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    Cold War 'heavy metal' to thunder at Legends over London
    COPA
    London, ON — Legends Over London Jet Festival is taking place July 19-20 at the London International Airport. Organizers say the distinctive air show plans to feature two days of exciting warbird flying routines, static ground displays, and various local food and merchandise vendors.

    The team at Legends Over London will release the full list of visiting and flying aircraft in the coming weeks. Those interested in receiving event updates by email — including being notified of ongoing updates on performers and ticket promotions — can sign up at legendsoverlondon.com.

    Tickets for the air show are only $10 for general admission and $5 for a child's ticket. This is an unheard of price for an entirely jet show! Buy early to guarantee yourself a fun packed day at the show!

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    The Flying Circus: Can't take a joke
    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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    North Fraser Airshow is this weekend
    COPA
    The North Fraser Airshow Society will be offering an aerobatic air show Sunday, July 20, at Pitt Meadows Airport in British Columbia. This year, the first of many, the North Fraser Airshow is being dedicated to the RCMP and the military. The Airshow Society would like to honour both groups for risking their lives in their efforts to provide a safe society and peaceful world to live in. In the air, between 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be a dozen aerobatic acts, including mostly local talent such as Super Dave, in his MX2, and Carol Pilon, a wing walker. On the ground, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the airport is having its annual Airport Day with food, a beer and wine garden, educational booths, static displays of aircraft and cars, and hot air balloon rides. The entire event is free, although donations will gladly be accepted at the gate to help pay for the show and youth scholarships.
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    Drones pose new risk for aircraft in Canadian skies
    Toroton Star
    As the Porter Airlines flight set up for its approach to Washington, D.C.'s Dulles airport on a recent flight from Toronto, the pilots suddenly found they had some company in the skies — a drone. The black and silver unmanned aircraft was spotted 850 metres above the ground and came within 15 metres of the Porter Dash 8 turboprop, according to a preliminary Transport Canada report. The aircraft landed safely and police were notified about the mid-air rendezvous.
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    Twin Otter simulator to cost more than aircraft
    Times Colonist
    A new Twin Otter simulator and training facility coming to the Saanich Peninsula will create at least 20 jobs and cost more than the real aircraft. Viking Air and Pacific Sky Aviation will "become a centre for excellence for training," Michael Coughlin, Pacific Sky Aviation chief executive officer, said from Farnborough International Airshow in England. "It is really a Canadian niche and a Canadian story." New and already trained pilots will be able to hone their skills on the new simulator, Coughlin said. It is slated to be in service in early 2016 near Viking Air at Victoria International Airport.
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    Pioneering pilot honoured with stamps
    Global News
    "On my 17th birthday, July 13, 1964, I remember we drove to Lethbridge and rather than stopping downtown to go shopping like we normally did, we continued on to the airport. Unbeknownst to me, my father had arranged my first flight with my instructor.” That birthday gift planted the seed that would become Rosella Bjornson's dream of becoming a career pilot. Recently, friends, family and admirers gathered at the very same hanger Bjornson had her first flying lesson to unveil a new Canada Post stamp featuring her image.
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    Saskatchewan pilot whose engine quit credits training for smooth landing
    The Canadian Press via MetroNews Canada
    A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, pilot says he had to do some quick thinking when his plane's engine quit mid-air on his way to Yellowknife. Stefan Trischuk was on his way up north for an airshow in his Pitts special biplane when he noticed a fuel problem. Trischuk says the engine started to sputter and surge and then it quit.
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    British Columbia cadet spends her spring break in flight
    Langley Advance
    Lucy Poirier was one of 12 air cadets from across British Columbia who spent their spring break brushing up on their glider pilot skills. Poirier, of Langley's 746 Lighting Hawk Squadron, and the others were at 19 Wing Comox, honing their flying and, in one case, aircraft maintenance skills.
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    Group therapy: Close-call stories help improve flight safety
    By Mark Huber
    In October, the Center for Medical Transport Research will bring together air medical professionals who will again share their stories about coming a razor's width from "buying the farm." Unburdening like this is nothing new. Pilots have been confessing their transgressions in aviation magazines for years in a variety of columns, all with variations of the same theme: "I was stupid and lucky, but here's what you can learn from my mistake." Lately, the seal of the confessional has also applied to "no reprisal" aviation safety meetings. Humans learn faster by sharing the collective's experience.
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    Transformer jet is like the Optimus Prime of planes
    Mashable via CNET
    BAE Systems recently unveiled several concept aircrafts. The most interesting aircraft is the Transformer, a stealth aircraft that turns into three smaller planes to destroy whatever villain dares to attack it. The Transformer is comprised of three aircrafts: a main diamond shaped plane, and two smaller, triangular fighters that attach to the left and right sides. When the three planes combine, they conserve fuel and are capable of traveling longer distances without the need for mid-air refueling.
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    Earhart namesake completes circumnavigation
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    The namesake of the pilot at the center of one of aviation's enduring mysteries completed a circumnavigation that, in part, symbolically completed the original attempt. Amelia Rose Earhart touched down at California's Oakland International Airport after a 16-day flight in a Pilatus PC-12NG. Earhart, who is not related to the aviatrix who disappeared on a flight to Howland Island from New Guinea, followed roughly the same equatorial route that Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were on in their attempt when they disappeared on July 2, 1937.
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