COPA eFlight
Apr. 24, 2014

A salute to Claude Stevenson and the Harbour Grace airstrip
The Nor'wester
A well-known personality in the province's aviation community who is credited for helping revive and maintain the historic Harbour Grace Airstrip has been honoured with a presitigous award from an association that represents general aviation in this country. Family members of the late Claude Stevenson were on hand to accept The President's Award from the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, which staged a board meeting in this province for the first time in its 61-year history.More

The Flying Circus: Greasing the axel
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

The story of the Waterville Airport closure
Annapolis Valley Flying Association
The Michelin Plant in Waterville, Nova Scotia, has a potential future expansion with an expressed 2-10 year timeline. Although the plant owns significant acreages to the east, south and west, Michelin feels it only makes sense for them to expand north on the land they don’t own. The land they want belongs to Kings County and is occupied by our 50-year-old active vibrant municipal airport CCW3.More

Ottawa uses Quebec model to lift aerospace industry
The Montreal Gazette
Ottawa will fund a Canada-wide aerospace industry research group modelled after Quebec's own. The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada will extend to the breadth of Canada what the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec has been doing since 2000, the latter's outgoing president, Clément Fortin, said in an interview. CARIC's annual budget will be $3.75 million a year initially, funded by industry and government, although Fortin could not be more precise about how it would be split. More

Several awards given out to groundbreaking British Columbia aviation event
The Langley Times
Under perfect skies for flying, The Sky's No Limit: Girls Fly Too event was celebrated with many world's best awards at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia. "Thank you to every pilot and volunteer who made Kirsten's dream possible and thanks to all the women and girls who came out that weekend to try something more than normal," said Women in Aviation World Wide Chair Mireille Goyer. The event was organized by Langley pilot Kirsten Brazier. More

Canadian flight simulator company faces criticism after firing instructor
The Globe and Mail
Mitchell Casado, a flight simulator company featured prominently in CNN's coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is facing criticism for its decision to fire one of its instructors. Casado — who became a familiar face on CNN's broadcasts for his work with reporter Martin Savidge — was fired by uFly owner Claudio Teixeira, in part, because he "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager during CNN's coverage. More

Creating a culture of safety
By Mark Huber
Organizations build a safety culture over time in large ways and small. In the hundreds of commercial hangars I've been in over the years, it doesn't take long to spot the safe pilot or safe mechanic. They're neat, organized and methodical; they take their time; they refer to checklists frequently; they check, double-check and triple-check; and their paperwork is methodical. They also have one more quality: Not content with the status quo, they are always looking at safer ways of doing things, and they are passionate about it. For them, safety isn't a bother to be tolerated, it's a way of life.More

Legion T-Bird moved
St. Albert Gazette
After more than 40 years on the ground, a St. Albert jet plane took off once again — by crane. The Lockheed T-33AN Silver Star 3 was lifted of its pedestal in front of the St. Albert Legion at 6 Taché St. and moved to a temporary holding position behind the Hemingway Centre. The city decided to move the jet after a car hit its pedestal and removed a large chunk of concrete from the structure, thus rendering it unsafe. City manager Patrick Draper referred to the incident as a "hit and run" in a press release.More

Harper's tough choice on new fighter jet for Canada
Toronto Star
An 800-pound gorilla has moved into the Prime Minister's Office in the form of an "options analysis" of possible replacements for Canada's aging CF-18 fighter jets. Delivered by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the document was supposed to help Stephen Harper achieve his long-standing goal of buying F-35s. Harper has wanted F-35s since at least 2008, when his Canada First Defence Strategy expressed an intention to acquire "next-generation" fighter jets.More

The Flying Circus: This is a flying circus
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...More

Controlling and preventing corrosion in aircraft
By Heather Rhoades
Similar to any other metal objects, aircraft are prone to corrosion. In only a few years, this problem can render a plane "unairworthy." As a general preventive measure, therefore, corrosion inhibitors are often...More

Duplication in Border red tape for General Aviation — Mexico and Canada
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president of operations
Mexico's electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and soon to be Canadian Border Services Agency, Interactive Advance Passenger...More

World War I Albatros replica to fly again
In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum in Upstate New York is reintroducing a very special airplane — a replica of a 1917 Albatros D.Va., built in the 1970s by the Aerodrome's founder Cole Palen. Palen created the replica from measurements taken from an airplane that was under reconstruction at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, one of two original Albatros D.Va. airplanes. More

Own a 1-of-a-kind Curtiss Speedwing
If you have always dreamed of owning a unique airplane — one that nobody else in the world has — this is your chance to fulfill that quest. The Aerospace Museum of California is selling its 1932 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air B-14-B Speedwing, N12332, one of two biplanes of the kind produced by the early airplane manufacturer. The other airplane was destroyed in a crash in the mid-1930s.More