This week is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week!  

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is a global outreach initiative that takes place annually during the week of March 8, anniversary date of the world’s first female pilot license since 1910 and International Women’s Day since 1914.

The week is designed to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to girls of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation.

The initiative is organized by the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW), a global alliance of businesses and organizations dedicated to fostering gender balance in the air and space industry.



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Events Listing

March 6-12, 2017
Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

March 11-12, 2017
The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! 
Abbotsford, BC

March 11, 2017
Glacier Air WOAW17 Fly it Forward 
Squamish, BC

March 21, 2017
Public Dialogue on Canada's Transportation and Logistics 
Mississauga, ON

April 1, 2017
PrepAIR Seminar Series 
Delta, BC

April 3, 2017
Aviation Leadership Foundation: Toast on the Fly
Richmond, BC

April 8, 2017
PrepAIR Seminar Series 
Cassidy, BC

April 24 - 26, 2017
NATA AGM, Conference and Exhibition
Yellowknife, NT

April 29, 2017
PrepAIR Seminar Series 
Sidney, BC

May 2-4, 2017
BCAC Airports Workshop
Cranbrook, BC

May 24 - 26, 2017
iWOAW Symposium
Vancouver, BC

June 15, 2017
Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner
Vancouver, BC

June 21-24, 2017
Canadian Women in Aviation Conference
Calgary, AB

June 23-24, 2017
Kelowna, BC

July 22, 2017
Boundary Bay Airshow
Delta, BC

August 9-11, 2017
Canadian Business Aviation Assn
Abbotsford, BC

August 10-11, 2017
Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo
Abbotsford, BC

August 11-13, 2017
Abbotsford Airshow
Abbotsford, BC

October 25, 2017
BCAC Silver Wings Awards
Save the Date!!

November 6-8, 2017
Montreal, QC

November 11-13, 2017
Ottawa, ON

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News from the Community

Abbotsford Airport planning terminal expansion 
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Air Canada unveils new look for aircraft, uniforms 
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AEI adds KF Aerospace as authorized conversion centre 
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Aviation in Canada: How it all began 
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B.C. aircraft crashes jump by almost 30% in a year 
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B.C. plane crash survivors granted access to cockpit voice recorder 
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Biofuels may be the future of the aviation industry  
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Bombardier donates CRJ-100 aircraft to the British Columbia Institute of Technology   
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Coast Dog opens new hangar at Pitt Meadows  
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Drive to privatize Canadian airports lifts off
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Exactly how many planes are there in the world today? 
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Facial recognition technology is coming to Canadian airports this spring   
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Minister Garneau marks over 100 years of aviation history by shining light on serious safety issue
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Nanaimo flight delayed after plane gets stuck in grass at YVR 
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New scholarship takes flight with Air Cadets, courtesy of Jazz Aviation
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Power company sends fire-spewing drone to burn trash off high voltage wires
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Small aircraft crashes in Surrey blueberry field 
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Vancouver International Airport starts upgrade plan to address high demand 
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Vector Aerospace to showcase a range of customer-focused MRO solutions at HAI Heli-Expo 
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Vector Aerospace leases five AS332L Super Puma helicopters to Starlite Aviation
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Women gather to advance their role in aviation
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Now accepting nominations for Industry Awards and Scholarships  

Deadline: May 31, 2017


BC Aviation Council members recognize the financial pressure students face when pursuing studies in aviation and aerospace. The council is pleased to provide the opportunity to present a number of scholarships on an annual basis. This years scholarships currently include:
  • Anderson Family Flight Training: $5,000
  • Harbour Air Advanced Float Plane Endorsement - 50hrs.
  • Helijet Helicopter IFR Training Bursary Award: $3,500
  • Barry & Jim Aviation Maintenance Graduate Bursary: $3,000
  • Conair Group Commercial Aviation Training Bursary: $3,000
  • Michelle Ward Memorial Bursary: $2,000
  • Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Ernie Alexander Memorial Bursary: $2,000
  • Al Michaud Memorial Bursary: $1,000
  • Anne and Rudi Bauer Memorial Bursary: $1,000
  • BC Aviation Council “Career” Training Bursary: $1,000
  • BC Aviation Council Flight Instructor Training Bursary: $1,000
  • BCAC Airports Committee Airport Operations Management Training Bursary: $1,000
  • Mary Swain Memorial Aviation Training Bursary: $1,000
  • William Templeton Airport Operations Management Training Bursary: $1,000

Scholarship Information and Application

Industry Awards

Industry Awards will be presented at the annual Silver Wings Awards Gala scheduled for October 25, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Fill out the nomination form and recognize BC aviation talent. We live in the best province and have some exceptional aviators so please nominate them for recognition by their peers. 
  • Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year
  • William Templeton Award
  • BCAC Environmental Award
  • Robert S. Day Trophy
  • Back and Bevington Air Safety Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

View past Industry Award winners and  Nomination Forms

BCAC Feedback Survey: Thank you for your time! 

BCAC would like to thank all those who took the time last month to complete our feedback survey! We had a great number of participants and are now working on analyzing the responses that will help us develop our next five-year strategic plan. Once again, thank you for your continued support of BCAC. Our door is always open and we welcome any feedback or comments at any time.  


Glacier Air Fly it Forward 

March 11, 2017 - Squamish, B.C. 

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Glacier Air and the BC Coast 99's are pleased to once again participate in WOAW17 Fly it Forward event to include:
  • Free flights for girls (12 and older) and women who have never been in a small plane before 
  • Guest speakers including women who have made outstanding achievements in the Aviation Industry
  • Fly past and static display by the RCAF CH-124 SeaKing Helicopter ALL FEMALE crew
  • First come, first fly so arrive early and spend the day meeting girls and women who are passionate about flying, hear their stories on how they have overcome their challenges and dared to dream
More information available here 


The Sky's no limit - Girls Fly Too! 

March 11 - 12, 2017 - Abbotsford, B.C. 

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Once again, as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week and together with agency, industry, and community partners, we will change lives! Females of all ages and their families are invited to go on a unique exploration adventure. Fly it Forward flights will once again be offered for first-time female fliers. Be ready to meet civilian and non-civilian VIPs, discover cool aircraft, and try new activities. No registration is required to attend, however, registration is required for Fly it Forward flights.

More information available here


Victoria Flying Club: Discover Flights 

Victoria, B.C. 

More information available here


Quality and Safety Coordinator, Pacific Coastal Airlines

Nicole Gaudet 
Ever since I was a little girl I had a passion for aviation. My father used to take my mom and I to the end of the runway at YVR every Sunday for a picnic and we would just watch planes land. However, I didn't start my career in the industry right away. When I was in my teens I was an athlete and travelled across Canada as a high jumper. After high school I travelled to Europe, Australia and Cuba. All of the travelling I did combined with a fascination of airplanes made me want to be a part of this industry full time. For 18 years I owned and operated my own business in Powell River but when it came down to it, I wanted to do something that I was really passionate about, and that is when I moved to Vancouver to pursue my dreams and start my aviation career by studying Airport Operations at BCIT.  

Read Nicole's full story and highlights of her career here.  


Where are they now? Wenny Chiu, Pacific Flying Club 

Winner of the Anne and Rudy Bauer Memorial Bursary 2014


Wenny's inspiration was her brother. Watching her brother go through BCIT's Airline and Flight Operations - Commercial Pilot program was everything she needed. She felt it looked challenging and fun and thought she could do it too, and that is how Wenny's journey begins!

When asking Wenny about specific highlights she was proud of, or learned immensely from, there were many. She says its hard to choose, but overall it was the satisfaction of completing the program and obtaining her Commercial Pilots License.

Currently you can find Wenny at the Pacific Flying Club in Delta, B.C., where she works as a flight instructor. She feels privileged to help students realize their goals and enjoys sharing her experience and guiding them through their own.

Read Wenny's full story here. 


Airside Safety Officer
 Vancouver Airport Authority 


Reporting to the Manager, Airside Operations, the successful candidates will represent the Airport Authority and Airside Operations Department and are responsible for all aspects relating to the safe operation of aircraft and vehicles in the airside environment.  This key decision making and results driven role provides resolution to safety and operational issues, coordinates airside activities and responds to airside emergencies.

Full details and application information here. 


Flying for Good  

Give Hope Wings is flying to raise $400,000 in support of Hope Air and its noble cause of helping Canadians in need.

In January / February 2018, two homebuilt aircraft and four crew will fly 20,000 miles while circumnavigating Central and South America and stopping in 20 countries. Give Hope Wings is comprised of two airplanes and four crew members - but it is much more than that. It's an idea born of the passions of four men - passions about generosity, flying, and comradery.

In 2016, Dave McElroy and Russ Airey met while they were part of a 6 plane, 6000 mile epic flight across the Canadian Artic and Alaskan wilderness. Soon after that, Dave conceived an idea integrating his love for flight and adventure with the desire to "give back." He presented his concept to Russ and Give Hope Wings was born. The crew soon fleshed out when Bob Vance and Harold Fast joined in. The latter two men are active crew members and extraordinary generous benefactors of this expedition. They fully support the mission and goals of the enterprise.

In addition to raising at least $400,000 for Hope Air, the crew also intends to increase the awareness of this unique Canadian charity and its life-saving work.

Learn more about Give Hope Wings and find out how you can support them today!

Airlines: The pre-truth industry  

By David Learmount  

Airline pilots today are obligated to steer their machines according to an instrument discovered in the earth's Iron Age: the magnetic compass. Ships' commanders only use that these days if all else fails.

By modern navigation standards the magnetic compass is not an accurate device. An aviator flying along a magnetic meridian toward either the North or the South Magnetic Pole flies "a wiggly track" according to the Geomagnetism Team of the British Geological Survey. The pilot's magnetic compass may display a constant heading, but the aircraft relying on it follows the gently wandering vagaries of earth's dipolar magnetic field.

In 2011 a Boeing 737 suffered a fatal crash on approach to land because of the artificially-induced complexities of a navigation system based on Magnetic North in a digital era (detail later). All four crew and eight of the 11 passengers were killed.

Modern aviation navigation can be conducted using a phenomenally accurate, multi-sensor system orientated to the earth's spin axis, with reliable integrated backups. But in fact it's compromised by the decision to continue a legacy system or orientation based on the earth's ever-changing magnetic field. Read the full story via here

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