Arctic sovereignty patrol exercise includes simulated
Isachsen is 1,400 kilometres above the Arctic Circle and is said to have the worst weather in Canada.
The patrol, held between March 31 and April 15, included snowmobile expeditions to several islands in the area and involved 14 Canadian Rangers from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Saskatchewan; nine Regular Force members from Canadian Forces Northern Area; and two CC-138 Twin Otters and their six crew members from 440 Transport Squadron in Yellowknife.
The Canadian Rangers and 440 Squadron exercised search and rescue skills that could benefit the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centres in Victoria, Trenton and Halifax in the event of an incident in the high Arctic.
The April 8 air crash exercise simulated the 1950s U.S. Air Force DC-3 transport aircraft that crashed at Isachsen.
"This sovereignty patrol is part of regular operations conducted by Canadian Forces Northern Area," said patrol leader Major Stewart Gibson, Commanding Officer of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. "In addition to the training value, such patrols reinforce our presence in the Canadian high Arctic.
New low visibility landing requirements
The proposed amendments build on current requirements and will help enhance
safety for crew and travelers by establishing the minimum visibility at
which an approach can be conducted using an aircraft's instruments. The
guiding principle is that in an aircraft flying in poor visibility and
approaching a runway to land, the crew must be able to see the runway
environment in time to position the aircraft for a safe landing, prohibiting
commercial air operators from beginning an approach when visibility is
so poor that a successful approach to a landing is unlikely.
While the new regulations are meant for civilian aircraft and pilots,
search and rescue teams will benefit since the increased required visual
range should equate to safer landings and fewer crashes, thereby decreasing
the requirement for rescue missions.