COPA eFlight
Jun. 18, 2015

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association announces new president, CEO
Ottawa, Ontario — June 15, 2015 — COPA's Board of Directors today announced that Mr. Bernard Gervais has been appointed as the next president and CEO of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. He will officially begin his term on July 1, 2015.

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Optimism at Wiarton-Keppel airport
Owen Sound Sun Times
Optimism was sky high at the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport recently. Just days after Georgian Bluffs took over sole ownership of the facility by purchasing South Bruce Peninsula's 50 percent stake, the airport grounds were a hive of activity as more than 1,000 people turned out for the Air and Auto Extravaganza fly-in and drive-in. "It feels really good to see everyone here," said Hank Nuis, chairman of Friends of the Airport, which put the event on along with the COPA Flight 68, Wiarton. "They are saying it is a new beginning for the airport and I really, really hope that is true." More

COPA at Air Venture 2015
This is COPA's first official invitation to all Canadian Pilots at Air Venture and is brought to you by AIG and the Magnes Group. Refreshing root beer floats will be offered to satisfy your thirst after your full day of gawping at Aviation's finest and newest products.

Prizes will be raffled off with the Grand Prize of an iPAD Mini 64gb and a one year subscription to ForeFlight Canada going to one lucky winner.

Special Guests are being invited and hopefully will come speak to our crowd of Canadian Aviators. Don't miss out! Mark your calendar! Attend COPA's "All Canadian Pilots Reception 2015" (spouses and friends are also invited).

See you Tuesday July 21 between 17:30 and 19:30, under the Partner Resource Center tent on the North side of the Exhibit Hangar A. Click here for the draw form.More

SWOT lands in Ontario
Leamington Southpoint Sun
Leamington, Ontario-area business owners who have recently seen an unusual number of first-time customers walk through their doors can be assured that it's because there's something in the air. The South Western Ontario air Tour made a stop at Leamington Airport recently, bringing with it 30 visitors to enjoy the best of what the community has to offer. The tour was one of many the organization has conducted to help spread awareness of the importance of small, municipal airports. From Cessnas to Pipers to a mid-1950s de Havilland Chipmunk, 15 single-engine aircraft touched down at CLM2 — the Leamington port's identification code — for a lunch hosted by owners and operators Vic Gabrielle and Gino Saccucci. More

Take flight with COPA
Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a five-day trip for two to Whitehorse in the Yukon. All you have to do is refer a new or renewing member and for every renewal your name will be entered into a draw for the grand prize. More

Unsold airplane costing Alberta $500 a week
Calgary Herald
The last unsold airplane in the Alberta government's executive fleet is costing the province $500 a week to maintain on top of the unspecified costs of leasing a hangar, says the NDP government. Taxpayers are footing the bill for general operational maintenance of the Dash-8 plane that didn't sell with the three other, smaller aircraft that sold for $6.1 million last winter, said Cheryl Oates, a spokeswomen for Premier Rachel Notley. The reserve price on the 36-passenger 1985 Dash-8 is $5.5 million. More

Newly discovered footage of Amelia Earhart surfaces
Almost 80 years after Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937, we are getting what appears to be one final look at the famous aviator. The three-and-a-half minute film that was found is said to be shot by John Bresnik, the brother of Al Bresnik, Earhart's personal photographer. It was discovered by John's son and went unseen while it sat in his father's office until his death in 1992, according to a report by the Associated Press. The box that the film was kept in was labeled "Amelia Earhart, Burbank Airport, 1937" and suggested it was taken before her final departure.More

The decision to fly — How do you make it?
By Mark Huber
Determining when to launch — and when not to — is the most fundamental decision the helicopter crew can make, but how do you make it? New federal mandates now require crews to use risk assessment, but which risk assessment tool is right for your organization? For my money, you can't go wrong with the Operational Risk Management system, a color-coded, numerical and continuous operational risk management scale developed by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996.More

EPS wraps up phase one flight testing, applies for patents
General Aviation News
With Phase One flight testing completed on its new engine, the folks at Engineered Propulsion Systems continue analyzing the data collected from the two concept engines. Company officials note that a number of refinements have already been incorporated in the group of pre-production engines currently in assembly. At the same time, the company has applied for a number of patents. More

Fly safely around summer storms by getting to know them
As summer arrives and the days get longer, pilots may let their guard down when it comes to weather. Icing and large hail may certainly be less of a factor during the balmy dog days, but the June, 1999 American MD-80 runway excursion and the Delta L-1011 crash in August 1985 are some of the incidents that underscore the hazards of flying during the warm season. Thunderstorms can be awesomely beautiful phenomena when viewed from the ground.More

Longtime pilot, 80, has logged 25,000 hours of flying time
The Daily News Online
Dick Drilling's name is well-known in the history of New York's Genesee County Airport. Drilling and his wife Betty, who now live in Oregon, visited the airport to rehash old memories with Peter Lockner, the flight instructor whom Drilling taught to fly. Drilling, who recently turned 80, also took advantage of the visit to have his former student give him his biannual flight review. "This is a great way to celebrate my birthday," said Drilling, who has logged more than 25,000 hours of flying time.More

Top honor for brave UK Navy pilot
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
A Royal Navy pilot who landed his stricken historic aircraft after it plunged to the ground following engine failure has received the highest peacetime honor for gallantry in the air. Lieutenant Commander Chris Gotke, 45, was faced with the decision of either bailing out by parachute at low level or staying with the Hawker Sea Fury and trying to land when things when wrong during a display last July. More

These plane wings can repair themselves
Popular Mechanics
Being high in the air at high speeds all the time can take a toll on airplane wings. But for the tiny breaks that can add up over time, University of Bristol researches have come up with a solution: a liquid carbon capsule that releases when wings are damaged and fills in the gaps. The researches took inspiration from how humans scab when cut. A catalyzing agent in the wings interacts with the temperature-sensitive carbon, causing it to coagulate.More