COPA eFlight
Mar. 28, 2013

Airshows: Alive and well in Canada
By Eric Dumigan
The 2013 Canadian Airshow season will kick off June 1st at the Waterloo Airshow in Ontario. The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo will highlight the show. Additional performances will include aerobatic pilots Rick Volker, Gord Price and Kent Pietsch. The Snowbirds Demonstration Team along with the CF-18 Demonstration Team will also perform at many locations across Canada.More

The 20th Canadian Aviation Expo hosted by Waterloo Airshow
Combining the Canadian Aviation Expo and the Waterloo Airshow on June 1-2 will allow pilots and attendees to experience and visit exhibitors offering everything from flying lessons to kit planes and corporate jets. Add to this a spectacular air show featuring the popular and dynamic Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds plus many more exciting performances and aircraft.More

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Keep those checked bags checked when flying to United States
Pearson International Airport has made it a little easier for passengers catching connecting flights to the United States. Those arriving on a flight at Pearson's Terminal 1 then connecting to a second flight into the United States no longer need to collect their checked baggage before boarding the second flight. Checked bags will be directed to the connecting flight. More

Transport Canada assessing YXJ security options
The North Peace Regional Airport may see changes to its security protocol, after an assessment by Transport Canada. The government body says it is currently in discussions to determine what the effects of introducing "risk-based screening" to the Fort St. John area airport may be. More

Giant pandas land in Toronto, get airport greeting from PM
CBC News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper greeted a pair of giant pandas at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, marking the start of their much-anticipated 10-year stay in Canada. Er Shun, a five-year-old female and Da Mao, a four-year-old male, arrived in Toronto from China aboard a FedEx flight. More

Complex and beautiful photos of airports give a new perspective
Yahoo! News
We don't usually think of airports as places of great beauty. They are mostly a place holding travelers, so it's not often that we take time to appreciate the complex design and efficiency of these commuter hubs. Artist Jeffrey Milstein wants to change that view. Milstein is an aircraft enthusiast and artist who had previously gained fame for his photos of the bellies of airplanes. More

Comox airport seeks end to height limits
Nanaimo Daily News
The Comox Valley Airport Commission wants the Ministry of National Defence to clear the air regarding height restrictions that have caused flight cancellations and diversions at the Comox Valley Airport. CEO Fred Bigelow has submitted a letter to minister Peter MacKay urging his office to resolve this issue involving several trees that exceed the height permitted by Transport Canada located on four properties near the runway, whose owners are objecting to their removal. More

Second World War Wooden Wonder flies again
Calgary Herald
When the world's last airworthy Mosquito fighter-bomber crashed at a British air show in 1996, the tragic deaths of the two men on board the Second World War-era plane were compounded by the heartbreaking loss to global aviation heritage. "It's a shame," one Canadian vintage-aircraft expert said at the time. "There may never be another one in the air." More

Model airplane enthusiasts worry about drone bill
Albany Democrat Herald
Model airplane enthusiasts from around Oregon — some with their planes in tow— showed up at a legislative hearing to ask that any legislation passed to regulate drones not force them to give up their hobby. In its original form, Senate Bill 71 could have had this effect, but lawmakers have proposed an amendment that would exclude model airplanes from many of the bill's provisions. Still, hobbyists were worried.More

10 best air shows around the world
USA Today
You don't have to be an aviation enthusiast to appreciate the mid-air stunt shows that headline the world's biggest and best air shows. Dozens of such events take place each year around the globe, and we've scoped out the best of the bunch. More

406 MHz ELTs continue to demonstrate deficiencies
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. More

Bombardier CSeries will miss Paris Air Show
The Gazette
Bombardier will forgo displaying its CSeries at the Paris Air Show in June in order to finish testing before the jetliner's first flight the same month, Chief Executive Officer Pierre Beaudoin said. The world's third-largest plane maker reiterated its commitment to that timetable in a presentation to investors recently in New York. The goal is already six months later than Bombardier originally planned, a delay the company attributed to unspecified issues with suppliers. More