COPA eFlight
Jun. 19, 2014

Push to save Nova Scotia airport continues
Halifax Herald News
The Annapolis Valley Flying Association is appealing to Kings County council in Nova Scotia to delay closing Waterville Municipal Airport. "The airport is not just a piece of pavement and a bunch of buildings that sit in the way of industrial expansion," association spokeswoman Nancy Sweeney said. "The airport has meaning...value...history," Sweeney said in an open letter in which she urges council to revisit its decision to close the airport Sept. 30 to make way for rumoured expansion at Michelin's Waterville plant.More

The Flying Circus: Chocolate dip
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

Flying Freya
Shetland News
A young Shetland, Scotland, flying enthusiast has secured a bursary from the Fresson Trust in support of her training for the commercial pilot's licence. Freya Inkster, from Bridge End in Burra, is taking flying lessons at the Langley Flying School in British Columbia, Canada. The 19 year old Inkster said she was extremely grateful to the trust for helping towards the cost of her studies. "I am using the bursary to get my night rating, which I am really enjoying. Flying at night is a challenge, particularly navigating and landing." More

British Columbia cadet spends her spring break in flight
Langley Advance
Lucy Poirier was one of 12 air cadets from across British Columbia who spent their spring break brushing up on their glider pilot skills. Poirier, of Langley's 746 Lighting Hawk Squadron, and the others were at 19 Wing Comox, honing their flying and, in one case — 13 cadets participated in the exercises — aircraft maintenance skills.More

Airport creates new partnership with CCAG
BC Local News
British Columbia's Abbotsford International Airport has a new partner, Canada Champion Aviation Group. CCAG recently acquired the Baron Bar and Grill Lease area and Coastal Pacific Aviation, and has plans to expand the flight school and provide pilot training for airlines in China. They will also provide support services to general aviation companies in China. CCAG's future expansion plans include a new hanger, office space, a training center, flight simulators and newer aircraft. More

Cool-headed pilot had never jumped before day his plane crashed
The Huffington Post
Pilot Shawn Kinmartin spent his days flying people who elect to jump out of an airplane, but he'd never taken the plunge himself. That all changed on the day his plane went down. Kinmartin, 21, flies for the Fly Free Skydiving in Festus, Missouri. His heart-pounding incident took place during a run near the state's border with Illinois. He was flying at about 11,500 feet when the run's last skydiver accidentally hit and damaged the plane's elevation mechanism while jumping out, according to CNN.More

British Columbia cadet spends her spring break in flight
Langley Advance
Lucy Poirier was one of 12 air cadets from across British Columbia who spent their spring break brushing up on their glider pilot skills. Poirier, of Langley's 746 Lighting Hawk Squadron...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...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..."More

Q&A with Aviation, Science and Technology Museums Corp.'s new director
Ottawa Citizen
The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation announced its new director and CEO. Alex Benay, 33, will take on both roles and manage the organization's day-to-day operations, which include 225 workers and a $33-million annual budget for three museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The local father of two will be leaving his position as vice-president of government relations for OpenText to take on the new role. More

Prince William shouldn't scratch his piloting itch
By Mark Huber
It's been a year since Britain's Prince William walked away from the cockpit, piloting search-and-rescue missions in Sikorsky Sea King helicopters for the Royal Air Force. Now, after experiencing fatherhood and a year of global "grip and grin" goodwill tours on behalf of the monarchy, William has decided he is not quite ready for the life of a full-time figurehead in the fish bowl. Recently, his minions "let slip" that the prince is itching to get back in the cockpit. It's a noble idea as well as a potentially fatal one. More