COPA eFlight
Apr. 10, 2014

Canada's work toward 100LL replacement solution
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
I have been active for several years, both in public and behind the scenes, attending industry forums and encouraging our government to take an active role in finding an alternative to 100LL fuel. I am pleased to report that Canada has stepped up to the plate and is getting involved. Here is an update on the future of avgas in Canada. More

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 2014 inductees
You are invited to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 41st Induction Ceremony and Dinner on May 29 at the WestJet Campus in Calgary, Alberta.More

The Flying Circus: Eavesdropping
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

ICAO calls meeting about tracking flights
The Montreal Gazette
The International Civil Aviation Organization has convened a special meeting in Montreal, Quebec, about tracking flights like Malaysia Airlines 370, which disappeared a month ago. The meeting will "try and increase current momentum on deliberations over the specific aircraft and satellite-based capabilities needed to permit global implementation of worldwide flight tracking."More

Increase in runway 'incursions' a concern for Canadian air authorities
Ottawa Citizen
The pilot of a single-engine Cessna airplane preparing to depart the Ottawa airport two years ago was instructed to taxi to runway 32 and "hold short" while two arriving aircraft landed on the same runway first. Instead, as a tower controller watched in disbelief, the Cessna inexplicably entered the active runway without authorization. The inbound planes were ordered to overshoot their approaches and make routine "go-rounds." More

British Columbia's aviation industry gets a lift from the province
Victoria News
British Columbia's aviation industry wants to tap into a booming global market and the province is putting up $5 million to help them take off. Under the wing of a Twin Otter aircraft built by Viking Air in Sidney, Finance Minster Mike de Jong announced his government's investment of $1 million this year — the first payment in a commitment of $5 million over five years to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's Pacific Division. More

The little picture: How weather cameras impact flight safety
By Mark Huber
Within the next few weeks, the FAA is expected to make a decision on whether to install aviation weather cameras throughout strategic locations in Hawaii. The Pacific island state has a microclimate that is highly changeable and localized and where unforecast weather has contributed to numerous fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents for decades. It's a good idea. The FAA installed weather cams in Alaska in 1999, and the National Transportation Safety Board credits them with contributing to a 53 percent reduction in weather-related aviation accidents between 2008 and 2011. More

'Girls Fly Too' event was largest of its kind in North America
Langley Times
The "Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too" event — held at Langley Regional Airport in British Columbia — has made history as the largest event of its kind in the world. The event drew more than 6,000 people to the airport to celebrate women in aviation. A total of 1,310 girls and women of all ages experienced the magic of their first flight in a small aircraft. Five helicopters and five small planes from the Fraser Blues Formation Demonstration Team provided the introductory flight experience free of charge. More

King Schools release free eBook, launch online pilot community
King Schools announced a pair of initiatives aimed at increasing the pilot population and enhancing the sense of community among those within it. The company introduced a free eBook, "So You Want to Learn to Fly," that covers all aspects of attaining a pilot's license, written in a fun and easy-to-read style. The company also introduced a new online community intended as a virtual gathering spot for pilots and aspiring aviators.More

OpenAirplane expands network to aircraft owners
Ever wished you could rent your airplane to strangers? OpenAirplane, the creator of a Zipcar-style aircraft rental network, announced a new service called Collaborative Aircraft Rental that aims to let aircraft owners rent their personal airplanes to qualified OpenAirplane members. The idea is to broaden the OpenAirplane network of available aircraft while allowing owners to bring in revenue from their otherwise idle airplanes.More

New safety video — Base to final turn
Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous. Here is a link to the new video on Takeoffs and Landings. These Safety Videos are brought to you by the...More

COPA responds to biased CBC report on ELTs
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
Members are reacting to a CBC report by Evan Solomon on what he perceives is a need for mandating 406 ELTs. The article is biased in the extreme and does not present all of the facts. More

Famous pilot speaks about Malaysian plane
The Malaysia Airlines mystery over the Indian Ocean has famous pilot Jeff Skiles drawing comparisons to the miracle on New York's Hudson River in 2009. Skiles — the co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 — whose...More

French village honours Saskatchewan bomber pilot
The StarPhoenix
East Yorkshire Bomber pilot William Hughes and his crew took off from a British coastal airstrip and headed for a Nazi-controlled rail yard northeast of Paris. Hughes, born and raised in Vonda, Saskatchewan, was flying his 10th bombing mission, some of which included forays deep into Germany. Hughes and his men knew all along that bomber duty was the most dangerous job in the military, with one-third of the air crews dead and many more captured or wounded by war's end. More

Cessna 182 JT-A certification 'imminent'
Despite experiencing two in-flight engine failures during the months-long test program, Cessna says all development issues related to the Safran SMA diesel engine in the 182 JT-A have been resolved and certification is "weeks away." The 182 JT-A test airplane with the new jet-A-burning SMA compression-ignition engine suffered an emergency engine failure in August that was traced to a development issue related to the turbocharger.More