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Experts: More training, enforcement needed as small aircraft run afoul of emergency crews
CBC News
Drone experts are fuming about the stray drone that grounded eight helicopters and five skimmers — that were fighting a wildfire in British Columbia's southern Interior — for up to five hours. Whoever flew the unmanned aircraft over the Testalinden Creek fire is "irresponsible and selfish in my mind," said drone operator and instructor Sterling Cripps. "You have to be trained ... Someone flying in a forest fire is far from that."
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ELT 406 Notice of Proposed Amendment
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Consultation period ends September 11, 2015

Transport Canada proposes to amend sections 605.38 and 605.40 and the related Standards to mandate the carriage of dual 121.5 MHz/406 MHz ELTs. These amendments would include a one year implementation period following the coming-into-force of the regulatory amendment for commercial aircraft operated pursuant to Part VII of the CARs and aircraft operated pursuant to Subpart 604 Private Operators and a five year implementation period following the coming-into-force of the regulatory amendment for private aircraft engaged in non-commercial, recreational operations.

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NPA on Aerodromes now at Canada Gazette 1 — Your last chance to review!
COPA
COPA's aerodrome committee and legal counsel are reviewing the implications of Gazette 1 as written and COPA will be issuing a formal reponse to Transport Canada which we will share with you. Consultation period has been extended to the first week of September, 2015. If you wish to provide comments: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2015/2015-07-11/html/reg14-eng.php.
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CAR: Notice of Proposed Amendment on drones, UAVs, UAS and RPAS
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Transport Canada has published a Notice of Proposed Amendment on Unmanned Air Vehicles in the CARAC Activity Reporting System as part of CARAC Activity #2015-012. In summary, the objective of the proposed regulations is to establish a more rigorous risk-based framework for the safe integration of Unmanned Air Vehicles weighing 25 kg or less in Canada's airspace for within visual-line-of-sight operations.

We seek your comments via email at CARRAC@tc.gc.ca by Aug. 28, 2015. In addition, we recognize that this Notice of Proposed Amendment could interest and have an impact on a larger community than our current CARAC membership therefore we would also appreciate if you could share the Notice of Proposed Amendment on Unmanned Air Vehicles with your respective networks.

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Take Flight with COPA
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Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a 5-day trip for two to Whitehorse in the Yukon. All you have to do is refer a new or renewing member and for every renewal your name will be entered into a draw for the grand prize.
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Fort Beau — Fort Cumberland to host presentation on WW I pilots
Sackville Tribune Post
Fort Cumberland National Historic Site will host a special presentation on First World War New Brunswick pilots, including Albert Desbrisay Carter, one of Canada's top ace pilots of the time who was from Point de Bute. Born in Point de Bute on July 3, 1892, Carter enlisted on Feb. 25, 1915, in Saint John, New Brunswick, beginning his military career in the 140th Battalion as a machine gun officer. Carter was wounded during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Upon returning to active duty, Carter volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps.
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High-flying fun at the Edmonton Airshow
Edmonton Sun
The inaugural Edmonton Air Show hopes to embrace Edmonton's aviation history while seizing the rising popularity of airshows. "We want this to be a fun family day and the airshow is the feature act, but there are many things going on," Heuman said. Pilots will be performing hammer heads, barrel rolls and other tricks. One local performer will be doing his signature trick — "cut the ribbon." The inaugural Edmonton Air Show has brought some big names to the tarmac.
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Families advocate aviation safety after tragic Okanagan plane crash
KelownaNow
On Aug. 13, 2012, both Lauren Sewell and Dallas Smith were killed when the small plane they were in crashed near Brenda Mine just west of Peachland. Lauren's father Greg and his wife Fran have been advocating for regulatory reform since the 24-year-old's death exactly three years ago. Lauren was returning to Vancouver from Penticton after a trip with her boyfriend Dallas when the plane went down. The Transportation Safety Board issued its report on the crash in November 2013, but the families of the victims say it wasn't simply pilot error which caused the crash.
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2 pilots escape with their lives after buzzard strike
Daily Mail
One was a life-long flyer with a talent for dive-bombing its prey; the other a training plane for those still gaining their wings. But when a graceful buzzard with a 3 ft. wingspan encountered a Cessna 152 as the aircraft came in to land, there was only ever going to be one winner. What flabbergasted the pilots, however, was the impression made by the dramatic encounter at 1,000 ft. ... not to mention the hole in the cockpit and the unexpected feathered passenger they were left with.
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Artist Aline Rhonie tried to capture all of early aviation in single painting
Air & Space Magazine
It was a huge project. In 1934, artist Aline Rhonie began applying four coats of cement, goat's hair, and coarse marble dust, all mixed with slaked lime, to the wall — 1,400 square feet — of Hangar F at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York. She wanted to paint a mural depicting aviation's early history. Rhonie was serious about several things, including flying and art, and had flown to Mexico in her Lambert MonoCoupe to study with muralist Diego Rivera.
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Standing his ground on parking his plane
Queens Chronicle
Out in Oceanside, Long Island, New York, Richmond Hill businessman Hal Guretzky unleashed the ire of his neighbors and received a summons from the Town of Hempstead for parking his airplane in his driveway. Sixty-nine-year-old Guretzky recently lost his medical clearance for flying and figured it would be cheaper to keep the plane at home than at Republic Airport in Farmingdale. His neighbors are calling the Cessna plane an eyesore and demanding its immediate removal.
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