COPA eFlight
Mar. 20, 2014

Requirement to report accidents, Transportation Safety Board processes are changing
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
On March 12, a completely revamped version of the Transportation Safety Board regulations was released into law. The purpose of this article is to explain what has changed now and what will change in July so that you are aware of your actions and rights in the event of an occurrence — an accident or incident. For a brief explanation of the changes and timings click "Read More."More

Ontario airport gets a $12.2 million facelift
Township of Algonquin Highlands
The Forestry and Fire Fighting divisions of Canada's Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will invest $12.2 million in a move of their headquarters to Haliburton/Stanhope Airport. As well as constructing a new building, they will be moving two helicopters and two Twin Otters — which have already been based out of Stanhope for the last 12 years. More

The Flying Circus: Ving on top
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

More squeaky wheels
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
I wrote an article in 2007 highlighting a new source of funding for airport infrastructure, the Building Canada Plan. Some readers took action and I was pleased to see that some airports received infrastructure funding from the fund to make improvements. I am pleased to report that as part of an expansion of this infrastructure program, now referred to as the "New Building Canada Plan," a significant additional source of funding is available for airports. In the previous plan, a certain amount of the Federal Gas Tax was available to communities to spend on certain projects. Now, local and regional airports are included.More

Glider program, cadets return to British Columbia
Comox Valley Record
Air cadets from across British Columbia, Canada, will glide above Comox, during a spring break gliding exercise. Flying operations are scheduled to take place at 19 Wing Comox. The exercise is designed to provide further practical gliding experience to air cadets, who have become Transport Canada licensed glider pilots through the Air Cadet Gliding Program.More

Wheels up for flight school
Cleburne Times-Review
Steve Breier, 52, has been a pilot since 1987. Breier has flown corporate jets and piloted DC-8s full of freight around the world. He can also handle helicopters. Now, the former Army aircraft mechanic and fellow pilot Rick Hazen have landed at Cleburne Regional Airport with a venture that combines their aviation expertise.More

Pi in the sky: The makings of an aerial feat
By Julie Bernhard
You didn't have to be a math geek to appreciate the recent happenings at SXSW. As part of a kickoff to everyone's favorite holiday — Pi Day (3/14) — five aircraft took the sky on Pi Day Eve in an attempt to spell out the infinite mathematical constant above the Austin, Texas, skyline. The skywriting was part of a public art project produced and executed by Los Angeles-based aerial advertiser, AirSign, and California artist, ISHKY. And the execution of this project was no simple equation.More

Scott Ernest will lead Textron's merged Cessna and Beechcraft division
The Wichita Eagle
Textron has closed its acquisition of Beechcraft Corp., and will merge Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation. Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker will remain distinct brands, Textron said. Scott Ernest, Cessna CEO, will lead the merged company, Textron Aviation.

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New TBM 900 features improved performance, comfort
Daher-Socata unveiled its latest upgrade for the TBM series, the TBM 900. Retaining the same Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D engine rated at 850 shaft horsepower, the new model has improved performance based on aerodynamic optimization of the airframe and the engine air intake configuration. It also comes with a new five-blade composite propeller and a redesigned spinner.More

Council votes to close Nova Scotia airport this year
By Gary Dunfield
The local municipal council voted to close the Waterville, Nova Scotia, airport at the end of September 2014. There is a fair amount of distress in the local aviation community as the nearest all-weather airport...More

A new approach to approaches
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
I hope that instrument rated pilots are investing some time in becoming familiar with the new format that is now rolling out across Canada, but I would like to emphasize the need to practice...More

Don't forget to renew your aviation booklet
Time flies! If you haven't already, it is time to look at the expiry date of your blue Transport Canada Aviation Document booklet. The first to expire were the ATPL and commercial pilots. Now private pilot, flight engineer and air...More

Here's why pilots can turn off a plane's communication systems
Business Insider
One of the more mysterious elements of the missing Malaysia plane story is the fact that someone on board shut down the 777's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. If the motive behind the plane's disappearance is indeed criminal, it begs the question: Why can these systems be turned off at all? The answer is simple — for safety reasons.More

Eclipse Aerospace delivers 1st 550
The first Eclipse 550 customer has left the Eclipse Aerospace factory in Albuquerque, N.M., as the manufacturer delivered the first modified version of the original very light jet, the Eclipse 500. The delivery was achieved less than two years after production restarted, but about six months later than the company had hoped when it achieved the full production certificate for the assembly facility almost exactly one year ago.More