COPA eFlight
Jan. 16, 2014

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 that a system of airports serving GA remains and that our sector continues to have access to larger airports with minimal fees and restrictions.

After all these years, with new issues being introduced such as privatization of the air navigation system and the security aftermath of 9/11, aerodromes remains the number one issue facing COPA.

We are now entering into an entirely new phase that has potential to undo many years of work and progress.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. The biggest difference is that parent company, EADS, is now Airbus Group. Here is a summary of the changes.More

Private operator regulations not ready for prime time
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
Transport Canada's draft regulation CAR 604 is severely flawed in several areas, including capturing amateur-built turbojet powered aircraft such as the new Sub-Sonex aircraft, effectively prohibiting certain operations for our sector and discriminating against certain types of aircraft. Following a call for input on our website and the Jan. 2 edition of eFlight, we have finalized and submitted a letter, marked up version of the draft regulation and comments against the draft regulation.

COPA was not consulted as the draft regulation was developed. Transport Canada chose to ignore the consultation process and consequently there are significant issues that must now be resolved in order for the regulation to make sense. COPA worked closely with the CBAA in the development of our submission.More

Murphy Aircraft company is for sale
Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing Ltd. announced that the company is now being offered for sale, to someone who can take the company to the next stage of development. Darryl Murphy — company founder and president — said: "After 30 enjoyable years running Murphy Aircraft Mfg. Ltd., I am approaching retirement with the desire to spend more time with family and pursue other interests. To that end I find myself in the position of wanting to sell Murphy Aircraft Mfg. Ltd."More

The Flying Circus: Hired
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

IAOPA Europe — 2013 in review
The workload of IAOPA Europe continues to expand but I feel we are making some progress even if at times it feels glacial. The three main subjects for IAOPA in Europe are:

During 2013 IAOPA Europe was engaged in work developing a better framework for the regulation of GA in Europe. Under the leadership of DGAC France, a proposal was developed which was endorsed by the EASA Management Board as well as the EASA Committee. The output of this is referred to as the GA road map and it contains the principle and objectives surrounding proportionate rule making based on a risk based approach.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, but Keith Baird says he considers himself lucky to have survived after the goose collided with his plane a couple days after Christmas. More

Helicopter data is still lacking in GPS
By Michael P. Koval
The avionics market for helicopters continues to grow. GPS and the Wide Area Augmentation System are bringing copter approach procedures to heliports and airports around the world. Helicopter pilots and their passengers can safely fly published copter approaches and navigate airspace thanks to these technological advances. However, recent flights to heliports have uncovered an alarming amount of missing data. Copter pilots beware: FAA-approved and published copter data may not be available in your GPS. More

Pilot's training key to preventing serious accidents
Collin Fay is a pilot and flight instructor at the Colorado Flight Center in Grand Junction. As the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused a recent private jet in Aspen to go down, Fay cannot say what caused the deadly plane crash. What he will say is making sure a pilot is properly trained is the best safety measure anyone can take.More

NTSB issues 5 timely safety tips
The National Transportation Safety Board closed out the old year with a quintet of safety alerts covering issues it believes to be the top threats in general aviation operations based on recent accident history. The advisories...More

WWII pilot who flew through Eiffel Tower dies
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
William Overstreet Jr., the World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, has died. He was 92. Many have credited Overstreet's famous flight...More

Textron buys Beechcraft: What's next?
General aviation's most iconic brands are poised to become one after Cessna parent company Textron confirmed it is buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion. While the deal gives Beech a rock solid foundation for the future...More

Why does Amelia Earhart still resonate in the 21st Century?
The Huffington Post
When an acknowledged media star disappears off the face of the earth, public speculation will run wild. Jan. 11 is the 79th anniversary of the first solo flight from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, and Amelia Earhart was the pilot of that 1935 flight. Few people know of this aeronautical milestone but mention Earhart's name and most everyone perks up; yes, they know who she is and they probably have an opinion on how or why she disappeared on her 1937 round-the-world flight.More

Cessna bizjet receives FAA certification
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
Cessna Aircraft Co., a Textron Inc. company, began deliveries of the newly certified Citation Sovereign+ midsize business jet. The new Citation Sovereign+ — whose name now includes a "+" to more clearly differentiate it from its predecessor — brings increased range, updated technologies, and enhanced performance to the company's established Citation Sovereign business jet.More