COPA eFlight
May. 1, 2014

GA's input to the international ELT/tracking debate
By Frank Hofmann, IAOPA representative to ICAO and COPA director
Since I will be attending IAOPA's European Regional meeting at the time of this Multi-Disciplinary meeting on Global Tracking, I would nevertheless like to provide input from the GA user perspective. In summary, IAOPA's position regarding ELTs has been: As IAOPA has maintained since 2002, the ICAO mandate for ELTs has inhibited the development of better alternative technology through the SARP’s use of limiting language.More

The Flying Circus: Glenn vs. Margaret
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

Canadian North plans pilot training centre at Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton Journal
A new pilot training centre that Canadian North is building at Alberta's Edmonton International Airport means the airline will no longer have to send its pilots out of the country for training. The centre — to be equipped with a CAE-built Boeing 737 flight simulator — will also bring added business for the Edmonton region, said Steve Hankirk, president of Canadian North. More

Why the Twin Otter is flying high again
The Globe and Mail
Dave Curtis gives the impression of a man far too busy to be sitting inside a boardroom, talking about the past. Curtis is the CEO of Viking Air Ltd. and current maker of the turboprop Twin Otter plane sold in 23 countries. Alternately he fidgets with his iPhone and stares out the window behind him at planes taking off from Victoria International Airport — a few hundred metres from Viking headquarters in suburban Sidney, British Columbia — while discussing the company he's run since 1991.More

F-35 test pilot gives his travel tips
Toronto Star
"Travel light and be quick on your feet!" It's the golden rule when it comes to taking a trip, according to seasoned Canadian aviator and fighter pilot extrodinaire Billie Flynn. Flynn is a retired Canadian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, who has been a test pilot with Lockheed Martin since 2003, and he is one of the elite flyers who have been putting the F-35 Lightning II through its paces. The single-pilot, single-engine F-35, which can operate as a stealth fighter, is under development and is the aircraft chosen by both the Canadian and U.S. military to replace aging jets used for national defense.More

Document: Ontario to hike taxes on aviation fuel, high earners and tobacco
The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail
The Ontario budget will increase taxes on those with high incomes, tobacco and aviation fuel, according to a document obtained from a source outside the Liberal government. What is said to be a 2014 budget overview prepared for the Liberal cabinet and provided to The Canadian Press on condition that the source remain anonymous says the government will increase personal income taxes on "higher-income earners."More

Flight path class teaches copilot basics
North Shore News
The American pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr. famously wrote these words in his short poem, High Flight, about the glories of aviation. The same love Magee felt high above the ground also inspired one man to begin his own love affair with flying, and to offer the opportunity for aspiring pilots to experience what can be a prohibitively expensive thrill. David Black founded Air Time Canada 20 years ago and has found a permanent home in the Lower Mainland for his passion project.More

Embry-Riddle partners on electric airplane project
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., is partnering with a company founded by Erik Lindbergh — the grandson of Charles Lindbergh — to curb emissions and noise from aircraft engines by developing new electric and hybrid power systems. Lindbergh, CEO of Powering Imagination, and Dr. Richard Anderson, director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle, noted that pollution and noise from aircraft engines is becoming a serious public relations problem for aviation.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...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.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...More

Europe's leading flight school is testing use of Google Glass by pilots
Forget about lovely concierges at airport lounges greeting you with a wink and a flash of their Google Glass. That's so yesterday. Google has aims higher than being grounded waiting at the terminal waving you past as you prepare for takeoff. It wants to float in the clouds and fly your plane. That's not a sometime tomorrow goal for Google. It's a reality today.More

Australian aviation enthusiasts take to the skies in record numbers
ABC Online
Aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life are taking to the skies in record numbers, piloting aircraft worth less than a family car. Almost 10,000 people in Australia hold a recreational pilot's certificate, taking to the air on one of 3,500 registered microlight and ultralight aircraft. Recreation Aviation Australia general manager Mark Clayton says the organization covers almost half of all aircraft operating in the country.More