January 9, 2019


A WestJet Encore de Havilland DHC-8-402 (WEN3293) from Calgary Intl, AB (CYYC) to Terrace, BC (CYXT) was struck by a green laser 1 nautical mile south of departure end of Runway 17R. A City of Calgary Eurocopter EC 120 (HAWK1) was airborne and was informed of the incident. No further impact on operations.

January 22, 2016

Incident at In the vicinity of: CALGARY INTL AB (CYYC) (Laser interference)

A WestJet Boeing 737 700 (WJA202) from Vancouver, BC (CYVR) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported a laser strike coming from south of Broadcast Hill while on approach. A City of Calgary Eurocopter EC 120 (HAWK1) was advised and sent to investigate. HAWK1 reported the light coming off of a decorative light and doesn't appear to be person pointing a laser.

July 9, 2015


Follow-up information received from Enforcement: A Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI) has reviewed this occurrence and the appropriate action has been taken.
At 0300Z, a City of Calgary Eurocopter EC 120 (HAWK1) on a local flight from Calgary, AB (CYYC) reported a large Drone at 4200 feet over the Calgary Stampede grounds in class C airspace. No impact to the operation.

February 13, 2011


HAWK1 EC20 reported a green laser being directed at them from approximately 1NM south of the runway 34 threshold. No other aircraft targeted. HAWK1 was unable to located exact source of the laser.

August 10, 2009


U.S. Military Flight HAWK1, a North American F86 Sabre IFR Abbotsford to Victoria, departed Runway 07 on an IFR clearance. On getting airborne, HAWK1 declared AI/Gyro not working. The F86 requested to remain VFR and burn off fuel over the Airport whilst assessing the problem. The pilot did not declare an emergency but emergency crews were put on standby and one IFR aircraft to the west was held until HAWK1 declared the problem sorted and contacted the Terminal for onwards clearance.

August 29, 2002

Incident at 12 miles northeast of Toronto (TCAS alert)

The Air Canada aircraft (operating as ACA601) was on an IFR flight from St. John's Airport (CYYT) to Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team aircraft (operating as HAWK1) was on a local IFR flight from Toronto (LBPIA) (CYYZ). ACA601 was descending through 8,400 feet (to 8,000 feet) when the flight crew received and followed a TCAS RA instructing them to climb their aircraft to 8,600 feet. Traffic at the time was opposite direction HAWK1 in a rapid climb to 7,000 feet. Lateral separation was approximately two (2) miles. Ops. impact -- unknown.
Supplemental information from the pilot of HAWK1 [2002/09/04]: The aircraft was operated by BAE SYSTEMS PLC and was regulated by the U.K. Ministry of Defence - the aircraft carried a British military registration. The aircraft reverted to Canadian military registration (and regulation) today when it was delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces at C.F.B. Moose Jaw. On the day of the TCAS alert, there were two (2) persons on board - myself as Captain and a journalist who was a passenger. I do not recall any 'altitude busts' on this flight (or any of my recent IFR flights in Canada) and I am sure that your radar and radio records will confirm this observation. The Hawk is not fitted with TCAS (military exemption). My understanding is that I was in the climb to an assigned altitude of 7,000 feet whilst the arriving Air Canada flight was descending to 8,000 feet when it received a TCAS Resolution Advisory (which caused the airliner to change its flight path). I do not recall climbing at a particularly high rate - but, at climb power, the climb angle required to maintain the required 250 knots is around 10 degrees at this altitude. Climbing on a similar profile today out of Winnipeg, the rate of climb was about 4,500 feet/minute.