COPA eFlight
Mar. 7, 2013

Women of Aviation week is on now
There are 23 events to be held across Canada! Several events have already been posted on the website:

It’s not too late to get involved! More

Celebrating Canadian Women Pilots
On Sunday, March 10, the last day of International Women of Aviation Week the First Canadian Chapter of the 99's invites women and girls and their guests to the unveiling of its new display celebrating Canadian Women Pilots at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope (Hamilton Airport). More

Gliders look to Banff park as ban lifted
CBC News
Gliding sports are closer to getting off the ground in Banff National Park. Recent changes to Parks Canada rules will allow paragliders and hang-gliders, who can already glide over the park, to legally land inside national park boundaries.More

Girls encouraged to soar through skies
Langley Advance
Women make up about six per cent of all Canadians with pilot's licences and a group of B.C. flyers is hoping to spark interest in aviation for girls. The B.C. Coast chapter of Ninety-nines International Organization of Women Pilots is inviting everyone to the Langley Regional Airport for a special event to close out Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 4-10).More

Snowbirds back for Airdrie Air Show
Airdie Echo
The thunderous roar of formation-flying jets screaming across the Airdrie sky will officially return this summer. The Canadian Forces' Snowbirds, a nine-plane demonstration team, will mark their third appearance at the Airdrie Regional Air Show on July 13 and 14.More

Premier reassures northerners over medevac services
CBC News
Premier Alison Redford is reassuriing northern Alberta residents that air ambulance service will not deteriorate when Medevac services are moved to the Edmonton International Airport from the City Centre airport next week. More

Women fly free
The Manitoban
The St. Andrews airport is hosting an event by the International Ninety-Nines on Mar. 9, where women fly free, in both airplanes and helicopters, to celebrate the International Women of Aviation Week. The event aims to bring awareness of the aviation industry to females, who currently comprise only six per cent of the industry. It is expected to yield over 500 women and introduce them to potential career opportunities.More

Wind turbines in Collingwood will create perfect storm
Toronto Sun
Talk about a wing and a prayer. As if the soaring cost of wind energy weren't enough, a plan to put 152-metre (500-feet) tall wind turbines next to Collingwood Regional Airport is just plain dumb. Pilots and community members are up in arms, fearing the turbines will not only pose a safety hazard to planes, they'll limit the growth of the airport and hurt the region's economy — just as tourism is growing. heir MPP says the massive towers — as high as the TD Centre — will intrude on airspace. Worse, they’ll be painted white. Hello? Is anyone thinking? Collingwood is in the snowbelt. Pilots landing in poor visibility will have difficulty seeing the turbines. More

The plane truth about diesel fuel
The Globe and Mail
If you're a doubter who still believe that diesels may be okay for trucks and buses but not for cars, how do you feel about diesel-powered aircraft? Cessna has announced it’s dropping the turbocharged gasoline piston engine from its popular 182 Skylane and replacing it with a four-cylinder diesel. Cessna says the diesel, from the French company SMA, is 42 per cent more fuel-efficient than the gasoline engine, more reliable and quieter, too. More

Changes to Remote Communications Outlets (RCO) in Southern Ontario
Normally, COPA does not announce changes of this sort because members should be making it a regular habit of checking the Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs) and Service Project Announcements instead of relying on COPA to do that job for them. However, these changes on March 7, affect a large concentration of our members and they present an opportunity to re-emphasize the need to periodically check these important sources of informationMore

Chorus Aviation says profit drops 35 per cent in fourth quarter, revenues grow
Times Colonist
Chorus Aviation profits dropped 35 per cent in the fourth quarter as the airline was affected by higher aircraft maintenance expenses and foreign exchange losses. The airline formerly known as Jazz said that profits were $14.7 million, a decrease from $22.7 million a year earlier.More

Langley man sentenced for pointing a laser at RCMP helicopter
Global News
A Langley man has been sentenced for pointing a laser at an RCMP helicopter in April of 2011. Thirty-year-old Alexander Schiller has been given a five-month conditional sentence that includes a ban on possessing lasers. More

1,200 attend funerals for Waskada plane crash victims
CBC News
The village of Waskada, MB, went from 200 people to 1,200 as funerals were held for a father and three young boys killed in a plane crash. Darren Spence, 37, his two sons, Logan, 9, and Gage, 10, and their friend Dawson Pentecost, 9, were killed in the crash on Feb. 10. The six-seat Cessna piloted by Spence crashed in a farm field near Waskada, shortly after takeoff.More

Air transportation lifts off for Fogo Island
CBC News
Ferry service may still be a no-go for Fogo Island, but at least air transportation has resumed. The island had been isolated recently by heavy ice and dense fog with no sea or air transportation able to get people on or off the island.More

Walter Peters was an aviation pioneer
The Chronicle Herald
Walter Peters a retired military officer from Annapolis County who Ottawa says was Canada's first black jet fighter pilot and who was involved in the development of the iconic Snowbirds, has died. He was 76. Peters died Sunday in Ottawa, a relative in Halifax said. Juanita Peters said he died in hospital of complications from a stroke.More