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Call to action for Ontario members — contact your MPP now
By Kevin Psutka, president and CEO
The most recent election in Ontario was triggered by a budget, which included a 4 cent per litre increase in the tax on aviation gasoline, making Ontario the highest taxing province for this fuel. There was no consultation with our sector and furthermore the budget clearly stated that the money generated from our sector would be spent on priorities other than aviation.

The government that proposed the tax increase won the election and proceeded with the increase in four one-cent increments, starting in September 2014.
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COPA works to end future border crossing frustrations
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president of operations
In previous articles — April 2014 and August 2014 — I alerted members to the development of an additional procedure being developed by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for crossing the Canadian/U.S. border.

This update is a report on recent developments as COPA continues to work with Canadian and U.S. officials to find a solution that both addresses their goals and minimizes duplication.

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'A dream on the edge of possible,' Chris Hadfield shows off Windsor to the world
The Windsor Star
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield may end up being the spark that some day sees an 11-year-old Windsor boy following his lead by walking in space. "Give yourself a dream right on the edge of possible," Hadfield told an audience at The Windsor Star News Cafe, and sitting in rapt attention was young Christopher Smithies, a Queen Victoria public school student. Smithies rose and asked how big planet Earth looks from space, or at least the International Space Station, which Hadfield commanded 420 kilometres up.
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Alberta pilot makes emergency landing on Northwest Territories Hwy 1
CBC News
A pilot from Alberta made an emergency landing on Northwest Territories Highway 1 near Enterprise. Fred Gottfried, who says he's been flying for nearly 50 years​, was flying his Cessna 172 from his home in Slave Lake, to Yellowknife when the incident occurred. Gottfried says he had just reached Alexandra Falls when his plane started running rough.
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Flying to new heights
The Lewisporte Pilot
At some point in time everyone wishes they could fly. How great it would be to soar in the sky and look down on the people below? Last summer Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador, youth Terry Pelley earned his glider pilot license by attending air cadet camp. An honour he earned through his efforts with the 617 Dambusters Squadron.
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Signature cements presence in Canada
AWIN First via Aviation Week
Orlando, Florida-based Signature Flight Support is expanding its reach in Canada under a new licensing agreement with Skyservice. The agreement gives Signature a branded presence at the top five busiest business and general aviation airports in Canada. Newly branded locations will include the Skyservice fixed-base operations at Toronto and Calgary, along with an additional facility in Montreal. Signature previously had licensed locations in Vancouver and Edmonton, along with a former licensed and now owned location in Montreal.
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Making a living as an ag pilot
General Aviation News
An ag pilot's day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It's cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot's daily commute. The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. "Clear!" The "tick tick tick tick ... whirrrr ..." of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.
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Drugs and the general aviation pilot
General Aviation News
FAR 91.17 prohibits flying after the use of "any drug that affects the person's faculties in any way contrary to safety." Yet every year pilots crash, killing themselves and their passengers, often because the pilot is chemically compromised by over the counter medications. That's the big message from a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on the use of drugs in the pilot population and how it contributes to accidents.
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F-35 test jets to undergo 'burn in' for F135 engine fix
Aviation Week
The Pentagon's long-awaited deal with Pratt & Whitney to build the seventh low-rate production lot of F135 engines for the multinational F-35 fighter has finally been signed, though officials have not yet outlined a clear path forward to address the design issue that led to an engine fire that grounded the fleet of single-engine aircraft this summer. Program officials have, however, approved a workaround to an engine retrofit that will get the test fleet back to unrestricted flight soon, according to a government source.
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STARS seeks operating money from cities
Ottawa Citizen
The STARS emergency air ambulance service wants more than $400,000 a year from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, taxpayers. The STARS Foundation has asked the Saskatoon for a contribution of $2 per capita to help fund the non-profit organization's activities in Saskatchewan. The foundation's executive director, Rod Gantefoer, said the service is seeking the same contributions from urban centres that it seeks from rural municipalities.
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Corporate pilots and CEOs alike heed the call of airpark living
AINonline
According to author Amy Laboda: For me, living in an airpark just makes sense. As an aviation journalist it allows me to commute via airplane when I head off in pursuit of stories. I leave from my driveway and return to my driveway, just as if I'd take my automobile. Except the round trip en route time is ever so much shorter.
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Call to action for Ontario members — contact your MPP now
By Kevin Psutka, president and CEO
The most recent election in Ontario was triggered by a budget, which included a 4 cent per litre increase in the tax on aviation gasoline, making Ontario the highest taxing province for...

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Manitoba-bound plane makes emergency landing in Saskatchewan
CBC News
A small plane bound for Brandon, Manitoba, was forced to make an emergency landing near a runway in a small community northeast of Regina, Saskatchewan. Police said no one was hurt. Officials...

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Would you hesitate to declare an emergency?
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: The fact that all three of my passengers were throwing up simultaneously left me three options. I could have toughed it out and pressed on to our destination; joined them in their...

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Spirit of 1st World War aviation alive in New York aerodrome
The Associated Press via PostMedia
There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind. The sights and sounds of First World War flight are recreated regularly at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York's Hudson Valley, where an original American Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" shares the sky with reproductions of a French Spad VII and German Fokkers.
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