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WestJet Pilots Vow Not to Disrupt Long Weekend as a Goodwill Gesture

WestJet Pilots Vow Not to Disrupt Long Weekend as a Goodwill Gesture

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

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A pilot taxis a Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WestJet pilots have committed to not disrupting passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend despite voting overwhelmingly to give its union a strike mandate.

The Air Line Pilots Association said its WestJet members voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action.

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‘It Was a Circus’: Raccoon Delays Air Canada Flight by Nearly Seven Hours

‘It Was a Circus’: Raccoon Delays Air Canada Flight by Nearly Seven Hours

By The Canadian Press

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The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

SASKATOON – A raccoon that scurried into the duct system of an Air Canada jet that was set to leave for Toronto caused a seven-hour flight delay.

Ground crews in Saskatoon were connecting an air-conditioning unit to the plane Thursday night and apparently disturbed the furry bandit who had been inside the unit’s hose.

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WestJet Severs Ties with Hopper App After ‘Confusion’ About Secret Fares

WestJet Severs Ties with Hopper App After ‘Confusion’ About Secret Fares

By The Canadian Press

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WestJet Airlines said it is severing ties with airfare finder app Hopper due to confusion over the developer’s announcement the airline would offer “secret fares” on its app.

Montreal-based Hopper announced Wednesday that WestJet and Air Canada were among its first global partners to unload some of their seats via “secret fares” at discounts of up to 35 per cent.

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Air Canada Agrees to Give Free Tickets to Love-Struck Man — With a Catch

Air Canada Agrees to Give Free Tickets to Love-Struck Man — With a Catch

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

C.J. Poirier
C.J. Poirier is shown in a handout photo. Poirier, from Michigan, trying to get Air Canada to finance his flight to visit his Newfoundland girlfriend. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-C.J. Poirier)

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A love-struck Michigan man has convinced Air Canada to give him free tickets to visit his Newfoundland girlfriend — if he can manage to make his campaign go viral.

C.J. Poirier of Clarkston, Mich., met Becca Warren of Corner Brook, N.L., online last year.

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Fighter Jets to Fly Over Winnipeg Jets Street Party

Fighter Jets to Fly Over Winnipeg Jets Street Party

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A pilot positions a CF-18 Hornet at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on October 21, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Hockey fans will be looking way up on Tuesday as the Canadian Armed Forces conduct a flyby above the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party.

Two Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta will fly over Bell MTS Place at 7 p.m. just as the Jets take on the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Winnipeg Flies Plan to Relocate Heliport to Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

Winnipeg Flies Plan to Relocate Heliport to Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

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Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control, at the City of Winnipeg’s heliport on Grey Street, Monday, May 1, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The city is mulling over the idea of relocating its heliport, used by the Insect Control Branch, to make way for the future expansion of bus rapid transit, ChrisD.ca has learned.

The heliport on Grey Street currently serves as the launching pad for the City of Winnipeg‘s airborne mosquito larviciding operations. Winnipeg police and STARS air ambulance also occasionally use the site.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Calgary Street

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Calgary Street

By The Canadian Press

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A plane sits on a street after making an emergency landing in Calgary on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Andrew Greig)

CALGARY – A small plane carrying six people made an emergency landing on a Calgary street Wednesday morning.

Police say the twin-engine plane was coming in from the south, heading for a landing at the Calgary airport, when the pilot radioed in that the aircraft was low on fuel.

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Red River College Acquires Aviation Campus to Take Aerospace Program to New Heights

Red River College Acquires Aviation Campus to Take Aerospace Program to New Heights

Red River College Stevenson Aviation Campus
Red River College’s Stevenson Aviation Campus (RRC.CA)

WINNIPEG — Red River College has purchased a campus it had been leasing near James Richardson International Airport, allowing it to now grow its aviation and aeronautics programs.

RRC’s Stevenson Aviation Campus comes as the college borrowed $8 million from the province to make the purchase, saving nearly $1 million over the term of the mortgage from its landlord, Hubert Kleysen.

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‘Very Upset:’ Escaped Dog Shot at Winnipeg Airport to Avoid Mishap with Aircraft

‘Very Upset:’ Escaped Dog Shot at Winnipeg Airport to Avoid Mishap with Aircraft

By The Canadian Press

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A two-year-old golden Labrador mix, named Greta, is seen in this undated handout photo. A rescue dog was shot and killed at Winnipeg’s airport this week after it escaped following a flight from northern Manitoba. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue)

WINNIPEG – A frightened rescue dog that escaped from a plane and scampered onto a runway at Winnipeg’s airport was shot dead by wildlife control officers after officials feared the pooch might cause an accident.

Winnipeg-based Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue says the two-year-old golden-Labrador mix, named Greta, fled from a Perimeter Aviation plane Monday after a flight from Shamattawa First Nation.

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Winnipeg Police Seek Consultant Review of Air 1 Operations

Winnipeg Police Seek Consultant Review of Air 1 Operations

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Air 1, the Winnipeg Police Service helicopter (HANDOUT / FILE)

Winnipeg police have put out a request for proposals to review its Flight Operations Unit, the department tasked with overseeing the deployment of Air 1.

The police service helicopter came into service in 2011. Five years later, the former provincial NDP government announced it would seek an independent assessment of the unit, but the Progressive Conservatives cancelled the proposed review in 2017.

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