18, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (TCAS alert, Other operational incident, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227CC aircraft (C-GYTL, operating as flight BLS318) was ready to depart on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). The Bamaji Air Ltd. Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft (C-GIPR) was taxiing in preparation for departure on a VFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Round Lake (Weagamow Lake) Airport (CZRJ). The Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership Beech 1900D aircraft (operating as flight WSG1901) was inbound on an IFR flight from Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). BLS318 was on the threshold of runway 34 when they advised of a TCAS alert on the field or within two (2) miles of the airport. Bamaji Air Ltd. was taxiing on the apron with the aircraft's transponder on and had not yet contact Sioux Lookout F.S.S. WSG1901 was 24NM southeast of Sioux Lookout, inbound for runway 34. There was no other reported traffic in the vicinity. BLS318 departed at 1405Z without incident. Ops. impact -- unknown.

January 16, 2009

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (ATM - weather observation systems)

NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout F.S.S. were advised by the flight crew of BLS318 that the AWOS was inaccurate. The flight crew reported no cloud below 7,000 feet while the AWOS was reporting visibility as 2½ miles in light snow with a few clouds at 100 feet and an overcast ceiling at 900 feet, 1,800 feet and 3,600 feet.

February 2, 2009

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG)

Shortly after departure, BLS318 reported an indicator problem and advised returning to the airport. No assistance required. Aircraft landed safely without further incident at 1256z. No operational impact.

December 8, 2008

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (ATM - weather observation systems)

NAV CANADA staff advised that at 1358Z, the flight crew of BLS318 reported CAVOK weather conditions while the Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) AWOS reported IFR weather. At 1412Z, the flight crew of PAG80 reported CAVOK weather conditions while the AWOS reported IFR weather. No explanation for the reporting delay was provided.

September 27, 2008

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Bearskin Lake Air Service ( Fairchild SA227 Aircraft ) (Operating as BLS318 ) was on an IFR flight from Red Lake (CYRL) to Dryden (CYHD). BLS318 landed Runway 12 and advised of a bird strike - no assistance required. Bird remains removed from runway - no operational impact.

August 23, 2008

Incident at about 40NM southwest of Red Lake (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS318) was on an IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The flight crew were issued, and read back, 9,000 feet, descent pilot's discretion. The aircraft descended through 9,000 feet to 7,000 feet before asking for lower. The flight was then cleared to the Red Lake Airport for an approach. Ops. impact -- unknown (no other aircraft involved).

May 16, 2007

Incident at RED LAKE (Howey Bay) ON (Water) (CKS4) (Weather - visibility, Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The float-equipped Green Airways Ltd. Cessna A-185F aircraft was preparing to depart on a VFR flight from Red Lake water aerodrome (CKS4) to [destination not reported]. The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as BLS318) was concluding an IFR flight from [origin not reported] to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). At 1211Z, the Green Airways Ltd. pilot was taxiing the floatplane at the waterbase and was given weather as below VFR (SVFR would be required to depart). The pilot of the aircraft indicated that they would remain in the exclusion zone and was asked to report airborne and clear to the east. At 1214Z, BLS318 was on approach for runway 08 at Red Lake Airport and the flight crew requested information on traffic in the vicinity of Mackenzie Island (located one (1) mile northwest of Red Lake Airport). An aircraft identified as the Green Airways Ltd. floatplane was transiting through the approach to Red Lake Airport runway 08 in IMC. Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 14, 2007

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Overshoot/missed approach, Other operational incident, Aircraft navigation/communication equipment)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC Metro aircraft (operating as BLS318) was concluding a scheduled IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). The Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology Cessna C-172N aircraft was being flown VFR in the circuit at Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). BLS318 experienced a communications failure while on final for runway 07. The flight crew initiated an overshoot and established contact on the missed approach. The Cessna C-172N aircraft was cleared for a full stop and exited the runway until BLS318 cancelled IFR and landed without incident at 1554Z. Ops. impact - the Cessna C-172N aircraft was delayed for approximately five (5) minutes.

February 20, 2007

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. (Fairchild SA-227AC) aircraft (operating as (BLS318) contacted Sioux Lookout (CYXL) Flight Service Station (FSS) at 1345 inbound to Dryden (CYHD) estimated at 1352. YXL FSS attempted to contact the aircraft at 1350. An aircraft waiting for departure advised FSS BLS318 had landed. BLS318 then advised FSS they were on at 1354.

July 13, 2006

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227-AC aircraft (operating as BLS318) was departing on a VFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The aircraft took off at 1246Z and returned due to an indicator problem. No assistance was required. The aircraft landed without incident at 1253Z.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2006/07/17]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) contacted the operator's Quality Assurance staff for more information on this occurrence. The CASI was advised that the cargo door light on the annunciator panel came on after take-off from runway 11 and the aircraft was not pressurizing as it climbed. The aircraft was turned around and returned to land on runway 29. After shutdown, the cargo door handle was observed to be ajar. The handle was re-secured and the illuminated cargo door lights extinguished. The remainder of the trip was completed without further incident.

October 20, 2005

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA227AC aircraft (C-FFZN, operating as BLS318) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). The flight crew reported that the aircraft struck a bird when it was one-half (½) of a mile final for runway 25. No reported damage.

March 10, 2005

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (ATM - weather observation systems)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as BLS318) was on a VFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). The aircraft was inbound for landing while the Dryden Regional Airport AWOS was reporting C9 OVC VIS 9SM. The flight crew reported the weather as VFR and indicated that they would be landing regardless. The aircraft landed at 1425Z without incident. An operator on the ground at Dryden Regional Airport reported that airport equipment blowing snow may have affected the AWOS readings.

September 14, 2004

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Aerodrome - other)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Beech 99 aircraft (C-GQAH, operating as BLS318) was departing on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). The flight crew aborted the take-off (at 1309Z) due to seagulls. The aircraft backtracked and departed without further incident at 1311Z.

March 8, 2003

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. aircraft (BE10) (operating as BLS318) was an IFR flight which departed the Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG) for the Red Lake Airport (CYRL). BLS318 diverted to the Sioux Lookout (CYXL) due to a landing gear problem. BLS318 did not declare an emergency but requested the AFF to be on standby at CYXL. Later, when overhead CYXL, BLS318 advised the FSS that the problem had been solved and the gear indication was normal. BLS318 landed without further incident at 1400Z. Ops. impact -- no other aircraft were inconvenienced.
The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Beech A100 aircraft (operating as BLS318) was an IFR flight which departed the Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG) for the Red Lake Airport (CYRL). BLS318 diverted to the Sioux Lookout (CYXL) due to a landing gear problem. BLS318 did not declare an emergency but requested the AFF to be on standby at CYXL. Later, when overhead CYXL, BLS318 advised the FSS that the problem had been solved and the gear indication was normal. BLS318 landed without further incident at 1400Z. Ops. impact -- no other aircraft were inconvenienced.

November 13, 2002

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction, ATS operating irregularity)

The Keystone Air Service aircraft (PA31) (operating as registered C-GGQU) was an IFR flight which departed the Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) enroute to the Pikangikum Airport (CYPM). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. aircraft (BE99) (operating as BLS318) was an IFR flight which departed the Red Lake Airport (CYRL) and was inbound to CYXL. Air Traffic Control (ATC Kenora sector) issued a clearance to C-GGQU which restricted the climb of C-GGQU to 4000 feet and issued a clearance to BLS318 to maintain 5000 feet. At 1500Z, radar information indicated that C-GGQU was climbing through 2800 feet, and at 1501, climbing through 4000 feet. ATC requested Sioux Lookout FSS to instruct C-GGQU to make contact on the ATC Centre frequency and also instructed BLS318 to turn left. At 1502Z, C-GGQU was level at 5000 feet and contacted ATC. ATC, for separation, also turned C-GGQU left. The pilot of C-GGQU indicated that there had been a mis-understanding regarding the departure instruction and the clearance. A subsequent review of the Winnipeg ATC and CYXL FSS tapes indicated that the pilot of C-GGQU received and readback the clearance to 4000 feet. Ops. impact -- separation between C-GGQU and BLS318 reduced to approximately 7 miles before vertical separation was established.

September 5, 2002

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Incursion - runway - aircraft, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The North American Charters 2000 aircraft (C-GFIL, operating as HMR420) was preparing to depart on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Fort Hope Airport (CYFH). The first Bearskin Airlines aircraft (C-GYQT, operating as BLS307) was on a VFR flight from Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The second Bearskin Airlines aircraft (C-GDSL, operating as BLS318) was on a VFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The pilot of HMR420 called Sioux Lookout F.S.S. while taxiing for departure from runway 16 and crossed the hold line on taxiway Alpha before finishing the call and before airport advisory service (A.A.S.) advisory could be given. Ops. impact -- BLS318 and BLS307, both of whom were on approach, were inconvenienced.

November 27, 2001

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

BLS318 (Bearskin Airlines flight 318) was inbound from Red Lake (CYRL) under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). At 1406Z, BLS318 reported cleared for the GPS approach runway 16, 18 DME (distance measuring equipment) northwest of the SAXUB intersection, estimating Sioux Lookout (CYXL) at 1414Z. C-GFIL, operating as North American Charters flight 420 (HMR420), taxied for departure runway 16 for Fort Hope (CYFH). HMR420 requested IFR clearance or Visual Flight Rules (VFR) departure approval from Air Traffic Control (ATC) due to inbound IFR traffic. ATC approved the VFR departure request, which HMR420 accepted and the aircraft departed runway 16 under VFR at 1412Z. BLS318 reported clear of cloud at 3000 feet above sea level (ASL), 7 nm northwest of Sioux Lookout and cancelled IFR. HMR420 reported clear of the zone to the east at 1415Z, through 5000 feet ASL and switched to Winnipeg Centre frequency 132.2. Flight Service (FSS) called ATC and the controller advised HMR420 initial call to him was now level 5500 feet ASL. When questioned on the ceiling, BLS318 advised uniform bases at 3000 feet ASL. BLS310 departed Sioux Lookout to Pickle Lake (CYPL) at 1504Z VFR and when aircraft reported clear of the zone to the northeast at 3000 feet ASL, he estimated ceiling at 3200-3300 ASL. HMR420, when questioned later regarding VFR departure, advised they climbed through a hole in cloud and levelled at 5500 feet ASL due to cloud layer above that altitude. PIREP (pilot report) from BLS318 indicated cloud layer topped at 4500 feet ASL and clear above. Weather: CYXL 1400Z 06028G30 020V100 12 SM S-DRSN OVC020 M09/M13 A3043 SC10.

September 11, 2000

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The aircraft (C-GHVI, operating as BLS318) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The aircraft landed straight in on runway 18 without the flight crew making the mandatory call on final as per the CARs. 11 S.O.B. -- two (2) crew; nine (9) passengers. O.P.I.: PAP

August 17, 2000

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The aircraft (C-GHVI, operating as BLS318) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The aircraft landed on runway 16 when the Sioux Lookout Airport weather (ceiling 300 feet; visibility one (1) mile) was below landing minimums (NDB/DME runway 16 -- 500 feet and 1½ miles; GPS runway 16 -- 460 feet and 1½ miles). Ten (10) S.O.B. -- two (2) crew; eight (8) passengers. O.P.I.: PAP

July 8, 2000

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The pilot of C-GIGS received the airport advisory at 1319Z and requested special VFR authourization (SVFR). SVFR was approved at 1319Z and passed to the pilot of C-GIGS at 1320Z. The pilot reported lifting off and was told to report clear of the zone. The flight crew of BLS317 requested the airport advisory at 1321Z for an IFR flight to Red Lake. At 1326Z, the pilot of C-GIGS was called on the mandatory frequency (MF) to request his position and there was no response. No response was heard on frequencies 122.0, 122.8, 126.0 or 126.7. A float plane in the vicinity was asked to call the pilot of C-GIGS on 122.8 and 126.7 and no reply was heard. The pilot of C-GIGS came on frequency at 1329Z and advised that he was on the ground and had shut down awaiting the SVFR to become valid at 1330Z (the end time of the SVFR authorization). BLS317 taxied off the runway due to an inbound IFR flight and received clearance after that. Ops. impact -- a 15 minute delay to BLS317 from the time the flight crew first received their airport advisory to the time their aircraft became airborne. The first two IFR inbound aircraft (BLS318 and WSG601) were not delayed. A third inbound aircraft (EJA379) may have been delayed. O.P.I.: PAS

June 13, 2000

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The aircraft (C-GFQC, operating as BLS318) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The aircraft was approximately 50 miles southwest of Red Lake when the aircraft's radio lost its receive capability. The aircraft commenced an approach in VFR weather, squawking the communication failure code. At 1220Z, the flight crew cancelled IFR and changed to a VFR transponder code. The aircraft landed safely at Red Lake Airport at 1228Z. Ops. impact -- unknown. 16 S.O.B. -- two (2) crew; 14 passengers.

January 27, 2000

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The aircraft (C-GQAH, operating as BLS318) was on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). Sioux Lookout F.S.S. issued a clearance for the flight to the Thunder Bay Airport to maintain 4,000 feet. The aircraft departed Sioux Lookout at 1435Z. At 1437Z, the aircraft was observed on radar climbing through 4,600 feet. The flight crew were contacted and acknowledged that their cleared altitude was 4,000 feet. The aircraft was radar identified and re-cleared to maintain 9,000 feet. Ops. impact -- no other aircraft were affected. Nine (9) S.O.B. -- two (2) crew; seven (7) passengers. O.P.I.: PAP Follow-up information from Aviation Enforcement [2000/04/17]: In this case, counselling of the pilot was deemed appropriate and the case was closed. The pilot was co-operative in the investigation and explained that the problem was likely due to miscommunication in the cockpit. It was determined that enforcement action was neither appropriate nor necessary in this case to assure future compliance.

October 1, 1999

Incident at near Red Lake (Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. aircraft (C-FFZN, operating as BLS317) was on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). BLS317 was cleared to Red Lake from Sioux Lookout at 14,000 feet and estimating Red Lake at 1404Z. The aircraft was given an initial descent altitude of 8,000 feet due to conflicting company traffic (C-GPEM, operating as BLS318) which was cleared off Red Lake Airport (CYRL) for Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) at 7,000 feet. BLS318 had departed Red Lake at 1353Z. The Controller noticed that BLS317 had descended to 7,200 feet and quickly confirmed the cleared altitude and the aircraft climbed back to 8,000 feet. Ops. impact -- unknown. S.O.B.: - BLS317 - 20: two (2) crew; 18 passengers; and - BLS318 - 10: two (2) crew; eight (8) passengers. O.P.I.: PAS Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A99C0248): Flight BLS317, a Fairchild SW4, registration C-FFZN, was given an initial descent altitude of 8,000 feet on approach to the Red Lake Airport. Meanwhile, flight BLS318 had departed Red Lake destined for Sioux Lookout and cleared to 7,000 feet. The Controller then noticed that flight BLS317 had descended to 7,200 feet and quickly confirmed the cleared altitude and flight BLS317 then climbed back to 8,000 feet. Response from the First Officer who was flying the aircraft at the time indicated that when the Captain requested ""Direct the initial fix for the VOR DME runway 26 for Red Lake"" and Winnipeg Centre replied ""Cleared as requested"" he misunderstood the clearance given as an approach clearance.

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