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    COPA responds to biased CBC report on ELTs
    By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
    Members are reacting to a CBC report by Evan Solomon on what he perceives is a need for mandating 406 ELTs. The article is biased in the extreme and does not present all of the facts. Solomon was provided with the facts and background to this issue from COPA's perspective, including our advocacy for alternatives and for provisions to soften the financial burden of implementing mandatory requirements, such as elimination of the wasteful and unsafe requirement of sending the new ELTs out for recertification annually but Solomon chose not to report these COPA-recommended solutions to the problem.
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    2014 World Assembly 'early' registration discount
    IAOPA
    Online registration is now open for the 2014 World Assembly being hosted by AOPA China, Sept. 9-13, in Beijing. AOPA China has set up a website at http://www.aopa.org.cn/zt/iaopa/ that provides delegates the most up-to-date information on this important IAOPA event. By taking advantage of "early" registration, now open through June 1, attending delegates and their accompanying spouses can experience the sights and sounds of the add-on optional tour — Sept. 14-15 — for nearly the same price as the regular registration fee that will go into effect after early registration has closed. Don't miss this "early" registration opportunity — register today!
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    The Flying Circus: 2nd class
    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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    New safety video — Base to final turn
    COPA
    Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous. Here is a link to the new video on Takeoffs and Landings. This one, about the base-to-final turn:
    http://www.copanational.org/IntroductionPage.cfm
    These Safety Videos are brought to you by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the COPA Flight Safety Foundation with production support from the AOPA Foundation.

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    COPA Board of Directors elections — Last chance to exercise your vote by April 4
    COPA
    Director elections for the COPA Board have been declared in Quebec and Southern Ontario. There are three candidates nominated for two positions in Quebec and seven candidates nominated for three positions in Southern Ontario.

    As of March 31, the response so far is as follows:
    • Quebec: 81 out of 2600 eligible voters have voted.
    • Southern Ontario: 297 out of 5000 eligible voters have voted.
    • Do not leave it until the last minute. Exercise your vote now.

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    Political update — Toronto Island Airport
    Toronto Island Pilots Association
    It looks like General Aviation may have a place at Toronto Billy Bishop Island Airport after all the attacks on it over the last few years. The motion that keeps GA in the negotiations was passed recently by the Toronto City Council.
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    Passenger totals at British Columbia airport keep climbing
    BC Local News
    British Columbia's Northwest Regional Airport continues to post record passenger numbers with February's total being the second highest on record. The 18,092 figure was eclipsed only by December 2013's total of 18,182. Combined with the January total, the figure to date for 2014 is 35,595. That's more passenger traffic than generated at the airport for the first four months of 2011, the year passenger traffic at the airport began to climb and broach 120,000 for the first time for a calendar year.
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    Famous pilot speaks about Malaysian plane
    WJXT-TV
    The Malaysia Airlines mystery over the Indian Ocean has famous pilot Jeff Skiles drawing comparisons to the miracle on New York's Hudson River in 2009. Skiles — the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 — whose emergency was known as the "miracle on the Hudson," spoke to a group of young, aspiring aviators at Craig Airport in Jacksonville, Fla.
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    Continental to build former Cessna cabin class twin
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    Continental Motors plans to bring the Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II back into production after acquiring the type certificate, inventory and manufacturing rights for the twin from Reims Aviation of France. Continental says it is partnering with ASI Innovation in France on the unpressurized, 14-passenger twin — first introduced by Reims Aviation in 1983. Once production resumes, buyers can choose to equip their F406 with either Pratt & Whitney PT6s or a Continental Motors geared, FADEC and diesel engines.
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    Lasers said to be targeting planes over Windsor-Detroit area
    CBC News
    Transport Canada has received at least five reports of lasers being pointed at private and commercial airplanes flying over the international area of Windsor-Detroit. Four times a green...

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    What can pilots do to avoid vanishing?
    By Ryan Clark
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 7, and it has been missing ever since. With all of the talk surrounding the vanishing of Flight 370, many people are asking just how can a plane...

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    Norwegian F-16 pilot shoots incredible footage from the cockpit
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    Still regretting that decision to not join the armed forces and be trained as a pilot? Now you can see what you're missing out on. This video — shot by a Norwegian fighter pilot while...

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    The hero passenger who landed a plane after his pilot fell unconscious
    Daily Express
    The sun was setting on a glorious autumn day as the tiny aircraft headed for home. On board the Cessna Skyhawk were John Wildey — a 77-year-old grandfather — and the pilot, a long-standing friend. Their regular joyrides in the skies above Lincolnshire were a highlight for Wildey. Although he had never piloted an aircraft he flew regularly with others on days out, often landing at an airfield for lunch. He was sitting alongside the pilot when his friend became ill.
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    Boyhood plane ride leads to dodging enemy fire as WWII cargo pilot
    The Buffalo News
    At age 12, when Robert F. Rohde was a Boy Scout, he was at a troop meeting in Riverside, N.Y., carving an airplane out of a block of wood when Scoutmaster Francis Ford walked up to him and asked if he'd like to go up in an airplane. "I nearly fell over when he asked. I said, 'Yes!' He was a pilot, and he took me up in a Piper Cub at the airport in Cheektowaga," the 91-year-old Rohde recalls as if it were yesterday. "I just loved it, and said I wanted to be a pilot."
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