July 10, 2019

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (ATS operating irregularity)

A Government of Canada, Department of National Defence Agusta Westland EH 101 (OCST901) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Gander, NL (CYQX) was cleared to land on a taxiway that another aircraft, an Exploits Valley air Services Ltd. Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Gander, NL (CYQX) had taxi instructions on. The helicopter landed without incident and taxied off the taxiway before the taxiing aircraft reached the area where the helicopter had landed. No further impact to operations.

May 17, 2019

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (ATM - inaccurate aeronautical information)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Gander, NL (CYQX) squawked 7700. After contacting the aircraft on the backup radio, it became obvious that the radio failure was on the Tower side.

April 22, 2019

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Gander, NL (CYQX) was observed on radar entering the zone from the northwest, transiting to the south, and exiting the zone to the southwest without contacting the tower. The aircraft then entered the zone again from the west-southwest before contacting tower, requesting inbound for circuit work. No impact on operations.

January 18, 2019

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Ltd. Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander International, NL (CYQX) to Gander International, NL (CYQX) was on Runway 21 and was cleared for takeoff. The aircraft subsequently advised that they had aborted their takeoff due to an equipment issue and requested to taxi off the runway.

August 18, 2018

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF) (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) to Gander Int'l, NL (CYQX) called the Flight Service Station (FSS) for departure advisory. Once it was issued, C-GZKI did not reply. After a few calls it became clear that C-GZKI was having communication trouble. After 5 minutes, C-GZKI returned to the apron. Then, an Exploits Valley Air Services (C-GZSV) called that they were lost East of Deer Lake, and requested a direction finder (DF) steer. The very high frequency (VHF) DF in Deer Lake is unserviceable (U/S); therefore, Deer Lake, NL VOR/DME (YDF) was unable to provide information. As the FSS was helping the lost C-GZSV, C-GZKI called again for a departure advisory. FSS was not able to confirm that C-GZKI was able to hear them through repeated unanswered calls of "do you copy". Now, C-GZSV was turning final Runway 25. It was advised that on final that there was an aircraft on Taxiway Bravo that was not answering calls and may taxi for departure no radio (NORDO), and FSS may have to request C-GZSV, at 1446Z, to do an overshoot to avoid the departing NORDO traffic. As C-GZSV was short final, C-GZKI taxied out onto the active runway and departed at 1447Z without a backtrack as C-GZSV, behind it, was in the overshoot. Once clear of the zone, C-GZKI contacted YDF FSS and advised they had some sort of communication failure and apologized for departing. C-GZSV landed at 1452Z without further incident.

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Gander, NL (CYQX) had a flat at the intersection of Taxiway A/C/H. An AirSprint Embraer EMB-545 (C-FASV/ASP812) from Calgary, AB (CYYC) to Gander, NL (CYQX) landed Runway 21. They were delayed about two minutes waiting for C-GZKI to be moved. C-GZKI was off on Taxiway C at 2014Z.

March 16, 2018

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a flight from Gander Int'l, NL (CYQX) and landing at Gander Int'l, NL (CYQXZ) was inbound from EAST2 training area. After entering the control zone, the aircraft reported entering instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The aircraft was instructed to contact Gander Area Control Centre (ACC) for IFR vectors. C-GZKI was vectored for a short time and advised the airport in sight and clear of IMC. The aircraft landed without further incident at 1804Z.

July 14, 2017

Incident at LAKES INTERSECTION (ELT)

A call was received from Gander, NL (CYQX) Tower. Tower advised receiving emergency locator transmitter (ELT) transmissions for 3-4 minutes. The Tower conducting an aerodrome (AD) field check. Nothing was heard on CYQX remote communication outlet (RCO). No other log information on possible aircraft in the area. At 1653Z, a call was received from Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) regarding if the flight information centre (FIC) had any further information on possible overdue aircraft in Gander area. Advised no aircraft at this time. An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) was requested to check 121.5 by Hodges Hill at 1635Z. The pilot reported not hearing any ELT transmission.

May 15, 2017

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) from Gander, NL (CYQX) to Deer Lake, NL (CYDF) was given an advisory for Runway 07 at 1252Z, ETA 1300Z. The aircraft was then observed from SE and then over midfield. C-GZKI traffic was passed to a Jazz Bombardier CL-600-2B19 (C-GJZZ / JZA8881) from CYDF to Halifax, NS (CYHZ). JZA8881 had to hold short Runway 07 for traffic. C-GZKI then proceeded on final Runway 25 and when queried the pilot advised that they had confused runways. Information relayed to JZA881 at 1300Z.

May 14, 2017

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

At 1549Z an Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) was instructed to line up on Runway 31 and hold short of Runway 21. The pilot read back the instruction correctly. However, the pilot subsequently lined up on Runway 21, breaking the restriction. The pilot was a student solo. No impact on operations.

April 25, 2016

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

An Exploits Valley Air services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a local flight from Gander, NL (CYQX) was cleared for a touch and go on Runway 31. After the aircraft touched down the pilot reported that the aircraft had a flat tire. No assistance was required at the time. Emergency response services (ERS) was notified and responded closing Runway 31 east of Runway 3/21 at 2039Z. Gander area control centre (ACC) Shift Manager was advised. Gander Flight Training Maintenance staff responded and changed the tire on the aircraft. The aircraft taxied off the runway at 2105Z and the runway was reopened.

November 30, 2015

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

UPDATE from Airworthiness: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) looked into this occurrence. The CASI contacted the operator involved for more information and was provided with additional details of this occurrence. Upon landing the aircraft was taxied to the hanger by pilot. Maintenance selected pitot heat ON and a small amount of moisture was noted coming from pitot tube drain hole. Moisture was drained and a successful pitot static check was completed with no faults noted. Aircraft was returned to service. The CASI was satisfied with the information provided, the maintenance actions taken by the operator and advised that no further follow-up action by Transport Canada, Airworthiness was required at this time.
At 1245Z, the pilot of an Exploits Valley Air Services Ltd Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a local flight out of Gander, NL (CYQX) aborted takeoff from Runway 31 due to an airspeed indicator malfunction. Take off clearance was cancelled and the aircraft returned to apron. No assistance was required.

September 16, 2014

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

At 1555Z, inbound from South 2 Training Area, an Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a local flight from Gander, NL (CYQX) informed Gander Tower via mobile phone that he could receive communications from Tower but not transmit. C-GZKI was cleared direct the very high frequency omnidirectional range(VOR) and told to establish communications prior to the VOR due Exploits Valley (EV7643)(B1900) inbound from St John's, NL (CYYT). At 1607Z, C-GZKI landed Runway 31. No further issues.

September 6, 2014

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

Update from Maintenance & Manufacturing: The pilot indicated the aircraft felt heavy and wanted to turn to the right. When asked by the controller, the pilot confirmed he was declaring an emergency. Fire hall was informed and assumed standby position. The aircraft landed safely at 0053Z, taxied to the apron to check the aircraft, then requested taxi back to the hangar and confirmed no further assistance was required. A full inspection of the flight controls was carried out for damage, attachment, control and sense of movement by maintenance personnel. No faults were found. Upon further inspection by maintenance, it was discovered that two (2) inspection plates (S329) were bent away from under the right hand wing only being held on by one (1) screw each. This was determined to be the cause of the aircraft feeling heavy and wanting to turn to the right. The panels were inspected for damage and re-secured as required. The aircraft completed a test flight successfully and the aircraft was returned to service.
An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a local flight from Gander, NL (CYQX) requested to return to CYQX after departing on a VFR flight, indicating there was a problem with the aircraft. When asked by the controller, the pilot confirmed he was declaring an emergency. Firehall was informed and assumed standby position. C-GZKI landed safely at 0053Z, taxied to the apron to check the aircraft, then requested taxi back to Gander Flight Training and confirmed no further assistance was required.

April 28, 2013

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

An Exploits Valley Air Services Cessna 152 (C-GZKI) on a local flight from Gander, NL (CYQX) rejected a takeoff for runway 21. No assistance was requested. The aircraft backtracked and departed safely.

May 1, 2012

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

C-GZKI, a Cessna 152 landed Runway (RWY) 03 at 1815Z and was unable to taxi off due to a nose gear problem. GZKI was towed off the RWY at 1840Z. Three other aircraft were diverted to another runway.

February 22, 2012

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Conflict - potential, Conflict - IFR & VFR, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

C-GZKI, a Cessna 152 departed Visual Flight Rules (VFR) from Runway (RWY) 21 at approximately 1500Z. The pilot was instructed twice by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to proceed straight out on departure due to XA-GJC, a Cessna Citation 650 inbound for a left hand visual approach to RWY 31. C-GZKI was observed in a left turn after departure. The pilot of C-GZKI was subsequently instructed by ATC to remain south of the approach to RWY 31. Traffic position was passed to both aircraft. C-GZKI was not transponder equipped, a prime target believed to be C-GZKI merged on radar with the target of the XA-GJC. C-GZKI again failed to follow an ATC instruction as he flew into the approach sector for RWY 31. Neither pilot reported the other visual at any time. XA-GJC landed safely on RWY 31, the pilot of C-GZKI was instructed to return to the airfield for a full stop landing.

April 9, 2011

Incident at DEER LAKE NL (CYDF) (Conflict - potential, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

C-GZKI, Cessna 152, issued an advisory with active Runway 25 and two aircraft inbound for Runway 25. C-GZSV, Cessna 152, reported left downwind for Runway 25. C-GZKI advised that they had enough time to depart and advised that they were taxiing for Runway 25. C-GZKI was advised by the Flight Service Station (FSS) that it was lined up for Runway 07. C-GZKI advised it would now depart from Runway 07. C-GZKI was updated on the traffic that was now on base about to turn final for Runway 25. C-GZKI advised that the traffic was in sight and that it was now rolling. C-GZSV was issued a traffic update and advised that it was extending the base leg to the north. C-GZKI departed Runway 07 AT 13:40Z with a right turnout. C-GZSV turned about inbound and landed on Runway 25 at 13:46Z.

May 3, 2010

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX) (Overshoot/missed approach, Incursion - runway - aircraft, Conflict - potential, Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction)

UPDATE TSB: A10A0046: C-FIZU, a Government of Newfoundland Labrador Bombardier CL-215T on a local training flight, had been cleared for a touch and go on rwy 13 by the Gander tower controller. C-GZKI, a Gander Flight Training Cessna 152, had been issued taxi instructions for departure from rwy 21 via taxiway Echo to hold short of Runway 13. When tower personnel observed C-GZKI taxing on rwy 13 they issued go-around instructions to C-FIZU. There was no further incident.
At 15:29Z, TKR286 (Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre), Canadair CL215, was cleared for a touch and go maneuver. At 15:29Z, C- GZKI, Cessna 152, was issued taxi instructions for departure from Runway 21, to taxi via Taxiway ECHO and hold short of Runway 13. At 15:30Z, the tower observed C-GZKI taxiing on Runway 13. TKR286 was issued instructions to execute a missed approach. TSB Case Closed.

August 16, 2007

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

UPDATE Maintenance and Manufacturing: This incident was caused by a stuck starter relay. The starter relay and starter assembly have both been replaced and the system was fully inspected for any signs of damage or overheating. An Service Difficulty Report (SDR) was submitted for this incident (#20070822007).
UPDATE TSB: A07A0087: The Exploits Valley Air Cessna 152, C-GZKI, was on a local flight traing mission with a student and instructor on board. After a normal take-off and climb both occupants began to smell smoke and noticed a light haze as they exited the control zone. The instructor noted the Nav/Comm radio lights began to flicker. He received a slight electrical shock when he attempted to select the radio to the off position. The master switch was then selected to off and the smoke dissipated rapidly. At 1227 NDT the instructor used a cellular phone to contact Gander tower and advised the controller of the situation; no emergency declared. The controller cleared the aircraft from the position direct for right base runway 22. The pilot remained on the phone with the controller and landed without incident at 1239 NDT. AFF crews were advised and in standby position when the aircraft landed. Maintenance discovered that the starter bendix had remained engaged from the time the engine was started and throughout the flight. Once the started switch was disengaged the engine continued to turn the starter causing the electrical system to overheat/overload.
At 14:57, a Canadian registered Cessna 152, called on an outside line to advise that the aircraft had experienced an electrical fire and all electrics were shut down. The aircraft was over the mouth of the Gander River and Gander Lake. The aircraft was cleared from the present position direct the dump for right base to Runway 22. The pilot remained on the phone with Gander Tower and landed without incident at 15:09Z. No other aircraft were delayed. Emergency Response Services (ERS) were advised and in standby positions for the aircraft's landing. TSB Case Closed.

June 25, 2003

Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)

Update Maintenance and Manufacturing - 2003-06-30 - The Director of Maintenance reported that No. 3 piston experienced a failure of its aluminum side during cruise flight, resulting in engine power loss and rough operation. The piston failure caused the crankcase to become pressurized forcing oil out the crankcase breather tube. Oil pressure was eventually lost resulting in the engine stoppage in flight. An emergency landing ensued with no further damage.
C-GZKI, a Cessna152, on a local VFR flight, experienced a loss of oil pressure followed by a rough running engine and then an engine failure. There was an Instructor and Student on board. The aircraft conducted a successful Forced Approach and Landing to a secondary highway within the Gander community boundary. There was no additional damage to the aircraft. The pilot immediately prior to landing informed Gander Tower of the problem. TSB - A03A0073 - More to Follow
TSB - Update - 2003-06-27 - A03A0073: The C152 was on an instructional flight in the vicinity of Gander airport when the aircraft engine started to run rough (Lycoming O-235). The crew set up for a Forced Approach on a secondary highway, and advised Gander ATC that they would be conducting a precautionary landing. Just prior to touchdown the engine quit. The aircraft landed safely on the road and Emergency response personnel were sent to the site. After landing a long streak of oil was noted on the underside of the aircraft. The company will be sending a technical report to the TSB on the cause of the engine problem.