COPA eFlight
Mar. 26, 2015

Aboriginal Affairs won't fund life-saving airstrip in Saskatchewan
CBC News
A Cree community in northern Saskatchewan without access to air ambulance service says people's lives have been lost or endangered while the federal and provincial governments squabble over jurisdiction. Six hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, on the southern shore of Reindeer Lake, the community of Southend is home to 1,000 people. It doesn't have an airstrip that can accommodate an air ambulance, and the nearest hospital and doctor are located in La Ronge, a two- to three-hour drive on a winding gravel road.More

Take flight with COPA
Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a 5-day trip for two to Whitehorse in the Yukon. All you have to do is refer a new or renewing member and for every renewal your name will be entered into a draw for the grand prize. More

Notice of Change
Ottawa Terminal Control Area
Ottawa, Ontario

Nav Canada, the country's provider of civil air navigation services, conducted an aeronautical study that reviewed the airspace structure and classification of the Ottawa Terminal Control Area (TCA).

The study recommends that due to the density and volume of combined IFR/VFR traffic as well as the number of conflicting trajectories within the TCA, the airspace will be re-classified from ‘D’ to ‘C’. Furthermore, the floors in some of the TCA’s sectors will be raised and the boundaries moved in order to decompress VFR traffic within and underlying the TCA.

These changes will take effect 30 April 2015 at 0901 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The appropriate aeronautical publications will be amended including the 5th Edition of the Ottawa VFR Terminal Area (VTA) chart available early May. Refer to the Ottawa TCA AIP Supplement until the VTA is available.

For further information please contact: Customer Service Nav Canada; Phone: 1-800-876-4693; Fax: 1-877-663-6656; Email: More

FlightSimCon set for June 13-14
Pilots and aviation enthusiasts of all levels are invited to attend FlightSimCon 2015, an annual aviation and flight simulation conference, held at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport — 15 minutes north of Hartford, Connecticut, USA — on June 13-14, 2015.

FlightSimCon is designed to show pilots and aviation enthusiasts the power of at-home desktop flight simulation. For pilots, at-home simulation offers the ability to participate in a realistic online training environment with other pilots and virtual air traffic controllers. It allows pilots to "think flying" between flights, improve radio work, and practice IFR procedures, all in a fun and safe environment. 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

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:


Low fuel prices buoy hopes at discount start-up Canada Jetlines
The Globe and Mail
David Solloway has seen airlines come and go in his 42 years in the industry. With jet-fuel prices tumbling since last summer, the Canada Jetlines Ltd. president believes the start-up company will be in the right place at the right time to launch a new airline this September. The idea is to create an ultra low-cost carrier, borrowing the no-frills concept from companies such as Ryanair in Europe and Spirit Airlines in the United States. More

Young Alberta man joining ranks of Royal Canadian Air Force
Sundre Round Up
While some people don't find their path until later in life, others know precisely what they want to do early on. Such is the case for Sundre, Alberta, resident Brandon Harvey, who shipped off for basic training on the road to becoming an aircraft mechanic for the Royal Canadian Air Force. "I'm definitely excited," said the 19-year-old, who graduated from Sundre High School last year. More

The dangers of overthinking
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: My wife's lovely voice pierced an almost-as-lovely evening flight. "What's that red light on the instrument panel?" She was pointing to the alternator fail red warning light. And now a fancy-free evening above central Virginia pine forests had just turned into "a situation." My wife is competent, cool under pressure. If she ever deigned to get her license, she'd make an excellent pilot. For the time being, she is content to be my First Officer. More

7 ways to make helicopter operations safer
By Mark Huber
The International Helicopter Safety Team is a volunteer organization that does excellent work analyzing safety data and making recommendations for best practices. It recently analyzed 500 accidents and released its latest list of seven initiatives that would make helicopter operations safer. The nation's largest helicopter EMS provider, Air Methods, already has implemented many of these.More

Solar Impulse claims 2 speed records in 1 flight
Solar Impulse has completed the fourth of 12 legs on its historic flight around the world using nothing but solar power. A carnival-like atmosphere with local dance performances greeted pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard as he approached the runway in Mandalay, Myanmar. Solar Impulse reached a peak altitude of 27,000 feet during the flight and a maximum speed of 216 km/hr — nearly 117 knots — thanks to the high altitude jet stream. More

NASA's electric airplane project moves forward
NASA engineers are now testing an airplane wing fitted with 18 electric motors, and they plan to replace the wings and engine of a Tecnam P2006T with an improved version of the system within the next two years. The project, called LEAPTech, for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, "is a key element of NASA's plan to help a significant portion of the aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade," according to a NASA news release. More