December 14, 2011

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan operated by Airborne Energy Solutions, was preparing for departure from High Level and the pilot received a departure advisory from FSS. The aircraft sat on the threshold of Runway 31 for 5 minutes before the pilot elected to cancel the departure, reason unknown and proceeded back to the hangar.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the pilot observed a failed prop tachometer that went u/s while he was waiting to depart. Maintenance found a broken wire that was replaced.

December 1, 2010

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that company maintenance could not find any issues that caused the tire to go flat. There was damage to the valve stem, but that likely happened when the aircraft touched down and the tube shifted on the rim and subsequently ripped the tube. The pilot did complete a walk around prior to departure and did not notice anything out of the ordinary.
C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan operated by Airborne Energy Solutions, landed on Runway 31 at High Level with a flat right main tire. The aircraft veered slightly to the right on landing, but remained on the runway surface. The aircraft was disabled and the runway was NOTAM'd closed. The aircraft was removed about an hour and ten minutes later at 2242z. A FOD check was completed and the runway was re-opened.

October 8, 2009

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

High Level FSS reported that the pilot of C-FARQ, an Airborne Energy Solutions Cessna Caravan failed to report final when on approach at YOJ.

September 10, 2009

Incident at FOX LAKE AB (CEC3)

UPDATE The pilot of C-FARQ a Cessna 208-B reported that the birds which collided with his aircraft while on approach to land at Fox Lake were Sparrows. This event had no operational impact and did not cause any aircraft damage.
The pilot of an Airborne Energy Solutions Cessna Caravan reported striking 2 birds when on approach to Fox Lake. The aircraft landed uneventfully and an aircraft inspection revealed no damage.

July 8, 2009

Incident at FORT VERMILION AB (CEZ4) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan operated by Airborne Energy Solutions, blew a tire upon landing at Fort Vermilion (CEZ4). The runway was NOTAM?d closed until company maintenance arrived to do repairs.

April 3, 2007

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

Edmonton ACC reported that the pilot of C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, departed VFR from Whitecourt (YZU) on an IFR flight to Fort St. John when the weather conditions were IMC at YZU. METAR CYZU 031500Z 08004KT 2SM -SN FEW010 SCT100 OVC230 M12/M14 A3046

November 28, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the mechanical issue was the engine RPM was surging on run-up and the AMO believes that because the weather was -38C at time of take-off, it is possible the flyweights in the CSU were sticky. They looked at the Beta valve, slip ring and rigging of controls. No issues were found and the aircraft was returned to service.
C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, was departing Whitecourt when the pilot rejected the takeoff due to a "mechanical issue."

September 4, 2006

Incident at FORT MCMURRAY AB (CYMM)

C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, was inbound VFR to Fort McMurray and the pilot did not report entering the Mandatory Frequency zone or entering the downwind leg for approach. One other aircraft, a Cessna 172, was doing circuits at the time. There was no confliction or incident between the two aircraft.

July 5, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

The pilot of C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, rejected the takeoff at Whitecourt. He returned to the ramp for an extensive run-up and then departed without further incident.

February 20, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that during run-up, prior to take-off, the HSI went unserviceable. The pilot returned to the hangar, where the instrument was changed, and the aircraft then continued the trip.
The pilot of C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, rejected his takeoff at Whitecourt due to an abnormal instrument indication.

February 1, 2006

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU) (ATS operating irregularity)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that Investigation revealed that the 900-foot thin layer did not constitute a ceiling, thus the occurrence was not an Operating Irregularity.
C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan 208, was inbound IFR to Whitecourt on a flight from Rainbow Lake when the pilot cancelled IFR when the weather was IMC: 0000Z 6 FEW 9 -BKN E14 BKN 90 BKN VIS10. Special VFR was not suggested by FSS nor requested by the pilot. A preliminary Nav Canada investigation is ongoing. There were no other aircraft in the circuit or on approach at the time.

September 8, 2004

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

A passenger on board C-FARQ, a Cessna 208, somehow activated the aircraft's ELT while disembarking at Whitecourt.

January 6, 2004

Incident at WHITECOURT AB (CYZU)

UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the blower operator had just finished removing snow from the runway. After exiting the runway, he had been distracted by a landing aircraft as he proceeded along the apron. The blower struck the front of the aircraft hard enough to cause a significant amount of damage to it and to move it back about 40 metres. It was dark at the time and as the blower was in a raised position the vehicle's headlights did not illuminate the aircraft. The operator's view was also impeded by the blower and as the aircraft had been parked in a no parking area he would not have expected anything to be in his way. The airport operator intends to take steps to enhance the vehicle's forward visibility by mounting lights directly on the blower unit itself. They had previously advised the company not to park any aircraft in that area and are now considering levying fines for aircraft that are parked there in the future.
C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, was parked on the ramp at Whitecourt airport when it was struck by Truck 156, a snow blower. It was reported that there was extensive damage to the propeller and engine. The blower was not damaged and there were no injuries.

September 16, 2003

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (Conflict - potential)

C-GIFY a Bell 206 helicopter owned by Canadian Helicopters Ltd. had departed from Fort St. John at 0015Z on a local maintenance flight and was going to be east of the field. C-FARQ, a Cessna 208B owned by Airborne Energy Solutions departed from runway 11 at 0018Z on an IFR flight to Whitecourt and was given advisory concerning the helicopter from FSS. The pilot of C-FARQ advised he had the helicopter in sight but still deviated on his departure by 20 degrees because it appeared the helicopter was in it's path.

October 18, 2002

Incident at ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AB (CYRM) (ATS operating irregularity)

UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that Nav Canada will conduct an Operational Safety Investigation concerning this occurrence.
The pilot of C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, had filed an IFR flight plan from Whitecourt direct DALLY direct Calgary (YYC) at 9,000 feet. Due to traffic, C-FARQ was offered 11,000 feet or 7000 feet and the pilot chose 7,000 feet. For a latter portion of the route approaching DALLY, the minimum IFR altitude is 7,200 feet. C-FARQ was 200 feet below the minimum IFR altitude for approximately 17 miles before the oversight was noticed and corrected by clearing the aircraft to 8,000 feet. The preliminary Nav Canada investigation revealed that while C-FARQ was below the minimum IFR altitude, the aircraft was never less than 2,000 feet above the highest obstacle within 5 miles of its route of flight.

June 21, 2001

Incident at FORT ST. JOHN BC (CYXJ) (Other operational incident, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

C-GELV was conducting circuits on runway 20, and advised he was doing full stop. C-FARA was planning to depart on runway 20. C-FARQ reports 5 miles left base following CGELV. C-FARA requested to wait until the arrivals of C-GELV and C-FARQ. C-GELV landed and turned for the back-track. FSS advised C-FARQ, that C-GELV needed 30 seconds to clear the runway, C-FARQ acknowledged then CFARQ reported 1.5 NM final, FSS advised C-FARQ that C-GELV needed more time to clear the runway. C-FARQ advised he had the traffic visual and would land over the PA18. FSS advised C-FARQ that would not be preferred. C-FARQ landed over the C-GELV at 1640Z.

March 16, 2001

Incident at WRIGLEY NT (CYWY)

The pilot of C-FARQ, a Cessna Caravan, departed from a private strip in the vicinity of Inuvik enroute to Rainbow Lake, AB. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and requested and received clearance to descend to a more suitable altitude. He then decided he would land at Wrigley, where the flight landed at 0520Z without further incident.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that after landing at Wrigley, the pilots spent the night there and in the morning did a full run-up and pre-flight check. They could not re-produce the smoke smell and returned day VFR to Whitecourt with no indication of smoke. The aircraft has since flown some 200 hours with no incident of smoke in the cockpit.