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Flying unmanned aircraft safety standards released by Transport Canada
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With relatively non-specific rules, the increasing number of incidents involving UAVs pointed to a need for action. In the July 24, 2014, COPA eFlight and on the front page of the September COPA Flight newspaper, COPA reported it raised the need for an awareness campaign with Transport Canada. Today we are pleased to see that Transport Canada listened and has developed aviation safety standards for flying unmanned aircraft. You can read the standards on their website.
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Veterans share their stories of survival
Regina Leader-Post
It's been seven decades since 92-year-old Reg Harrison served as a pilot in the Second World War, but his memories of that time are still vivid. He enjoys sharing his stories and was thrilled to be part of a new video project designed to preserve that military history. "With the high losses in Bomber Command, I feel very fortunate to have survived that war and to say a few words about (it)," said Harrison. "We really are fortunate to have survived the war." During his time as a flight lieutenant, he survived not one, but four plane crashes, as well as a bout of gangrene.
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Taking flight in Prince Edward Island
The Guardian
When flight instructor Tatiana Kachira flew into Charlottetown this past summer, she received a warm welcome from members of the Prince Edward Island Flying Association. The reception was understandable. Ever since the local flight school closed several years ago, it has been next to impossible for Prince Edward Islanders with a passion for the wide-open sky to get their pilot's license. It has also been difficult for any of the licensed pilots to upgrade their skills/classifications.
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Astronaut's photographs from space station help put things in perspective
Houston Chronicle
Imagine a place where you can watch a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes. Where you're floating in zero gravity while hurtling through space at 5 miles per second. Where the view outside your window is, to borrow a phrase from Chris Hadfield, "jaw-dropping gorgeousness." Hadfield, 55, didn't have to imagine any of it. The Canadian astronaut and best-selling author of 2013's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" spent five months on the International Space Station.
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Blind spots caused mid-air crash
Nanaimo Daily News
Vancouver Island, British Columbia's Sue Turnbull hopes a mid-air collision between two aircraft last year that killed four people — including her sister and brother-in-law — draws attention to current limits of flight safety rules. A Transportation Safety Board investigation into the June 29, 2013, crash involving a motorized glider and Cessna plane near Pemberton stressed the limitation of using only visual contact to avoid aircraft collisions. The two planes "were being operated in accordance with visual flight rules" when they collided above Nairn Falls Provincial Park.
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Cold War fighter jets land at Alberta's military museums
Calgary Sun
She was a temperamental winged star of the Cold War that's now nesting in Calgary, Alberta. Calgarian Ken Lett flew the CF-104 Starfighter for five years in the 1960s and recalls a much-loved but demanding strike fighter that recalled another era of seemingly endless conflict. "It's a little bit like the relationship with the opposite sex — it needs tender loving care or it could be [mean]," said the retired major-general who also flew Spitfires during the Second World War.
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Yet another flying car
Air & Space Magazine
The Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled the latest version of its experimental flying car, dubbed AeroMobil 3.0, at the Vienna Pioneers Festival, becoming the latest company to chase a dream that hasn't yet worked out for anyone. The history of flying cars is long and storied — and full of hype. The first practical cars and aircraft came onto the market at roughly the same time, in the first decade of the 20th century, and combining the two seemed a natural. The idea has haunted futurists' dreams ever since, and flying cars have become a staple of science fiction stories.
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Plastic Fantastic P-51
General Aviation News
According to author Dan Johnson: By any number of surveys, the P-51 Mustang is one of the most admired airplanes in the history of aviation. Even though that statement sounds bold — on the verge of exaggeration — most readers will surely agree. Like most aviators, I've never flown in an original P-51, although I have flown in a light kit version called the 5151 and a closer-to-original-size S-51. The Loehle Aviation version was made entirely of wood and had a Rotax two-stroke engine.
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Group: Piece of metal may solve mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance
CNN
Could one of aviation's most enduring mysteries be solved? An aircraft recovery group says it may already have a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, and it thinks it knows where to find the rest of it. The International Historic Aircraft Recovery Group says new testing of a piece of metal found in the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean in 1991 gives the group "increasing confidence" that it's a part of the Lockheed Electra. In a press release the group argues that the aluminum debris is likely a patch that Earhart had put on her plane in place of a window.
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Cirrus Vision jet to feature AOS seat belts
General Aviation News
Cirrus Aircraft has selected Aviation Occupant Safety's inflatable three-point seat belts for the pilot seating in the new Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet. "The Cirrus Vision SF50 is going to usher in a new era of single-engine jet performance, safety and value," stated Rick O'Quinn, AOS sales manager. "Cirrus has become synonymous with safety and we are excited and honored that they have selected our line of inflatable three-point seat belts for this exceptional aircraft."
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Pilot of tiny Cessna makes landing at Chicago airport
WBBM-TV
Judging by the reaction from the air traffic controller, Chicago O'Hare International Airport doesn't get a request like this one very often. The pilot of a tiny Cessna 172 requests to land at one of the world's busiest airports, a tiny sprout amid the Sequoias of the airline world. In a video posted on YouTube, the pilot calmly makes the audacious request: "With information Echo, would like to do a full stop taxi back at O'Hare."
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Flying unmanned aircraft safety standards released by Transport Canada
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With relatively non-specific rules, the increasing number of incidents involving UAVs pointed to a need for action. In the July 24, 2014, COPA eFlight and on the front page of the September...

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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...

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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...

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90-year-old celebrates birthday by flying Cessna
The Courier via WPVI-TV
Al Steiner waited 90 years to have the best birthday party of his life. Surrounded by his wife, friends and neighbors, Steiner celebrated his 90th birthday by flying a Cessna 172 airplane at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, then enjoyed cake and ice cream afterward. "Thank you for coming and thank you for the love," said Steiner, who said it was the best birthday he'd ever had.
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