July 27, 2020

Incident at 5149N / 11650W

A Kisik Aerial Survey Inc. Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK) from Golden, BC (CYGE) to Golden, BC (CYGE), on a photo flight, was observed entering without a clearance and not being on the frequency. Air traffic control (ATC) issued an IFR clearance to C-GXHK once contact with C-GXHK was established. No impact to the operation.

June 29, 2020

Incident at VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB) (Bird presence, Incursion - runway - animal)

A Kisik Aerial Survey Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) had to abort its take-off when an eagle landed in front of the aircraft. No operational impact.

June 18, 2020

Incident at VANCOUVER / BOUNDARY BAY BC (CZBB) (Bird presence, Incursion - runway - animal)

Pilot of a Kisik Aerial Survey Inc. Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK) from Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) advised that an aborted takeoff occurred prior to the tower opening at CZBB at 181331Z on June 18th. The takeoff was aborted to avoid contact with 2 loitering bald eagles on Runway 13. The aircraft successfully avoided colliding with the birds, and backtracked on Runway 13 to accomplish a successful takeoff on the second attempt. No injuries or damages occurred. No operational impact.

March 25, 2020


TSB Report #A20P0046: C-GXHK, a Piper PA-31-350 operated by Kisik Aerial Survey Inc, departed Nanaimo (CYCD), BC, to conduct survey work north of Lillooet (CYLI), BC, with 1 pilot and 1 survey operator on board. At approximately 26 nautical miles north-northwest of CYLI, the right engine (Avco Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD) lost power and the pilot-in-command (PIC) secured the engine. The aircraft diverted to CYLI and performed a single-engine approach and landed without incident. There were no reported injuries and no damage to the aircraft. The pilot found the right hand inboard fuel cap was not correctly secured and the fuel tank contained approximately 1L of fuel despite the gauge indicating one quarter (approximately 53L). Maintenance replaced the right hand inboard tank inboard fuel sensor and conducted a fuel system inspection for condition, leaks, and operation. A successful ground run was completed, and the aircraft flew back to base at Boundary Bay (CZBB), BC.
UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. Company Maintenance was dispatched to aircraft (C-GXHK) in Lillooet, BC (CYLI). The fuel tanks on the right wing were sump checked and found empty. The fuel filling cap was inspected and found to be serviceable. The fuel quantity indicator for the right wing indicated a quarter full. The right inboard full quantity sender was replaced and calibration was carried out. As there is no anti-siphon protection at the filler port, maintenance suspects that the fuel bladder may have damaged the sender due to the during flight lifting the fuel bladder against the sender. The aircraft was fuelled, no leaks were evident. The fuel cap was correctly installed and the aircraft flew back to Vancouver/Boundary Bay, BC (CZBB) with no issue. The aircraft was fuelled by the company flight crew in Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) and it is suspected that the fuel cap did not get properly secured prior to take-off. The company is reviewing the company procedures.

June 2, 2017


A Jazz Aviation de Havilland DHc-8-402 (C-GJZR/JZA8064) on a flight from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) reported a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution (RA) for an Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK/ORK102) on a flight from Tofino/Long Beach, BC (CYAZ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) and followed it. No operational impact.

March 14, 2017

Incident at PRINCE GEORGE BC (CYXS) (Incursion - runway - animal)

An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK/ORK340) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Prince George, BC (CYXS) reported a coyote on the runway when landing Runway 15. No operational impact.

December 19, 2016


Victoria, BC (CYYJ) terminal control unit (TCU) lost communication with an Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK/ORK108) from Tofino, BC (CYAZ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) at 7000ft, 10NM South of Nanaimo, BC (CYCD) on 133.95. CYYJ terminal attempted contact on numerous frequencies with no success. CYVR Terminal eventually re-established communication with ORK108 on the company frequency.

November 16, 2016


An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK / ORK999) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) entered Taxiway C without clearance. No operational impact.

December 4, 2015

Incident at VANCOUVER INTL BC (CYVR) (Incursion - manoeuvring area)

An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK) was doing a routine run-up at the designated area off Taxiway A and Taxiway H when ground controller noticed pedestrians walking onto Taxiway A while observing the aircraft. Vancouver Airport Authority (YVRAA) Airside Safety Officer (ASO) contacted and attended the scene. No operational impact.

October 22, 2015


An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GZHK/ ORK213) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) was given taxi clearance to Runway 32 via Taxiway Sierra. The ground controller instructed ORK213 to hold short Runway 32 and contact Tower. ORK213 read back the hold short instruction. The Tower Controller observed ORK213 lining up onto the threshold Runway 32 without clearance. No operational impact.

September 6, 2015

Incident at TOFINO / LONG BEACH BC (CYAZ) (Aerodrome - other)

Pilots of three aircraft, an Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK/ ORK163) from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) to Tofino, BC (CYAZ), an Atleo River Air Service Bell 206B (C-GALZ) on a local flight from Tofino, BC (CYAZ) and an Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GPMP/ ORK103) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Tofino, BC (CYAZ) reported persons on the ground flying 'kites' on the approach path to Runway 29 at Tofino, BC. Parks Canada notified.

May 6, 2015


An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-300 (C-GXHK / ORK103) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Tofino, BC (CYAZ) was assigned the Richmond 4 standard instrument departure (SID) by both Clearance Delivery and Tower South. When the aircraft departed it turned to a 145 heading, not a 200 heading as per the SID. Departure controller corrected the aircraft. No loss of separation and no operational impact.

February 18, 2015


UPDATE; TSB Report#A15P0040: Shortly after landing at Vancouver International Airport, while taxiing to the gate on the south apron, the pilot of the Orca Air PA-31-350 Chieftain (C-GXHK) operating as flight ORK140, reported smoke in the cockpit. ARFF responded. There were no injuries reported.
Update from Maintenance & Manufacturing: The smoke in the cockpit came from an internally shorted taxi and landing light switches. The switches were replaced and the aircraft returned to service. A Service Difficulty Report was submitted.
While taxiing on south apron after arrival, an Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK / ORK140) from Qualicum Beach, BC (CAT4) to Vancouver, BC (CYVR) advised of smoke in cockpit. Emergency Response Services (ERS) responded. No operational impact.

February 24, 2014

Incident at VICTORIA INTL BC (CYYJ) (Incursion - runway - vehicle)

Truck 87 was given clearance to proceed via the south routing to hold short runway 09. Truck 87 read back the hold short instruction, however the vehicle drove onto the threshold of runway 09. An Orca Airways Piper PA-31-350 (C-GXHK/ ORK913) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Victoria, BC (CYYJ) was 2 miles final for runway 09 and was instructed to ?pull up and go around? as Truck 87 was observed entering runway 09.

July 6, 2012

Incident at QUALICUM BEACH BC (CAT4) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

UPDATE Aircraft Reg. C-GXHK (Orca Flt # 146) Parking brake release was previously deferred and placarded per MCM. Suspect Parking Brake valve or cable was bumped during entry/exit of Aircraft by Pilot, moving the parking brake valve to the park position. Pilot was able to release parking brake by wiggling the parking brake cable. Maintenance inspected the braking system in YVR and found the parking brake valve detents were very definite and no faults were found with the system. The parking brake cable was replaced and system checked serviceable. NOTE: This incident actually happened at the Qualicum airport (CAT4) and not Kamloops as indicated in Cador report.
At 1850Z an Orca Airways Ltd. Piper PA31 350 pilot phoned the Kamloops FIC to advise that the aircraft was disabled due to the parking brake being locked up. He estimated that he would be off the runway by 1915z. Kamloops FIC advised Airport Operator of disabled aircraft. Pilot called back at 1905z and reported that the aircraft was off the runway. No adverse effect on airport operation.

June 17, 2010


Orca Airways Flight LZ662, a Piper PA31 VFR Pitt Meadows to Victoria, reported a possible nose gear problem on short final for landing Runway 13 and initiated a go around. Crash & Fire Rescue was alerted and responded for cautionary landing on Runway 09. The aircraft landed without further incidence.
UPDATE / Add Info from TSB: A10P0175 - The Orca Airways PA-31 aircraft (C-GXHK), operating as LZ662, was on final for Runway 13 at Victoria after a flight from Pitt Meadows. When the crew selected the landing gear down, the green light for the nosewheel did not illuminate and the red in transit light remained illuminated. They carried out a missed approach and completed the appropriate checklist, but were unable to get a normal nose gear down indication. The aircraft landed on Runway 09 with Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting in attendance. On touchdown the nose gear indications returned to normal. A maintenance inspection found the nose gear down lock limit switch was out of adjustment. The switch was adjusted and the aircraft was returned to service.
UPDATE from Maintenance & Manufacturing: The Orca Airways Piper PA31 (C-GXHK) reported a ?red? in-transit light on and no ?green? down light after nose landing gear down selection. The green light came on and red went out on landing. Maintenance found the Nose Landing Gear ?down? lock micro switch out of adjustment during Landing Gear (LG) swing. The switch was adjusted as per Piper maintenance. Instructions and LG swing were carried out numerous times with no further faults. An aircraft test flight was carried out and LG operation checked normal. No further action required.

February 28, 2005

Incident at HIGH LEVEL AB (CYOJ)

C-GXHK, a Piper Navajo, was on a VFR flight plan from Medicine Hat to Rainbow Lake with a 30 minute stop-over in Peace River. The aircraft departed Medicine Hat at 0232Z, estimating Rainbow Lake at 0732Z. At 0640Z the aircraft appeared in the vicinity of the High Level NDB. The aircraft landed at High Level (72 DME from destination, Rainbow Lake). In a conversation between the FSS and the pilot it was determined the wrong co-ordinate must have been entered into the GPS (YOJ instead of YOP). (GNE Report filed)

February 2, 1998

Incident at Medicine Hat, AB

The pilot of C-GXHK was preparing for departure from Medicine Hat, and was advised by the FSS specialist that the visibility was 1/4 mile in fog, which is below the takeoff visibility minima for the airport. The pilot responded that from her position on the airport, the visibility was better than 1/4 mile, and she departed IFR at 1535Z. The weather observer reported the conditions at 1536Z as " VV 002, 1/4 FG, RMK F8, VSBY NE-E 1/2." OPI - Enforcement

December 9, 1994

Incident at MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)