A Canadian Federal Court Upholds Revocation Of Aeropro License


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A Canadian Federal Court Upholds Revocation Of Aeropro License

By Mike Mitchell

August 3, 2010 - Quebec based airline Aeropro had experience a plane crash that killed all seven onboard, the company filed an injunction to stay Transport Canada’s decision to revoke it’s operating license. However, a Federal Court judge has upheld Transport Canada’s decision to revoke the company’s operating license.

On Saturday the company stopped all scheduled air transport operations, flights have been routed to other carriers. "The situation is regrettable especially since safety has always been a priority at Aeropro” said company spokeswomen Stephane Dion.

On June 23, 2010 at 6 AM an Aeropro charted twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 100 aircraft enroute to Sept-Iles and Natashquan Canada crashed shortly after takeoff at Jean Lesage Airport Quebec, Canada killing all seven people onboard. There were five passengers and two crew members.


Just after takeoff the pilot reported to the control tower he was having a problem with his right engine and would be retuning back to the airport to land. "Do you need emergency services?" the control tower responds. "Affirmative," says the pilot. "We can't climb." Moments later the chartered Aeropro twin-engine aircraft crashed into a ball of flames in a field northwest of the airport. “I really don't understand what happened. I've had twin-engine failures at takeoff, and you can still fly on one motor”. Said Jacques Pailleur, vice president of Aeropro.

Pailleur reported the pilot was from the Quebec City region and was an experienced pilot who was very familiar with the aircraft. However, QMI Agency has learned the pilot had very little experience flying Beechcraft King Air 100 although the co-pilot, Dominique Lefebvre, had three years of experience.

Quebec Premier Charest expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. "I think of the seven families who are grieving the death of a loved one that has happened suddenly, without warning”. As of August 1, 2010 Transport Canada effectively grounded all air operations by revoking Aeropro's operating permit following an audit that found repeated violations of Canadian aviation regulations. “The company is no longer able to show that it is operating safely,” said ministry spokesperson Denise Langis.


Transport Canada conducted a thorough investigation of the entire company that included a risk assessment and employee interviews. Transport Canada found significant shortcomings with respect to management, air operations and training. "A certificate cancellation is a rare and unusual measure that is not imposed lightly."

Aeropro is an air charter, aircraft maintenance and airport management company with its headquarters on the grounds of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport in Sainte Foy, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The company was founded in 1988, it conducts business charters and recreational and sightseeing flights across the province of Quebec. Its main base is located at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The also company manages several airports in Quebec. The company employs about 200 employees.

Aeropro manages the operations 6 airports in Quebec; Bonaventure Airport, Gaspe Airport, Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Riviere-du-Loup Airport, Sherbrooke Airport and Trois-Rivieres Airport.  Aeropro provides sightseeing flights from late June until the end of August and operates a once a week flight from Sept-Iles Airport to Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport. Also from early July to the end of August Aeropro operates a once a week flight from Sept-Iles Airport to Port-Menier Airport on Anticosti Island. Aeropro aircraft fleet includes 2 Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante, 8 Piper PA-31 Navajo and 4 Beechcraft King Air.


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