Ontario’s Ornge air ambulance system remains under government scrutiny. In testimony before the Provincial Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee March 6, the then-head of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Chris Lewis, said its anti-rackets branch is expanding its investigation to include interviewing witnesses in the U.S. and Italy and seeking documents from those jurisdictions.
Montreal-based corporate aircraft service provider Execaire (Booth No. N915) announced here at NBAA 2013 the completion of a VIP lounge at its flagship facility at Toronto’s Lester Pearson International Airport (CYYZ).
A helicopter air ambulance belonging to Ontario’s provincially funded service, Ornge, crashed shortly after takeoff May 31, killing its four-man crew of two pilots and two flight paramedics. The 1980 Sikorsky S-76A took off from rural Moosonee along St. James Bay at 12:10 a.m. en route to the remote First Nation village of Attawapiskat for a patient pick-up. It crashed almost immediately after takeoff into a densely wooded area less than 3,000 feet off the airport and burned.
Beechcraft has appointed Flying Colours of Ontario, Canada, an authorized service center (ASC) for the King Air, Baron and Bonanza. The new status allows the Peterborough facility to offer maintenance, modifications, refurbishment and paint under the terms of the ASC. Flying Colours has a long affiliation with Beechcraft dating back to the early 1980s and the Beech 99. The facility employs 18 technicians.
Toronto-based Porter Airlines on Wednesday revealed itself as the “unidentified Americas-based” customer for the Bombardier CSeries. The purchase agreement, still subject to certain conditions including relaxing the airport’s limitations on jet operations, calls for a firm order for 12 CS100s and options on another 18.
A Pilatus PC-12 crashed on January 16 five miles northeast of Burlington-Almance Regional Airport (BUY) in North Carolina. The turboprop single crashed at about 6 a.m. local time and claimed the life of the pilot, the only person on board. Burlington Airport is 20 miles east of Greensboro. No details have been released yet about the possible cause.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned last week and “prorogued” (read: suspended) the provincial parliament, a move that automatically shuts down its Committee on Public Accounts’ ongoing investigation into Ornge, the provincially funded air ambulance service.
FBO chain operator Landmark Aviation shored up its operations in Canada with the appointment of Andrew Storey as Canada area manager. In addition to his continuing role as general manager of the company’s Toronto Pearson International Airport location, Storey will assume overall responsibility for Landmark’s facilities at Vancouver International and Calgary International Airports. An industry veteran of more than 25 years, Storey began his career as a line service technician at Pearson while earning his private pilot certificate.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group has moved its authorized Citation service center from a shared maintenance hangar in Montreal to a new dedicated facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Regco Holdings CEO Robert Deluce last month announced his intention to proceed with plans to base a new regional airline at Toronto Island Airport this year. The new carrier, called Porter Airlines, would fly 10 new 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops to 17 Canadian and U.S. destinations within a 500-nm radius of Toronto.
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