Monthly Archives: February 2012

Pilot Sentenced to 9 Months in Jail for Dangerous Operation of an Aircraft

A young pilot from Saskatchewan has been sentenced to 9 months in jail and has had his licence suspended for two years in connection with an incident that occurred at the Fort Good Hope Airport, NWT, on May 10, 2010.

Parker James Butterfield was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of an aircraft after the wing of the Cessna 207 that he was flying struck a co-worker, William Bleach.

Bleach was standing by the side of the runway filming while Butterfield performed a low pass.  A wind gust caused the aircraft’s wing to dip and strike Bleach in the head.  Bleach later died from his injuries.

In October 2011, Butterfield pled guilty to the lesser charge of

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New Regulations on Marking and Lighting Obstacles to Air Navigation

Marking and lighting towers and other tall objects that could be obstacles to air navigation is a critical element of aviation safety. Until recently, the Canadian Aviation Regulations contained few clear requirements regarding obstacles to air navigation. On December 31, 2011, new regulations came into effect that expand and clarify these requirements.

The new provisions were in the works for approximately 10 years and were largely driven by a working group composed of representatives from the government, aviation stake-holders, and non-aviation stakeholders (such as energy producers, like Manitoba Hydro) all seeking greater clarity and more concrete requirements under the Regulations.

The new provisions include:

  • a clear definition of an “obstacle to air navigation”, which includes specific heights and distances from aerodromes; 
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