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    A new approach to approaches
    By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
    I hope that instrument rated pilots are investing some time in becoming familiar with the new format that is now rolling out across Canada, but I would like to emphasize the need to practice and use the Constant Descent Final Approach method for conducting non-precision approaches, especially if you have an IFR test flight or renewal coming up in the near future.
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    Council votes to close Nova Scotia airport this year
    By Gary Dunfield
    The local municipal council voted to close the Waterville, Nova Scotia, airport at the end of September 2014. There is a fair amount of distress in the local aviation community as the nearest all-weather airport usable as a base for the 25-plus airplanes at the airport is 130 km away, and the nearest summer-only strip is about is 65 km. There are questions being asked as to whether this is legal and whether they can actually make such a decision.
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    The Flying Circus: Whale revived
    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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    Crossing borders: How-to guide for visiting neighboring countries
    FLYING
    You may be intimidated by the thought of international flying, particularly with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Electronic Advance Passenger Information System — eAPIS — which was implemented in 2009. While you are subjected to major fines if you don't comply, it is not a very complicated system.
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    Blackshape's full carbon fibre aircraft set to take to Canadian skies
    Canadian Manufacturing
    Blackshape SpA says its carbon fibre is ready to take to Canada's skies after receiving federal approval. The Italian firm says its CF300 Prime two-seat ultra-light aircraft features a carbon fibre frame and cockpit, and was approved by Transport Canada for its Advanced Ultralight Aircraft class of aircraft. The plane sports a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS engine and weighs 654 pounds when empty, with a max gross weight of 1042 pounds.
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    Don't forget to renew your aviation booklet
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    Time flies! If you haven't already, it is time to look at the expiry date of your blue Transport Canada Aviation Document booklet. The first to expire were the ATPL and commercial pilots. Now private pilot, flight engineer and air traffic controller licence holders will need to renew.
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    What the FAA's rule change means for HEMS
    By Mark Huber
    The FAA's exhaustive new final operations rule for helicopter air ambulance, commercial helicopter and Part 91 helicopter operations was recently released. The rule imposes new equipment, procedure and requirement changes to existing Federal Aviation Regulations and is estimated to cost the industry $311 million over the next 10 years. That said, the rule does a pretty good job of balancing suggestions from the NTSB with industry stakeholders and should contribute to an improvement in rotorcraft safety.
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    Airworthiness directive on Cessna twins does not apply to all aircraft
    FLYING
    Since 1997, Cessna has been telling pilots of most of its light twins not to fly in known icing — but not all. Cessna issued a Mandatory Service Bulletin back then requiring that those twins not approved for flight in known icing have placards installed to that effect. It also advised an increase in approach speed should icing be encountered by accident.
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    The Flying Circus: Summer salts
    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...

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    Deafness doesn't ground aspiring Canada-born pilot
    Las Vegas Sun
    Nineteen-year-old Jordan Livingston was born to fly. Growing up in Canada, Livingston lived near Calgary International Airport, where his father worked the ground crew. As a young boy, he would gaze up as jets...

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    Small Airplane Revitalization Act
    By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president operations
    Mid-November 2013, the U.S. Congress passed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, and COPA asked if Transport Canada would follow, since Canada has a bilateral agreement in place...

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    Pointing laser at helicopter brings 14 years in California prison
    CBS News
    Sergio Rodriguez has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in California. Rodriguez's sentence is believed to be the longest sentence in U.S. history for a laser-strike case.
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    Hartzell's Bantam 3-blade propeller approved for diesel-powered Skyhawks
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    The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Hartzell Propeller a Supplemental Type Certificate to install the company's recently type certified high performance Bantam series three-blade propeller on diesel-powered Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. The Hartzell Bantam propeller series are small, lightweight two and three blade propellers with a thin, wide chord and swept high performance airfoils.
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