COPA eFlight
May. 29, 2014

Ontario election issue — Taxes on aviation
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
When I wrote a letter to Ontario Premier Wynne immediately after the budget was released, and followed up with a request for Ontario members to contact their MPPs, an election had not been called. Now that one is in progress, I contacted the three major parties — Liberal, PC, NDP — for their position on the issue of increasing the tax on aviation gasoline and whether or not they will do anything to improve the airport infrastructure.More

The Flying Circus: Henry and Splash
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

Firing up in the skies
Lac La Biche Post
Fire season is now well underway, which means the water bombers are now stationed at the Air Tanker Base west of the Lac La Biche Airport in Alberta, Canada, for the summer. Six amphibious airplanes are parked on the tarmac at the base, ready to take to the skies in the event of a wildfire. When they're not bringing air superiority to bear, the pilots are still "on alert," ready to leave inside of an hour or within five minutes, depending on the level of risk for wildfires in the area.More

Nova Scotia air cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review
Amherst News
Young cadets contemplating a career in the Canadian Air Force can't do much better than to take advice from Amherst, Nova Scotia, resident Jim Kerr. "A career in the military, specifically a career in the Canadian Air Force, could be one of those career paths worth looking into. I've certainly have no regrets," said Kerr, who was the reviewing officer at the 154 Amherst Anson Royal Air Cadets 72nd Annual Ceremonial Review at the Amherst Armouries.More

An overview of Canada's fighter aircraft, from 1950 to 2014
The Globe and Mail
The CF-18 Hornet entered service in 1982, when the Canadian Forces began to deploy a total of 138 aircraft. With the spotlight on the aircraft's age and the federal government's program to replace it, the Globe looks at its service history and capabilities, and at some of the aircraft previously used as the air force's front-line fighters.More

Region of Waterloo International Airport expansion seems unlikely to fly
Guelph Mercury
Faced with the loss of Bearskin Airlines flights to Ottawa and deafening complaints about airport noise, expansion of the Region of Waterloo International Airport is looking like it won't fly. Coun. Sean Strickland said a master plan committee, tasked with deciding the airport's future, plans to recommend there be no expansion at this time. "I think the departure of Bearskin was a game changer," Strickland said. Noise concerns and the unused capacity at the airport are also driving the recommendations to cancel expansion, he said. More

Engine change causes slight delay for Flaris LAR 1 VLJ
The Flaris LAR 1, the five-seat, single-engine, very light jet unveiled by Podgórzyn, Poland-based Flaris last June at the Paris Air Show, has recently started low-speed taxi tests, but its maiden flight has slipped again. The airplane was expected to have flown by the end of last year, but first flight was pushed into the first half of this year in December. Now, the all-composite LAR 1 is expected to fly "this summer."More

Aviation data cloud on the horizon
Air Traffic Management
The prospect of an aviation cloud for real-time monitoring of flight data gained traction at a two-day summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the U.N. agency in charge of global telecommunications in the...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

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...More

Aviation data cloud on the horizon
Air Traffic Management
The prospect of an aviation cloud for real-time monitoring of flight data gained traction at a two-day summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the U.N. agency in charge of global telecommunications in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Calls issued earlier this year at the International Telecommunication Union's conference on global telecoms development for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft prompted industry leaders and experts to convene to explore how technology could provide such solutions. More

5-seat Diamond DA-62 twin revealed
Diamond Aircraft has drawn back the veil of secrecy surrounding its latest project, releasing the first artist renderings, photos and a few select details of the new five-seat DA-62 twin. Under development at Diamond's home base in Austria, the DA-62 is similar in appearance to the DA-52 prototype that first flew in 2012. Although the tweaked new model is shown as having a third window toward the rear of the cabin and a slightly redesigned horizontal stabilizer.More

Prince William to take air ambulance job
He can live like a king, but Prince William — who usually goes by the Duke of Cambridge — would apparently rather be an HEMS pilot. The flying bug is apparently still biting the former military search and rescue helicopter pilot, and the people who speak for him are all but confirming the reports. The prince is likely to join the East Anglian air ambulance, which serves the area of his family's home in Norfolk, U.K.More