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    As 2013 comes to a close, COPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the eFlight a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 9.


    Beware of US requirements for Canadian pilots wishing to fly a U.S. registered aircraft in the U.S.
    Patrick Gilligan
    From May 23: COPA has received conflicting reports from members about what steps are required to be able to fly a U.S. registered aircraft in the US based on their Canadian licence. We discovered incomplete, unclear and conflicting information in the various FAA FARs and other documents that explain the requirements and the process for obtaining and maintaining a U.S. certificate.
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    Is your Aviation Document Booklet expiring?
    COPA
    From July 18: Did you know your Aviation Document Booklet (ADB) must be renewed every five years from date of issuance?

    This fall, pilots, flight engineers and air traffic controllers will begin renewing their Aviation Document Booklets. Transport Canada first introduced the ADB in 2008 with a five year expiry date; thus, the majority of ADB holders will need to renew their booklets this year.

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    COPA urges federal government to review National Airports Policy
    COPA
    From Aug. 19: COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka has invited Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to meet with COPA and discuss the need to formally review the National Airports Policy in light of a number of municipalities across the country currently resisting expansion or even the existence of local aerodromes. One glaring example is the situation taking place at Burlington Airpark, where development of the property for expanded services is being strongly resisted by the local council.
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    Zenair Ltd, Canadian aircraft kit manufacturer since 1974, is now also offering introductory one-day workshops for its new design: the X-Country CH 750 CruZer. Workshops can be scheduled any day; participants get a taste of what it’s like to assemble a kit aircraft and go home with the finished rudder for their own dream plane. More...
     


    Watch F-18 pilot perform acrobatics with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Digital Journal
    From April 8: Watch an F-18 pilot demonstrate the acrobatic capabilities of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The pilot flies a Qatar Airways Dreamliner undergoing tests to correct some battery faults. The plane took off from the runway into the air at the Fanborough International Air Show in Hampshire, England, in July 2012.
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    Ways to winterize your plane
    Aircraft and Marine Insurance Agency Inc.
    From Nov. 1: November is winterizing month, making it time to prepare your aircraft for the colder days ahead, whether you plan to use it throughout the harsh months, or if you plan to store it. Storing your aircraft in a hangar where it will be protected from the bitter weather is the best, but there are some things you should do whether it will be in a hangar or at in outside tie-down.
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    Uncertainty over Banff and Jasper airstrips resolved
    COPA
    From Feb. 21: Long awaited amendments to the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations were Gazetted (came into law) on February 13, meaning Banff and Jasper continue to be available for emergency/diversionary use and Jasper is now available for non-commercial recreational use. This is the end of a very long process which began in 1987 when Parks decided to delist the airstrips. The process accelerated after the Aircraft Access Regulations were amended in 1997 and charges were subsequently filed against area pilots for flying into Banff.
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    Canada agency calls for black boxes in small planes
    Authint Mail
    From May 15: The Canadian agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents called for expanding the use of black boxes to include small aircraft operators. Large commercial jets are already required to carry the lightweight recorders to monitor flight data, which can be used by investigators after an accident to determine the cause of a crash.
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    SmartPilot.ca is launched!
    COPA
    From Aug. 15: Canada's single source web portal for all things related to flying safely has been launched. This site is a one-stop source for information, interactive courses and content rich videos — all focused on helping pilots stay fresh and current about flight operations. Best of all, use of the site is open and free to all. The material is applicable to all levels of pilots from student through to senior.

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    How a professional pilot could possibly land a giant plane at wrong airport
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    The story of two pilots landing a Boeing 747 at the wrong airport drew a lot of rolled eyes, more than a little laughter and serious questions about how on earth two experienced pilots...

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    2nd safety board report raises concerns for flying in British Columbia mountains
    The Vancouver Sun
    A second report by the federal Transportation Safety Board in less than a month is raising concerns about lack of pilot training and experience for...

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    Shell announces unleaded 100-octane fuel
    AVweb
    Shell Oil announced that it has developed an unleaded 100-octane piston engine fuel to replace 100LL and, presumably, the fuel will enter the FAA's recently established fuel testing and certification process.

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    Shell announces unleaded 100-octane fuel
    AVweb
    From Dec. 9: Shell Oil announced that it has developed an unleaded 100-octane piston engine fuel to replace 100LL and, presumably, the fuel will enter the FAA's recently established fuel testing and certification process. In a press release, Shell said the fuel is a culmination of 10 years in R&D and initial testing has been done with two OEMs, Lycoming and Piper. None of the companies offered any information on what the new fuel might cost.
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    Changes to Remote Communications Outlets (RCO) in Southern Ontario
    COPA
    From Feb. 28: By Kevin Psutka, COPA President and CEO
    Normally, COPA does not announce changes of this sort because members should be making it a regular habit of checking the Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs) and Service Project Announcements instead of relying on COPA to do that job for them. However, these changes on March 7, affect a large concentration of our members and they present an opportunity to re-emphasize the need to periodically check these important sources of information so that you are not surprised by changes and unable to communicate in a time of need.

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