Buffalo Airways is a family-run airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, established in 1970. Buffalo Airways was launched by Bob Gauchie and sold to one of his pilots, Joe McBryan, it operates charter passenger, charter cargo and fuel services, operated scheduled passenger service. Its main base is at Yellowknife Airport, it has two other bases at Red Deer Regional Airport. The Red Deer base is the main maintenance facility; the airline is the subject of the History television reality series Ice Pilots NWT. In 2007, Buffalo Airways began producing a clothing line that included T-shirts and hats. With the introduction of the Canwest Global television show Ice Pilots NWT, Buffalo has expanded its clothing company to feature over 30 products and launched a full service product website called BuffaloAirWear.com. The show, produced by Omnifilm Entertainment and shown on History, features the day-to-day operations at Buffalo Airways. In 2011, Buffalo Airways was involved in a recreation of the historic Dam Busters raids of World War II, flying the mission, with their own plane and pilots.
Buffalo dropped an inert reproduction of the'Upkeep' bouncing bomb from their Douglas DC-4. The project was documented in the television show Dambusters Fly Again in Canada, Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb in the UK, Nova season 39 episode "Bombing Hitler's Dams" in the US. A behind-the-scenes look was filmed in the Ice Pilots NWT season 3 episode 2 show "Dambusters". In 2012, Arctic Air, a Canadian aviation drama, used Buffalo Airways hangar as a backdrop for scenes in the show. During a tour of Buffalo Airway's hangar, given by Mikey McBryan the Director of Operations, he explained how the TV show used tarps to cover the Buffalo Airways insignia. On 27 July 2012, Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, flew up from Edmonton to Yellowknife with Buffalo Airways. On 28 July, who holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, flew a Douglas DC-3 to Yellowknife and spent a day as a guest star for a season five episode. Buffalo operates a courier service as Buffalo Air Express which started in 1982-1983.
It offers service throughout the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta. In association with Global Interline Network it can ship around the world from bases in Yellowknife and Hay River. Under contract for the NWT Government, Buffalo Airways operate and maintain aircraft used in the aerial firefighting program. Aircraft waterbombers; the waterbombers are assisted by smaller aircraft known as "bird dogs" which are used to help spot wildfires as well as guide waterbombers during operations Current water bomber aircraft include eight amphibious Air Tractor 802 Fireboss and two specially converted Lockheed L-188 Electra. Bird Dog aircraft include the Gulfstream/Rockwell 690, the Beech King Air. Former aircraft used include the amphibious Canadair CL-215, the Douglas C-54/DC-4, the Canso PBY-5. Buffalo's aviation school offers several other courses. According to Transport Canada listings, it has three aircraft, two are single-engine fixed wing, an Aeronca Champion and a Fleet Canuck, the third a helicopter is a Robinson R22.
The Buffalo website lists a Bell 206 helicopter and a Beech 90 King Air. The airline operated scheduled passenger services between Hay River and Yellowknife from August 1986 until November 2015. However, due to the suspension of the Air Operator Certificate scheduled service was replaced in December 2015, when the company chartered aircraft to make the run; the charter service was cancelled 24 December. As of 10 March 2016 Buffalo were working on restoring the service, which they expected to have running by the summer, it carried over 186,000 passengers from 1986 to 2015. Scheduled cargo services transport supplies from Yellowknife to Deline, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, Tulita under contract with the Government of the Northwest Territories; the service includes an airport shuttle and a medical transfer bus. Buffalo offers charters on their passenger aircraft across Canada and offers cargo charters; as of December 2016, according to Transport Canada the Buffalo Airways fleet numbered 46, with three more aircraft registered to the Buffalo School of Aviation.
In addition the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration had one aircraft registered to Buffalo Airways USA; the Buffalo Airways web site lists a Canso and is listed, since 2013, by Transport Canada as being owned by Exploits Valley Air Services. This Buffalo Airways DC-3 flew on D-Day dropping paratroopers over Normandy as part of 512 Squadron. KG330 left RAF Broadwell for Operation Tonga at 23:15, it would have been part of ` C' flight. The exact location for the drop was 3 mi inland between Cabourg and Ouistreham just north of the defended city of Caen, it would be dropping the 9th Parachute Battalion as part of the 6th Airborne Division. The paratroopers it was dropping were sent to destroy a heavy coastal battery and to position themselves on the canal between Caen and the port at Ouistreham; the coastal defence had earlier been bombed by 100 Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF Bomber Command. The visibility is said to have been good, no casualties were reported and the aircraft returned to base at 03:35.
On 30 November 2015, Transport Canada suspended Buffalo Airway's Air Operator Certificate, citing the airline's poor safety record. This prohibited Buffalo Airways from operating commercial air services, until it could prove that it is capable of meeting all safety regulations on a consistent basis. Service was maintained usin
8199400 Canada Inc. operating as Summit Air is a Canadian airline headquartered in Yellowknife that operates scheduled and cargo aviation throughout the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Summit Air is a member of the Ledcor Group of Companies and operates in partnership with several other companies and communities including the Haisla Nation, Air Baffin, the Det’on Cho Corporation, businesses in the Kitikmeot Region. Summit's head office is in Yellowknife and they operate in most of Western Canada with bases in Terrace and Kamloops in British Columbia, Fort McMurray and Calgary in Alberta. In the Northwest Territories, their bases include Norman Wells, they operate out of the United Kingdom for the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Air Force Falcon Demonstration Team. Summit Air started in Atlin, British Columbia in 1987. In January 2001, the base of operations was moved to Yellowknife; the Ledcor Group of Companies became a partner on June 1, 2009. In August 2012 Summit acquired Arctic Sunwest Charters and all aircraft operated by Arctic Sunwest Charters were re-branded as Summit.
In January 2015 the airline acquired an Avro RJ85 jet aircraft, being operated by Summit for First Air for use on services from Yellowknife and Edmonton. A second Avro RJ85 has since been ordered and Summit Air has now added larger Avro RJ100 jet aircraft as well; as of June 2017, Summit Air has the following aircraft registered with Transport Canada. All aircraft are listed under 8199400 Canada Inc.: In addition Transport Canada lists a Cessna 207 registered to Summit Air with a cancelled certificate. Summit Air official site Canadian Company Capabilities
Resolute Bay Airport
Resolute Bay Airport is located at Resolute, Canada, is operated by the government of Nunavut. It is one of the northernmost airfields in Canada to receive scheduled passenger airline service; the airport has served as a major transportation hub in the Canadian Arctic. Today the airport is an important refuelling stop for aircraft passing through to other places in the high Arctic such as CFS Alert and Mould Bay. Unlike some airports in Nunavut, Resolute is equipped with an ILS precision landing system, allowing for large commercial aircraft operations; the VOR/DME is located atop a hill near the airport. The airport is not equipped with radar, however during 2011's Operation Nanook, a temporary radar installation was used for the duration of that exercise; the Royal Canadian Air Force is considering a major expansion of the airport to transform it into a key base for Arctic operations. The expansion would include a 3,000 m paved runway, fuel installations and other infrastructure; the site would provide logistics for search-and-rescue operations according to a December 2011 briefing from the Arctic Management Office at 1 Canadian Air Division.
The airport was served by several airlines operating direct, no-change-of-plane scheduled passenger jet service from such Canadian cities as Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Yellowknife. Airlines included Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western and Transair. Jet aircraft operated in the past in scheduled service into the airport included Boeing 727-100 and Boeing 737-200 jetliners. First Air operated scheduled jet service with Boeing 727-200 as well as with Boeing 727-100 and 737-200 aircraft in the past and presently operates scheduled passenger service into the airport with ATR 42-500 turboprop aircraft. Nordair was serving Resolute in 1964 with Douglas DC-4 prop aircraft with twice weekly flights from Montreal Dorval Airport via intermediate stops in Fort Chimo, Frobisher Bay and Hall Beach. In 1968, Nordair was operating nonstop service from Montreal twice a week with Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation propliners with the southbound Constellation flights to Montreal making an intermediate stop in Frobisher Bay with the airline operating twice weekly Douglas DC-4 service to Montreal at this time via en route stops in Frobisher Bay and Hall Beach.
Pacific Western Airlines was serving Resolute by 1969 with Douglas DC-6B service flown once a week with this flight operating a routing of Edmonton - Yellowknife - Cambridge Bay - Resolute. By 1970, Nordair had introduced Boeing 737-200 jet service direct to Montreal Dorval Airport with three flights a week being operated via a stop in Frobisher Bay. According to the February 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide, three airlines were flying scheduled passenger jet service into the Resolute Bay Airport at this time: Nordair operating Boeing 737-200 flights twice a week from Montreal Dorval Airport via an intermediate stop in Frobisher Bay, Pacific Western Airlines operating Boeing 727-100 flights twice a week on a routing of Calgary International Airport - Edmonton International Airport - Yellowknife - Resolute, Transair operating Boeing 737-200 flights once a week from Winnipeg via an intermediate stop in Churchill, MB; the September 15, 1994 OAG lists two airlines flying scheduled jet service into the airport at this time: Canadian Airlines operating direct Boeing 737-200 flights from Edmonton twice a week and twice a week direct from Montreal, First Air operating direct Boeing 727 flights from Ottawa once a week in addition to nonstop 727 flights from Yellowknife once a week.
Canadian Airlines flights from Edmonton International Airport made intermediate stops in Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay while its flights from Montreal Dorval Airport made intermediate stops in Iqaluit and Nanisivik. The First Air service from Ottawa made intermediate stops in Iqaluit and Nanisivik; the OAG indicates that Canadian and First Air were both operating combi aircraft versions of their respective Boeing jets on their flights into the airport with these aircraft being capable of being flown in mixed passenger/freight configuration and lists local flights into Resolute from Grise Fiord and Pond Inlet operated by Kenn Borek Air with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter STOL capable turboprop aircraft. On 20 August 2011, First Air Flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200 charter flight transporting eleven passengers from Yellowknife, crashed while approaching the airport. Out of the fifteen people aboard, three passengers survived the crash; the extreme magnetic variation in the area was cited as a contributing factor to the crew's errors leading to the crash.
On 12 June 1968, a Fairchild F-27J operated by Great Northern Airways crashed on approach to the airport. There were no fatalities. On 15 March 1951, an RCAF C-54 crashed on approach. There were no fatalities. Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Resolute Bay Airport from Nav Canada as available
Nav Canada is a run, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation system. It was established in accordance with the Civil Air Navigation Services Commercialization Act; the company employs 1,900 air traffic controllers, 650 flight service specialists and 700 technologists. It has been responsible for the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic in Canadian airspace since November 1, 1996 when the government transferred the ANS from Transport Canada to Nav Canada; as part of the transfer, or privatization, Nav Canada paid the government CA$1.5 billion. Nav Canada manages 12 million aircraft movements a year for 40,000 customers in over 18 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest air navigation service provider by traffic volume. Nav Canada, which operates independently of any government funding, is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, it is only allowed to be funded by service charges to aircraft operators. Nav Canada's operations consist of various sites across the country.
These include: About 1,400 ground-based navigation aids 55 flight service stations 8 flight information centres, one each in: Kamloops – most of British Columbia Edmonton – all of Alberta and northeastern BC Winnipeg – northwestern Ontario, all of Manitoba and Saskatchewan London – most of Ontario North Bay – all of Nunavut and Northwest Territories, most of the Arctic waters Quebec City – all of Quebec, southwestern Labrador, tip of eastern Ontario, northern New Brunswick Halifax – most of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, most of Newfoundland and Labrador Whitehorse – northwestern British Columbia and all of Yukon 41 control towers 46 radar sites and 15 automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast ground sites 7 Area Control Centres, one each in: Vancouver – Surrey, BC Edmonton – Edmonton International Airport Winnipeg – Winnipeg-James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Toronto Centre – Toronto-Pearson International Airport Montreal Centre – Montreal-Trudeau International Airport Moncton – Riverview, New Brunswick Gander – Gander International Airport North Atlantic Oceanic control centre: Gander ControlNav Canada has three other facilities: National Operations Centre: Ottawa Technical Systems Centre: Ottawa The Nav Centre – 1950 Montreal Road in Cornwall, Ontario As a non-share capital corporation, Nav Canada has no shareholders.
The company is governed by a 15-member board of directors representing the four stakeholder groups that founded Nav Canada. The four stakeholders elect 10 members as follows: These 10 directors elect four independent directors, with no ties to the stakeholder groups; those 14 directors appoint the president and chief executive officer who becomes the 15th board member. This structure ensures that the interests of individual stakeholders do not predominate and no member group could exert undue influence over the remainder of the board. To further ensure that the interests of Nav Canada are served, these board members cannot be active employees or members of airlines, unions, or government; the company was formed on November 1, 1996 when the government sold the country's air navigation services from Transport Canada to the new not-for-profit private entity for CAD$1.5 billion. The company was formed in response to a number of issues with Transport Canada's operation of air traffic control and air navigation facilities.
While TC's safety record and operational staff were rated its infrastructure was old and in need of serious updating at a time of government restraint. This resulted in system delays for airlines and costs that were exceeding the airline ticket tax, a directed tax, supposed to fund the system; the climate of government wage freezes resulted in staff shortages of air traffic controllers that were hard to address within a government department. Having TC as the service provider, the regulator and inspector was a conflict of interest. Pressure from the airlines on the government mounted for a solution to the problem, hurting the air industry's bottom line. A number of solutions were considered, including forming a crown corporation, but rejected in favour of outright privatization, the new company being formed as a non-share-capital not-for-profit, run by a board of directors who were appointed and now elected; the company's revenue is predominately from service fees charged to aircraft operators which amount to about CAD$1.2B annually.
Nav Canada raises revenues from developing and selling technology and related services to other air navigation service providers around the world. It has some smaller sources of income, such as conducting maintenance work for other ANS providers and rentals from the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. To address the old infrastructure it purchased from the Canadian government the company has carried out projects such as implementing a wide area multilateration system, replacing 95 Instrument Landing System installations with new equipment, new control towers in Toronto and Calgary, modernizing the Vancouver Area Control Centre and building a new logistics centre Nav Canada felt the impact of the late-2000s recession in two ways: losses in its investments in third party sponsored asset-backed commercial paper and falling revenues due to reduced air traffic levels. In the summer of 2007 the company held $368 million in ABCP. On 12 January 2009 final Ontario Superior Court of Justice approval was granted to restructure the third party ABCP notes.
The company expects that the non-credit related fai
According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a runway is a "defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft". Runways may be a natural surface. In January 1919, aviation pioneer Orville Wright underlined the need for "distinctly marked and prepared landing places, the preparing of the surface of reasonably flat ground an expensive undertaking there would be a continuous expense for the upkeep." Runways are named by a number between 01 and 36, the magnetic azimuth of the runway's heading in decadegrees. This heading differs from true north by the local magnetic declination. A runway numbered 09 points east, runway 18 is south, runway 27 points west and runway 36 points to the north; when taking off from or landing on runway 09, a plane is heading around 90°. A runway can be used in both directions, is named for each direction separately: e.g. "runway 15" in one direction is "runway 33" when used in the other. The two numbers differ by 18.
For clarity in radio communications, each digit in the runway name is pronounced individually: runway one-five, runway three-three, etc.. A leading zero, for example in "runway zero-six" or "runway zero-one-left", is included for all ICAO and some U. S. military airports. However, most U. S. civil aviation airports drop the leading zero. This includes some military airfields such as Cairns Army Airfield; this American anomaly may lead to inconsistencies in conversations between American pilots and controllers in other countries. It is common in a country such as Canada for a controller to clear an incoming American aircraft to, for example, runway 04, the pilot read back the clearance as runway 4. In flight simulation programs those of American origin might apply U. S. usage to airports around the world. For example, runway 05 at Halifax will appear on the program as the single digit 5 rather than 05. If there is more than one runway pointing in the same direction, each runway is identified by appending left and right to the number to identify its position — for example, runways one-five-left, one-five-center, one-five-right.
Runway zero-three-left becomes runway two-one-right. In some countries, regulations mandate that where parallel runways are too close to each other, only one may be used at a time under certain conditions. At large airports with four or more parallel runways some runway identifiers are shifted by 1 to avoid the ambiguity that would result with more than three parallel runways. For example, in Los Angeles, this system results in runways 6L, 6R, 7L, 7R though all four runways are parallel at 69°. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, there are five parallel runways, named 17L, 17C, 17R, 18L, 18R, all oriented at a heading of 175.4°. An airport with only three parallel runways may use different runway identifiers, such as when a third parallel runway was opened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2000 to the south of existing 8R/26L — rather than confusingly becoming the "new" 8R/26L it was instead designated 7R/25L, with the former 8R/26L becoming 7L/25R and 8L/26R becoming 8/26.
Runway designations may change over time because Earth's magnetic lines drift on the surface and the magnetic direction changes. Depending on the airport location and how much drift occurs, it may be necessary to change the runway designation; as runways are designated with headings rounded to the nearest 10°, this affects some runways sooner than others. For example, if the magnetic heading of a runway is 233°, it is designated Runway 23. If the magnetic heading changes downwards by 5 degrees to 228°, the runway remains Runway 23. If on the other hand the original magnetic heading was 226°, the heading decreased by only 2 degrees to 224°, the runway becomes Runway 22; because magnetic drift itself is slow, runway designation changes are uncommon, not welcomed, as they require an accompanying change in aeronautical charts and descriptive documents. When runway designations do change at major airports, it is changed at night as taxiway signs need to be changed and the huge numbers at each end of the runway need to be repainted to the new runway designators.
In July 2009 for example, London Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom changed its runway designations from 05/23 to 04/22 during the night. For fixed-wing aircraft it is advantageous to perform takeoffs and landings into the wind to reduce takeoff or landing roll and reduce the ground speed needed to attain flying speed. Larger airports have several runways in different directions, so that one can be selected, most nearly aligned with the wind. Airports with one runway are constructed to be aligned with the prevailing wind. Compiling a wind rose is in fact one of the preliminary steps taken in constructing airport runways. Note that wind direction is given as the direction the wind is coming from: a plane taking off from runway 09 faces east, into an "east wind" blowing from 090°. Runway dimensions vary from as small as 245 m long and 8 m wide in s
Canadian North Inc. is an airline headquartered in Calgary, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger services to communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Southern gateways include Ottawa, its main base is Edmonton Airport. The airline was established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines, to focus on the transportation needs of northern Canadian communities. In September 1998, Canadian North was purchased by Norterra, a wholly Northern aboriginal-owned holding company, whose ownership was divided among the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit people of the western Canadian Arctic, Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit people of Nunavut. After utilizing three different livery schemes, the airline adopted its current image in 2003, its logo displays three of the distinctive symbols of the North: the polar bear, the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. Canadian North's slogan has been changed from "Your North. Your Airline" to "seriously northern", with advertising changed to reflect different aspects of the company.
In June 2007, Canadian North began serving the Kitikmeot communities of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugluktuk. In April 2008, flights began to seven communities in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. On April 1, 2014 the Inuvialuit Development Corporation bought the 50% share of NorTerra held by Nunasi; this purchase of NorTerra gives the IDC complete control of Canadian North, Northern Transportation Company and other companies that were jointly held. On April 11, 2014, Norterra and the Makivik Corporation, owners of First Air announced that they were in negotiations to merge the two airlines. According to a website set up the same day the new airline would be owned between the two companies and "a merger would create a stronger, more sustainable business, provide better service to customers and lead to new economic development opportunities across the North. We believe the two companies would complement each other's strengths." In October 2014, it was announced the merger would not go through, but Canadian North will still codeshare on some flights with First Air until 16 May 2017.
On February 23, 2017 the Inuvialuit Development Corporation announced that arrangements have been concluded to transfer ownership of Canadian North directly into Inuvialuit Development Corporation. On September 28, 2018, Makivik Corporation and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group signed a definitive agreement to merge Canadian North and First Air, again awaiting government approval; the new airline would use the new First Air livery, but would operate under the name "Canadian North". As of July 2018, Canadian North had the following domestic scheduled destinations: Canadian Natural Resources LimitedFort McKay, Alberta Diavik Diamond Mine, NWT Edmonton Eskimos Football Club various airports Suncor Energy Imperial Oil Nova Scotia Sydney, Nova Scotia Air Transat Calgary, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Vancouver As of August 2018, Canadian North operates the following aircraft: Aircraft operated include: Fokker F28 Fellowship Fokker 100 Canadian North has had an interline agreement with WestJet since 2012.
In the north Canadian has partnerships with Aklak Air, Calm Air and North-Wright Airways. These partnerships give them access to 6 in Nunavut and 6 in Manitoba, they partner with Air Canada to provide access to several cities in southern Canada. The company headquarters are on the grounds of Calgary International Airport in Alberta. In addition it has regional offices in Iqaluit, Nunavut and in the Nunasi Building in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, it has an operations office in Edmonton, Alberta, on the grounds of Edmonton International Airport. Canadian North had its headquarters in the Northwest Tower, in downtown Yellowknife; the airline announced that when its lease was to expire in the end of August 2013, the airline will vacate the office and move it and 20 employees out of Yellowknife. The airline kept its marketing support employees in Yellowknife. Most of the employees forced to move were from the accounting division. Lisa Hicks, a spokesperson, stated that there had been excess capacity at the airline's offices in Edmonton and Yellowknife.
As of July 31, 2013 the operations centre has been moved to the hangar in Edmonton. The airline offers Aeroplan rewards points, both to redeem. Passengers may redeem Air Miles points for travel on Canadian North. Canadian North has its own "Aurora Concierge" program for frequent travellers. Benefits of being an Aurora Concierge member include: Priority check-in, boarding, extra piece of checked luggage, free alcoholic beverages, no fee changes, personalized membership card and baggage tag, more; as of June 5, 2010, Canadian North began codeshareing flights on aircraft operated by Air Canada. Aurora Concierge members are now allowed access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges by purchasing membership through Canadian North. Canadian North in-flight service includes: Comfortable leather seating Advanced seat selection Free newspapers and magazines Free colouring books and crayons for childrenIn 2005 the airline started offering a Pivut Fare to Inuvialuit and Inuit land claims beneficiaries. In 2010/2011 the Pivut Fare entitled a beneficiary to 65% off three airfares.
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Discovery Air, founded in 2004, is a specialized aviation company that operates in Canada. Through its subsidiary companies, Discovery Air provides aviation and aviation related services for corporate customers, for the federal and provincial governments of Canada. Discovery Air operating units provide fixed-wing and rotary-wing services, logistics and remote operations management services; this includes cargo and passenger air charter services throughout Canada, vital medivac air services in the north, utility flying for mining exploration. Headquartered in Toronto, Discovery Air's subsidiary companies have bases across Canada. 2004 - Discovery Air is incorporated by the Pacific & Western Bank of Canada. 2004 - Discovery Air acquires 50% of Hicks & Lawrence renamed "Discovery Air Fire Services", with the other 50% being acquired in 2005. 2006 - Discovery Air completes an initial public offering of $3.85 million. 2006 - Discovery Air acquires Great Slave Helicopters. 2006 - Discovery Air acquires Air Tindi.
2007 - Discovery Air purchases the Wheel Division Assets of Walsten Air Service. 2007 - Discovery Air acquires Top Aces renamed "Discovery Air Defence Services". 2008 - Discovery Air acquires Discovery Mining Services 2009 - Discovery Air received a Can$34 million loan from the Government of the NWT. 2010 - Discovery Air announces commencement of operations at Discovery Air Technical Services. 2011 - Discovery Air announces the opening of a new business unit, Discovery Air Innovations. 2012 - Discovery Air Innovations sign a provisional deal with Hybrid Air Vehicles to purchase hybrid airships for use in Northern Canada. The deal, which the companies hoped to have finalised by 2012, could have involved up to 45 airships at $40 million per craft, with the first being delivered in 2014. 2011 - Discovery Air Fire Services announces launch of new subsidiary, Discovery Aviation Academy. 2012 - Discovery Air announces that it has repaid the 2009 government loan 10 months early. 2012 - On 8 August 2012, it was announced that Discovery Air had let the deal with Hybrid Air Vehicles lapse as they no longer wished to purchase the vehicles.
2012 - Great Slave Helicopters acquires Helicopters.cl SpA. 2012 - Great Slave Helicopters acquires Northern Air Support. 2013 - Discovery Air acquires Advanced Training Systems International Inc. 2016 - Premier Aviation completes purchase of Discovery Air Technical Services. 2017 - Discovery Air completes the sale of Discovery Air Fire Services. 2017 - 2017: Discovery Air completes privatization transaction and its common shares are delisted on the TSX. 2018 - Discovery Air seeks protection from creditors. Selling off Air Tindi and other assets; the Northern Services segment consists of three operating units: Great Slave Helicopters, Air Tindi and Discovery Mining Services Together, these three operating units have a customer base servicing companies and government entities in the business of mineral and precious metal exploration and production, wildlife services, forest fire suppression and gas exploration, power line construction and maintenance, aerial surveys, air ambulance, scheduled charters and tourism.
Founded in 1984, Great Slave Helicopters is a VFR and IFR helicopter operator in Canada with 64 helicopters in its fleet. It provides and along with several First Nations and Inuit groups in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and chartered passenger and air cargo services to private sector companies and governments. Under the name Northlinx, Great Slave Helicopters has partnerships with Akaitcho Helicopters, Dehcho Regional Helicopters, Denendeh Helicopters, Gwich'in Helicopters, Havgun Helicopters, Hudson Bay Helicopters, K'ahsho Got'ine Helicopters, Kitikmeot Helicopters Kivallingmiut/Kivalliq Aviation, Sahtu Helicopters, Superior Helicopters and Tlicho Helicopters. Air Tindi, founded in 1988, is a charter airline based in Yellowknife, NT. With their main base as the Yellowknife Airport, they provide scheduled and on demand charter services throughout Northern and Western Canada. With 24 fixed-wing aircraft in their fleet, they are capable of transporting 46 passengers or 10,000 pounds of cargo.
Tindi has the largest medivac fleet in Northern Canada. Founded in 1991, Discovery Mining Services is a NWT-based company that provides remote exploration camps, expediting and staking services to diamond and mineral exploration companies; as per the Civil Aircraft Register, the Great Slave fleet consists of 64 helicopters. The Great Slave website lists the Bell 407, not shown in the Transport Canada registration list. Numbers correct as of January 4, 2013. Great Slave Helicopters acquired Northern Air Support on February 21, 2012, based in Kelowna, British Columbia with a base in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta; as per the Civil Aircraft Register, the Northern Air Support fleet consists of 10 aircraft. Numbers correct as of January 4, 2013; as of January 2016, Air Tindi had the following 27 aircraft registered with Transport Canada and listed with Air Tindi: Discovery Air Head Office - Toronto, Canada Great Slave Helicopters - Kapuskasing • Dryden • Churchill • Calgary • Rankin Inlet • Fort Simpson • Cambridge Bay • Inuvik • Norman Wells • Fort Liard • Hay River • Yellowknife Air Tindi - Fort Simpson • Yellowknife • Cambridge Bay Discovery Mining Services - Yellowknife • Nunavut Hawk One Discovery Air Hawk One, is a Canadair Sabre owned by Vintage Wings of Canada that, in partnership with Discovery Air and the Department of National Defence