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COPA Submits Brief to House Standing Committee on Finance — Aeronautics Act Amendment
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As a follow up to last week's article "Transport minister surprises industry with new powers" regarding Transport Canada's initiative to amend the Aeronautics Act and Aerodrome regulations to require consultation on any aerodrome development, and since the Act amendment is already in the hands of Parliament and has already gone through second reading in the House, bypassing all normal consultation processes, COPA has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) and has requested an opportunity to appear before the Committee.
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Flyboys of 'stout heart'
Waterloo Record
Lt. Jerry Flynn pressed the trigger on the machine-gun mounted near his cockpit and poured 150 bullets into a German biplane. The two-winged enemy airplane spiralled out of control toward the ground. Score one for the Royal Air Force, May 17, 1918, above the Western Front. Flynn was from Waterloo, Ontario. Comrades in the 32nd squadron lovingly nicknamed him Little Jerry because he was a short teenager, his head barely peeking over the open cockpit of his Sopwith biplane.
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New marketing push planned for Ontario airport
Waterloo Record
Marketing of Ontario's Region of Waterloo International Airport will get a makeover and more resources after a regional staff and department restructuring. In June, councillors voted to approve the results and recommendations of an organizational structure review that also looked at staffing. That shifted the airport to a department overseeing economic development and planning from the region's transportation department.
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Veteran considers himself 'one of the lucky ones'
Sundre Round-Up
Ninety-one-year-old Sundre resident and veteran Victor Loreth considers himself one of the lucky ones who experienced the Second World War. Loreth grew up on a farm in Raymore, Saskatchewan, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in December of 1941 at age 18, and moved to Brandon, Manitoba. "Farming wasn't my thing so I thought I'd join the air force," he said. After about six months, he transferred to Regina, Saskatchewan, where he made acid bombs for training purposes.
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Video: Canada Aviation and Space Museum launches WWI mobile app
CBC News
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has launched its first mobile app, giving the public virtual access to the museum's collection of First World War aircraft. Stephen Quick, the museum's director general, joined Our Ottawa host Lucy van Oldenbarneveld to demonstrate the new app.
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Canada further relaxes UAS rules
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Canada will introduce a massive deregulation of commercial unmanned aerial systems later this year that will open up most of the country to for small UAS to fly without direct government oversight. In an announcement at the Unmanned Systems Canada conference in Montreal, Transport Canada Director General Martin Eley said his department will release exemptions to existing permit regulations for UAS weighing up to 4.5 pounds and those between 4.5 pounds and 52 pounds by the end of the year.
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7 reasons an instrument rating will make you a better pilot
Global Air
Getting an instrument rating means you'll be able to fly in the clouds and you won't be stuck on the ground as much because of bad weather. But an IFR rating also comes with a few other advantages. Here's why getting an instrument rating will make you a better pilot.
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Hamilton WW2 hero destroyed an enemy plane with a load of bricks
CBC News
A 90-year-old veteran in Dundas goes by a curious nickname: The Brick Bomber. The nickname's origins go back to one particular day in 1944 in the skies over Burma. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1923, Art Adams wanted to become a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but his eyesight was poor. Instead, he joined up and served as a kicker, the evocatively named precursor to what today's force calls a leading aircraftman. Planes would fly supplies to where the British and Allied forces were, trying to stop the advance of the Japanese through Burma to India.
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NASA tests flexible flap design
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NASA has started flight testing a new flap design that has the potential to make flying quieter and more fuel-efficient. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project is a collaborative effort between NASA as part of its green aviation project and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to determine whether flexible trailing edge flap surfaces can improve aerodynamic efficiency and lower noise levels produced by jet airplanes during takeoffs and landings. The flap design is a variable geometry airfoil system called FlexFoil, which was designed and built by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FlexSys Inc.
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Mooney launches diesel-powered M10 2 seater
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After weeks of rumors surrounding a possible new airplane design from Mooney International, the recently resurrected legacy airplane manufacturer announced at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai that it is developing a line of two-seat airplanes named the M10 series. The new series will start out with the M10T and M10J models, both powered by Continental diesel engines. Both will also feature the same sleek composite fuselage design with the trademark forward canted vertical stabilizer that makes identifying Mooney airplanes easy.
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Cessna's BizJet JV opens for business
Aviation Week
Cessna's grand plans for China have been scaled back considerably from those outlined at signing ceremonies with Avic two years ago. But progress has been made: The first Cessna Caravan utility aircraft have been delivered from one joint venture, with the first two Citation XLS+ business jets delivered from a second JV, based here at Zhuhai, to Zhongheng Air Lines. "This is very exciting," says Bill Schultz, Textron Aviation's senior vice president for business development in China and an architect for the joint ventures.
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Mooney launches diesel-powered M10 2 seater
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After weeks of rumors surrounding a possible new airplane design from Mooney International, the recently resurrected legacy airplane manufacturer announced at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai...

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VOR Airways disappear entirely in Southern Ontario, major changes elsewhere
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
For those who on Nov. 13 expect to navigate in certain areas of Canada using ground-based navaids, it may come as a surprise to you that there will...

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Transport minister surprises industry with new powers
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
Since my previous update in June on Transport Canada's initiative to amend the Aeronautics Act and Aerodrome regulations to require consultation on any aerodrome development, there has been...

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SpaceShipTwo pilot speaks through dad
AVweb
The pilot who survived the in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo in late October told his father he was unconscious for about half of his parachute descent from 50,000 feet but he managed a thumbs-up for the occupants of a chase plane that circled him on the way down. The Mail quoted Peter Siebold's physician father Klaus as saying his son is in "good spirits" 10 days after the spacecraft broke apart on a test flight. The other pilot on the spacecraft, Michael Alsbury, didn't survive.
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