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This past year was one of many challenges for Canada’s aviation and aerospace industries, but also one of many triumphs.
Among the challenges: companies are beginning to feel the effects of the global pilot shortage, as well as a shortage of maintenance personnel.
Uncertainty about the future of Bombardier’s C Series continues to hang over thousands of Canadians who contribute parts and labour to the program. A petition from Boeing could see duties of 292.21per cent levied on C Series sold in the United States.
That dispute prompted Canada’s federal government to scrap plans to buy new Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing to fix a capability gap in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), opting instead to buy legacy Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force.
It has been a year of many highs and lows, but also one with cause for celebration.
On the positive side: Canada’s aviation industry played an essential role in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, delighting audiences with performances across the country.
The pilot shortage is also a time of remarkable opportunities for young aviators, and the C Series dispute is far from over. Government and industry leaders are digging in for a fight.
Many of these issues were top-of-mind for our readers, as this list of our 10 most-read stories of the year confirms. Our thanks for your support throughout 2017, and best wishes for the year ahead.
Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa were part of a year-long party that celebrated our nation’s 150th anniversary. The Royal Canadian Air Force contributed to the massive celebration, performing flypasts over the city.
This in-depth feature probed the pilot shortage from many angles. It was an issue that resonated with thousands of readers.
Air Canada became the second Canadian operator of the Boeing 737 MAX Next-Generation airliner, just weeks after WestJet inaugurated service on the type.
The pilot shortage is a time of remarkable opportunity for young aviators, with the chance to move quickly toward their dream jobs.
We looked ahead to Air Canada’s 737 MAX acquisition plans in our May/June print issue, a story that caught the attention of many online readers as well.
With this story in May, we documented the early effects of Canada’s pilot shortage.
This venerable aircraft did yeoman’s work, carrying mining vehicles from North Bay Jack Garland Airport in Ontario to Mary River Aerodrome, Nunavut on Baffin Island.
Skies was given access to an exclusive interview with Steve Lucas, a former RCAF chief of the air staff and spokesperson for Team Spartan, the consortium that backed the Leonardo C-27J Spartan in the competition to be named Canada’s next fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft.
Porter operated non-stop service between Halifax and Stephenville, N.L. over the summer. A surprisingly popular story among our readers.
Many companies are jockeying for a piece of Canada’s ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) market, and WestJet figures to be a major player via Swoop, its new ULCC brand.