BCAC Airports Workshop & AGM
From Anahim Lake to Abbotsford, from Cranbrook to Campbell River, British Columbia is home to 39 certified airports, a testament to the importance of the aviation industry to the health of this province.

More than 100 senior airport, airline, aviation authority, government and related business executives will gather in Nanaimo from April 25-27 for the annual event. The theme for the three days of meetings, workshops and networking is Shaping Our Future.

“It’s important to provide opportunities for airports and related service providers to discuss current issues and build on business relationships,” says Candace McKibbon, the B.C. Aviation Council’s Executive Director.

“Industry leaders will share their innovations, knowledge and insights—all focused on advancing B.C.’s aviation sector.”

Just some of the focus areas will be:
  • Maximizing revenues and funding
  • Meeting increased demands for security and training
  • Planning and regulatory compliance
As in previous years, speakers will share best practices and discuss holistic strategies for dealing with these topics.


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Events Listing

April 4-6, 2016
ACI Business of Airports Conference
Orlando, FL

April 4-6, 2016

CHC Safety & Quality Summit
Vancouver, BC

April 19-21, 2016
IAAE Canada -- TB312 5th Edition
Kelowna, BC

April 25-27, 2016
BCAC Airports Workshop
Nanaimo, BC

April 25-27, 2016

NATA 40th AGM, Conference & Tradeshow
Whitehorse, Yukon

April 29, 2016
Air Transport in Canada Symposium
Ottawa, Ontario

May 16-20, 2016
IAAE Canada -- Airport Lighting Course
Campbell River, BC

June 2, 2016
Pacific Coastal's 24th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Richmond, BC

June 5-8, 2016
IAAE FOAM Conference
Quebec City

June 13-15, 2016
Smart Airports & Regions
Richmond, BC

July 5-7, 2016

CBAA Convention & Exhibition
Calgary, AB

July 11-17, 2016

Farnborough Airshow
Farnborough, UK

July 11-13, 2016
ACI-NA Boeing Airline Planning Workshop for Airport Decision Makers
Seattle, WA

July 23, 2016
Boundary Bay Airshow
Delta, BC

August 12-14, 2016
Abbotsford Airshow
Abbotsford, BC

September 19-22, 2016

Minneapolis-St. Paul

September 25-28, 2016
ACI-NA World Conference & Exhibition
Montreal, QC

October 26, 2016
BCAC Silver Wings Awards
Vancouver, BC

November 1-3, 2016

NBAA Convention and Exhibition
Orlando, FL

November 11-13, 2016

Helicopter Assn of Canada (HAC)
21st Annual Conference & Trade Show
Edmonton, AB

November 15-16, 2016

Canadian Aerospace Summit
Ottawa, ON

November 15-17, 2016

ATAC Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Vancouver, BC

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

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Conair Aerial Firefighting

Conair Electra over Harrison Hot Springs, photo by Larry Scholle

This month we visited Conair Aerial Firefighting’s base in Abbotsford and spent some time with Jeff Berry, Director of Business Development. A tour of the facility included three large hangars full of aerial firefighting equipment and a “bee hive” of busy workers prepping the aircraft for the fire season. The Government’s decision to retain a Next Generation RJ85 air tanker for the 2016 fire season has Conair extremely pleased. To date, 5 aircraft conversions have been completed and Conair is in the process of converting the 6th – which you can see mid-conversion in their hangar.

Conair has just begun the planning and design phase to incorporate technological enhancements to the existing Q400. When completed, Conair will have the most versatile, 10,000 litre airtanker combination on the market today. The system will incorporate an advanced Conair retardant delivery system that has been tested in France for the past 10 seasons with the newly designed Bombardier Q400 cargo combination aircraft.

It was also recently announced that a M.O.U. for a Conair/CAE RJ85 wildfire training and simulation centre to be built in BC. Conair currently sends prospective pilots and pilots in need of recurrent training, to a RJ85 Class D Simulator in Switzerland. The establishment of the training facility in B.C. allows Conair to train locally which reduces costs and increases access to world class training. Once the flight training centre is established it will create many new job opportunities including Fight Simulator trainers, Simulator Technicians and Operations Centre Staff.

BCAC would like to congratulate Conair on all their recent successes and thank them for their continued support of BCAC and Aviation and Aerospace in B.C.

BCAC Accepting Nominations for Scholarships

BCAC 2015 Silver Wings Awards and Scholarship Winners

Anderson Family Scholarship
Deadline extended for The Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship, awarded to a young aspiring BC pilot, aged 16-19. Nominations extended to April 15, 2016. 

Deadline for all other Award and Scholarship Nominations - May 31, 2016 (*Not including the Anderson Family Flight Training Scholarship) 
BC Aviation Council members recognize the financial pressures faces by students pursuing studies in aviation and aerospace, and the BCAC provides scholarships and awards for students on an annual basis.

Students actively pursuing studies in the following fields can apply for cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Aviation Maintenance 
  • Airport Operations
  • Private Pilot
  • Flight Instructor 

BC Pilots to Fly at Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary


BC Pilots to fly at Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary Celebrations in France  

Vimy Flight was formed four years ago by 4 retired Canadian military pilots who had acquired replica Nieuport XI World War One scout aircraft and were flying them as a hobby. While so engaged they pondered the possibility of flying over the Vimy memorial in France for the upcoming centennial celebration to honour those who fought in that conflict. Their imagination was piqued by a 1936 photo which depicted bi-planes flying over the Vimy memorial during the opening ceremony in July 1936. A plan was formulated to replicate this event during the dedication ceremony scheduled for 9 April 2017 in France.

With the cooperation of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the Canadian Geographic magazine and with the collaboration of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum the plan, called "A Nation Soars", was designed by Sound Ventures Productions telling the story in three segments. The first, titled “Drawn to Victory” will be a made-for-TV movie about the use of aviation in creating maps of the battlefield. Large scale maps will be made for inclusion in a cross-Canada trek in company with the aircraft. These maps, measuring some 8 by 10 meters, will be set up in gymnasiums or sports centers to show the public how aerial reconnaissance and maps were used to great success during the war.

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News from the Community

 2016 Alberni Valley Regional Airport Runway Extension Tendered out for $4.2 Million  read more here

4th Annual Helicopter & Wings Top 20 Under 40 Nominations Open
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6th Annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Attracts 44,000 in 120 Venues on 4 Continents    
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B.C. Flight Simulator to Help Firefighter Pilots Prepare for Wildfires  
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Kids will Soar Over Okanagan Lake this June with COPA for Kids  
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Flying 'Low and Slow' with BC Floatplane Pilots  
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Vancouver Airport adding 13 New Air Services in 2016  
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Vancouver Airport ranked North America's Best Airport for 7th Straight Year 
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Save the Date for the 2016 Silver Wings Awards

October 26, 2016
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place

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BCIT Aerospace Launches Drone Program  

BCIT Aerospace Offers Drone Program & Part-time Studies in Airport Operations 

Take BCIT Aerospace is pleased to announce that registration is now open for their very first UAV/UAS course. The course is available online and will be starting April 30th.  This is an introductory course and no previous experience with UAVs is needed. This is the first course in what they plan will be a series of UAV-related courses. To get more information about the course or to register, click here.

BCIT Aerospace also has a Part Time Studies course starting Saturday, May 7 which runs for 10 weeks. It is Introduction to Airport and Airside Operations, which is part of the Associate Certificate Program in Airport Operations. The course focuses on the airport as an essential part of the air transport system. The topics covered in the course include an overview of various airport departments, examines the regulatory requirements, and covers the operational and management services of both large and small airports. To get more information about the course or to register, click here

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