COPA eFlight
Mar. 13, 2013

Minister Lebel's response on Mascouche, National Airports Policy

By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO

After reading my letter to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and then read Minister Lebel's response, you will see it is clear that the federal government does not see the need for a National Airports Policy review that would address the decline of General Aviation in Montreal and elsewhere. Despite the disappearance of reliever airports in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and elsewhere, the minister is confident that local governments will make decisions that will protect the system of reliever airports. I believe that most local government never consider this as part of their mandate when making decisions about the future of their airports but Minister Lebel believes otherwise and is content to watch reliever airports in our major cities disappear. It remains to be seen at what point he may perhaps develop policy and programs to address the current trend. As we all know, once airports disappear it is very difficult to create new ones.

LETTER TO MINISTER (please link to pdf)

MINISTER'S RESPONSE (please link to pdf) More

Webinar Workshop on CAP and RCAP updates

In 2011, Nav Canada's Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) undertook an initiative to modernize the format of the Canada Air Pilot (CAP) and Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP) publications.

Throughout 2011 and 2012, a significant amount of consultation was performed to communicate and generate feedback on the proposed improvements. Feedback generated from these communication sessions were internally reviewed, with modifications being made where appropriate.

As such, Nav Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace, has developed detailed webinar workshop to help you understand upcoming changes. More

Tiny wings over the Canadian Arctic

In continuation of our 2012 Alaskan adventure, this upcoming June we plan to meet in Dawson City, YT and fly east to Norman Wells, NT before travelling up to the Beaufort Sea (Arctic Ocean), to remote destinations such as Kugluktuk, NU, Cambridge Bay, NU (Victoria Island), and Gjoa Haven, NU (King William Island). We will then turn south to Baker Laker, NU and along the western side of Hudson's Bay to Rankin Inlet, NU, Churchill, MB and finally via Moosonee, ON to Timmins, ON.

Two Cessna aircraft (C-172, C-177) are committed thus far and we are inviting any other COPA members with the time and inclination to consider joining our small group adventure. This is a collegial undertaking and as such there will be no registration fees or other costs of participation beyond your own personal expenses.

The proposed itinerary takes us about as far north as one can reliably go in a piston-single (without carrying ferry-tanks that is!), and is definitely not for the faint of heart. We would suggest a minimum of 300hrs PIC as well as significant cross-country flying experience are mandatory. Also, an aircraft range of at least 500NM is essential. Approximate dates would include meeting up in Dawson City, YT on June 8th and arriving in Timmins, ON between June 17th and 20th.

If you are interested in participating please contact Jonathan: More

COPA: Critical Illness Coverage

Puhl Employee Benefits is now pleased to introduce 'guaranteed issue' Critical Illness Coverage available to all COPA members!

With Critical Illness Insurance, you receive a tax-free benefit if you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness and survive for at least 30 days. You can use this amount to cover your living expenses or to manage additional expenses that may be incurred as a result of an illness. By reducing your financial obligations, you can shift your focus to the most important thing: your recovery. Our critical illness solution is a comprehensive stand-alone living benefits that offers an extensive list of features not widely available in the industry.

Upon enrollment, each member will have access to a guaranteed $50,000 benefit: as well each member's spouse will have access to $25,000 in coverage. This guarantee means that you cannot be denied coverage due to any kind of medical or family history. Our enhanced protection covers the following 25 illnesses:More

Nav Canada reviewing service
Nav Canada is in the process of rationalizing the system, trimming wherever possible to save money. As can be expected, GA will be impacted as holes are created in the system. COPA asks you to periodically check the links shown below for announcements of studies and to either comment or contact local pilots and groups that you know of to make them aware of the intention to change the level of service. Keep an eye on NavCan's website or\Newsroom\ServiceProjectAnnouncements\default.xml More

406 MHz ELTs continue to demonstrate deficiencies
By Kevin Psutka, COPA President and CEO

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) issued its investigation report on March 20, 2013 into a 2011 accident involving a Cessna 208B Caravan. Despite having one of the newest Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) on board, long promoted by Transport Canada and the Department of National Defence, the ELT failed to alert the authorities or assist in the location of the wreckage. Instead, a tracking device on board the aircraft (in the words of the TSB) "was instrumental in locating the accident site. This reduced the search time, and allowed for timely rescue of the seriously injured survivors." More

Door opened to extending Airport Trail tunnel link
Calgary Herald
If the Calgary Airport Authority doesn't ease a rule limiting the usefulness of the airport tunnel once it's open, executives will feel their customers’ rage, an alderman warned. Airport CEO Garth Atkinson gave council a shred of hope he may soften the demand that Airport Trail — the tunnel roadway — dead-end at small 36th Street N.E. instead of extending to Metis Trail and the ring road. More

Air-control cutbacks put onus on pilots
Winnipeg Free Press
The planned shutdown of up to 238 air-traffic control towers across the United States under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic, and all pilots are trained to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency. But airport directors and pilots say there is little doubt the removal of that second pair of eyes on the ground increases risk and will slow the progress that has made the U.S. air system the safest in the world.More

General aviation's economic fuel offsets tax breaks
Not long ago, President Barack Obama's press secretary mentioned that the president wants to eliminate “"subsidies to corporate jet owners." It's a politically popular line in tough economic times. But it's wrong.More

Niagara Helicopters flies to the rescue
St. Catharines Standard
Niagara Helicopters might be in the tourism business, but they have proven to be life savers for anyone who needs to be rescued after going over Niagara Falls or getting stuck in the Niagara Gorge. On numerous rescue operations, they have provided an essential service that has made the difference between life and death. More

Royal Australian Air Force F111 finds home at SA Aviation Museum
Herald Sun
THE SA Aviation Museum has become the first in Australia to take delivery of a F-111 jet bomber. The retired jet, which can reach speeds up to 2.5 times the speed of sound, arrived at the Port Adelaide museum recentlyMore

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.More

COPA Fly-in and AGM: It's not too late to register!
You can still register for the Canadian flying event of the year – COPA 2013 Fly-In and AGM at Dawson Creek, B.C., held from June 21-23. If you haven't seen the Peace River country, this June gives you the opportunity to explore the scenery, activities and events of this northwestern area of Canada.More

Construction underway on Pearson airport rail line
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Glen Murray was at Pearson International Airport recently to announce that construction is set to begin on the Union Pearson Express station. A new rail connection will branch off from the GO Kitchener Rail Corridor and travel three kilometres to the airport. More

Airport safety equipment gets a home
Kamloops News
The Kamloops airport had already received more than $1 million from the federal Airport Capital Assistance Program to buy a new firefighting truck and snowplow/de-icing truck. But there was nowhere to park them.More

In China, BAIC bites into general aviation sector
Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC Group) will soon start development and manufacturing of general aviation aircraft, Xu Heyi, chairman of the BAIC Group and a Beijing delegate, said during the ongoing session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). More

Indianapolis knocks Ottawa Airport out of top spot for customer satisfaction
Ottawa Citizen
Indianapolis airport took off with the first-place honours in the 2012 Airport Service Quality Awards, snagging it back from Ottawa. For the past three years, the two rivals have traded the first and second place spots for the Best Airport in North America designation. It was unclear how Indianapolis beat Ottawa but it was a close race said Ottawa International Airport Authority's vice-president of communications, Krista Kealey.More