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    Who will ultimately determine the fate of aerodromes?
    By Kevin Psutka, COPA president/CEO
    I attended a conference at which Transport Canada officials explained their rationale for wanting to proceed with amending the Aeronautics Act and regulations to require consultation on all aerodrome creation and construction. There were many representatives of associations plus other individuals who attended by telephone and TC reported that only 15 written responses were received. The comment period ends Friday, Feb. 14. If you have not yet provided comments, please do so at CARRAC@tc.gc.ca.
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    Government of Canada introduces changes to pilot licensing
    Government of Canada
    The Honourable Lisa Raitt announced amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, which will set the groundwork for the introduction of the Multi-crew Pilot Licence, extend the validity period of medical certificates associated with certain pilot licences and modify the requirements regarding credits of copilot flight time. Industry groups — including training organizations, pilot associations, unions and operator associations — have widely supported these regulatory amendments, which bring Canada in line with international standards.
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    The Flying Circus: Lesson from Melville
    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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    Crosswind landings safety video now available for viewing
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    Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs. A new video on crosswind landings has now been added the COPA website: Visit http://www.copanational.org/IntroductionPage.cfm
    These safety videos are brought to you by COPA's Flight Safety Foundation and the Donner Canada Foundation.

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    WWII pilot showed 'great courage and tenacity'
    Western Daily Press
    Flight Lieutenant Ian MacLennan, who has died aged 94, was one of the last surviving fighter "aces" to have been involved in the air battles during the Second World War's Siege of Malta. As MacLennan's obituary in The Daily Telegraph recalls, he was a sergeant pilot flying Spitfires with No 401, RCAF Squadron, in Britain when he crashed an aircraft. At the resulting reprimand hearing, his flight commander, the Telegraph wrote, "rather pointedly, commented that 'they are looking for volunteers for Malta.'"
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    Aviation company links up with British Columbia's First Nation
    Terrace Standard
    A construction company already in partnership with the Haisla First Nation is expanding that relationship. Ledcor Industries announced that its Summit Aviation Group subsidiary and the Haisla have formed Summit Kitimaat Aviation Limited Partnership to provide aviation services within the Haisla Traditional Territory near Kitimat, British Columbia.
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    First Nations airline fly food up north
    Wawatay News
    A First Nation-owned airline based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is trying to do its part in shipping food to northern communities. Arthur Esquega, president and owner of the charter plane service, said the idea came about after speaking with his mother, who put him in touch with a reverend in Webequie.
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    Alberta museum exhibit features never-before-released footage of famed Avro Arrow
    Edmonton Journal
    Never-before-released video footage of the famous Avro Arrow is part of new exhibit now at the Alberta Aviation Museum. The inflight footage was shot in Malton, Ontario, from the cockpit by Alberta test pilot Norman Ronaasen. The air force chose Ronaasen over hundreds of other pilots to assess and test the Avro Arrow CF-105, says information at the museum. He shot the footage from the cockpit of the chase plane he flew when the Arrow was being tested in the 1950s, said his son, Neil Ronaasen.
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    FAA's disservice to small aviation businesses
    Forbes
    As difficult as the last six years have been for business and general aviation — excluding heavy iron — the larger community can take some comfort in the knowledge that market conditions eventually will markedly improve. Mind you, it may take longer for all segments to return to pre-2008 levels than OEMs and their suppliers would like. But better days are ahead.
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    Nearly 4,000 laser attacks annoyed, injured US pilots last year
    CNN
    Pulsating light bursts into the cockpit of a plane thousands of feet in the air, filling it with seething brightness, and blinding the pilot and copilot. Laser attacks on aircraft occur an average of 11 times a day, the Federal Aviation Administration says. Powerful handheld lasers are affordable and widespread, and some people are making sport of shining them up into passing aircraft. The trend seems to be catching on. There were 3,960 such strikes reported last year, the FAA says. That's up from 283 in 2005.
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    Small aviation businesses: Pilot shortage could drive industry into ground
    The Washington Post
    In the past several decades, the number of private and recreational pilots across the country has plummeted, as has the number of small aircraft being manufactured — trends that some say have been accelerated by increasingly strict federal regulations. If the decline continues, it will spell trouble for entrepreneurs such as Austin Heffernan, who runs an aircraft maintenance and repair company in Hagerstown, Md.
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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.

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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.

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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...

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    World's 14 best aviation museums
    CNN
    Recent months have brought important anniversaries in the world of aviation. Orville Wright completed the world's first powered flight on Dec. 14, 1903. Debate persists on whether the first "successful" powered flight took place on Dec. 14 or Dec. 17 of 1903. Though others disagree, thewrightbrothers.org website recognizes Oct. 14 as the first of the Wright Brother's first five flights. The first commercial flight, from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Tampa took place in January 1914.
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    New roof, new fleet at Vic Flying Club
    Victoria News
    The Victoria Flying Club's Second World War-era hangar is getting some sorely-needed repairs. A new roof has been put on the structure, which once acted as the main terminal building at the airport. It was a $125,000 job, says the club's Operations Manager Marcel Poland, but work that was essential in the upkeep of the hangar.
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