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COPA Urges Transport Minister to Intervene in Mascouche Airport's Future
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Mascouche airport in Montreal is known as one of the busiest non-towered airports in Canada. It has been a political football for many years, and in this election year for the City it appears to be yet again on the chopping block. In a strong letter to the federal Minister of Transport, COPA President Kevin Psutka urged him to take a leadership role, given his responsibility for the national air transportation system, and intervene to save this important airport. Psutka also reminded the Minister that the National Airports Policy (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/programs/airports-policy-menu-71.htm) does anything but protect the system and the current situation in Montreal, as well as other major cities like Edmonton and Toronto, illustrate that the National Airports Policy should be reviewed before the system is dismantled by local politicians who do not understand or care about the value of these assets.

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Two for one at CYHS
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The 2013 COPA Rust Remover will be held at the Saugeen Municipal Airport in Hanover, Ontario on Sunday, April 28. There will be two sessions that you can attend; one session in the morning, enjoy a tasty lunch and then attend a second session in the afternoon. Our presenters are Nav Canada and Transport Canada More

Plan on attending the COPA AGM
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The 2013 COPA Fly-in AGM website is now open.
Visit www.copa2013cydq.com
Important note on accommodations:
The 2013 AGM held June 21 to 23 in Dawson Creek, B.C. (CYDQ) is being held in a busy, resource driven locale and hotel accommodations can be in short supply. If you are considering attending, we suggest you contact one of the many hotels listed on our website and reserve a room now. Remember it costs nothing to cancel should your plans change, but we'd hate for anyone to be disappointed, or not attend, because they waited too long to reserve a room. Further information on COPA's Fly-in AGM visit: www.copanational.org/Convention.cfm


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Explainer: Aviation weather hazards for pilots
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Flying in various weather conditions can be potentially hazardous and can effect an aircraft's performance. Global News takes a look at how weather elements, like icing, can affect flights and the dangers they pose for pilots and passengers. More

Bombardier tweets pictures of the first CSeries jet that will take to the skies
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You've heard and read about it for almost five years, you've seen static mock-ups of it and artist renditions in the livery of whichever airline happened to buy it. But on recently, Bombardier released the first-ever actual pictures of its CSeries airliner in development. The Montreal aircraft maker tweeted several pictures of the FTV1, or flight-test vehicle one, including a full-length side shot of the first CSeries jet that will take to the skies. More


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Halifax airport opens extended runway
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In a move designed to better position the airport as a cargo handling facility, Halifax Stanfield International Airport officially opened an extended runway. Before renovations, the original runway measured 2682m (8,800ft). After lengthening, it is 3,200m (10,500ft) long and is able to accommodate larger, heavier, and wider-bodied aircraft. More

Richmond plane crash survivors file suit against airline
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The six survivors who were aboard a plane that crashed in Richmond just over a year ago have now filed a lawsuit against the airline. According to court documents, the suit says the passengers noticed oil under the Northern Thunderbird aircraft wing before getting on board and told the crew about it. It also says after take off, the captain announced the plane would be returning to YVR because of an oil issue. More


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China successfully tests home-grown heavy air force freighter
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China said it successfully tested a heavy air force freighter that could be a mostly home-grown substitute for the older Russian planes it now uses while substantially boosting the Chinese military's global reach. The Y-20 took off from its development base near the northwestern city of Xi'an on Saturday, the China Daily and other newspapers reported Monday. The plane can fly 44,000 kilometres with 66 tons of freight, and is designed to fill the need for a stronger, long-range heavy lift capacity. More

Anticipating domestic boom, colleges rev up drone piloting programs
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Randal Franzen was 53, unemployed and nearly broke when his brother, a tool designer at Boeing, mentioned that pilots for remotely piloted aircraft – more commonly known as drones – were in high demand. Franzen, a former professional skier and trucking company owner who had flown planes as a hobby, started calling manufacturers and found three schools that offer bachelor's degrees for would-be feet-on-the-ground fliers: Kansas State University, the University of North Dakota and the private Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. More

China's general aviation industry ready for takeoff
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A pilot program that saw low-altitude airspace in key Chinese cities being opened up for general aviation may be extended nationwide in 2013. The accelerated reform will certainly give a fresh impetus for the domestic generation aviation industry to spread its wings. More
 


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