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]]>MONTREAL, April 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that it has completed its previously announced private offering of US$400 million of 7.75% senior unsecured notes due 2021 (the "Notes").
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]]>US$400 million of 7.75 % Senior Unsecured Notes due 2021 MONTREAL, April 10, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that it has priced its previously announced private offering of senior
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]]>Service offers email, internet and access to mobile device apps TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - AC 107 (35,000 FEET, EN ROUTE TO CALGARY) - Air Canada, the first Canadian
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]]>MONTREAL, April 7, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced a private offering of US$300 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes (the "Notes"). Air Canada intends to use the
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]]>MONTREAL, April 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of March, Air Canada reported a system wide traffic growth of 1.4 per cent on a capacity increase of 3.6 per cent. Air
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]]>MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will make a presentation to investors at the Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference hosted
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]]>MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today welcomed the signing of an expanded Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement that will facilitate flying between the two countries and benefit business, travelers
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Whiteout conditions and loss of situational awareness led to February 2013 Cessna crash in Waskada, Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba, 17 February 2014 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13C0014) into the February 2013 collision with terrain of a Cessna 210C in Waskada, Manitoba.

At approximately 1230 Central Standard Time on 10 February 2013, the privately-registered Cessna 210C departed Waskada with a pilot and 3 passengers on board for a sightseeing flight in the local area. Approximately 30 minutes after the aircraft departed, fog moved into the area. At 1317, an emergency locator transmitter signal was received in the area. A search was undertaken; the wreckage was located 3 nautical miles north of Waskada. All occupants suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation determined that the terrain, coupled with the reported meteorological conditions, was conducive to whiteout, a winter atmospheric optical phenomenon in which the observer appears to be engulfed in a uniformly white glow. Whiteout conditions may result in a poorly defined visual horizon that will reduce the pilot's ability to visually detect changes in altitude, airspeed and position. If visual cues are sufficiently degraded, the pilot may lose control of the aircraft or fly into the ground.

Furthermore, the investigation found that the accident occurred in an area of gently rolling hills, which were completely covered in snow. The Board therefore concluded that the pilot likely flew inadvertently into a whiteout, lost situational awareness and lost control of the aircraft, which resulted in an impact with terrain.

Collisions with land and water are a TSB Watchlist issue. Watch the TSB video!

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Watchlist issue highlighted in 2012 runway overrun in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 18 February 2014 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0082) into the August 2012 runway overrun of a Volga-Dnepr Airlines aircraft in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Landing accidents and runway overruns have been identified as an issue on the TSB Watchlist.

On 13 August 2012, an Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD, a four-engine heavy-cargo transport aircraft, departed Prestwick, Scotland, for St. John's International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, with 10 crew members on board. Following touchdown on Runway 11, the crew was unable to stop the aircraft prior to the end of the runway. The aircraft came to rest in the grass, with the nose wheel approximately 640 feet beyond the end of the runway surface. There were no injuries, and aircraft damage was limited to cuts and localized rubber melting on the main landing gear tires.

The investigation found that a combination of factors contributed to the runway overrun. The tail wind and insufficient reduction of engine power on landing resulted in a longer than normal touchdown on the runway. The excessive tread wear on all 16 main landing gear tires and a wet runway resulted in hydroplaning, which reduced effective braking capability. An incorrect brake line installation further reduced the aircraft's braking capability, thereby increasing the distance required to stop the aircraft.

Following the occurrence, the St. John's International Airport Authority performed texture improvement work on runways 11/29 and 16/34 using specialized equipment to improve friction.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines is working with Tashkent Aircraft Production Company to resolve the discrepancy in the brake line installation. The airline also introduced requirements that flight crews monitor the heading and wind speed and that a go-around be carried out whenever the tail wind limitations have been exceeded. It also requires the captain to decide on using reverse thrust on all 4 engines in special cases.

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Aircraft spin caused the 2012 Cessna crash in Moorefield, Ontario

Richmond Hill, Ontario, 20 February 2014 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12O0138) into the August 2012 collision with terrain of a Cessna 172S in Moorefield, Ontario.

At 1815 Eastern Daylight Time on 24 August 2012, a Cessna 172S, owned by the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club (WWFC), departed the Kitchener/Waterloo Airport, Ontario. The aircraft flew to Niagara Falls, then to Toronto, and back to a practice area north of the Kitchener/Waterloo airport. At approximately 2016 Eastern Daylight Time, the aircraft crashed into a field, 25 nautical miles north of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed; the pilot and 3 passengers were fatally injured.

The investigation determined that the aircraft entered a spin in a configuration for which spins were not authorized and that the aircraft did not recover prior to ground impact. The investigation also found that there was a breach in the aerodynamic stall warning horn, but the effect on the operation of the horn could not be determined. A spin manoeuver is preceded by a stall, and a damaged horn may activate too late or not at all, increasing the risk that pilots are not warned of an impending aerodynamic stall in a timely manner.

Since this occurrence, WWFC has implemented some changes to its flight program. It has re-emphasized to pilots its policies regarding air manoeuvers, such as spins, to be conducted only with an instructor on board, and strengthened its ground school programs regarding airwork. Also, WWFC has indicated that it will have GPS trackers as well as cockpit voice recorders installed in its fleet of aircraft.

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