COPA eFlight
May. 22, 2014

World Assembly update
IAOPA
Early registration for the 27th IAOPA World Assembly closes 1 June 2014. AOPA-China has set up a website at www.aopa.org.cn/zt/iaopa/ that provides delegates and attendees the most up-to-date information on this important IAOPA event. By taking advantage of "early" registration, open through June 1, attending delegates and their accompanying spouses can experience the sights and sounds of the add-on optional tour — Sept. 14-15 — for nearly the same price as the regular registration fee that will go into effect after early registration has closed. Don't miss these final days to take advantage of this opportunity — register today!More

The Flying Circus: Why do I get the good ones?
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

Saskatchewan airport receives CAP funding
Yorkton News
Saskatchewan's Yorkton Airport is continuing to see upgrades as part of the Community Airport Partnership fund. One of 15 airports in the province receiving funding through the project, Yorkton will get $36,000 from the provincial government, with matching dollars from the City of Yorkton, to be used on runway and taxiway repairs as well as drainage rehabilitation. More

Nova Scotia county needs more time to review Waterville airport business study terms of reference
Nova News Now
A motion to approve the terms of reference for the municipal airport relocation business case study has been delayed at Kings County council. Tom MacEwan, chief administrative officer, told council that he received six pages of recommended changes from councillors, airport stakeholders and members of the public. MacEwan said he would review the suggestions and make recommendations about which to include in the request for proposals.More

Chris Hadfield youth summit trumps Wings Over Gatineau air show
MetroNews Canada
If you're wondering why the Wings Over Gatineau-Ottawa air show has been cancelled, blame it on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The space traveler turned hero is hosting a youth summit at Vintage Wings of Canada June 30 and organizers just can't juggle the two events this summer. "We are a very small, charitable organization, we function mostly with volunteers and it was just too onerous for the organization," said Vintage Wings Spokesperson Carl Martin.

Related story: Chris Hadfield speaking at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony
(Ottawa Citizen)
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Helicopter safety and the sleepy summertime blues
By Mark Huber
Summer — the fat season for helicopter EMS — is quickly approaching, and with it comes a spike in the monthly accident rate. That's what new data from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team suggests. A study released in April from the USHST clearly shows that helicopter accidents and the percentage of fatal accidents increase as the temperature rises, peaking in July. The data is counterintuitive from the pilot point of view. Some of us equate the lazy, hazy days of summer with good flying weather, and things are more relaxed. That mindset could precisely be the problem, according to the USHST.More

TSB of Canada finds wing icing and overloaded aircraft led to fatal crash
Thompson Citizen
In its 35-page aviation investigation report, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has found that wing icing and an overloaded aircraft led to the fatal Gogal Air Services Limited C-GAGP Cessna 208B Caravan Snow Lake crash. The plane, en route to Winnipeg, crashed in a wooded area approximately 0.9 nautical miles beyond the departure end of Snow Lake Airport Runway 21, which is 3,510-feet long and 75 feet wide. More

JSSI offers maintenance coverage for BlackHawk PT6A Turboprops
AINonline
If you own or operate a King Air 90 or 200, a Piper Cheyenne I, II or IIXL or a Cessna Conquest I, Caravan 208 or 208B, you now can obtain upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines that are also covered by an hourly cost maintenance program. Jet Support Services, Inc. and Blackhawk Modifications have entered a strategic alliance that gives JSSI customers that are operating these airplanes the opportunity to obtain new PT6A upgrades from Blackhawk at prices competitive with an overhaul of the engine. More

Nova Scotia county needs more time to review Waterville airport business study terms of reference
Nova News Now
A motion to approve the terms of reference for the municipal airport relocation business case study has been delayed at Kings County council. Tom MacEwan...More

The Flying Circus: After the crash
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

Minister's response on Waterville airport closure falls short
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
The minister's letter, distancing the province from aviation, is no surprise. The National Airports Policy is achieving its goal — to reduce the number of airports...More

Ageless Aviation Dream Flights take 8 veterans up in war planes
KOLN-TV
Decades after flying home from war, eight World War II and Korean War veterans flew in planes they hadn't been in since war time. The last time Korean War vet Melvin "Bud" Edwards flew in a war plane, he was on his way home after being wounded by a Chinese hand grenade. Edwards said, "They flew me back from Tokyo to Hoy. We was there for 3 days and then we went from there to San Francisco and then a couple days later we went from there to Denver. That was the closest air [base] that they had to get us home."More

Preparing a veteran of D-Day for Its return to Normandy
The New York Times
The plane has no fixed seats, no flight attendants, no in-flight movie and no bathroom. It is not heated, insulated or pressurized. And on its last tour over France, somebody tried to shoot it down. But recently, a septuagenarian war horse known as the Whiskey 7 took off from a grass airstrip in central New York to attempt its most ambitious post-armistice mission: a trans-Atlantic crossing to pay tribute to the young Americans who went to war in Europe and those who never came home. More