COPA eFlight
Mar. 5, 2015

Search is on for new COPA president and CEO
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association is accepting applications for the position of president and CEO. COPA is a not-for-profit organization with over 17,000 members. For more information visit ( Interested individuals may apply in confidence at or forward their application via e-mail to Application deadline is March 26, 2015. More

Urgent action needed April 8 deadline!
Transport Canada has just sent a New Strict Proposed Regulation for all aerodromes. A consultation requirement with 27 x "onerous" Public Notification steps estimated by TC to cost, a new or existing aerodrome owner up to $60,000. More

AOPA Spain elects new director
The Board of AOPA Spain, appointed José Manuel Pérez de la Cruz as Director. José Manuel, as Director of AOPA Spain, will strengthen the presence of the association in Madrid, improve service to partners, and strengthen relations with the aeronautical institutions and public entities.

Given extensive experience in the field of General, Commercial and Executive Aviation, he will strengthen the name of AOPA Spain and increase its presence in these sectors in order to reinforce the partnership as a reference for the defense of the interests of the General Aviation and Aerial Work within Spain and the region. More

New CEO says aviation is in his blood
Regina Leader-Post
As a professional engineer, with an MBA and 20 years' experience as a senior executive in both private and public sectors, Richmond "Dick" Graham, the new president and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority, is well qualified for the job of running Regina International Airport. But Graham also has a distinguished aviation pedigree. In fact, he was named for a pioneer in Saskatchewan aviation history. "Eighty-five years ago, my great-grandfather, Richmond Mayson, started M&C Aviation in Saskatoon, with (Angus) Campbell, his friend," Graham told a news conference. More

Important message for all pilots
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA V-P of Operations
COPA needs all pilots to complete a Cross Border survey. Your opinion counts so we need strong participation. Last year I alerted members to the development of an additional procedure being developed by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for crossing the Canada/US border. The survey will provide statistical feedback to Canadian and US officials to find a solution that both addresses their goals and minimizes duplication. COPA is heavily involved in finding creative solutions to minimize the detrimental consequences that any additional requirements will have on our sector of aviation. Please take a few moments and complete the following survey:


Flying through life
Moose Jaw Times Herald
Al Seward held an old, thick book tight against his chest. The title, Pilot's Flying Log Book, was written in capital gold lettering. "It's a very special book. I really value it," said Seward, who lives at Providence Place. "When I die, this will be the record of my flying career. It's got everything in it." His first flight recorded in his logbook was on Oct. 3, 1941, at age 18 for air experience. That first flight was in a Tiger Moth bi-plane. More

Ice runways aren't as crazy as they sound
After several brutal months, most of America is ready to see winter's backside. But for aviation enthusiasts in New England, the longer and colder the season, the better. As long as the waters of Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire stay frozen, pilots can use the only FAA-certified, plowed ice runway in the continental U.S. Weather permitting, Alton Bay is used by about 50 seaplanes each month. But come the freeze, conventional aircraft come in droves. More

Jury award raises importance of aircraft maintenance, inspections
By Ryan Clark
A California jury recently found an airplane mechanic liable for the crashing death of a Napa physician, awarding the victim's family $13.3 million. This decision effectively flies in the face of a previous National Transportation Safety Board finding that initially blamed the tragedy on pilot error. The jury's decision once again raises the importance of regular aircraft maintenance and preemptive inspections.More

Solar-powered airplane prepares for groundbreaking around-the-world flight
When Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight at the turn of the 20th century, few people who weren't science fiction enthusiasts envisioned that their small craft was the precursor of a major mode of international transportation. So it's probably best not to scoff at Solar Impulse and Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane, the first solar airplane able to sustain flight at night with a pilot on board.More

How can fuel affect the aviation and marine industries?
By Ryan Clark
Nothing affects the transportation industry quite like fuel. Whether it's price, type or scarcity, the specter of gas always looms heavy over the industry of planes and boats. While states across the nation contemplate raising taxes on gas to pay for infrastructure repairs, airlines are experiencing higher-than-expected profits. It seems, now more than ever, low gas prices are helping alleviate pain at the pump, while also pushing economic and political movement forward. So why are so many in the transportation industry unhappy?More

First 3-D printed jet engine made in Australia
The world's first 3-D printed jet engine — a breakthrough for aerospace manufacturing and beyond — took the spotlight at the Avalon Airshow in Australia. Monash University in Melbourne and Amaero Engineering partnered to develop the engine to show how the technology can make a complex machine in a fraction of the time taken in traditional manufacturing. They garnered global attention from aerospace manufacturers, defense contractors and military entities visiting the expo, which is taking place in Geelong.More