August 3, 2018

Incident at PITT MEADOWS BC (CYPK)

A Sky Helicopters Inc. Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) departed the apron without the appropriate clearance to do so and came within close proximity of an Island Coastal Aviation Inc. Cessna 172N (C-GMUF) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) on departure off Runway 18.

March 7, 2018

Incident at 4917N / 12306W

A privately registered Beech C23, on a flight from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) and landing at Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) reported passing close to a drone at an estimated altitude of 2100 feet above sea level (ASL). This information was confirmed by a Sky Helicopters Inc. Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) on a flight from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) and landing at Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) who also observed the drone. Initially, the drone was over Creekside Park then it was observed over Crab Park. The Tower subsequently observed the drone over Crab Park as well.Tower reported the drone to Emergency Communications (ECOMM). Police report filed.

June 29, 2017

Incident at VANCOUVER / HARBOUR (PUBLIC) BC (Heli) (CBC7)

TSB Report#A17P0100: C-GHJJ, a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter operated by Helijet International, was warming up engines prior to departure on Pad 3 at Vancouver/ Harbour, BC (CBC7). C-FSHA, a Robinson R44 II aircraft operated by Sky Helicopters, was inbound to CBC7 and had been cleared to land on Pad 4. ATC confirmed with the pilot of C-FSHA that they were familiar with the operation at CBC7, and advised that they would be landing next to a running S-76A. The flight crew of C-GHJJ elected to remain at idle on the ground until C-FSHA had landed. As C-FSHA was in a very low hover with skids a few feet off the ground, the pilot proceeded to hover into Pad 4 and commenced a left turn about its vertical axis to land downwind with its tail over the water. This manoeuver placed the tail towards C-GHJJ. C-FSHA then started drifting outside Pad 4, which positioned its tail only a few feet from C-GHJJ?s main rotor exactly at blade disk height. The flight crew of C-GHJJ lifted the left hand side of the disk as high as possible in order to increase the distance between the rotating sets of blades. The flight crew reported that the tail rotor of C-FSHA was well outside of the yellow circle of Pad 4 and extremely close to their helicopter?s main rotor blades. The Heliport Society is managed by Helijet International. The operator has an agreement with the air navigation service provider, Nav Canada, to coordinate the traffic at CBC7. Along with the two operators, the Heliport Society is evaluating the hazard identified in this occurrence, and reviewing the helipad operation. The TSB is assessing the safety management and any safety action taken.
Update AOR-218153-V1: A Helijet International Sikorsky S-76A (JBA915) from Vancouver Harbour, BC (CBC7) to Nanaimo Harbour, BC (CDH5) was preparing to depart from Pad 3 and had main rotors turning. A Sky Helicopters Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) from Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) to Vancouver Harbour, BC (CBC7) was cleared to land at the heliport. Tower was aware that C-FSHA was assigned Pad 4 (next to Pad 3) and confirmed with the pilot of C-FSHA that the pilot was comfortable parking on Pad 4 next to the S76 with rotors turning on Pad 3. Tower also advised JBA915 that the inbound R44 would be parking next to them on Pad 4. C-FSHA made the approach into wind to the FATO/TLOF CENTRE and then hover taxied into wind to Pad 4. While still airborne over Pad 4, C-FSHA turned counter clockwise and manoeuvred the tail close to the main rotor disc of JBA915. C-FSHA then touched down on the pad with the aircraft's nose pointing east (ie. downwind). Tower observed the manoeuvre. The pilot of JBA915 complained on the frequency and subsequently indicated that the pilot would be filing a safety report. JBA915 subsequently departed the heliport for CDH5.
UPDATE: TSB Report#A17P0100 Supplementary Information: Pacific Heliport Services (PHS), the Heliport Operator wholly-owned by Helijet International, has an agreement with the air navigation service provider, Nav Canada, to coordinate the traffic at CBC7. Along with the two operators, Pacific Heliport Services (PHS) is evaluating the hazard identified in this occurrence, and reviewing the helipad operation. The TSB is assessing the safety management and any safety action taken.

June 22, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ)

Sky Helicopters Inc. Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) from Duncan, BC (CAM3) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) departed CAM3 and transitted the class C and D airspace at 1500 to 2500 without contacting air traffic control (ATC). No operational impact.

August 31, 2013

Incident at VANCOUVER / HARBOUR (PUBLIC) BC (Heli) (CBC7)

A Sky Helicopters Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) on a local flight from Vancouver/ Harbour Heliport, BC (CBC&) departed CBC7 without clearance. No impact on operations.

August 10, 2013

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR)

An Air Canada Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW (C-FFYJ/ ACA223) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) landing runway 26R received a TA advisory descending through 1,000'. A Sky Helicopters Robinson R44 II (C-FSHA) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Pitt Meadows, BC (CYPK) was in the vicinity at the time. C-FSHA departed PAD C requesting and instructed to fly the CEMENT PLANT DEPARTURE. Pilot unfamiliar with Vancouver Airport and flew to a landmark other than the Cement Plant. ATC instructed C-FSHA to vacate approach area.

November 16, 2009

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

UPDATE TSB reported that the Mission Air Piper PA-31-350, C-FSHA, was departing Deer Lake, ON, for North Spirit Lake, ON. The aircraft pitched up during departure. The pilot disengaged the autopilot but found he could not apply nose down trim. Use of trim was discontinued and the aircraft kept level by the use of power. The pilot declared an emergency and diverted to Winnipeg, MB, with ARFF on standby. Post flight maintenance inspection indicated that a nut had come loose restricting movement of the trim drum mechanism. The company is considering an SDR in consultation with TC.
Pilot reported experiencing severe control problems, squawked 7700, and declared an emergency. Pilot advised aircraft in agressive pitched up attitude. ARFF on standby at Winnipeg. Aircraft arrived safely R18 at 2012z.
UPDATE AMM WAS ADVISED THAT DEPARTING DEER LAKE FOR NORTH SPLIT LAKE THE A/P PITCHED UP, PLIOT DISCONNECTED A/P AND THEN TRIM WOULD MOVE ONLY UP. PILOT DIVERTED TO YWG AT REDUCED POWER FOR LEVEL FLIGHT. MAINTENANCE DISCOVERED THAT THE LOCK NUT MECHANISM FROM THE ELEVATOR TRIM TAB DRUM TO THE POTENTIMETER HAD BACKED OFF ENOUGH TO CREATE SLIPPAGE IN THE LINKAGE . TRIM TAB CABLE HAD BEEN REPLACED A FEW MONTHS AGO, COMPANY IS IN PROCESS OF SUBMITTING A SDR.

January 22, 2007

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the problem was found to be rectified after cleaning the gear and replacement of various landing gear components and switches and subsequent test flights. It was possible that one of the landing gear door switches may have been the cause of the initial problem but this could not be determined with certainty.
C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, was inbound to St. Andrews when the pilot reported a gear indication problem. The aircraft orbited for approximately 45 minutes and then landed safely at 1947z. AFF responded.

November 26, 2006

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

C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, landed on Runway 36 at St. Andrews then came to a stop due to a flat nose wheel tire. The aircraft was towed from the runway about 2 hours later at 0150z. No operational impact to others.

December 8, 2005

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV)

C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, landed on Runway 18 at St. Andrews and became disabled due to a flat tire. The aircraft left the runway 13 minutes later at 1925Z. Minimal impact on other aircraft.

June 11, 2005

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV)

C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, landed on Runway 18 at St. Andrews and after taxiing to the apron, the pilot stopped short of the apron and advised the a/c had lost pressure in one of the brakes. The pilot was then able to taxi onto the apron leaving a small trail of fluid.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that p/n 484-698 'O' ring was found to be cracked within the brake assembly. All three o-rings in the assembly were replaced. No further defects found.

January 22, 2004

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV)

C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, departed St. Andrews and shortly after, the pilot reported that he was unable to retract the landing gear. The pilot returned and the a/c landed without incident.
UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing reported that the a/c was inspected and the nose gear uplock hook was found to be worn. The hydralic pump was also changed. New parts are on order.

March 30, 2003

Incident at WINNIPEG / ST. ANDREWS MB (CYAV) (Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction, ATS operating irregularity)

The pilot of C-FSHA, a Piper Navajo, was cleared for takeoff on Runway 04 at St. Andrews and a Cessna 152, C-FGEK, on approach was advised to expect touch and go clearance on short final after the departure (C-FSHA) ahead. The pilot of C-FSHA elected to remain on the taxiway clear of the runway without advising Tower and the pilot of C-FGEK continued on the approach executed a touch and go without a clearance. The flying club was not aware of the incident. The CFI will determine who the pilot was and provide additional training with respect to ATC communication and proper landing procedures.

July 17, 1999

Incident at St. Andrews, MB

C-FSHA, a Piper Chieftain, departed from Runway 36 at St. Andrews and shortly after takeoff, the pilot advised that the a/c was venting fuel. The pilot elected to return and landed uneventfully. He corrected the problem and departed successfully for Winnipeg International Airport. OPI - System Safety

May 6, 1998

Incident at Winnipeg, MB (Conflict - loss of separation, ATS operating irregularity)

It was reported that a possible operating irregularity occurred between C-GQQC and C-FSHA on the departure path of Runway 36 at Winnipeg International Airport (YWG). Both a/c were operating IFR, C-GQQC departing from YWG and C-FSHA from St. Andrews airport. The controllers involved were removed from duty and a preliminary investigation will be held. All relevant documentation has been secured for the investigation. No other information is available at this time. Officials at NavCanada at Winnipeg ACC contacted by System Safety were unable to clarify the nature of the incident. OPI - ANS and Airspace; Enforcement UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that a loss of IFR separation occurred between the two a/c and that a NavCanada Fact Finding Board was held concerning the incident. ANS and Airspace, Air Traffic Services Division of Transport Canada in Ottawa will receive a copy of the FFB and distribute the results to PNR region for review. UPDATE TSB reported that the pilot of C-GQQC was cleared for takeoff from Runway 36 while the pilot of C-FSHA was cleared for a practice instrument approach to the same runway. The terminal controller believed that the required 3 mile separation would be maintained, but the speed of C-FSHA on the approach was faster than anticipated and separation dropped to 1.1 miles. NavCanada's Fact Finding report number 5400-42-55A-98-125 is in the process of being completed.

September 30, 1993

Incident at SEPT ILES

PA31 NAVAJO AVION TAXI C-FSHA - A/C, VFR FROM RIMOUSKI ADVISED SEPT ILES TOWER OF PROBLEMS WITH LANDING GEAR. A/C LANDED SAFELY WITH ERS OUT AT 2220Z. TIME = 2200Z. ACTION = NAH.

September 23, 1993

Incident at SEPT ILES

PA31 NAVAJO C-FSHA - A/C, IFR FROM BAIE COMEAU, REQUESTED PRIORITY BECAUSE OF AN ENGINE FAILURE. A/C LANDED SAFELY AT 2246Z. TIME = 2231Z. ACTION = NAH.