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    TSB investigation finds lack of flight control lock and winds led to Beechcraft's stuck elevator control
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    The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report into the Dec. 10, 2011, aborted take-off of a Hawker Beechcraft 1900D at the Gander International Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was determined that before the flight, the aircraft had been parked outside in gusty wind conditions without control locks installed. This caused the elevator control to slam down repeatedly and eventually become jammed against a stop bolt designed to limit its downward travel.
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    World War II flying ace hailed as hero in Canada and Israel
    Toronto Star
    Flight Lt. George "Buzz" Beurling, Canada's deadliest air ace in World War II, earned the nickname "the Falcon of Malta" after his eagle eyes and quick trigger finger sent a record number of attacking German and Italian pilots spinning to the ground in flames. Hailed in Canada for racking up 31 aerial dogfight kills, Beurling’s also a hero in Israel after signing up to fight in that country's 1948 War of Independence.
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    Nanton Bomber Command Museum memorial wall goes east to Ottawa for Remembrance Day
    Galgary Sun
    Nanton Bomber Command Museum’s travelling memorial wall featuring names of thousands of Canadian airmen who lost their lives during World War II is reaching a broader audience. The half-scale Canada Bomber Command Memorial Wall was on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in the week leading to Remembrance Day.
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    The Flying Circus: It's the little old lady from Circus
    By Garth Wallace
    COPA eFlight presents another weekly excerpt from “The Flying Circus,” a fun book by Canadian aviation humorist and former COPA publisher Garth Wallace. "The Flying Circus" is a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school armed with loads of enthusiasm, but little business sense and no money.
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    Piper and Cessna headed different directions on piston, prop aircraft
    Wichita Business Journal
    For the year, Piper Aircraft Co. said in a news release that it has seen deliveries increase 9 percent — from 116 to 127 — when compared with the first nine months of 2012. While Cessna Aircraft Co. is still a market leader in terms of volume, its deliveries of its single-engine and turboprop aircraft are heading in the opposite direction as Piper's.
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    Snowbirds to keep flying, future training being studied
    Regina Leader-Post
    The air force plans to keep the Snowbirds' Tutor jets flying while it figures out how to train pilots in the future, Canada's top general says. General Tom Lawson, chief of the defence staff, said replacing the team's CT-114A jets, which were delivered in the mid-1960s as trainers, is tied to how the air force will train pilots in the future.
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    Government of Canada invests in safety at regional airport
    Aviation.ca
    Bob Zimmer, member of parliament for Prince George — Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced $297,952 in funding for two safety improvement projects at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport. The Northern Rockies Regional Airport is receiving through the Airports Capital Assistance Program $258,500 for the replacement of a runway sweeper and $39,452 for a runway condition reporting system.
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    Computers vs. people: The next step in airport security
    By Ryan Clark
    On the morning of Nov. 1, Paul Ciancia was driven to Los Angeles International Airport where he allegedly shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded two others before he was wounded and arrested. The incident underscores the continued anxiety and worry surrounding airport security. Airport travel has become an experience that includes random and intrusive bag checks, X-ray screenings and the oppressive sight of long, winding and time-consuming lines. With this in mind, companies have begun looking for ways to simplify the hassle. Introducing Qylatron: a honeycomb-shaped self-service screening system that will either make a lot of peoples' lives easier or open a Pandora's box with terrible implications.
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    2014 World Assembly — Save the dates
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    The 27th IAOPA World Assembly will be hosted by AOPA-China from Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014; through Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, near Beijing. Our Chinese hosts are planning a number of events that will make next year's...

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    A trip back through Canada's aviation history
    The Canadian Press via The StarPhoenix
    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...

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    The Flying Circus: Unlikely prospects
    By Garth Wallace
    A new feature begins with this issue as COPA eFlight presents the first of weekly chapters from "The Flying Circus," a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school...

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    Cessna Citation X closer to reclaiming speed crown
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    The odds of Cessna reclaiming its spot as the maker of the fastest civilian airplane just grew stronger. While Gulfstream one-upped the Wichita, Kan., company when its Mach 0.925 G650 business jet was brought to market, Cessna announced that it has proven the promised performance capabilities of the Citation X speedster to the FAA.
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    Astronaut Chris Hadfield shares life lessons learned in space
    NBC News
    During his grueling jet training to become a fighter pilot for the Canadian military, astronaut Chris Hadfield would drive the roads of Saskatchewan to familiarize himself with the landscape that he'd be flying over during critical tests — tests Hadfield knew might make or break his shot at becoming an astronaut, even though Canada didn't have a space program at the time.
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    Eurocopter Canada orders AS350 B3E for Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd.
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    Yellowhead Helicopters AS350 B3e will be based in Valemount, B.C., one of many bases situated in Alberta and British Columbia. The aircraft will be delivered in December and will be used for heliski Operations at the Mike Wiegele world class Heli-sking destination for helicopter skiing, located in Blue River, B.C.
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