COPA eFlight
Jun. 6, 2013

It's Official: ICAO headquarters to stay in Montreal
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Jean-François Lisée, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade (and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region), Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum, and ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin celebrated the signing of a new agreement to keep the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montréal.

The Agreement sets out the terms between ICAO and Canada that will keep ICAO headquartered in Montréal for 20 years beyond 2016 (the year the current agreement expires). Montréal has been home to the ICAO since its inception in 1947. The Government of Canada takes its host country responsibilities seriously and is actively involved at ICAO to make sure Canada’s aviation interests and positions are represented on the international stage. All three governments have listened carefully to ICAO’s membership about their needs and about how, as hosts, we can best support the effectiveness of this organization. To that end, Canada is contributing $1.4 million to modernize ICAO conference facilities and to purchase additional security equipment ahead of this fall’s Assembly. The Government of Quebec, in addition to its 1994 agreement on the benefits and courtesy privileges to be extended to the Organization as long as it stays in Montréal, has also agreed to assume, until 2026, the administrative costs of the IACO premises devoted to the technical cooperation—a $15-million investment.More

Canada agency calls for black boxes in small planes
Authint Mail
The Canadian agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents called for expanding the use of black boxes to include small aircraft operators. Large commercial jets are already required to carry the lightweight recorders to monitor flight data, which can be used by investigators after an accident to determine the cause of a crash. More

Aging arctic airports isolating northerners
Calgary Herald
Pilots say Canada's Arctic airports are getting so old they are forcing air carriers to downgrade what are often the only links northern communities have to the outside world. And at a conference last week in Ottawa of the world's largest pilots union, the Air Line Pilots Association, delegates heard that proposed new federal regulations could make that situation even worse.More

Kincardine Branch 183 Air Cadet Typhoon Squadron celebrates 25th review
Lucknow Sentinel
Kincardine's Royal Canadian Air Cadet Branch 183 Typhoon Squadron marked a quarter century of operation at the Kincardine Davidson Centre, with over 130 people in attendance during its 25th Annual Review. Cadets demonstrated drill skills and techniques, marching on the colours, proper dress and saluting, while welcoming Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department Chief Kent Padfield as reviewing officer for the day.More

What's next for astronaut Chris Hadfield?
CBS News
With star astronaut Chris Hadfield recently back on planet Earth after five months in orbit, many are wondering what he will do next. Will Hadfield stay with the Canadian Space Agency? Bring his outreach skills to politics or business? Or do something different altogether? More

RCMP selects Aviation Performance Solutions as upset recovery training provider
Times Union
The Air Services Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one of the largest fleet operators in Canada, announced the selection of Aviation Performance Solutions LLC as the provider of its Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program. This training directly supports the RCMP mission statement of applying the highest principles of aviation safety to its professional pilot training and also in support of its peace and security focused flight operations.More

Worm buffet attracts birds, causes delays at Montreal airport
Toronto Sun
Planes were delayed at the Montreal-Trudeau airport due to large numbers of worms in the area that attracted mass numbers of birds. If unchecked, birds can pose a danger to planes landing and taking off. More

Deluce confident council will approve airport plan
Toronto Star
Both sides in the battle over whether to allow jets to fly out of Toronto's waterfront airport say they are confident that they will ultimately prevail. Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce believes municipal politicians will give their nod because Porter's plan addresses the technical issues that concern most people.More

Medevacs banned from Jackson field
Salmon Arm Observer
"Life or death or not, emergency helicopters are no longer permitted to land in the Jackson campus field adjacent to Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. "The helicopter has always landed in the corner of the Jackson campus nearest the hospital and they have a total protocol," says Salmon Arm Coun.More

First in Canada to fly the F35
The Cambridge Times
Tudor Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 822 is the first in Canada to fly the controversial F35 aircraft in its stationary simulators. This is a giant step in outpacing even the Royal Canadian Air Force. Cambridge boys and girls are on the leading edge of aviation and aerospace.More

90-year-old pilot completes 90 Canada-US border crossings
The Buffalo News
John G. Lawton's original attempt was delayed due to high winds, and he was only able to make 28 crossings over the Niagara River at Grand Island in his Cessna 172. Winds were lighter the following day, so he was able to make figure-8s to do the 62 remaining crossings. He added six crossings and a swing around Niagara Falls for a total of 96.More

Whitehorse airport runway is safe, says Yukon official
CBC News
A senior territorial official said there are no safety issues with the Whitehorse airport runway. The NDP opposition has been raising questions in the legislature about the airport, saying people in the industry have approached the party with concerns. More