tmb vancouver island air embemVancouver Island Air Ltd. has been in operation since 1985, offering charter and scheduled service with Turbine Otters on floats from Campbell River, British Columbia.

tmb vancouver island air turbine otterThe company was started by Larry Langford in 1985 with a Cessna on floats. Mr. Langford has over thirty years of coastal aviation experience serving the resource and tourism industries.

(Source: www.vancouverislandair.com)

Wildfire fighters may soon have a new aerial attack weapon in the in the form of a retired Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300.

tmb coulson 737 air tankerCoulson Air Tankers, the Canadian company that displayed the last flying Martin Mars flying boat at AirVenture 2016, bought six of the airliners from Southwest and has finished converting one to a multipurpose aerial tanker. The Fireliner is currently in San Bernardino, California, undergoing FAA certification tests, focusing on the flight performance of the plane with the 4,000-gallon water/retardant tank installed.

“This is part of the certification program that every air tanker must go through and as we are the first firefighting B737 in the world, it’s key that we understand the limitations of the aircraft,” the company said in a Facebook post. The next step is “grid testing” by the U.S. Forest Service to assess the drop pattern from the aircraft.

The company says one of the selling points of the aircraft is a new delivery system that pumps water or retardant at the rate of more than 2,000 gallons per minute. That compensates for the higher speeds of the jet to concentrate flow on the fire. The aircraft can also carry 63 passengers when the tank is empty so it can be used to ferry ground crews or other personnel. In an earlier interview, company President Wayne Coulson said there’s also an option for an executive interior so that countries or states can use it year-round. The plane also sports a new Garmin 5000 panel. Meanwhile, Coulson is still looking for “respectful” homes for its two Martin Mars aircraft, which will likely never fight fires again. He’s hoping museums will be interested in acquiring the planes, which were originally built for the U.S. Navy as troop carriers.

(Source: AVwebFlash June 18, 2018) 

tmb a220 aka cs300Bombardier CSeries renamed Airbus A220; hopes for ‘several hundred’ orders this year. 

Airbus hopes to secure “several hundreds of additional orders” for the newly renamed A220 this year, according to Airbus CCO Eric Schulz.

JetBlue has ordered sixty A220-300s to replace E190s. 

tmb a220 300 for jetblueJetBlue Airways, providing an early boost to the newly re-branded Airbus A220 line and delivering a notable blow to Embraer, has placed an order for 60 A220-300s—previously known as Bombardier CS300s—and earmarked them as E190 replacements.

(Source: ATW-News July 10, 2018)

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