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    Restricted airspace for UAV use proposed for south-eastern Alberta
    COPA
    The establishment of Class F restricted airspace (CYR) is proposed for an area southwest of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The purpose of the CYR is to provide a flying area for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) during proof-of performance flights to allow operators to prove beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) operations in civil airspace and qualify for BLOS operations in Canadian civil airspace.

    This airspace would not be used as a test area for the testing of prototype aircraft or systems. All operators would have to satisfy Transport Canada requirements and obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada.

    If you have any questions, issues or concerns with this proposal to create this area of Class F airspace, please send your comments to Brian Stockall, manager level of service with Nav Canada by telephone at 780-890-3024; or by email at stockab@navcanada.ca.

    And please copy your comments to Alberta/NWT COPA Director, Al Blakely, by email at ablakely@copanational.org.
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    Chris Hadfield: Earth-bound
    Maclean's
    According to author Chris Hadfield: Nothing focuses your mind quite like flying a jet. That's one reason NASA requires that astronauts fly T-38s: It forces us to concentrate and prioritize in some of the same ways we need to in a rocket ship. Although simulators are great for building step-by-step knowledge of a procedure, the worst thing that can happen in a sim is that you get a bad grade on your performance.
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    Ontario centre shares rich aviation history
    The Chronicle Journal
    The Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre was abuzz during its grand reopening with visitors learning and talking about the region's rich aviation history. The centre was previously located around the corner but the sale of the building necessitated a relocation. Centre member Denise Lyzun said the move is a chance for a new beginning.
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    Excalibur 421 will feature Cessna 421 airframe and Pratt & Whitney engines
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    Aviation Alliance will install the Excalibur 421 with two new engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada. Aviation Alliance has announced that the re-manufactured Excalibur 421 aircraft, based on a Cessna 421 airframe, will feature a new cockpit, new avionics, new brakes and electrical systems, a like-new warranty and two new PT-6A-135A turboprop engines.
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    TSB calls for egress training and shoulder harnesses to improve survivability in floatplane accidents
    CNW
    Highlighting the fact that egress training and shoulder harnesses would have improved the chances for survival in a fatal floatplane accident at Lillabelle Lake, Ontario, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its report into the accident. The TSB is making two recommendations aimed at improving the odds that anyone who survives a floatplane crash will get out alive.
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    Planes that braved the unknown North celebrated in aviation museum
    The Canadian Press via Times Colonist
    Only a few generations ago, northern Canada was largely unknown and unmapped. As the era of flight dawned, a few brave pilots took to the skies with little more than a wing and a prayer, hauling goods and people to remote, frozen communities with almost no protection from the elements. The derring-do era of the bush pilot is celebrated at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, an 8,500-square-metre trip back in time that sits near James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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    Beechcraft, Pratt join for Wheels Up King Sir 350i support
    AINonline
    One result of the huge deal to sell up to 105 Beechcraft King Air 350i twin-turboprops to the new Wheels Up private charter membership company is that a comprehensive plan was required to support servicing of the airframes and engines. Thus both Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support and Pratt & Whitney Canada signed a long-term service agreement with Wheels Up here in Las Vegas on the eve of the show, covering support of the Wheels Up King Air 350i fleet and their PT6A-60A engines, respectively.
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    Ontario cadets take flight. Literally
    SooToday
    Three Ontario air cadets of the 155 Borden Grey Air Cadet Squadron received their pilot wings at the annual Wings Parade. Hard work and no monetary cost to the cadets earned them their pilots wings while attending summer training.
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    Northern Lights College gets its own helicopter
    Dawson Creek Daily News via Times Colonist
    Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, recently received a Hughes 300 helicopter from an Alberta family to help train its students. The Aircraft Maintenance...

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    Pilots share memories as they land at Edmonton City Centre Airport for last time
    Edmonton Journal
    As many as a hundred pilots touched their planes down at Edmonton City Centre Airport for what could be the final landing there for many of them. The Blatchford Field...

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    Minister of Transport responds to COPA letter
    COPA
    COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka wrote to Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and invited her to meet with COPA and discuss the need to formally review the National Airports Policy in light of a number of municipalities...

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    STARS to introduce mobile unit to Saskatchewan
    Estevan Mercury
    Although it has been serving Saskatchewan for just over two years, the STARS air ambulance program is already expanding its operations. Beginning in 2014, STARS will introduce a mobile education and training program for medical professionals throughout the province.
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    Astronaut joins students for paper-planes record bid
    Halifax Herlad News
    When David Saint-Jacques tells young people to follow their dreams, even if they seem crazy, he's speaking with the voice of experience. The Quebec native started his career as a biomedical engineer but was working as a family doctor in an Arctic village on Hudson Bay when Saint-Jacques decided he wanted to become an astronaut. The astrophysicist is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.
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    Wartime air crew stories worth preserving
    Times Colonist
    According to author David Bly: A lot of stories get told at the monthly meetings of the Vancouver Island Aircrew Association and, as some wag will always point out, some of the stories are even true. But there's no need to embellish the stories, especially the ones told by former pilots, navigators, gunners and bomb-aimers who served during World War II.
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