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Jan. 15, 2015

Your licence can be suspended for non-payment of fees to Transport Canada
For those who have not paid Transport Canada invoices for your medical renewals and other services provided by Transport Canada, be aware that they are pursuing measures to suspend a licence until such time as the account is in good standing and/or they will seek third party collection agencies to recoup the outstanding amounts. Go to this link to learn more:

New safety video on forced landings
Since not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, a little knowledge on what to do to survive in a remote location can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we'll discuss some items you should pack in your survival kit and what actions you can take to keep you and your passengers safe until help arrives.

This safety video is brought to you by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the COPA Flight Safety Foundation with production support from the AOPA Foundation. More

TSB of Canada to launch safety review of air taxis
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will begin an investigation this year into the safety of that country’s approximately 600 air-taxi operators to identify any systematic issues contributing to what the TSB considers that segment’s poor safety record. Air-taxi operations fall under Canadian Aviation Regulations 703 and include single- and multi-engine aircraft that have an mtow of 19,000 pounds or less and carry up to nine passenger seats. More

Pontiac Airpark project comes to a halt
By Adam Hunt
André Durocher, the driving force behind the Pontiac Airpark, recently announced that he has ended the project. The 550-acre residential fly-in community was slated to have included not only a large number of home lots, but also a clubhouse, two runways and a seaplane base on the Ottawa River. There is also an existing equestrian facility next door. "Unfortunately, after 12 years of great efforts, I only sold one lot, so I decided to close the project," Durocher said.More

Manufacturing anomalies led to helicopter engine power loss in Canada
PR Newswire via Aviation Pros
In its investigation report released recently, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada found that a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter operated by VIH Helicopters Ltd. suffered an engine power loss due to anomalies in engine components that were not detected by quality control during engine manufacture and assembly. On Aug. 4, 2013, a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter was carrying out forest fire suppression operations near Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada, using a water bucket on a long line.More

Let's call 'lasing' helicopters what it really is: Attempted murder
By Mark Huber
A growing overall trend among the criminal element is taking blindside pot shots of police, firefighters and EMS professionals — on the ground and in the air. In the case of the latter, it doesn't much matter if the weapon is a gun or a laser pointer — the results can be the same: loss of aircraft and loss of life. Yet the penalties, depending on the choice of weapon, can vary widely based on the prosecutors' interpretation of the law and whether state or federal laws are applied.More

Increased laser pointer incidents aimed at aircraft
CBC News
Distraction, glare and temporary blindness are just some of the consequences that can affect pilots if a laser is pointed at them while they are flying. That's why Transport Canada is concerned about a significant spike in the number of times that happens these days. Last year in British Columbia, Canada, there were 80 reported incidents of lasers being aimed at planes. More

Veteran pilot safely lands plane on its 'belly'
The Missourian
Veteran Lonedell pilot Allen Berkbiegler said a recent emergency landing at Sullivan Airport was "really no big deal," even though he had no rear gear to assist him. The 22-year pilot made a safe but hard landing and escaped uninjured. The plane also sustained only minor damage. "It was just like a hard landing, really no big deal," Berkbiegler told The Missourian shortly after the incident. "It ended up fine." More

Dreams of flying come true for boy from rural Minnesota
Daily Breeze
According to author Don Peyer: It's hard to believe that there was a time not too long ago when airplane travel was a dream before it became an adventure and then the commonplace event it is now. When a boy, I was fascinated by the clouds and sky. I would lie on the grass looking upward as the clouds drifted across the blue of what seemed to be a boundless sky. My first experience with flying occurred in the late 1930s when I was about 15 years old. More