COPA eFlight
Jun. 13, 2013

Commitment for Pickering Lands refreshes COPA concerns for general aviation
By Kevin Psutka, COPA President and CEO
The Canadian government issued a press release concerning the status of the Pickering Lands to help end the uncertainty about the potential for an airport there at some point in the future as well as freeing land for other uses.

While a firm commitment to establish an airport there is welcome news for aviation, the uncertainty over a home for GA continues and COPA responded to Transport Minister Lebel to remind him of our concerns.

COPA has been involved in the Pickering Lands debate for decades. One event in the long history of this issue was the development of a plan by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 2007, at the request of the federal government, to create a GA airport in 2012 from which an airline airport would develop when Pearson (CYYZ) reached capacity. The plan, was flawed.More

Group planning airport for Alberta
Edmonton Journal
If a group of pilots and investors have their way, a new airport in Parkland County just west of Edmonton, Alberta, could handle the corporate, charter and medical flights that would be lost once Edmonton City Centre Airport has been closed. The Parkland Airport Development Corp. wants to build an airport on farmland south of Highway 16A and west of Highway 60, about five minutes west of Anthony Henday Drive.More

Chris Hadfield retires: Beloved ISS astronaut to leave Canadian Space Agency
The Huffington Post
Rock star astronaut Chris Hadfield, just returned from a five-month stint in orbit, will be hanging up his spacesuit for a new adventure, the Canadian spaceflyer announced. Hadfield, who picked up more than a million Twitter followers while commanding the International Space Station's Expedition 35 mission, announced that he will retire from the Canadian Space Agency. More

Air Cadets hold 38th annual review
The 153 Varnavair Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets held their 38th annual ceremonial review at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Despite the cold and wet weather, dozens of proud parents, family members, friends and special guests came out to witness the year-end parade and progress made by the cadets. More

Airplane art installation
Calgary Herald
It takes a lofty mind to conjure up an artistic afterlife for an inconvenient airplane boneyard, and an iron will to actually get the project off the ground. "Gravitas" — an ambitious installation whose abstract beauty is best viewed from the sky above Cayley, Alberta — is proof that University of Alberta professor Keith Harder has both.More

ER doctor at Alberta hospital raising alarm over need for a helipad
CTV News
The head of the Emergency Room at Fort McMurray Hospital in Fort McMurray, Alberta, said many innocent people are dying, because their hospital doesn’t have its own helipad or a dedicated helicopter — adding precious minutes to travel time for patients, who already have very little time to spare.More

Manitoba adds water bomber to its fire-fighting fleet
MetroNews Canada
The provincial government has added a fourth water bomber to its fleet to combat forest fires. Premier Greg Selinger said that the addition of the new Bombardier CL-415 turboprop water bomber means communities will be kept secure. "These are the world's newest and best water bombers. They carry more water and do almost twice as many drops per hour than the last generation of planes," said Selinger.More

Ontario pilots take to the skies
Sarnia Observer
Liz Bernier writes, "I'm getting ready to go up in the tiniest plane I've ever seen with pilots from the one and only flight school in Sarnia, Ontario — the Huron Flight Centre. I'm excited (sort of) but mostly, I am terrified. The school's Chief Flight Instructor, Jason Brent, will be one of my pilots."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 of the Air Line Pilots Association, delegates heard that proposed new federal regulations could make that situation even worse.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

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

High-flying Reith, new air show president
The Abbotsford Times
Jim Reith knows a thing or two about the Abbotsford International Air show in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The new president of the air show society was first introduced to the aviation event 37 years ago, when as a young CAF Voodo pilot, he was assigned the task to provide military commentary in 1976. He moved to the "hot side" of the tarmac the next year as a pilot in the 409 Squadron Nighthawks Voodoo formation team to open the show.More

Cadets march to a better future
The Southern Gazette
Thousands of young people on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada, have benefited from being members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. Seven corps have existed on the peninsula — some for 60 years or more — and the youth who have graduated from these programs have profited immensely.More

NWT investigating medevac response time
CBC News
The Northwest Territories' health department is investigating why it took five hours for a medevac to arrive in Trout Lake after a boating crash. Air Tindi has King Air outfitted as medevacs to respond to emergencies, but Trout Lake is one of three communities that doesn't have a runway long enough for that type of plane to land. More