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    COPA, AOPA and IAOPA — Keeping our borders open
    By Kevin Psutka, COPA President and CEO
    There is much more to protecting your freedom to fly than simply advocating in Canada and so COPA participates at the international level in a network of similar personal aviation organizations. Starting close to home, COPA maintains close ties with our U.S. counterpart, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Shortly after Mark Baker took the reins at AOPA, I met with him to check on his interest and priorities in Canada. I learned that Mark has a personal interest in maintaining our border as open and hassle free as possible because he has a vacation property here and travels by floatplane from the U.S. to get there. Mark pledged to keep working closely with us on trans-border issues.
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    2014 World Assembly update
    IAOPA
    IAOPA Secretary General and the Senior Vice President in the European Region recently participated in a planning session with the 2014 World Assembly host AOPA-China and began laying out the agenda for the upcoming event. The World Assembly will be held in Beijing Sept. 9-13. Details are being finalized on a unique aviation experience that no pilot will want to miss.
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    The Flying Circus: The electric zebra
    By Garth Wallace
    COPA eFlight presents another weekly excerpt from "The Flying Circus," a fun book by Canadian aviation humorist and former COPA publisher Garth Wallace. "The Flying Circus" is a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school armed with loads of enthusiasm, but little business sense and no money.
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    Aviation pioneer passes
    The Chronicle Journal
    Northern Ontario's aviation pioneers are a special breed. From lone bush pilots to small fleet owners they hop-scotched into a growing number of remote communities as airstrips were hewn out of the boreal forest. The list is short a key member this week with the sudden death of Harvey Friesen. Together with his brother, Cliff, they grew Bearskin Airlines from a two-floatplane operation to a large, scheduled airline with 50 years of service — a remarkable achievement in an industry where longevity is rare.
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    NationAir Aviation Insurance releases aviation insurance outlook and retrospective
    Aviation Pros
    NationAir Aviation Insurance released its annual analysis of the aviation insurance market. As one of the country's leading brokerages specializing only in aviation insurance, NationAir is in a strong position to assess the industry with information gleaned from its 35 years of experience and longstanding relationships with leading underwriters. NationAir manages more than $4 million in aviation assets for its clients. The report follows in its entirety, delivered by NationAir President Jeff Bauer.
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    Flying the box: The safety benefit of light helicopter simulators
    By Mark Huber
    There was a time when only those pilots flying medium or heavy helicopters in the military or the offshore energy sector enjoyed the benefit of simulator training or "flying the box." But when it came to light single or twin-engine helo pilots — including those flying EMS — you earned your training spurs in the cockpit. Not anymore. Increasingly more manufacturers, training providers and operators are seeing the benefit of light helicopter simulator training.
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    King Air, big customer base were main drivers in Cessna parent Textron's Beechcraft buy
    AINonline
    In one of the biggest consolidations in the business aviation industry since Bombardier Aerospace combined Canadair, Learjet, de Havilland and Short Brothers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cessna Aircraft parent Textron announced that it will acquire Beech Holdings LLC. — the parent of Beechcraft Corp. — for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by the middle of this year.
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    FBO Profile: SkyCharter
    AINonline
    In 1968, the Vietnam War was raging, the public got its first glimpse of Boeing's iconic 747 and Apollo 8 orbited the Moon for the first time. Meanwhile, up in the "Great White North," entrepreneur and general aviation pilot Irving Shoichet launched an aircraft charter company and founded the first FBO at Toronto International Airport (renamed Lester B. Pearson International Airport during the 1980s). One of three providers on the field, Skycharter claims one third of the general aviation business at Canada’s busiest airport.
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    'There are no real speed limits in the air'
    Gulf-Times
    "Any excuse to fly," is how Barry Sloane describes his favourite past time. As a matter of fact, Barry who is a Lead Engineer at Qatargas, is one of the few expatriates who owns and flies his own plane in Qatar. "Flying is in my blood; we have eight pilots in my family, my father being one of them. The airport in my hometown in Canada — Nelson Field — is named after my grandfather's family. My flying experiences would normally fall under the category of trying to use my plane as one would use their cars."
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    Alberta flying club looking to buy its own plane
    Whitecourt Star
    The Whitecourt Flying Club in Alberta wants to make it easier for people to get into general aviation and the organization believes the best way to do that is to buy their own plane. Recently, the Whitecourt Flying Club invited the public to come to the Whitecourt Airport to discuss what they believe is the next step to increasing the general aviation activity in the area. John Burrows, president of Whitecourt COPA 185 — an offshoot of the flying club — said for the last year the club has been trying to raise its public profile in hopes of building interest in general aviation.
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    ADS-B Solutions increasingly available for business aircraft
    AINonline
    Pilots all over the world are probably sick of hearing that "ADS-B is coming," but the fact is that some countries already require ADS-B capability, and other countries' deadlines are rapidly approaching. ADS-B equipage needs to remain prominent in pilots' consciousness because avionics shops need time to certify ADS-B out installations and time to complete the installations.
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    Unleaded aviation fuel initiative gets funding boost
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    The $1.1 trillion government spending bill passed by Congress includes money for the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative — an FAA plan to start the transition to high-octane unleaded piston aviation fuel by 2018.

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    Military plane crash in Saskatchewan a very close call for 2 pilots
    The Huffington Post
    Two Royal Canadian Air Force officers suffered minor injuries when they ejected from their plane before it crashed into a field near the 15 Wing base near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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    SmartPilot.ca offers new videos on upset training
    COPA
    Canada's single source web portal for all things related to flying safely has just added even more new, purpose developed material! The latest additions deal with the subject of Upset Training. Three segments are live now.

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    New Blackhawk turbine engine
    The Snohomish Times
    Skydive Snohomish — Washington's No. 1 voted skydiving center — is pleased to announce the installation of a new Blackhawk turbine engine in their Cessna 208 Grand Caravan skydiving plane. The new engine produces 850 horsepower, an increase of approximately 26 percent over the stock engine, and results in climbs to the 13,000 foot exit altitude at 1,500 feet per minute.
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    January 2014: General Aviation's safest month ever?
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    January 2014 is shaping up to be one of the safest ever in terms of general aviation fatal accidents and fatalities. Perhaps coincidentally, it was also one of the coldest months in decades. There have been four fatal crashes this month in the United States involving noncommercial piston-powered airplanes, resulting in six fatalities. That's well below the monthly average of 22 fatal crashes and 36 deaths — although accidents do tend to dip in the winter when GA pilots are doing less flying.
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