COPA eFlight
Feb. 27, 2014

Canadian government marks 6th annual National Aviation Day
Government of Canada
Feb. 23, 2014, was the sixth annual National Aviation Day in Canada. To celebrate the occasion the Government of Canada is pleased to launch the call for applications for the Federal Student Work Experience Program — Transport Canada Civil Aviation Internship Program; and to announce an exciting new aviation photo contest. The internship program is a paid, two-month summer work term at Transport Canada headquarters in Ottawa. It is open to students interested in aviation, who are currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12, Secondary V or the first year of CEGEP.More

The skies set to turn pink during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
During Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 3-9, 2014, an estimated 30,000 girls and women will be welcomed at air and space facilities located on four continents. Thanks to numerous hands-on interactive activities organized by aviation enthusiasts and professionals, they will learn that this exciting and rewarding industry is eager to include them. The week of awareness encourages girls and women to explore the aviation industry.More

International Female Pilot Association to celebrate women in aviation
The Ninety-Nines
The First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines — the International Female Pilot Association — and Enterprise Airlines are celebrating the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week by holding an event at the Oshawa Airport on March 8, 2014.

Girls and women are invited to experience aviation:

Pre-registration is required at More

The Flying Circus: Lesson 2 from Melville
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

New COPA safety video on takeoffs and landings ready for viewing
Stabilized approaches: A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground. Click here to watch video:
These Safety Videos are brought to you by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the COPA Flight Safety Foundation with production support from the AOPA Foundation. More

Yingling Aviation continues to expand services
Yingling Aviation has been selected to convert a Beechcraft King Air B200 from a standard executive interior to a critical-care medical configuration. Jerry Pickett, Yingling's vice president of customer programs, said that medevac operator EagleMed will continue to fly both C90s and B200s in its mix and is not replacing all aircraft. The operator flies the King Air 90s in a single-bed configuration; the King Air 200s will have a two-bed configuration. "This latest project highlights the expanding services we offer at our facility," Pickett said.More

Balancing risk and reward for responders
By Mark Huber
If you are at Heli-Expo Feb. 25-27, check out Paul Ratté's safety presentation. Ratté is the resident safety guru — aka "director of aviation safety programs" — for aircraft insurer USAIG. He is also a helicopter pilot and was the former commanding officer at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City during his 26-year USCG career. I won't spoil the fun with all the specifics here, but I did catch up with Ratté recently between blizzards for a lively discussion about striking a balance between risk and reward on HEMS missions.More

Premier launches diesel Cessna 172 upgrade program
Flying Magazine
Premier Aircraft Sales has launched an upgrade program for the Cessna Skyhawk that adds a new Continental/Centurion 2.0 diesel engine to the airplane to go along with fresh paint, new interior and modern glass avionics. The first airplane upgraded under the program is a 1997 Cessna 172R model with a sticker price of $289,500 — about $70,000 less than a brand new Skyhawk. More

World's '1st airport' largely unknown
An old wooden shack and rows of tilted fence posts: In a way, this deserted little patch of Midwestern dirt was the starting point for every airport in the world. On a cold winter's day I scan a snowy, lonely field north of Dayton, Ohio. Not sure exactly where I am, I wonder for a minute if I'm lost. A National Park Service sign makes it clear what I'm looking at: "The first airport. Exploring Huffman Prairie Flying Field." Wait. Back up. I don't think I knew about that.More

Government of Canada introduces changes to pilot licensing
Government of Canada
The Honourable Lisa Raitt announced amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, which will set the groundwork for the introduction of the Multi-crew Pilot Licence, extend...More

TSB cites pilot error in Canadian helicopter accident
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported that the crash of a Bell 206B last May, 75 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was caused by the pilot's failure to recognize that the aircraft...More

Fewer pilots navigating the friendly skies
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Bob Rynes of Spencerville, Ind., obtained his pilot's license in September, after spending about $10,000 in flight hours and related training. Rynes said reaching FAA standards may scare off some prospective fliers — and the...More

Gulfstream ships more than Cessna in business jet rebound
Gulfstream became the world's No. 2 maker of business jets by deliveries in 2013 as surging sales of its large executive jets outpaced Cessna's smaller lineup, an industry group said. Growing demand in the Middle East has driven the large jet boom, helping to offset a shrinking European market, said Steve Taylor, head of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in a webcast.More

Florida airport approach becomes emergency as bird strikes aircraft
Fort Myers News-Press
About 10 miles out from Page Field airport in Fort Myers, Fla., pilot Robert Weber had his 1986 Piper Saratoga on autopilot and was enjoying the calm afternoon flight. In an instant, the windshield shattered, feathers scattered, and something scraped across Weber forehead as his sunglasses tore from his face. "It was a total shock," Weber, president of Garden Street Iron & Metal in Fort Myers, said as he inspected his aircraft.More