COPA eFlight
Jun. 5, 2014

Ontario election — Party positions on aviation fuel taxes
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
In the May 29 edition of eFlight, I highlighted our effort to seek party positions on the Liberal government's misguided decision, announced in the ill-fated budget, to increase the tax on aviation fuel and using it to finance non-aviation ventures.

We wanted to let our members know if the Liberals have reconsidered their position, in light of the letter sent to the Premier following the budget release and the subsequent call for an election. We also wanted to let our members know if the two main contenders — the PCs and the NDP — have a position on this issue, so that members can base their vote decisions in part on how each party intends to treat our sector of aviation. More

World Assembly update — Visas

Now is the time to start processing the paperwork in order to make sure that your Chinese Visa is ready for the upcoming 27th IAOPA World Assembly being held in Beijing. For most countries, a Visa is required for entry into, exit from or transit through Chinese Territory. AOPA-China has devoted a section of the World Assembly website to assist you with this process.More

The Flying Circus: Buzz job
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

Planes no place to point lasers
The Telegram
There are any number of directions one can point a laser pointer in, but you might want to avoid doing so in the direction of the night sky. That's because such devices can jeopardize aircraft safety, particularly if the light manages to reach the cockpit of a plane. Three airplanes traveling to St. John, Newfoundland and Labrador, reported coming in contact with laser light. According to separate Transport Canada reports documented in the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System, local authorities were advised in all cases. More

NORAD: General aviation pilots busting too many TFRs
Military jets are scrambling on average more than once a week to intercept general aviation pilots who stray into restricted airspace, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Besides the potential danger involved in such intercepts, the incursions — 75 on average per year — cost tax payers millions of dollars. The number of incidents of pilots busting Temporary Flight Restrictions has decreased in recent years with better outreach to the pilot community, but NORAD anticipates that the frequency of intercepts will remain at current levels.More

Sounds in the night: Flying in the middle of nowhere
By Mark Huber
I live in the area of the United States that can be charitably called the middle of nowhere. Step outside in the winter, and the only thing you are likely to hear is your own breathing. Yep, sound carries here. In the dead of night, I can hear a jet at 30,000 feet some 30 or even 40 miles away. This, combined with the recent and perpetual 24/7 "breaking news" coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, put me to asking, what would happen if one of my midnight visitors came down into the trees or a lake around here?More

Using your thoughts to fly an airplane?
According to author Shayla Silva: With aviation technology advancing all the time, we're always asking, "What will they think of next?" Well, how about using only your brain to control an aircraft? Scientists at Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have put the futuristic idea to the test and successfully demonstrated that brain-controlled flight is feasible — and can be done with surprising accuracy. And, they say, it doesn't take superpowers.More

Lost, alone and flying in a blackout, how a young pilot desperately hunted for his home airfield
Derby Telegraph
Peter Kirk and Peter Felix, of Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society in U.K., share a tragic story from World War I. In April 1918, when the RAF was not yet a month old, Second Lieutenant Henry Graham Achurch was undergoing training as a night bomber pilot with 199 (Night) Training Squadron based at the aerodrome at East Retford.More

Ontario election — Party positions on aviation fuel taxes
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
In the May 29 edition of eFlight, I highlighted our effort to seek party positions on the Liberal government's misguided decision, announced in the...More

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...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...More

Roland Garros: France's forgotten WWI hero
You'll find his name and initials everywhere you go at the French Open — the famous green and brick red logo stamped on everything from parasols and caps to towels and tennis balls. But ask most people who Roland Garros was and they'll tend to double fault. "For a lot of people in France and abroad, Garros is a tennis man, or a sometime president of the French Tennis Federation," says Michael Guittard, head of collections and cultural mediation at the FFT. More

1st flight for Solar Impulse 2
Solar Impulse 2 — the solar-electric aircraft designed to fly around the world — flew more than two hours recently, for a successful maiden flight. The single-seat aircraft launched from the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland, with test pilot Marcus Scherdel in command. "Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long-haul flights," said André Borschberg, Solar Impulse CEO.More