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Neuville Aéro — A story of courage and determination
By Patrick Gilligan
Harassment, antagonism, media misinformation, court and political battles all the way to the House of Commons, initiated by a small vocal group, has not deterred Neuville Aéro from their objective of providing a General Aviation quality reliever airport for Québec Jean Lessage International airport all within a half hour from downtown — a tourism jewel that many Canadian and U.S. pilots enjoy visiting.
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Notice of Buttonville Airport operations
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Buttonville Airport is staying open until the fall of 2016 according to a letter written to airport tenants and staff by Toronto Airways Vice-President Clifford Sifton.

Sifton said an agreement between the current owners of the airport lands and Toronto Airways will allow them to offer full service and support to customers, tenants and airport users until the last quarter of 2016.

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ICAO celebrates 70th anniversary
IAOPA
ICAO and the global aviation community commemorated the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Chicago Convention through a series of special events held in Montreal and Chicago. To celebrate the anniversary high-level participation from the host governments of Canada and the United States of America, and representatives from ICAO's Council and Member States, met in an extraordinary session of the ICAO Council on Monday, 8 December, in the exact same room where the Convention was signed in the Stevens Hotel (now the Chicago Hilton) 70 years ago.
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Transport Canada: Incidents of lasers being pointed at aircraft soar
The Vancouver Sun
Lasers were pointed at aircraft about 500 times last year in Canada, more than a 300 per cent increase from five years ago, according to a Vancouver Sun review of Transport Canada reportable incidents. Powerful lasers pointed from the ground at cockpits can distract or even temporarily blind pilots, which is especially dangerous during critical manoeuvres such as the approach, landing and takeoff when pilots are busiest and aircraft are flying low.
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TSB of Canada to launch safety review of air taxis
AINonline
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will begin an investigation this year into the safety of that country's approximately 600 air-taxi operators to identify any systematic issues contributing to what the TSB considers that segment's poor safety record. Air-taxi operations fall under Canadian Aviation Regulations 703 and include single- and multi-engine aircraft that have an mtow of 19,000 pounds or less and carry up to 9 passenger seats.
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Ice particle danger in AirAsia crash puts spotlight on Winnipeg test facility
The Globe and Mail
A winter's day in Winnipeg is a far cry from the stormy tropics. But for Brent Ostermann that makes it the perfect place to wreak havoc on aircraft engines in a way that could prevent disaster thousands of feet up and half a world away. "What we're testing for is how ice buildup can happen...and how that ice is shed," said Ostermann, program director for a Winnipeg-based facility that specializes in freezing jet engines while they are in full throttle.
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Why we still can't track an airplane
Bloomberg Businessweek via Aviation Pros
The disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet shocked many people unaware that such a thing could happen. That event, combined with the recent loss of a second commercial aircraft over the Java Sea — debris from the plane is now being recovered — is spurring calls for more precise, "persistent" tracking of commercial airline flights.
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I learned about flying from that: Locked controls
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According to author Steven Sokol: It was a clear but chilly January morning when I arrived at Madison County Executive in Huntsville, Alabama, to return home after my first "real" cross-country flight. Three days earlier I had made the 462 nm journey from my home airport in Liberty, Missouri, to Huntsville. At this point I had roughly 95 hours in my 1977 Cherokee 140 and was thrilled to put my new ticket to use for something that was both practical and fun.
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Is [your invention here] the future of aviation?
Air & Space Magazine
The first Boeing 737 was rolled out in 1965, and after a few major modifications, it became the popular 737-200. Its replacement was another variant, now called "classic" 737s, the first of which flew in 1984. The replacement for those rolled out in 1996, and was dubbed 737 Next Generation. Now the first of those aircraft are reaching the end of their service lives, and Boeing needs a replacement. The company's solution, scheduled to enter service in 2017, is another new 737 model, the "MAX."
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Flying in Ireland
General Aviation News
There's one odd thing any American pilot realizes after a day or two in Ireland: There's a real shortage of airplane noise. Wander the Emerald Isle's spectacular byways, vibrant towns and magnificent coasts, even for a fortnight, as I did recently, and it's unlikely you'll see a single airplane smaller than an airliner. General aviation, as we know it, seems as rare as hen's teeth. Paved and towered airports are just about the exclusive domain of scheduled airliners.
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Airport 'fuel farm' being built
Ocala Star Banner
Work has begun on the new fuel farm that houses bulk fuel at the Ocala International Airport. Three new tanks will be installed: two dedicated to Jet A fuel and one for Aviation gas, more commonly referred to as avgas or Low Lead 100 (LL100). Each 12,000-gallon tank is made of corrosive-resistant stainless steel covered with a protective paint. The total project is expected to cost about $500,000.
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