Signature Flight Support signed an agreement with InterDel Aviation Services of Vancouver to become a licensed Signature Flight Support location, the companies announced today at the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention. Signature Vancouver, located at Vancouver International Airport, is the third Canadian facility for the FBO chain. This follows an agreement signed in October between Signature and Imperial Oil of Canada that offers the former Avitat network members the opportunity to become Signature Select or licensed Signature Flight Support locations.
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.
Sikorsky Aircraft recognized Vancouver-based Helijet International as operator of the world’s highest time Sikorsky S-76 airframe. Helijet’s S-76A, S/N 760074, has logged a total of 37,025 flight hours. It entered service in July 1980 and then flew 2,287 hours during nine years’ service as a corporate transport in the northeastern U.S. Helijet acquired the aircraft in January 1990. In scheduled service, it has carried more than 500,000 passengers some three million miles between Helijet’s passenger terminals in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Canada’s Vancouver International Airport had its “busiest day in history” when general aviation travelers departed after closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics on Sunday, according to Scott Harrold, general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Vancouver FBO.
Okay trivia buffs, where’s the highest control tower in the world? Before you say Quito, La Paz or Kathmandu, an extra qualifier–the highest above the landing surface. The answer is Vancouver, British Columbia. But not the tower at Vancouver International Airport, whose cab is a puny 142 ft above the airport surface.