June 29, 2022


A Harvs Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC) from Dryden, ON (CYHD) to Dryden, ON (CYHD) descended out of the photo block without authorization. When queried by the controller, C-FQLC climbed back up. No impact to operations.


A Harvs Air Service Ltd. Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC) from Dryden, ON (CYHD) to Dryden, ON (CYHD) advised the controller that they were returning to CYHD due to an engine sensor issue and subsequently, on a separate flight at 1635Z, returned again to CYHD with an engine issue. No assistance required nor impact to operations on both flights.

June 26, 2015


At 1620Z, a Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC) from St Andrews, MB (CYAV) to Kingfisher Lake, ON (CNM5) was observed climbing through 13,000 feet VFR in Controlled airspace. When reached and advised, the aircraft descended to 11,500. No impact to operations

June 5, 2015

Incident at STEINBACH (SOUTH) MB (CKK7) (Flight plan ? activation)

Loss of alerting on a VFR flight plan for a Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC), Steinbach, MB (CKK7) to Kasabonika, ON (CYAQ)/ CYAQ to Winnipeg, MB (CYWG).

November 18, 2014


UPDATE: JRCC Trenton SARSUM Report#[T2014-02626]: (520534N 0875523W - Lansdowne House ). Cosmitscheskaja Sistema Poiska Awarinitsch Sudow (COSPAS) search and rescue satellite aided tracking (SARSAT) alerted the joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) of a 406 emergency locator transmitter (ELT) while air traffic control (ATC) services alerted the JRCC of a pilot's intent to force land in a swampy area 5 miles south of the community of Lansdowne House, ON. A SPOT beacon was also activated, indicating the possibility of survivors. 435 Squadron Hercules R339 tasked while an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) aircraft self-tasked to provide eyes-on at the scene. R339 located the downed plane with the 2 POBs walking about, seemingly uninjured. A rescue platform was provided by Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) from a chartered helicopter operating in this remote area. R339 provided top cover until persons on board (POBs) were taken to the Lansdowne House, the only suitable airport where fuel was available. The 2 POBs were left to be picked up and brought to the nursing station for observation.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A14C0170: The privately registered Cessna U206F C-GYDK, operating on wheels with the pilot and one passenger, was enroute on a 40 nm trip from CYFH Fort Hope to CYLH Lansdowne House, Ontario. Approximately midpoint, the pilot noted low oil pressure. The pilot elected to continue to destination and monitored the engine gauges. There was a loud noise coincident with a loss of power. The aircraft was unable to maintain altitude and attempts to regain power were unsuccessful. The pilot performed the "Forced landing without power" checklist from memory and the engine (Continental IO-520) was shutdown. The pilot made a mayday call and activated a Spot Locator and the ELT. RCC Trenton subsequently tasked a C-130 Hercules from Winnipeg. A forced landing was performed into a selected area consisting of a lightly treed, frozen marsh. The aircraft came to rest against a stand of trees and was substantially damaged. The pilot and passenger had utilized seatbelts and shoulder harnesses and evacuated the aircraft uninjured. The pilot and passenger returned to the aircraft to retrieve survival gear and a camp was prepared. A ground signal was laid out and signal flares were fired when aircraft were observed overhead. The Hercules arrived overhead and dropped a radio that the pilot used to communicate medical and equipment status. The pilot and passenger were later evacuated by helicopter.
Update AOR 181569-V2: 2 persons-on-board (POB). No injuries. Aircraft sustained substantial damage after hitting trees. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) notified.
At 1620Z, Harv's Air Service (C-FQLC) relayed a MAYDAY call from a Roy V. Wilson Ltd Cessna U206F (C-GYDK) from Fort Hope, ON (CYFH) to Landsdowne House, ON (CYLH) that indicated an engine failure and an imminent forced landing was going to occur. Joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) Trenton advised, and an 406 mHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) activated shortly thereafter at the approximate location of C-GYDK at the time of the MAYDAY. RSCU339 arrived on scene and located the aircraft at approximately 1800Z.

June 23, 2014

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

A Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC), on a local flight from Winnipeg/St. Andrews, MB (CYAV), was inbound with reported landing gear issue. Aircraft flew by the Tower and gear appeared to be down. Aircraft landed safely at 1815Z and remained on the runway for inspection till 1824Z. Two aircraft departed from a non-active runway.

April 9, 2014


A Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC) from Biggar, SK (CJF8) to Brandon, MB (CYBR) reported 5 miles west of CYBR and was passed traffic 4 miles final runway 26. Traffic updated to 2.5 mile final when C-FQLC reported downwind. C-FQLC turned tight base while a Winnipeg Aviation Piper PA-28-140 (C-GQPN) from St Andrews, MB (CYAV) to Neepawa, MB (CJV5) was approximately 1.5 mile final. C-GQPN reported PA31 traffic in sight, but chose to conduct a low approach due to lack of spacing.

September 4, 2013

Incident at KENORA ON (CYQK)

Update Maintenance & Manufacturing: The problem was that the LH engine didn't get the appropriate manifold pressure for the cruise setting the pilot had intended. The turbo charger on the LH engine was confirmed slow to respond and thus was replaced.
A Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 (C-FQLC) from Kenora, ON (CYQK) to Pickle Lake, ON (CYPL) advised he was returning to CYQK due to engine problems. Landed safely at 1331Z. No operational impact.

February 21, 2009


C-FQLC, a Piper Navajo operated by Harv's Air Service, departed St. Andrews and the pilot returned to the airport due to a gear retraction problem. The pilot did a low approach by the Tower and was advised the gear appeared to be down. The aircraft then landed safely at 1828z.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the airplane was on a test flight after some extensive landing gear and other maintenance. A new landing gear selector cable had just been installed, the gear had been swung a number of times on the ground without fault. On the test flight, the landing gear retracted normally after takeoff, but the inboard main gear doors opened or remained open and the gear "not locked" light came on. The pilot had the Tower confirm visually that the inboard main gear doors were open. The landing gear extended normally for landing. Maintenance continues to troubleshoot the problem.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the landing gear selector cable which was recently replaced, was slightly out-of-rig, which prevented a cam on the hydraulic power pack from closing the switch which activates the solenoid that sends hydraulic fluid to the inboard gear door actuators. So the landing gear retracted properly, but the inboard doors didn't close. This problem hadn't shown up during a number of gear swings done before the flight, but likely in-flight vibration was enough to make a difference in the cam's or cable's position, which prevented the closing of the switch. The cable was re-rigged as per Piper PA-31 maintenance manual, gear swung a number of times again without fault, and the airplane was sent on a test flight with no further gear issues.

February 22, 2007

Incident at 27NM north of Red Lake

UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2007/03/12]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) spoke with the aircraft operator about this occurrence. The aircraft's left engine has been taken to their AMO for teardown/assessment. The preliminary investigation suggests a broken crankshaft. Four (4) of the six (6) pistons do not rotate and the engine turns over freely (like a turbine). The engine was on condition with 2,144 hours since its last major overhaul. The engine facility will advise of the internal inspection findings.
UPDATE Supplemental information received from T.S.B. Initial Notification (#A07C0038): The Harv's Air Service Piper PA-31 aircraft was en-route from Peawanuck Airport (CYPO) to Winnipeg (St. Andrew's) Airport (CYAV). When the flight was in the vicinity of Pikangikum, ON, the left engine rpm became difficult to synchronize and the engine then lost all power. The pilot secured the engine (Lycoming IO-540-A2C), declared an emergency, diverted the flight to Red Lake Airport (CYRL) and landed without further incident. Examination of the engine revealed metal particles, including gear material, in the oil filter and screen.
UPDATE Follow-up information received from Maintenance & Manufacturing [2007/04/02]: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) advised that the initial tear-down report indicates that the crankshaft broke in the area of the #3 main bearing journal due to a spun bearing. Half of the tangs were missing/worn off, allowing excessive movement of the crankshaft and a lack of positive lubrication to the area.
The Harv's Air Service Ltd. Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft (C-FQLC) was on an IFR flight from Peawanuck Airport (CYPO) to Winnipeg (St. Andrews) Airport (CYAV). The flight crew declared an emergency when the aircraft 's left engine quit about 27NM north of Red Lake. The flight crew elected to divert to Red Lake Airport (CYRL), where the aircraft landed without incident at 1638Z with ERS standing by. Ops. impact -- none.

October 23, 2006


C-FQLC, a Piper Navajo, departed St. Andrews for Steinbach at 1216z and the pilot called Winnipeg ACC requesting an IFR clearance. The pilot was advised to maintain VFR and stand by for his clearance. The pilot then reported in IMC at 2,500 feet. The pilot was then isssued an IFR clearance to maintain 4,000 feet with clearance valid reaching 4000 feet. Traffic was a KEE 205 PA-31 departing St. Andrews with clearance to maintain 3,000 feet. KEE 205 departed YAV at 1224z.

September 13, 2005


UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the LH turbocharger had started to fail. The unit was changed out, the engine run up and the a/c test flown satisfactorily. The a/c was released back to service. The company will submit an SDR for component failure.
C-FQLC, a Piper Navajo, had just departed St. Andrews on a VFR flight when the pilot requested a clearance to return due to engine trouble. The aircraft was cleared to land on Runway 18. Upon exiting the runway, a large amount of white smoke began to emanate from one of the engines. The pilot was advised and he elected to shut down on the taxiway. The aircraft was towed in.

February 24, 2005

Incident at STEINBACH (SOUTH) MB (CKK7) (ATS operating irregularity)

C-FQLC, a Piper Navajo, was on a VFR flight plan from North Spirit Lake to Steinbach when the flight plan was inadvertently closed by ATC at 2331Z, prior to the aircraft's arrival. The flight arrived safely 24 minutes later at CKK7 at 2355Z.

March 5, 1999

Incident at ISLAND LAKE MB (CYIV) (Incursion - runway - aircraft, Conflict - potential, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

C-FQLC, a Piper Navajo, was on approach to Runway 30 at Island Lake when the pilot carried out a 360 degree turn because of another a/c on the runway, reported as being MNS 204, a Beech 1900. Initial indication from the FSS audio tapes is that the crew of MNS 204 may not have made a radio call prior to entering the runway. Weather was VFR at the time of the incident. OPI - Enforcement