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COPA urges federal government to review National Airports Policy
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka has invited Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to meet with COPA and discuss the need to formally review the National Airports Policy in light of a number of municipalities across the country currently resisting expansion or even the existence of local aerodromes. One glaring example is the situation taking place at Burlington Airpark, where development of the property for expanded services is being strongly resisted by the local council.
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Seeking nominations for the DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award
Nominations should be submitted for the 2013 prestigious DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award by Sept. 14. For more information please visit the www.dcamaward.com or contact janeabramson@videotron.ca. Our mission, "Promoting Flight Safety by Recognizing Exceptional Flight Instructors in Canada."
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Improving air ambulance safety
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The medical helicopter safety record is troubling. Although air ambulances are supposed to save lives, often the crew and patients find themselves in great danger. The rate of fatalities per 100,000 air ambulance employees over the past 10 years exceeds other dangerous professions such as logging or deep-sea fishing. According to many, the risk is unacceptable, and relatives of crash victims have demanded that the Federal Aviation Administration take action to reduce the death toll. Unfortunately, there is little oversight of medical air transport services in the U.S.
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TSB: Feds must address post-crash fires
CBC News
A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada says the federal government needs to do more to reduce the number of post-crash fires on airplanes. Bill Yearwood says photos of the wreckage of an Air Nootka plane on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and interviews with a survivor indicate there was a fire after the crash near Hesquiat Lake. He says the TSB is asking the federal government to mandate battery kill switches, safer fuel lines and bigger escape hatches.
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History takes wing: Cadets soar on vintage planes
Chronicle Herald
This summer air cadets across the country were encouraged to pursue a future in science and technology by taking a trip to the past. Recently, 50 cadets had the chance to soar 760 meters above the Annapolis Valley in restored vintage aircraft such as a Fleet Finch biplane or a North American Harvard.
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Unique piece of Canadian aviation history unveiled at Alberta Aviation Museum
Global News
A unique and important part of Canada's aviation history has been unveiled at the Alberta Aviation Museum. The F-104 Starfighter — known as the fastest fighter the Royal Canadian Air Force ever had — was unveiled to an adoring crowd at the museum. "It was very nostalgic, brought a tear to my eye actually. It brought back a lot of memories, most of them pleasant, some unfortunate," said Rick Wall, a retired Air Force pilot.
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Penhold's cadets soar like an eagle
Innisfail Province
Young cadets at the Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Center are still exclaiming "awesome" over their soaring experience of flying a vintage Second World War era training plane. The inaugural Yellow Wings Youth Leadership Initiative, created by Vintage Wings of Canada in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Air Cadet Program, came to the Penhold cadet training centre for a week and 50 cadets from across the country had the opportunity of a lifetime to take control of a supervised flight in an original Boeing PT — 27 Stearman, an open cockpit two-seat biplane that was brought to CFB Bowden during the Second World War to train pilots.
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Cadet gets his wings
Campbell River Mirror
Cadet Jake Schuszter of Campbell River is spending part of his summer at the regional gliding school on the Air Cadet Glider Pilot Scholarship Course. Schuszter is one of 44 Air Cadets selected from across British Columbia for the opportunity to pursue their Transport Canada glider pilot license.

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IAOPA files opposition to ICAO proposal on upset training
International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a letter to member states encouraging comments on a proposal that will add a requirement for upset prevention and recovery training as part of the commercial pilot license.

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SmartPilot.ca is launched!
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
Canada's single source web portal for all things related to flying safely has been launched. This site is a one-stop source for information, interactive courses and content rich videos — all focused on helping pilots stay fresh and current about flight operations. Best of all, use of the site is open and free to all.

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Premiere flight to Athabasca for new STARS chopper
Athabasca Advocate
The Athabasca Heathcare Center was the landing point for the newest, fastest and sturdiest of the STARS Air Ambulance helicopter fleet: the Augusta Westland AW139. STARS helicopters provide fast transport of critically ill patients when fixed-wing aircraft like those used in the medevac service are either unavailable or cannot access certain areas.
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Around town: Going up, up and away
Times Colonist
Mark Byrne couldn't help but feel like Al Pacino as twin jets flew overhead at sun-baked Michell Airpark in Victoria, British Columbia. The aviation enthusiast could relate to the famous line uttered by Pacino's character Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part III, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Two years after Byrne parked his aircraft to take up kayaking, he found himself flying high again.
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Air Cadet graduation at Canadore
North Bay Nipissing News
One hundred and nineteen Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada graduated from Canadore. The Cadets received a certificate of achievement from the Canadian Forces for completing the Advanced Aviation Technology — Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations programs at Canadore.
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Alberta has potential to be Canada's biggest biofuel producer
Edmonton Journal
Alberta could lead the country toward replacing about half its necessary transportation fuel with non-petroleum products, says a global expert on biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts. "We now have ethanol from grain and biodiesel from oilseeds, and we can also have ethanol from poplar which is not used in many forestry management areas and we can grow dedicated energy crops," said Bradley Saville, a professor of chemical engineering from the University of Toronto.
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