Taking the charter industry by storm

One afternoon about five years ago, Vincent Gagnon was heading west to Saskatchewan to buy a Cessna 185. Passing through Thunder Bay, Ont., he thought he’d stop and visit long-time friend Frank Kelner, founder of the Pilatus Centre Canada, then the Canadian distributor for Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Ever the entrepreneur, Kelner asked him, “Why don’t you start a charter airline?”

Air Spray: A hot half century

When Lynn Hamilton was growing up in Edmonton, Alta., talk around the family dinner table was always about airplanes and pilots and contracts.

FBO Checkup

Anemic following the 2008 recession, North American FBOs have bounced back. Skies examines recent trends, market opportunities and challenges.

Building for the North

It’s no secret that flying in the Canadian North brings its own unique set of challenges, and they’re not just environmental. Northern operators face economic, regulatory and logistical barriers not experienced by their more southern cousins; and they’re constantly changing.

Bird’s-Eye Vigilance

Very early on the morning of Oct. 8, 1993, Calgary Police constable Rick Sonnenberg was attempting to lay down a spike belt to apprehend a stolen vehicle speeding down the city’s Deerfoot Trail. The young officer was struck by the charging car and killed instantly.

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