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Friday, July 31, 2015

Canada Airports expand Visa free travel to more cities in China

Canada Airports expand Visa free travel to more cities in China

"Expansion of visa-free travel to more cities in Asia is good not only for Canada's International hub Airports but also 

for the wider Airports community that can benefit from increased connectivity to new destinations," said Daniel-Robert 

Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council, commenting on expansion of the China Transit Program (CTP).

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) today welcomed further expansion of the China Transit Program to eligible Chinese 

travelers with the addition of five new cities: Xiamen, Fuzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, and Harbin. The CAC supports economy-

boosting initiatives like CTP that encourage Air Service development by increasing the number of visa free travelers transiting through Canadian Airports en route to and from US destinations at little cost and no threat to Canada's National Security.

"We welcome the government's announcement today because China is an extremely important Aviation market for Canada. We urge further expansion of CTP to more countries and carriers in Asia with the eventual goal of Transit Without Visa (TWOV) 

for the International-to-International traveler segment," added Daniel-Robert Gooch.

Today's announcement builds on the government's decision in May to expand the CTP to Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda and Seoul Incheon, three major hub Airports in East Asia. More transit traffic through Canada's Airports resulting from the TCP and TWOV benefits the Canadian economy in a number of ways, notably by making certain routes economically viable that otherwise would not exist and by bolstering international trade with key Asian markets. Expansion of these programs is essential for the Canadian air transportation industry to operate on a competitive playing field globally. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that just 5% of Asia-US transit traffic flowing through Canada's hub airports would result in 3,200 jobs, $270 million in GDP and $110 million in revenues to government.



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Alberta Pilot who started own Airline honoured by Aviation Hall of Fame

Jim McBride’s induction to Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame came 65 years after his first days in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Everything since then — serving overseas, investing in his First Plane, becoming President of his own Airline — had culminated in this, one of the highest honours possible for Canadian Airmen and Women.

“It was just unbelievable,” McBride said of the June 4 ceremony at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. “For a kid that grew up on a farm in Alberta, to end up with that was pretty good.”

McBride bought a plane while still in the RCAF, racking up 200 hours of flight to earn a Commercial Licence. Then he sold that Aircraft, and combined the money with his Air Force severance pay to buy the Piper P18 Super Cub he’d use to start Midwest Aviation Ltd. in 1956. He was in his twenties.
Aviator Jim McBride and his wife Ruth pose in front of the First Aircraft they bought in 1953. McBride used the plane to get enough hours for a Commercial Flying License, then started his first company, Midwest Aviation Ltd.  

In November 1969, the company merged with Transair to become Transair Ltd., with Jim at the helm as president. The company kept expanding until it had a fleet of 80 Aircraft, including 16 Helicopters, and over 700 Employees. It had flight routes all across Canada, even offering vacation charters to Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico from Toronto.

“We ended up not doing too badly,” McBride said with a laugh.

McBride now has an investment company called IMS Ltd. and sold his Transair shares in 1973. His former employees and colleagues nominated him for the honour.

‘I have known Jim McBride for over 50 years,” wrote Douglas Fletcher, retired senior vice-president of operations for CN Rail.

“From his early days through the creation of Midwest Aviation to the merger with Transair, he demonstrated his love for the industry, a keen business sense, a vision of the future in Aviation and a total commitment to air safety.”

Jim McBride receives his certificate of membership to the Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame from retired Lt. Colonel Maryse  Carmichael, the first woman to fly as a pilot with the Snowbirds, and hall of fame chairman Tom Appleton. The ceremony took place June 4, 2015 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

His partner through it all has been his wife, Ruth. When they met in Ottawa in 1952, both were serving in the RCAF and McBride was about to be deployed overseas. The pair were married within 10 days.

In all his years flying, McBride was never involved in an accident. He insists that he never had a close call, either. 

“I lost an engine once, but that was OK,” he said.

“It was a twin engine Airplane, so we went in and landed with no problems.”





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Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bomb Threat Reported On Saskatoon-Bound WestJet Flight



Another WestJet Flight — the third in the past week — has received a bomb threat. 
WestJet reported its Toronto to Saskatoon Flight received the threat late Tuesday evening.
Flight 323 landed safely at the John Diefenbaker Airport in Saskatoon, WestJet reported. Saskatoon Police are on the scene leading an investigation with the assistance of Airline and Airport officials, treating the incident as a criminal matter. 

The 737-700 Airliner was carrying 113 passengers and five crew members. All people on the plane left the Aircraft safely via stairs and boarded a bus.They will be interviewed and debriefed by Saskatoon police members, said police spokeswoman Kelsie Fraser.

"I can confirm that the threat did come into the Airport authority here in Saskatoon," she said.

The threat came in shortly after 7:00 p.m., Fraser confirmed. "We can't establish a connection at this point," to previous threats made to WestJet flights earlier this week, Fraser said.

The city's police force is also working with Saskatoon fire and transit members, as well as with the Airport Authority, and WestJet personnel. 

It is the latest in a recent rash of threats for WestJet and the Canadian Aviation industry.

Six passengers were injured during an emergency evacuation of a WestJet flight in Winnipeg on Monday night. The Boeing 
737-700 was about an hour and a half into its flight from Edmonton to Toronto when it made its emergency landing due to a received threat. Passengers eventually arrived in Toronto on Tuesday.

A WestJet flight from Edmonton to Halifax diverted to Saskatoon after a threat on June 27.The municipal Airport in Kincardine, Ont., had received a phone call claiming an explosive device was on board.

Meanwhile, a bomb threat was found on a note on an Air Canada Flight on June 25, which caused the St. John's International Airport to temporarily close.


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Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor