June 9, 2020

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVH/BLS362) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) declared a medical emergency during short final. Requested ambulance upon arrival. No impact to operations.

June 20, 2019

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Incursion - runway - animal)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-CC (C-FXUS/BLS362) from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) aborted takeoff at 1912Z due to a fox on the runway. The aircraft then backtracked and departed at 1914Z. Airport operator (APO) advised.

October 1, 2019

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

A Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SA227 (BLS362) on a flight from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) was given wrong altitude during departure clearance.

September 1, 2019

Incident at 56NM RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

An American corporately registered Cirrus SR22 (N90MG) on a flight from Thompson, MB (CYTH) to Duluth, MN (KDLH) was cleared to A090 and came into surveillance range at A129. Air traffic control (ATC) attempted contact with the aircraft but the pilot was on the wrong frequency. The aircraft climbed further to A160 and was re-cleared to A150 when communication re-established. Perimeter Aviation flight BLS362 was vectored while on descent into Red Lake, ON (CYRL).

August 1, 2019

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Switchback Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 B3 (C-FZQW) departing Runway 26 had a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) alert for traffic, a Perimeter Aviation Swearingen SA227-AC (C-GMEW/BLS362) on a flight form Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) departing 3NM WSW of Red Lake, ON (CYRL) northbound.

June 3, 2019

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVW/BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) declared an emergency with a right engine fire indication light warning. Emergency services were contacted and they continued the approach on to Runway 16. The aircraft landed without incident and there was no other impact on operations.
Update TSB #A19C0058: C-GJVW, a Fairchild SA227-DC aircraft operated by Perimeter Aviation (dba Bearskin Airlines), was conducting flight BLS362 from Red lake (CYRL), ON to Sioux Lookout (CYXL), ON with 2 crew members and 4 passengers on board. During cruise flight, the flight crew received a number 2 engine fire light on the fire panel. The engine operating parameters appeared normal, so the flight crew decided to keep the engine running and continued to destination. An emergency was declared, and the aircraft landed without further incident. After the landing, the flight crew stopped the aircraft on the runway and shut the number 2 engine down. The aircraft taxied to the apron, and there was no indication of any smoke or fire. A subsequent inspection of the system by the operators maintenance revealed loose terminal connections to the oil cooler fire detector. The loose terminals were repaired, and the aircraft was returned to service.

October 14, 2018

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-CC (C-FXUS/BLS362) from Sault Ste. Marie, ON (CYAM) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) was sent around due to a slow departure ahead.

June 15, 2018

Incident at 25NM RED LAKE ON VOR/DME (YRL)

A Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVO/BLS362) from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson Int'l, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) was cleared to, and read back, descent to 12 000 feet, but was observed on radar descending through 11 600, and instructed to climb back to 12 000 feet. Conflicting IFR non-radar traffic was North of Red lake, ON, VOR/DME (YRL) at 11 000. No other operational impact.

February 25, 2018

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

At 1927Z, a Red Lake, ON (CYRL) aerodrome vehicle operator called the Kenora Flight Station (FS) to report that a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVC/BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Dryden Regional, ON (CYHD) aborted take-off. The vehicle operator reported that the vehicle (TT170) was still on the runway when BLS362 had commenced its takeoff roll. BLS362 did not advise of a take-off roll or an aborted take-off.

August 26, 2018

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

The crew of a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-CC (BLS362) from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson International, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) aborted takeoff from Runway 36 due to a weight issue. One inbound flight was instructed to go around as BLS362 was still on the runway. No other impact to operations.

December 29, 2017

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

While below radar coverage, a Bearskin Airlines Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYRL/BLS362) on a flight from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) reported the loss of both gyros on departure from CYXL. There was no impact to operations.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A17C0151: C-GYRL, a Fairchild SA227-AC aircraft operated by Bearskin Airlines, was conducting flight BLS362 from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) with 2 crew members and 5 passengers on board. Shortly after takeoff, BLS362 reported that some flight instruments had lost electrical power. The crew determined that a #2 inverter failure (26V AC) had occurred and selected the #1 inverter. Power was restored and the flight instruments became functional. BLS362 subsequently continued the flight to CYQT for an uneventful landing. The operator's maintenance replaced the #2 inverter and the aircraft returned to service.

December 8, 2017

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

A Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GWVH/PAG516) on a flight from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Sachigo Lake, ON (CZPB) was holding short Runway 16, with a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYXL/BLS362) on a flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL)on short final Runway 16, and a Wasaya Airways de Havilland DHC-8-102 (C-GANS/WSG821) on a flight from Kasabonika, ON (CYAQ) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) 13NM North planning Runway 16. Clearance for PAG516 included a restriction misread as "DNDU BLS362 is ON" instead of "DNDU WSG821 is ON." As soon as BLS362 touched down, clearance was read to PAG516, with the restriction omitted. PAG516 took position and departed. WSG821 was 7NM final for Runway 16.

August 2, 2017

Incident at 30 RED LAKE ON (YRL) VOR/DME (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

A Bearskin Swearingen SA227-AC (BLS361) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) was climbing to 12,000 southwestbound. A Bearskin Swearingen SA227-AC (BLS362) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) was descending to 13,000 with respect to BLS361 and the controller planned to give an approach to Red Lake when the aircraft passed on radar. BLS361 had climbed into radar coverage but was not radar identified when the controller applied tail to tail radar separation and descended BLS362.

Incident at 32NM RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-CC (C-GYTL/BLS362) on a flight from Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) was cleared to maintain 13,000 due to opposite direction traffic, a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVB/BLS361) on a flight from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Winnipeg/James Armstrong Richardson, MB (CYWG) at 12,000 feet. When BLS362 was 4.1NM tail to tail with BLS361 the aircraft was observed on radar descending below their cleared altitude of 13,000 feet. The aircraft descended to 12,600 before climbing back to 13,000. No other operational impact.

July 19, 2017

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

A North Star Air Pilatus PC-12/45 (C-FYZS/BF706) on a flight from Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) was departing Runway 30 with a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVO/BLS362) on a flight from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) to Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) on final for Runway 30. BF706 was slow to depart and BLS362 was pulled up by the tower controller.

March 16, 2017

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

On departure a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (C-GJVB/BLS362) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) reported a gear problem. The aircraft requested Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) to stand by for landing. The flight landed safely 1715Z. No operational impact.

August 4, 2016

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (FOD (foreign object debris))

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-CC (C-FXUS / BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) reported a dead bird on the side of the runway. Vehicle operator recovered carcass of small bird. No reports of bird strikes.

August 15, 2016

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (BLS362) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) departed Runway 18 on the standard instrument departure (SID) climbing to 4,000 feet. A Skylink Express Beech 1900C (SLQ7721) from CYWG to Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) was subsequently cleared for departure Runway 18 on the SID without sufficient spacing to ensure the required 3 miles separation was established and maintained.
UPDATE: TSB#A16C0091: C-FYWG, a Fairchild SA227-AC operated by Bearskin Lake Air Service as flight BLS362, was climbing on the ARKAY ONE departure following take-off from Runway 18 at Winnipeg/Richardson Intl (CYWG). C-GSKN, a Beech 1900C operated by SkyLink Express as flight SLQ7721, was subsequently cleared for take-off from Runway 18, also on the ARKAY ONE departure. Spacing between SLQ7721 and BLS362 was 2.2 nm while the minimum separation standard was 3.0 nm.

April 7, 2016

Incident at WINNIPEG / JAMES ARMSTRONG RICHARDSON INTL MB (CYWG) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

A Jazz Bombardier CL-600-2D24 series 900 (JZA8524) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Ottawa, ON (CYOW) was departing Runway 36 when a bird was struck on rotation. The remains of a small intact bird were recovered. A Bearskin Lake Air Service Limited 362 (BLS362) was held in position while the Runway inspection was completed. There was no other impact on operations.

August 25, 2014

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

A Bearskin Fairchild SA227-DC (BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) was on an IFR approach for Runway 16. BLS362 passed waypoint RORLI and advised they had a proceeding Wasaya Airways de Havilland DHC 8 300 (WSG725) from Angling Lake, ON (CKB6) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) in sight ahead and was going to conduct a 360 degree turn to provide spacing. WSG725 landed at 1823Z and BLS362 landed safely at 1825Z.

January 26, 2014

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (ATM - weather observation systems)

At 1903Z, a discrepancy in the wind direction and speed was noticed by a Bearskin Air Lake Fairchild SA227-AC (C-FAMC/ BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Dryden, ON (CYHD). Pilot reported winds to be 330/15 while WIDS at CYRL position was displaying 200/04. The CYRL WIDS had been displaying Kenora, ON (CYQK) info only.

September 13, 2013

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT)

The Thunder Bay, ON (CYQT) controller initiated a go-around of a Bearskin GP Inc. Fairchild SA227-AC (C-FAMC / BLS362) inbound from Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) due to a 1401380 Ontario Limited deHavilland DHC-3 (C-FYCX) from Kakabeka Falls, ON (CKG8) being slower than anticipated in exiting runway 25. BLS362 did a left hand visual circuit and landed runway 25 at 1939Z. No operational impact on other users.

August 23, 2013

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (FOD (foreign object debris))

Airport staff recovered a seagull from runway 08/26. No aircraft confirmed a bird strike but believed to be a Bearskin Fairchild SA227-AC (C-GYQT/ BLS362) from Red Lake, ON (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout, ON (CYXL) who departed at 1802Z. Pilot was advised of potential strike.
UPDATE Aviation Incident Report #13234: aircraft called a near miss on Takeoff Runway 26. Staff vehicle found remains and advised aircraft via Kenora Flight Service of bird strike. Pilot was warned of bird activity by Kenora FSS and a bird sweep was done prior to departure by staff vehicle.

August 17, 2013

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Other operational incident)

A Bearskin Lake Air Fairchild SA227-CC (C-FXUS/ BLS362) from Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Red Lake, ON (CYRL) final for runway 26 executed a missed approach due to bird activity at 1925Z. BLS362 circuit runway 26 and landed at 1932Z.

July 18, 2012

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227DC aircraft (C-GJVO, operating as flight BLS362) had just landed after an IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). NAV CANADA staff at Sioux Lookout F.S.S. reported that the aircraft had landed at 1821Z. The aircraft was taxied part way up taxiway ALPHA and stopped due to stuck brakes. A Piper PA-31 landed on runway 16 and exited on to taxiway ALPHA behind the disabled aircraft to allow a Beech B-1900 aircraft to depart off of runway 16 before the Piper PA-31 aircraft could back track the runway to exit at taxiway BRAVO. Bearskin Airlines Maintenance staff proceeded down taxiway ALPHA to free up the aircraft's brakes, allowing the aircraft to exit taxiway ALPHA to the apron at 1835Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Flight Operations - West [2012/07/30]: Two (2) Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors (CASIs) from maintenance and operations reviewed this occurrence. The CASIs advised that no further follow-up is required at this time.

June 20, 2012

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service LP Fairchild SA-227DC aircraft (C-GJVC, operating as flight BLS362) was concluding an IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. reported that the flight crew flew their aircraft in a missed approach to runway 08 due to traffic (in/on Howie Bay - Red Lake water aerodrome). Ops. impact -- unknown.

December 16, 2012

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

A Bearskin Lake Air Service Fairchild SA227DC (C-GJVH/ operating as BLS362) on a IFR flight, returned to Winnipeg shortly after departure with an instrumentation issue. No assistance required. No impact on ops.

November 25, 2011

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATM - other)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was departing on an IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). NAV CANADA staff at Winnipeg ACC advised that BLS362 was departing Red Lake Airport and requesting an IFR clearance at 9,000 feet. The F.S.S. Specialist relayed the request to the Controller. The controller issued the clearance with the destination as Dryden Regional Airport. The F.S.S. Specialist read back the destination as Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) and the controller did not hear the incorrect readback. The flight crew accepted the clearance from the F.S.S. with the destination as Sioux Lookout Airport. When BLS362 made initial contact with the Winnipeg ACC Sector Controller, they requested to be given clearance to Dryden Regional Airport. Ops. impact -- unknown.

August 14, 2011

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Overshoot/missed approach, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

The Calm Air International, LP Saab 340B aircraft (C-FTLW, operating as Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. flight BLS362) was nearing the conclusion of an IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The privately-registered Cessna 172 aircraft was concluding a VFR flight from Winnipeg (St. Andrews) Airport (CYAV) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). NAV CANADA staff at Kenora F.S.S. advised that BLS362 reported final for runway 26 at 1644Z with a visual of the Cessna 172 aircraft on the runway, taxiing to the main apron. At 1645Z, the Cessna pilot reported down and clear. At 1646Z, the BLS362 flight crew reported in the missed approach due to the Cessna 172 aircraft not clearing fast enough. BLS362 advised planning on joining the right downwind for runway 26. ATC staff were advised and a clearance was issued. BLS362 arrived at 1751Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.

July 29, 2010

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

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA227DC aircraft (operating as BLS362) was commencing a scheduled IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay International Airport (CYQT). At 1835Z, the flight crew received a departure advisory from Sioux Lookout FSS and requested clearance to depart from runway 34. Sioux Lookout FSS called Winnipeg Centre and requested a clearance for BLS362 to depart from runway 16. Sioux Lookout FSS read back the clearance correctly with the departure off runway 16 and then read the instruction to BLS362. The flight crew of BLS362 read back the clearance correctly but proceeded to depart instead off runway 34 at 1838Z. Ops. impact - unknown.

December 22, 2009

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

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) had just departed on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). The flight had been cleared to maintain an altitude of 4,000 feet. The flight crew made their first contact with ATC climbing through 4,500 feet and, when queried, confirmed that they had been only cleared to 4,000 feet. There were no other aircraft in the immediate vicinity at the time. Ops. impact -- unknown.

September 4, 2009

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Other operational incident, Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATM - other)

The 2080061 Ontario Inc. (d/b/a Skycare Air Ambulance) Swearingen SA-226-TC aircraft (C-GKPX) had just departed on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was nearing the conclusion of an IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The Skycare flight crew were issued a clearance by Sioux Lookout F.S.S. to maintain 6,000 feet. The flight crew read back 6,000 feet. BLS362 was inbound from Red Lake and cleared to descend to 7,000 feet. At 1833Z, the Skycare aircraft was observed on radar climbing through 6,400 feet. The Controller instructed the Skycare flight crew to maintain 7,000 and levelled BLS362 off at 8,000 feet. The aircraft were approximately nine (9) miles apart at the time.

May 26, 2009

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Conflict - potential)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227CC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was concluding a IFR flight from Winnipeg (JARIA) (CYWG) to Red Lake (CYRL). The Wasaya Airways Limited Partnership Pilatus PC-12/45 aircraft (operating as flight WSG517) was about to depart on an IFR flight from Red lake (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). BLS362 was cleared for the VOR/DME RWY 08 at CYRL. Clearance was issued to WSG517 to depart RWY 26 and climb runway heading to 5000' BPOC. The FSS specialist queried the clearance prior to WSG517 departing and the clearance was subsequently cancelled.

October 20, 2008

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

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was departing on a VFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The flight crew reported that a birdstrike had occurred on departure from Dryden Regional Airport and advised that assistance was not required. The Dryden Airport Operator was informed and their staff recovered the remains of two (2) small birds [species data not provided] from the runway.

October 21, 2008

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

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was departing on a VFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The flight crew reported that a birdstrike occurred on departure. The airport operator's staff recovered the remains of two (2) small birds [no further data supplied] from the runway. Ops. impact -- unknown.

April 9, 2008

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD) (Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

The Hicks and Lawrence Limited Aero Commander 500 was on a local VFR flight from Dryden (CYHD). Bearskin Lake Air Service ( Fairchild SA227 Aircraft ) (Operating as BLS362 ) was on an IFR flight from Red Lake (CYRL) to Dryden (CYHD). The Hicks and Lawrence Limited Aero Commander 500 failed to report clear to FSS, when off runway 11 at Dryden Airport. BLS362 who also was on final for runway 11, number two in sequence, had to circle for a landing on runway 29 until the position of the Hicks and Lawrence Limited Aero Commander 500 was comfirmed by a maintenance vehicle on the apron.

March 10, 2008

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATS operating irregularity, ATM - other)

The Wasaya Airways Limited Pilatus PC-12/45 aircraft (operating as flight WSG1502) was on a VFR flight from Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227-AC aircraft (operating as flight BLS362) was on a VFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). Both aircraft were inbound to Sioux Lookout Airport and on the Mandatory Frequency. The F.S.S. staff providing airport advisory service did not pass traffic information to the flight crew of BLS362. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification [#A08C0065]: Wasaya flight WSG1502, a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, was inbound to Sioux Lookout from Thunder Bay, ON and Bearskin flight BLS362, a Swearingen Metro 4, was inbound to Sioux Lookout Ontario from Dryden. Both aircraft reported inbound for Sioux Lookout prior to entering the Sioux Lookout MF area and were passed as traffic to other inbound aircraft, however, the pilot of BLS362 was not advised that WSG1502 was traffic for their time of arrival. The responsible F.S.S. Manager (Thunder Bay F.I.C.) was advised and the responsible F.S.S. Specialist was de-briefed.

May 24, 2008

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

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing (Ontario) reported that they recieved an acceptable response to this incident from the company and do not require any futher action on it.
BLS362 aborted takeoff runway 13 due to equipment problems and taxied back to apron. No other aircraft inconvenienced.

February 13, 2007

Incident at THUNDER BAY ON (CYQT) (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Conflict - near collision (VFR or IFR), Conflict - loss of separation, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aviation Enforcement [2007/07/04]: Aviation Enforcement staff have reviewed this occurrence.
Bear Skin Air Services flight BLS362 was assigned 4500ft until final due to VFR Traffic. On the base leg the aircraft decended to 3400 and passed less than a mile from the VFR traffic. Traffic was passed by tower

October 27, 2006

Incident at about 39NM south-southeast of Red Lake (Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system)

UPDATE Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A06C0176): The Trout Lake Sector Controller cleared BLS362 (C-FFZN), a Bearskin Lake Air Services flight, from Red Lake, ON, to Dryden, ON. The controller made an input into CAATS and a strip was generated at the Kenora Sector. The Trout Lake Sector Controller did not identify BLS362 on radar and the flight crossed into the Kenora Sector unidentified. The Kenora Sector Controller did not print out the strips nor did he receive a hotline hand-off from the Trout Lake Sector Controller. Control was re-established after radio contact by BLS362 and radar identification by the Kenora Sector Controller. There were no other flights involved.
The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as BLS362) had just departed on an IFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). BLS362 departed Red Lake at 1750Z cleared to maintain 7,000 feet by the Trout Lake Sector Controller. At 1750Z, a strip was generated at the Kenora Sector by CAATS. At 1753Z, the aircraft was cleared to maintain 11,000 feet by the Trout Lake Sector Controller and advised to standby for radar identification. No radar target appeared for BLS362 and no further communication occurred with the Trout Lake Sector Controller. At approximately 1803Z, BLS362 crossed into the Kenora Sector Controller's airspace without a hand-off being completed by the Trout Lake Sector Controller. The Kenora Sector Controller advised the flight crew that they were not on radar and they recycled the aircraft's transponder. The target showed up 27NM north-northeast of Dryden. Ops. impact -- unknown (no other aircraft involved).

July 10, 2006

Incident at DRYDEN REGIONAL ON (CYHD)

The Les Hélicoptères Abitibi Ltée. Aerospatiale AS-350-B2 helicopter was on a VFR flight from Geraldton (Greenstone Regional) Airport (CYGQ) to Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227AC aircraft (operating as BLS362) was departing on a scheduled IFR flight from Dryden Regional Airport (CYHD) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). C-GAVQ's initial call up was made at 1855Z when the helicopter was five (5) NM north-northeast of Dryden Regional Airport at 2,000 feet with an ETA of three (3) minutes. C-GAVQ conflicted with the departing traffic (BLS362) which took off at 1854Z. BLS362 reported being above the traffic at 3,500 feet at 1856Z. Ops. impact -- unknown.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Aviation Enforcement [2006/08/18]: Aviation Enforcement staff have reviewed this occurrence.
UPDATE NAV CANADA A.O.R. number updated.

November 29, 2004

Incident at vicinity of Red Lake (Controlled airspace - unauthorized entry, Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, ATS operating irregularity)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. Fairchild SA-227CC turbopropeller aircraft (operating as BLS362) was on an IFR flight from Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The Wasaya Airways Limited Cessna 208B turbopropeller aircraft (operating as WSG111) was on an IFR flight from Pikangikum Airport (CYPM) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). At 1756Z, the flight crew of BLS362 reported inbound to Red Lake Airport at 17,000 feet, estimating arrival at Red Lake Airport at 1805Z. They were issued a clearance to maintain 4,000 feet to cross 20 DME southwest of Red Lake Airport level at 4,000 feet. At the same time, WSG111 was inbound to Red Lake Airport at 5,000 feet, estimating arrival at Red Lake Airport at 1810Z. At 1759Z, the flight crew of BLS362 reported 19 DME southwest of Red Lake Airport, leaving 4,800 feet. The flight crew of WSG111 reported their position as 23 DME. At 1800Z, the flight crew of BLS362 reported 16 DME, level at 4,000 feet. Ops. impact -- unknown.

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.""

June 17, 2004

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL) (Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction, ATS operating irregularity)

Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A04C0121): The Bearskin Airlines Fairchild Metro (C-FFZN, operating as BLS362) departed Sioux Lookout, ON, VFR en-route to Thunder Bay. ATC radar identified BLS362 and then issued an IFR clearance. The Wasaya Pilatus PC12 (C-FKRB, operating as WSG524) had departed ahead of BLS362 en-route to Round Lake but had not been radar identified. There was no risk of collision but an operating irregularity occurred because separation was not assured until WSG524 was radar identified.
The Wasaya Airways Limited Pilatus PC-12/45 turbopropeller aircraft (C-FKRB, operating as WSG524) departed on an IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Round Lake (Weagamow Lake) Airport (CZRJ). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Swearingen SA-227AC turbopropeller aircraft (C-FFZN, operating as BLS362) departed Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) for and IFR flight to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). An Operating Irregularity occurred when BLS362 departed VFR off Sioux Lookout Airport and was issued an IFR clearance to Thunder Bay Airport at 17,000. When the clearance was issued, BLS362 had been radar identified out of 2,500 feet, however, WSG524 (en-route to Round Lake (Weagamow Lake) Airport) which had departed ahead of BLS362, had not been radar identified. Shortly after issuing the clearance to the BLS362 flight crew, the Kenora Sector Controller did radar identify WSG524 out of 4,000 feet, climbing north-bound. Prior to identifying WSG524, separation was not assured. NAV CANADA is conducting a preliminary investigation.

May 4, 2004

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL)

Bearskin Airlines flight 362 (BLS362) was on a flight from Winnipeg International (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The pilot's of BLS362 made their first report on 122.3 while on 7NM final for runway 08 circling for runway 28. The pilot's advised that they had reported 38NM from CYLR and estimating arrival in 6.5 minutes. No evidence of a transmission was found on Digital Voice Recorder (DVL).

October 9, 2004

Incident at DAUPHIN (LT. COL W.G. (BILLY) BARKER, VC APRT) MB (CYDN)

BLS362 failed to report airborne after being given his advisory at Dryden. Other traffic was in the area and when FSS called BLS362 for a traffic update the flight advised they were clear of the control zone through 3,100 feet.

October 25, 2003

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The Bearskin Lake Air Service Fairchild SA-227 aircraft (operating as BLS362) was on a VFR flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL) to Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). The aircraft landed safely at 2152Z and advised of a possible bird strike after clearing the active runway. A Cessna 206 taxiied for runway 34 and the pilot reported one (1) dead bird on runway approximately 1,000 feet north of the threshold runway 34. At 2202Z, Bearskin Airlines phoned F.S.S. staff to report that there was no visible damage to the aircraft.

September 19, 2003

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (ATS operating irregularity)

The Perimeter Airlines Ltd. aircraft (BE95) (operating as PAG909) was an IFR flight that departed the Red Lake Airport (CYRL) for the Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG). The Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. aircraft (BE99)(operating as BLS362) was an IFR flight that departed CYRL for the Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL). An Operating Irregularity occurred involving PAG909 and BLS362. After PAG909 departed CYRL, cleared to maintain 6000 feet, BLS362 was cleared to CYRL via R6 / to maintain 9000 feet / depart runway 08 / proceed on course / not above 5000 feet until 10 miles southeast of CYRL. Prior to issung the clearance for BLS362, PAG909, when asked, stated his position as on course, 10 miles southwest of CYRL, leaving 3600 feet. The controller thought PAG909 has said he was leaving 5600 feet.

January 17, 2003

Incident at SIOUX LOOKOUT ON (CYXL)

The Bearskin Airlines Fairchild Metro SA-227AC aircraft (C-GYQT, operating as BLS362) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Sioux Lookout Airport (CYXL) to Thunder Bay Airport (CYQT). Two (2) minutes after departure from Sioux Lookout, the flight crew advised they had to return due to a cargo door light indication. The aircraft landed without further incident at 2022Z.

June 8, 1999

Incident at RED LAKE ON (CYRL) (Incursion - runway - aircraft, Conflict - potential, Communication navigation surveillance/air traffic system, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. (C-GYHD, operating as BLS362) was on an IFR flight from Winnipeg International Airport (CYWG) to Red Lake Airport (CYRL). The flight crew reported final for runway 08 at 1749Z. The flight crew advised they would be landing long to allow for a shorter backtrack due to traffic. The pilot of N8213Y (on a vfr flight to Red Lake Airport -- origin unknown) reported three (3) miles out, left base for runway 08. The pilot of N8213Y advised he would extend to allow BLS362 to clear the runway. BLS362 reported down at 1751Z, on the backtrack. N8213Y reported down at 1752Z, also on the back track (BLS362 had not cleared runway 08 when N8213Y landed on runway 08). S.O.B.: BLS362: eight (8) -- two (2) crew, six (6) passengers; and N8213Y: unknown. O.P.I.: PAP Supplemental information from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A99C0139): The Bearskin Air Service Fairchild SA227AC, C-GYHD, had landed on runway 08 at Red Lake, ON and was backtracking to clear the runway. During the backtrack, the Captain observed a privately-registered Piper PA-30, N8213Y, on the runway also on the backtrack. When C-GYHD had been on final, the pilot of N8213Y had transmitted that he would extend his circuit to allow C-GYHD to clear the runway prior to his landing. S.O.B.: BLS362: 13 -- two (2) crew, 11 passengers; and N8213Y: two (2) crew.

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