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Fraser River plane crash: No sign of student, flight instructor 1 year later

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Alyse Kotyk, Reporter, CTVNewsVancouver.ca | Monday, June 7, 2021

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Sunday marks one year since a small plane crashed into the Fraser River between Maple Ridge and Langley. It still hasn’t been found.

VANCOUVER — The one-year mark passed over the weekend of a small plane going down in the Fraser River and there has still been no sign of the aircraft or the two people who were on board.

An instructor and a student were onboard the 1972 Cessna 172M for a local training flight from Boundary Bay Airport on June 6, 2020.

The plane took off just before 1 p.m. that day and minutes later, the instructor on board contacted an air traffic control tower in Pitt Meadows for permission to enter the control zone.

According to the Transportation Safety Board’s report into the incident, someone working in the tower said the aircraft couldn’t be accommodated, and directed the instructor and student to Langley instead. 

The TSB’s investigation showed that 12 minutes after takeoff, the plane started to descend as it flew over the Fraser River. The TSB says radar contact was lost three minutes later and, a minute after that, the plane struck a power transmission line that was strung across the Fraser River.

“Of course hitting a power line at cruising speed in a Cessna probably killed both occupants instantly and tore the airplane apart so that it wasn’t complete when it dropped into the Fraser River,” Keith Mackey, an aviation expert, told CTV News Vancouver on the anniversary of the plane going down.

Witnesses reported at the time seeing the plane crash into the river. Police searched with helicopters, boats and divers trying to locate the locate the aircraft.

An investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Kendra Mangione 

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Longtime friends make company history as Cougar Helicopters’ 1st all-female flight crew

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Allison Rumbolt flew the 1st all-female flight with her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb

CBC News · Jun 18, 2021

Allison Rumbolt sits next to first officer Zoe Webb aboard Cougar Helicopters’ first flight with an all-female crew. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

A Labrador pilot has made history twice in the past year after becoming Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter and recently being part of the first flight in the company’s history with an all-female crew. 

For Captain Allison Rumbolt, her June 9 flight was extra-special because she sat next to her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb, in the cockpit.

“She has been there for every step of the way throughout my career, so to be the first female crew offshore and to do it with her was a special moment,” Rumbolt told CBC’s Labrador Morning in a recent interview.

Rumbolt said it’s the first time the two of them have been in a helicopter together in over a decade, and while they were focused on getting the job done, there were some fist bumps and encouraging words shared after they landed.

“At the end of the flight you kind of look at each other and [say], ‘Wow, we have come a long way in the past number of years.’

“It’s a special moment, for sure.”

Old friends Rumbolt and Webb are pictured years ago in Mary’s Harbour. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

That flight came two months after she started her new role as a captain, making her Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter.

‘It’s been a humbling experience’

After starting her career flying through the brush in Labrador, she needed to build her pilot command time, pass a number of evaluation tests and have a training captain sign off on her skills.

“It’s surreal. I have been working towards this and it’s been ultimately my goal to become a captain. Everybody looks at you a little bit differently. You have that little bit more respect.

“I have had lots of fist pumps and ‘good on you’ and congratulations and things like that. So it’s been a humbling experience, but I am enjoying it.”

Rumbolt, who is originally from Mary’s Harbour, said from a young age she knew she was interested in aviation. She spent lots of time at the airport, where her mother worked part time with an airline and where her dad worked in operations.

“I was lucky in the way that a lot of these pilots would let me get aboard these aircrafts and look around and take me for rides. Then when I was about 10 or 11 years old Zoe came into my life as a family friend and I got to experience a whole new side of aviation in the helicopter world.”

Rumbolt and Webb, both offshore pilots, have known each other for more than two decades. Rumbolt calls Webb a mentor and longtime friend. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

Rumbolt said she has spent every single shift, except for the flight with Webb, sitting next to a man. She said the number of women flying fixed-wing aircraft is increasing, but she hasn’t seen the same growth in helicopter aviation. She’s encouraging more girls and women to get involved.

“I think as long as you are good at your job and put the effort in, you work hard and you are not afraid to ask for help, I think you will get the respect you deserve in return and I have been very fortunate to have a lot of respect along the way.”

Rumbolt said she looks forward to advancing her career as captain and paving the way for others to do the same. 

“You’re responsible for the person sitting next to you and everybody on board, so it’s a challenge — but it’s a challenge that I love and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

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Emirates Now Operates Nearly 90% Of Pre-Pandemic Network

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Emirates is inching closer towards operating 90% of its pre-pandemic network. The Dubai-based giant is currently flying to 115 destinations and will reach 124 cities by the end of July. The expansion comes as demand for international leisure travel recovery, allowing the airline to make a substantial recovery.

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Emirates is adding a new route and resuming dozens as demand for international leisure travel rebounds. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Back in action

As Emirates emerges from the worst year of aviation, it is raring to go once again. The airline will fly to 124 destinations by August, with the Middle East, Europe, and North America in particular focus this summer. July alone will see flights to Venice, Nice, Lyon, Malta, Orlando, Mexico City, and Phuket resume.

Considering Emirates was grounded for weeks last spring, the summer of 2021 marks a stunning turnaround for the airline. However, it isn’t all good news. Travel bans mean that Emirates’ biggest market of India, and South Asia at large, remain off-limits this summer, a major blow for revenues.

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With Europe rapidly opening up, Emirates is wasting no time in boosting capacity across its network. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

In a statement about the airline’s bold reopening, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said,

“Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses and communities around the world connected and we are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders. We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased.”

A380 back in action

No discussion about Emirates would be complete without mentioning the Airbus A380. Indeed, this summer will see the superjumbo back into action, flying to 15 cities around the globe.

Once again, the A380 will primarily be deployed to cities in the US, Canada, and Europe, as those destinations remain largely open to tourism and attract thousands of passengers. However, three destinations in the Middle East and Guangzhou will also see superjumbos this summer.

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Emirates’ A380 is already back in New York JFK and will be in several more cities soon. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Notably, Emirates has a significant advantage given its home city. Dubai has emerged as a tourist hotspot since last year, allowing travelers to enter with minimal restrictions. While testing is still needed, the city’s control of COVID-19 and rapid vaccine rollout has made it a favorite for this summer. Expect to see many travelers fly directly to Dubai in addition to connecting onwards.

Summer of recovery

While profitable segments such as business travelers remain out of reach for Emirates, this summer will still mark a recovery. The carrier reported a record $5.5 billion loss for 2020, its first in over three decades. Considering the lows of this year, seeing hundreds of thousands of leisure travelers return will be a huge bane. Moreover, with premium cabins still filling up, Emirates could see a sizeable chunk of revenues return too.

What do you think about Emirates’ summer plans? Let us know in the comments!

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JetBlue launches flights to Los Cabos

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JetBlue Airways today announced it has officially launched service at San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The first roundtrip flights between the popular Mexican destination and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) landed last night, and the first flight roundtrip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Cabos landed back in the northeast this morning. JetBlue’s Los Cabos service from the East and West Coasts operates daily.

Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is composed by two cities, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – both major tourist destinations and among the most popular in Mexico. San Jose del Cabo welcomes visitors with its laid-back vibe, thriving arts scene and boutique shops, while Cabo San Lucas features a more bustling pace with a large number of restaurants and bars. Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments and a variety of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding and many more to be discovered.

JetBlue will operates Los Cabos routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Lufthansa Looks To Repay State Aid

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German flag carrier and Star Alliance founding member Lufthansa has laid out a timescale for its plane to repay billions of Euros of state aid. It hopes to have the matter wrapped up within the next few months, with the deadline being the country’s next federal election.

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The German government agreed on a €9 billion state aid package for the German flag carrier last April. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

A multi-billion-dollar aid package

As Simple Flying first reported over a year ago, Lufthansa has been a significant beneficiary of state aid amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In April 2020, the German government agreed on a €9 billion ($10.7 billion) assistance package for its flag carrier. However, this deal was the subject of criticism from various parties at the time and later.

For example, a union for flight attendants at Lufthansa complained that the conditions of the deal didn’t do enough to protect employees. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Ryanair, which competes with Lufthansa on several routes, went as far as accusing the German flag carrier of being addicted to ‘state aid.’ Complaints have also arisen more recently.

Indeed, German leisure carrier Condor also made complaints to the EU about Lufthansa’s aid package this year. Specifically, it argued that Lufthansa’s cancelation of the co-operation agreement between the airlines violates the conditions of its aid package.

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Lufthansa’s aid package drew criticism from various parties. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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To be paid off by late-September

Earlier this month, Simple Flying reported that the airline was making plans to repay the remaining state aid that it received last year. It had already paid off around €1 billion (1.2 billion), having reportedly used €2.3 billion ($2.7 billion) of the package. At the time of these initial reports, Lufthansa was yet to set out a timeframe for its repayment plans.

However, according to airliners.de, one has now emerged. The German flag carrier hopes to complete its repayments by the country’s next federal election. This is set to occur on September 26th, 2021. CEO Carsten Spohr announced this earlier today at Germany’s Nationalen Luftfahrtkonferenz (National Aviation Conference), stating:

We were one of the first companies that was saved by the federal government. We also want to be one of the first to repay our aid package – hopefully before the federal election.”

Lufthansa hopes to have its aid paid off by late-September. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

A brighter summer ahead?

The fact that Lufthansa required so much aid underlines how challenging the global health crisis has been, even for established flag carrier airlines like itself. However, things may be looking up for the company. Indeed, one of the reasons that has allowed Lufthansa to set out a timeframe for its aid repayments is the fact that a capital increase is on the way.

There are also clearer skies ahead for the German flag carrier from an operational perspective. For example, is it inching ever closer to the launch of its long-haul leisure brand, Eurowings Discover. This new airline is set to hit the skies next month, on July 24th. A boom in bookings has also seen Lufthansa schedule widebodies on summer flights to Mallorca.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s repayment plans? Have you flown with the German flag carrier since the pandemic began? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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