COPA eFlight
Jun. 27, 2013

The future of the Pickering Lands — Your input is needed by July 31
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president/CEO
The federal government's recent announcement for carving up the Pickering Lands  and retaining a portion for a future airport refreshed COPA’s concerns regarding the state of General Aviation airports in the Greater Toronto Area and the need to develop another airport. As part of the government's commitment to consult with stakeholders, here is your opportunity to provide direct input to the process and subsequent decisions. More

Zenair Cruzer to attend Quebec Fly-in, June 29-30
Canada's newest all-metal aircraft design from Zenair will be at Quebec's largest annual fly-in at the end of June: "Les Faucheurs de Margeurites" at the Sherbrooke airport. It's a perfect opportunity to view and sit in the new CH 750 Cruzer and to see it perform; company personnel will be available to answer questions on Zenair's full line of aircraft kits as well as aircraft floats. More

Float plane lands safely after losing propeller, power
The Canadian Press via The Huffington Post Canada
The float plane lost a propeller in mid-flight, chopping into both pontoons, but the pilot still managed to make a safe — but powerless — landing. Police say the incident happened shortly after the plane left Powell River, British Columbia. More

Canadian pilots fly in for the weekend
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Annual General Meeting took place in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Hosted by The Mile Zero Flying Club, over four years of planning went into making sure this once in a lifetime opportunity was a complete success. More

Signature Flight Support acquires majority stake in Starlink Aviation FBO of Montreal
Aviation Pros
Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation company, announced that it has agreed to purchase a majority share of Starlink Aviation Inc's FBO in Montréal, Quebec. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013.More

British Columbia gearing up for annual fly-in
Comox Valley
The skies over Texada Island, British Columbia, will become a canvas for the high-flying art of the Fraser Blues precision formation flying team, coming out of retirement to perform at the seventh annual Texada Fly-in. Based at the airport in Gillies Bay, British Columbia's, smallest certified airport.More

19 Wing crew sent to help Alberta flood victims
Two Cormorant helicopters and a dozen members of 442 Squadron at 19 Wing are helping evacuate victims in what is being called the "worst flooding in Alberta's history." The crew of Rescue 907, which included pilots, engineers and search and rescue technicians, was dispatched and has been involved in Operation LENTUS in Calgary, Alberta. More

Cadets celebrate 50th
Terrace Standard
Members of the 747 Terrace Air Cadets Squadron combined a celebration marking its 50 years of existence with an annual review outside the cadet hall at Northwest Regional Airport, in British Columbia. Family and friends watched the cadets as they were inspected, applauded as awards were presented, listened to speeches and enjoyed a barbecue afterward. More

Alberta campers rescued by helicopter
Beacon News
Seventeen stranded campers have been rescued from the Richardson Backcountry in Alberta, Canada, after they were stuck on the north side of the Firebag River when the bridge washed out. Personnel from Regional Emergency Management, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Phoenix Helicopters all worked together to rescue the 17 campers. 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

NAV CANADA proposes to eliminate exemption, leaving overall rate levels unchanged
NAV CANADA announced proposed revisions to its customer service charges. The company is proposing the elimination of an exemption for certain flights from its en route charge. Currently, flights operating between an airport with staffed NAV CANADA or DND facilities and an aerodrome that is neither staffed nor certified do not pay en route charges.More

New safety training ordered for ORNGE helicopter pilots
Toronto Star
ORNGE is barring its air ambulance helicopter pilots from flying in bad weather or clouds until they can show they have special training to avoid inadvertently flying into the ground. The move comes after an ORNGE Sikorsky helicopter crashed during a night flight in Moosonee, Ontario, killing the two pilots and two flight paramedics on board. More

Career fixing aircraft started out early
Langley Advance
Don Nikkel is one of the veterans of the Langley Regional Airport in British Columbia, Canada. Not only has he run Valley Aero Engines for 35 years, the aircraft engineer has also flown out of the airport since the early 1960s, when he first moved to town. His first experience of the airport was a field with a single paved runway, a handful of hangars and a few businesses, including crop dusting. More

Government sends helicopters to help rescue stranded Alberta residents
The Globe and Mail
The Canadian government has dispatched two helicopters and an airplane to help rescue Alberta residents stranded by rising flood waters. A CH-146 Griffon helicopter, stationed in Cold Lake, Alberta, and a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, based in Comox, British Columbia, were originally deployed to Canmore, Aberta.More

Korean War vets living at Bridges go on Honor Flight together
Charles Dale, Frank Lape, Elston Peters and Dwayne Driscoll went on the most recent Honor Flight out of Waterloo, Ontario. They all live at Bridges Senior Lifestyle Living in Waterloo, and they all served during the Korean War. Dale and Peters were in the Army. Driscoll was in the Navy on the aircraft carrier Midway, and Lape served in the Air Force. More