COPA eFlight
Jun. 12, 2014

Canadian pilots calling for tougher measures against lasers
CTV News
Shine a laser at your cat and you'll be in for hours of fun. But point it at an airplane and you could end up in jail. Recently, the FBI began offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who aims a laser at an aircraft. And though the reward is specific to the U.S., it's a problem Canadian pilots want to see addressed as well.More

The Flying Circus: One man's junk
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

Anti-spam and COPA
On July 1, Canada's new anti-spam legislation will come into effect. Once the law is in force, it will help to protect Canadians by prohibiting the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEM) without the recipient's consent — implied or express.

There are three government agencies responsible for enforcement of the new law: The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Competition Bureau and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The new law provides that a CEM must contain the following information. More

Daredevil pilot receives top aviation award from the Duke of York after he flew to Canada — in a microlight
This is Lancashire
Daredevil microlight pilot Jon Hilton believes he is lucky to be alive after flying a 5,500-mile round trip from Barton Aerodrome, United Kingdom, to Canada. Hilton has received Britain's most prestigious aviation award — the Britannia Trophy. He was presented with the honour by the Duke of York. The 45-year-old law firm director from Harwood flew the tiny 270 kg Samson aircraft with a 100cc petrol engine. More

Prince Edward Island skies full of flying kids
Journal Pioneer
The skies over Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, are abuzz with aircraft as hundreds of flights take children up in the air for the annual COPA For Kids program. Run by the Prince Edward Island Flying Association, children have been invited to pre-register for a chance to fly. Aircraft range from Wayne Gray's twin engine Piper Seneca V to Cessna's to Arlie Jay and Jeff MacRae's helicopters. "It's very exciting, such a thrill for the kids," said Janet Keen as her children came off a helicopter ride.More

Massive formation flight of Harvard aircraft planned in Ontario
Tillsonburg News
History will take placeat Ontario's Tillsonburg Regional Airport when more than a dozen WWII Harvard aircraft will participate in a mass flypast to honour the 75th anniversary of the aircraft that played a pivotal role in securing our freedom. For anyone who has ties to the WWII, is an aviation or history enthusiast, or looks for opportunities to honour our veterans, this event is not to be missed. Hosted by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, this three-day event is being billed as "A Gathering of Harvards and Heroes." More

Jailbreak has aviation experts rethinking regulations
Quebec police are still hunting for three men who escaped from Orsainville Detention Centre near Quebec City by helicopter on Saturday. Few details of the brazen escape are being released, and it is not clear whether the helicopter was piloted by a friend of the escapees — three men awaiting trial on charges of drug trafficking, gangsterism and murder — or if it was hijacked and the pilot was forced to touch down in the prison yard.

Related story: Quebec helicopter jailbreak happened a day after inmates' security restrictions were loosened
(The Huffington Post)

Robert Engle inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
CBC News
Robert Engle, a well-known Northern pilot and founder of NWT Air has been inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. Engle created the airline in the late 1960s, when the Northwest Territories comprised both the eastern and western Arctic. "Fifty years ago Yellowknife had no telephones," he said. "We had a weather station at the airport which was the only building at the airport until I built the first hangar in 1966."More

Nova Scotia super-senior celebrates birthday with flight
The Chronicle Herald
It doesn't happen often, but just for a moment, Doris Stevens didn't have the words. Only minutes earlier, she made the pilot sitting beside her blush when she asked if he was trying to...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...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

Nova Scotia super-senior celebrates birthday with flight
The Chronicle Herald
It doesn't happen often, but just for a moment, Doris Stevens didn't have the words. Only minutes earlier, she made the pilot sitting beside her blush when she asked if he was trying to touch her. But awe and joy were etched on her face when asked to describe what it was like to fly 610 meters over the Annapolis Valley in a Cessna 172. The Liverpool, Nova Scotia, woman celebrated her 102nd birthday and her family arranged for the flight in the small plane for the adventure-loving great-grandmother. More

Steel-nerved pilot lands safely despite float plane's 'catastrophic failure'
National Post
More than a kilometre above the dense forests of Vancouver Island, Richard Johnston suddenly found himself piloting a 1,500-kilogram float plane without power. "The prop came to a grinding halt," said the veteran trail lawyer. "It was fairly evident to me I had suffered a catastrophic failure." Flying solo in a 1967 Cessna 185E Skywagon float plane historically, a favourite of Canadian bush pilots — Johnston was travelling between his home in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Bamfield, a remote community of 150 on the western edge of Vancouver Island. More

This Father's Day the sky is the limit
Meridian Booster
Look to the skies this coming Father's Day. Border City Aviation will be offering special flights around the airspace above the city, and are hoping to attract fathers and their families to go for a ride. The event has been running for the past 30 years, and has been attracting numbers in the hundreds in the past few years. A breakfast will be held the morning of Father's Day, with flights starting soon after.More

Solo flight puts pilot in record books
Bayside Bulletin
Australian teen Alex Fisher is set to become one of the youngest people to fly solo around the country, when he takes off on a 19-day flight to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The seventeen-year-old is a member of the Australian Air Force Cadets and will take to the skies for a fundraising Flight of Solidarity. Along with raising money and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Alex is expected to become the youngest pilot to circumnavigate Australia solo.More