COPA eFlight
Apr. 9, 2015

Pilots face unique risks landing on northern British Columbia airstrips
The Globe and Mail
The weather was deteriorating rapidly on the morning of March 17 as the pilots of a Northern Thunderbird Air flight searched for Runway 19 in Blue River, British Columbia. In the dull light and falling snow, they finally made out the 5,000-foot stretch of pavement a minute before landing, descending at 300 kilometres per hour. The underused runway hadn't been plowed since the previous evening and snow dusted the surface, hiding patches of ice.More

AIG, the Magnes Group hosting live webinar on UAVs
COPA's VIP Aviation Insurance underwriter AIG Canada are inviting COPA members, non-members and all pilots to join a live webinar on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and what pilots should expect.

The webinar will be held on April 24 at 1 p.m., Eastern. For full details click here. More

IAOPA participates in ICAO RPAS Conference
IAOPA Secretary General Craig Spence and ICAO representative Frank Hofmann attended an ICAO sponsored Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium to reinforce that the safe integration of RPAS is paramount and that the needs of general aviation operators must be part of any plan moving forward.More

Take flight with COPA
Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a five-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

Update on CARAC focus group regarding NPA
By W.T. (Tim) Cole, COPA director for BC and Yukon
On March 31 and April 1, the Civil Aviation Regulatory Advisory Council (CARAC) convened a focus group to discuss the Notice of Proposed Amendment; (NPA) to the Canadian Aviation Regulations relating to Responsible Aerodrome Development.

Nav Canada, COPA and most of the other major aviation associations in Canada were in attendance. COPA had two representatives at the table: Dan Cornell (a COPA member and owner of an amphibious C185); and myself. Dan was COPA's legal counsel for more than 20 years and represented COPA in the Supreme Court of Canada, that resulted in the 2010 decision that confirmed issues relating to airports and aerodromes are under federal jurisdiction. More

Float plane makes emergency landing near Tsawwassen ferry terminal after pilot medical concern
CBC News
A Harbour Air float plane was forced to make an emergency landing near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal after the pilot had a medical emergency. "It landed because the pilot suffered some kind of physiological situation, and elected to land rather than continue on to destination and conducted a safe landing," ​said Cpt. Stu Robertson of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. More

Oldest active pilot enters Guinness World Records
A new world record was created when a 95-year-old pilot took to the skies and in the process, became the oldest living pilot who still flies a plane. Meet Peter Weber Jr. — the nonagenarian who flew a small plane for about 20 minutes a few days ago and set the new record. During the event that was attended by several media outlets, Peter made three loops around a small airfield — much to the delight of his friends and family. According to the Sacramento Bee, the the flight Peter Weber Jr. made qualifies him to be the world's oldest active pilot.More

Canadian Air Racing Team
By Mark McIntyre, Temper Tantrum Racing
According to author Mark McIntyre: I am an AME, pilot and a member of COPA Flight 193 in Saint John, New Brunswick. I have started a new project that I need a bit of help on so I thought I would reach out to other COPA members across Canada. More

Climb considerations
According to author Dave Higdon: Long ago, an instructor explained to me that knowing the various options for using the airplane, the different ways to make it do what's needed, and the savvy to use those different models as appropriate; differentiated aviating from rote piloting. In the case of using climb abilities to your benefit, the best preparation begins with knowing and understanding all available options, knowing the plane and practice. How we chose to perform our climbs should be tailored specifically to the time of day, the weather, the surrounding terrain and/or the traffic. More

'Turbo the Flying Dog' to teach children about airplanes in 2nd book
The Pixie Pilot
Turbo, star of the children's book "Turbo the Flying Dog," is back in the sequel, Turbo Learns to Fly, scheduled for release May 9, 2015. "Turbo Learns to Fly," the second book in the series for children ages 4 to 8, follows Turbo's story as he takes his first flight lesson, and makes a new friend in his female flight instructor, Olive. The series is inspired by the real-life rescue dogs of authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Zajko and focuses on rescue and aviation themes.More

Producer: Harrison Ford 'recovering remarkably' after plane crash
Fort Saskatchewan Record
Harrison Ford is on the road to recovery, according to famed producer Frank Marshall, who spoke to Variety at the New York premiere of his latest project "Sinatra: All or Nothing at All." Marshall reported that his "Indiana Jones" colleague and close friend has left the UCLA Medical Center and is now recuperating from the March 5 plane crash. "Harrison is at home (in Los Angeles) and he's up and about," Marshall said. "I talked to him [recently] and he's doing really well. He's pretty banged up, but he's recovering remarkably. He wants to play tennis." More

What's causing a constant roughness in my engine?
General Aviation News
According to author Paul McBride: Aging aircraft are notorious for having cockpit instrumentation that can be inaccurate. So, my question to you is have you had your tachometer calibrated recently? We may have a condition here where the tach is reading a couple hundred rpm low which, in turn, means the engine is drawing more horsepower and not getting the proper amount of fuel to support that extra power. If your carburetor has a flow setting to support 250 hp at 2,575 rpm and your engine is actually turning 2,650 or 2,700, which is not indicated on your tach, the engine is not getting the proper amount of fuel to support the horsepower being taken out of the engine.More

We Fly: Piper Meridian M500
Piper recently announced the latest iteration of its Meridian turboprop single, which it now calls the M500. I'll admit up front that my initial reaction upon hearing the news was this: Whenever a company makes a name change to a product and that new name includes a number — in this case, the number 500 — I have to wonder what number is about to come next. OK, end of speculation.More