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Search is on for new COPA President and CEO
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Canadian Owners and Pilots Association is accepting applications for the position of President & CEO. COPA is a not-for-profit organization with over 17,000 members, visit www.copanational.org for more information. Interested individuals may apply in confidence at www.copa.recruiterbox.com or forward their application via e-mail to copa@applications.recruiterbox.com. Application deadline is March 26, 2015.
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Important message for all pilots
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president of operations
COPA needs all pilots to complete a Cross Border survey. Your opinion counts so we need strong participation. Last year, I alerted members to the development of an additional procedure being developed by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for crossing the Canada/U.S. border. The survey will provide statistical feedback to Canadian and U.S. officials to find a solution that both addresses their goals and minimizes duplication. COPA is heavily involved in finding creative solutions to minimize the detrimental consequences that any additional requirements will have on our sector of aviation. Please take a few moments and complete the following survey:
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Careers in Aviation Expo celebrates 106th anniversary of canadian aviation
COPA
The Careers in Aviation Expo is proud to celebrate the 106th anniversary of Canadian aviation as part of National Aviation Day. Join us Saturday, Feb. 21, in our Nation's capital at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Ottawa's CIA Expo attendees are also welcomed to participate in the following activities presented by the museum in honour of National Aviation Day:
  • Tour Ornge's AW139 AgustaWestland helicopter and meet with the pilots and paramedics who fly and work on this wonderful flying machine!
  • Learn how an ejection seat can save a pilot's life. Sit in an authentic ejection seat and learn how pilots use this essential piece of equipment.
  • Explore the Canadair Tutor, MiG and CF-18 cockpits.
  • Board a Cessna 150 aircraft or replica F-16 cockpit and test your flight skills!
Spaces are limited — Register today!

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Alberta cadet earns prestigious award
Airdrie Echo
After three years of focused effort, Grayden Kruk earned his gold level Duke of Edinburgh's Award, an international program that gives young people ages 14 to 24 the opportunity to experience challenge and adventure and acquire new skills and friends. Finishing the program and receiving his pin was a thrill for the Airdrie Air Cadet squadron's highest ranking cadet. "When I got the pin, I felt relieved," said Kruk. "I felt like I accomplished a lot."
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Video: Floatplane safety regulations still lacking in Canada
The Vancouver Sun
Martin Eley, Transport Canada's civil aviation director-general, explains why there are no regulations around flotation devices for floatplanes more than five years after six people perished in a crash off Saturna Island, British Columbia.
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ORNGE looks to sell off high-priced helicopter fleet
MetroNews
Ontario's air ambulance service is looking at selling off its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters that it bought for $120 million in a troubled deal in 2008. ORNGE issued a request for information Thursday seeking industry advice on possible replacements for the fleet of helicopters that serve as the backbone of its air fleet. The AW139s had a troubled entry into service when it was revealed that a poor cabin design made it difficult for paramedics to tend to patients, including performing CPR.
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ASTM developing standards for training aviation employees
General Aviation News
ASTM International, one of the largest standards development organizations in the world, is forming a group to develop standards for training workers in the aerospace industry. ASTM Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel will be led by manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and other key stakeholders. "We are bringing everyone together to help ensure a strong pipeline of workers who can keep up with the fast pace of technological change in this dynamic industry," says James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International.
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NextGen GA fund to buy 10,000 Lynx ADS-B units
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ADS-B compliance is about to become a little less pricey for thousands of aircraft owners after the public-private NextGen GA Fund announced it is buying 10,000 low-cost Lynx NGT-1000 ADS-B units from L-3 Aviation Products as part of the "Jumpstart GA 2020" program. But as you might guess, there's a small catch.
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Pilot loses plane, gets time served for unlawful flight
Toleda Blade
Under the cover of darkness, a Canadian pilot quietly landed his private plane the night of Aug. 29 at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport near Port Clinton, Ohio, delivering a woman to the United States who was prohibited from entering the country. The pilot, Ryan Brandt of Windsor, Ontario, has been in the Lucas County jail ever since, held on federal charges of illegal entry and transporting aliens. Brandt, who admitted he flew at low altitudes to evade radar detection, pleaded guilty Dec. 4 in U.S. District Court, and was sentenced by Judge Jack Zouhary to the five-and-a-half months he already has spent in jail.
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Alaskan camera program allows pilots to access real-time weather info
Avionics Today
Pilots flying through Alaskan Airspace now have access to a fully deployed Alaska Weather Camera Program to help them determine when and where it's safe to fly. The program has been in development for several years and aims to improve safety and efficiency by providing pilots with near real-time, visual weather information. It includes a recently updated website that enhances navigational planning on an interactive map with easily accessible images and other weather data products.
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Port clears path for airport project
General Aviation News
The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of wetland mitigation credits so the port can improve the safety area on the west end of the main runway at Skagit Regional Airport. The project, which will bring the Runway 11-29 safety area up to FAA standards for Class DII aircraft, large business jets, according to post officials. The project includes clearing, grading and filling 12.35 acres to establish uniform elevation and provide access for vegetation management of the Runway Object Free Zone.
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A history of WW2 in 25 airplanes
Air & Space Magazine
This May, one of the largest formations of World War II aircraft ever assembled in the United States — as many as 70 fighters, bombers, trainers, and transports — will fly over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The sky parade will take place May 8, 2015, 70 years after VE Day — a public holiday declared in the United States to celebrate the 1945 Allied victory in Europe — and is part of a three-day event to honor World War II veterans, both those who fought the war and those who worked at home to build their aircraft, tanks, and ships.
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