COPA eFlight
Jan. 23, 2014

TC, NavCan conducting aeronautical study at CYPQ
At a recent meeting held at Peterborough, Ontario, it was revealed that Transport Canada and Nav Canada are conducting a service review in light of perceived increase in air traffic due to the arrival of the Seneca College operation at CYPQ. Based on recent aircraft movements at the former home of Seneca College in Toronto, 28,000 per year was a figure quoted during the meeting. There will be a notice coming out soon saying where Seneca College will have their training area and possibly transit routes to and from that area. This meeting was the information phase of the study.More

C.D. Howe Institute: How to lower the high cost of flying
Canada's airports and airlines are hobbled by federal government policies that send travelers' costs soaring, according to a report released by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Full Throttle: Reforming Canada's Aviation Policy," author Benjamin Dachis finds high fares are symptomatic of wider problems in the aviation industry that Ottawa should address with sweeping policy reforms. More

Probe launched after lasers flashed at 3 Vancouver-area aircraft
CTV News
Mounties are investigating after three aircraft flying over Metro Vancouver were targeted by blinding lasers including planes belonging to Air Canada and WestJet, and CTV's news helicopter, Chopper 9. RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said pilots are susceptible to immediate damage when powerful lasers shot from the ground hit pilots' vision. "Some of the lasers are so powerful that if you take a direct hit in the retina it will cause instant damage and it's irreparable," Kowalski said.More

The Flying Circus: Leanne
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.More

Fred Moore to be inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Delta Optimist
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame recently announced Tsawwassen, British Columbia's, Fred Moore would be one of its new inductees at a gala dinner and ceremony in Calgary later this year. Inductees are selected for their "contributions to Canada's development through their integral roles in the nation's aviation history." When asked for his reaction, Moore, 85, said he was grateful. He noted a good friend had nominated him a few years ago and just kept persisting.More

Blood in the sky: The growing trend of transfusing patients in the air
By Mark Huber
In December, the BC Ambulance Service in Canada became the latest in a growing number of HEMS operators worldwide to carry blood — packed red blood cells — on board its helicopters. Transfusing patients in the air is nothing new, but now the practice is spreading worldwide, albeit slowly. Numerous studies have shown O-negative — the universally accepted WD40 of the human circulatory system — oxygenates the organs and appears to provide greater patient benefit than just keeping the plumbing running with bags of saline. More

Alberta residents soar to new heights with flight school
Drayton Valley Western Review
According to author Lesley Allan: Is aviation something you've been interested in? If so the Drayton Valley Flying Club has just the thing for you as it prepares to bring flight school to Drayton Valley, Alberta. "We're just a group of people that are really passionate about aviation," shares flight club President Guy Christie.More

Study: Wind farms could endanger small aircraft
The Kansas City Star
Wind energy doesn't contribute to greenhouse gases or release pollutants into the air, but the growing popularity of turbine farms could be hazardous for small aircraft. That's the conclusion of a study done by the University of Kansas for the Kansas Department of Transportation. "These turbines can set up a circular vortex that can roll a plane if it gets in there," said Tom Mulinazzi, a KU professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering.More

New name for European aircraft manufacturer
By Adam Hunt
A number of European aerospace manufacturers changed their names on Jan. 2. These companies, all part of EADS, now have easier names to remember, but it does mean some aircraft types will have new names. More

Who will ultimately determine the fate of aerodromes?
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
When I took this job in 1996, the number one issue that occupied my time was aerodromes, from the right to have an aerodrome on your property to ensuring...More

Cessna survives midair collision with geese
It was a terrifying plane ride for two Illinois men after a goose strikes their small plane after takeoff, and the entire incident was captured on video. It was just a small bird weighing no more than a couple pounds...More

Beechcraft-Cessna combo a win-win for 2 icons and BizAv
The business aviation segments slammed the hardest in the financial crisis of 2008-2009 have been slow to recover. Except for higher-end models, such as the Gulfstream G650, the outlook for the sector as a whole still looks sluggish. Encouraging developments have been few and far between, but Textron Inc.'s proposed purchase of Beechcraft certainly qualifies on several levels.More

Pilot recreates historic 8,000-mile solo flight in a 1940s plane
Daily Mail
An intrepid pilot almost became hypothermic during an 8,000-mile solo flight in a 1940s biplane. The severe European winter weather proved a challenge for Tracey Curtis-Taylor during her eight-week adventure from Cape Town, South Africa, to Goodwood, U.K. Curtis-Taylor, 51, finally realized her dream of recreating the pioneering 1928 flight of Lady Mary Heath who made history by becoming the first person to fly alone across Africa.More