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Canada - Articles and news items

Technological advancements for surface condition reporting

Issue 2 2013 / 4 April 2013 /

Airports must ensure that pilots have accurate and timely information on the conditions of paved airfield surfaces. James Bogusz, Director of Airside Operations, Technology and Environment at the Victoria Airport Authority, looks at how Victoria International Airport has enhanced surface condition reporting To help frame the technological advancements that occurred in Canada last year, it’s important to look at the broader view of condition reporting from recent years. At Victoria International Airport (CYYJ) – the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year – runways, taxiways and aprons are inspected at least three times a day, checking for foreign object debris, paved surface conditions and of course the status of visual aids such as airfield lighting, precision approach path indicators and signage.

The information is collected and recorded on an Aircraft Movement Surface Condition Report (AMSCR) and provided to the piloting community through NOTAM by faxing a paper form to NAV Canada. NAV Canada then disseminates this information to the pilots that need it through the Notice to Airman (NOTAM) process.

Putting Edmonton on the map

Issue 1 2012 / 7 February 2012 /

Spanning 7,600 acres, Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is Canada’s largest airport by land area. It is also one of the country’s busiest airports, with more than six million passengers passing through its facility every year. The airport offers non-stop travel service to more than 50 national and international destinations, and is also a critical part of air cargo operations in the country.

The province of Alberta has experienced rapid economic growth, even through the global financial recession, due primarily to a thriving oil and gas industry. Edmonton, the province’s capital city, has more than 40,000 businesses and is home to more than one million people. The city’s population has grown at a record rate, increasing by more than 30,000 in 2009 alone. With the demand for aviation services reflecting the region’s economic health, the airport has seen passenger traffic double during the past decade. In fact, EIA was the fastest-growing airport in Canada from 2006 to 2008.

Security meets customer service in Canada

Issue 5 2011 / 5 October 2011 /

The next time you pass through security at a major Canadian airport, you may find the queues moving a little faster than usual. That’s because the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is making a number of innovative improvements to the security screening process for a better passenger experience.

The move towards more passenger-focused air travel is one that requires collaboration on the part of all players in the aviation industry, making the timing of this shift critical. In the aftermath of September 11, the industry was scrambling to operate within a new reality and security was, understandably, the overriding focus. But with 10 years behind us, CATSA is working within a much more mature security framework as it relates to the aviation industry where organisations such as ours must widen our approach to providing services to include the needs of the industry as well as the protection of the passenger. This means not only delivering screening services effectively and efficiently, but also considering the requirements of airports, airlines and other partners, as well as passengers.

Canada worldwide

Issue 5 2011 / 5 October 2011 /

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, which serves a catchment area with a population comparative to Greater London, is surrounded by a booming industrial growth area and along with its own regional natural attractions, is just an hour’s drive to one of the world’s most famous sites, Niagara Falls. Driving for an hour in the other direction will take you to the bustling downtown metropolis of Toronto. Toronto-Hamilton is also one of Canada’s principal cargo airports with an ever expanding number of freight businesses becoming tenants. For International Airport Review, Karen Medweth, Director of Air Service Development and Marketing reviews why Toronto–Hamilton International Airport is rapidly becoming known as the secondary hub for access to Toronto and Southern Ontario.

The airport holds a unique status as the only airport that is privately owned and operated in Canada. Hamilton International Airport Limited is part of the airport management company Vancouver Airport Services’ (YVRAS) diverse portfolio of 19 airports in seven countries around the globe. Others include Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the UK, Lynden Pindling in Nassau, Bahamas and Larnaka and Pafos Airports, Cyprus.

Halifax Stanfield serves over 3.5 million passengers in 2010

Airport news / 25 January 2011 /

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) served 3,508,153 passengers in 2010, up 2.7 per cent from 2009…

Toronto Pearson International Airport: Airfield Lighting Systems

Issue 3 2009, Past issues / 26 May 2009 /

This is an overview of the Airport Guidance Lighting Systems, installed and operating, at Toronto Pearson International Airport, located 25 kilometres from downtown Toronto, Ontario. The airport is Operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), under a lease agreement with the Government of Canada. The GTAA has upgraded and improved the entire airport, including two new runways, one new terminal, new cargo facilities, an on-airport people mover system, a co-generation facility, and new airfield lighting and control systems, amongst others.

Montréal-Trudeau Airport flying high

Issue 1 2008, Past issues / 4 February 2008 /

When the Airbus A380, the world’s largest jumbo jet, made its first trip to North America with passengers on board during a route verification flight from Paris last November, it was no surprise that its first stop – and only Canadian visit – was Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The airport has all the facilities required to accommodate the giant wide-body aircraft, including double-deck loading bridges and widened taxiways specially completed for the aircraft in 2006.

Toronto Pearson International Airport: partners in security

Issue 2 2007, Past issues / 3 April 2007 /

With the ever-changing aviation industry, security at airports worldwide has been called upon to adapt in preparation of new and rising global threats. At Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) mitigates the risk posed by global and local events by administering a comprehensive security program.

Rebuilding Toronto Pearson

Issue 1 2007, Past issues / 6 February 2007 /

Having recently been voted Best Global Airport 2006 by the Institute of Transport Management, Toronto Pearson International Airport is delivering on a decade-old promise.

Emergency management at Canada’s largest airport

Issue 3 2006, Past issues / 11 September 2006 /

Toronto Pearson International Airport has been undergoing a metamorphosis over the past ten years, changing from a publicly funded and operated facility, to a privately funded and operated, state-of-the-art complex. Deane Johanis assesses the development of an emergency management program at an airport being built around an existing airport – one that has seen a 33 per cent passenger increase during a tumultuous period in terms of major emergencies.