COPA eFlight
Apr. 11, 2013

COPA AGM 2013 is just around the corner: June 21-23

Have you registered for COPA Fly-In and AGM?

Did you know that Aerotec Engines) is offering a cash prize for the aviator traveling the farthest distance to our event as evidenced by his/her pilot’s logbook?

You may get some competition from some Alaskan pilots but wouldn't it be great to get partially reimbursed for having the experience of a lifetime? More

Puppies on a plane: Pilot surprises kids with new puppy
Andriss Skulte volunteers with Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization that helps with animal rescues. Instead of flying around human passengers, he transports adorable adopted puppies to their new homes.More

International air show moves to Miramichi for 2013
The Journal Pioneer
After back-to-back successful years in Summerside, the Atlantic Canada International Air Show is moving on. "The show is evolving into a new business model where we're looking to establish a couple of different sites in the Maritimes where we will rotate around regularly," said Colin Stephenson, executive director of the Atlantic Canada International Air Show. "It was never the plan to go anywhere permanently because the markets we are pursuing are all small markets that really can't sustain an annual show. Personally, I don't think there's any way we can top last year's show in Summerside. It's pretty hard to follow that one up."More

Comox Valley Air Show hits some turbulence
Comox Valley Record
Takeoff might be delayed, but those involved in planning this year's Comox Air Show hope the remainder of planning will be greeted by clear skies. In a letter to Comox council, 19 Wing Commander Col. Jim Benninger explained the base is currently awaiting a tiered approval process and final decision by the Minister of National Defence (MND).More

Letter to the editor: Strong aviation safety
Ottawa Citizen
Re: Cuts a red flag for small air operators and Aircraft safety inspections in Canada, April 1.

The safety of Canadians is Transport Canada's top priority and our department is committed to maintaining Canada's very strong civil aviation safety record. Despite substantial increases in traffic, Canada boasts the lowest rate of accidents in the modern era. More

Access road to Calgary's airport closing for four months
Calgary Herald
Thirty-sixth Street N.E., an access road to Calgary International Airport, will be closed for four months as the city widens it. The city shut 36th between Country Hills Boulevard and 80th Avenue N.E. When it reopens, it will be a four-lane road.More

Watch F-18 pilot perform acrobatics with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Digital Journal
Watch an F-18 pilot demonstrate the acrobatic capabilities of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The pilot flies a Qatar Airways Dreamliner undergoing tests to correct some battery faults. The plane took off from the runway into the air at the Fanborough International Air Show in Hampshire, England, in July 2012.More

Passenger traffic up slightly at Hamilton airport
Hamilton Spectator
The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is flying happy after its annual report indicates passenger traffic rose slightly in 2012. The airport said it had 351,491 passengers flying into and out of the airport last year, a 5.7 per cent increase over 2011. That year, 332,659 passengers used the airport.More

Porter, airport cleaning staff reach labour agreement
The Globe and Mail
A labour agreement has been reached between 22 cleaning staff at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto and Porter. The airline says the workers, who are represented by the National Organized Workers union, voted 88 per cent in favour of the new contract.More

Sun n' Fun events for seaplane pilots
If you are going to Sun 'n' Fun 2013, there are many great places to stop for food, fuel and lodging. One is Tavares, Florida, America's Seaplane City. Also check out Sun 'n' Fun Seabird Thursday and Friday events.More

Aircraft Financing Trends in Canada: General Aviation
Travelers Aircraft Finance
Travelers Aircraft Finance was formed in 2010 to address the lack of financing options available in Canada in the General Aviation sector. Our GA financing portfolio continues to grow at a reasonable pace largely due to the US dollar and higher inventory levels.More

Sault airport logging record passenger numbers
Northern Ontario Business
Since WestJet announced its intention to enhance its services through its new regional carrier, Encore, Sault Ste. Marie has made it known it wants in on the action. Encore will operate a fleet of Bombardier Q400 78-seat turboprop aircraft, the first two of which will be delivered to WestJet in June, with five more added by the end of the year. More