COPA eFlight
Jul. 2, 2015

Meet COPA's new president and CEO at Oshkosh 2015
Come out and meet COPA's new President and CEO Bernard Gervais at COPA's first official All Canadian Pilots Reception at AirVenture — 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

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

The high life: Family business offers rare ride for thrill-seekers
Winnipeg Free Press
Harv's Air is a family-run flight service based out of two locations: Manitoba's St. Andrews Airport and the company's main headquarters, a privately owned hangar and airstrip four kilometres south of Steinbach. The 43-year-old outfit functions primarily as a flight school. But during the summer months, adrenaline junkies from across North America travel to the province to experience what the Harv's Air website bills as "the flight of your life" — a thrill-a-second excursion during which trained pilots take customers up one at a time and perform a series of loops, rolls and figure eights in a specially designed plane hurtling through the sky at 300 kilometres per hour. More

Saskatoon stunt pilot living the dream
CBC News
It's the nightmare scenario for most pilots — losing control of the plane, and falling out of the sky. But falling out of the sky is precisely what Saskatoon pilot Stefan Trischuk dreamt of doing throughout his life, and now does on purpose as frequently as he can. Trischuk spent years and countless hours pursuing the certification he needs to become an airshow pilot. Now, a new reality TV show is displaying the scariest and most exhilarating moments of his journey.More

TSB says aircraft child restraint system needed
The Canadian Press via MetroNews Canada
The Transportation Safety Board wants specially designed seatbelts to be mandatory for babies and children on commercial flights to prevent them from "becoming projectiles" or dying in otherwise "survivable" accidents. The recommendation to Transport Canada stems from an investigation into a 2012 plane crash in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, which claimed the life of six-month-old Isaac Appaqaq, who was not restrained by any device or seatbelt. Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the transportation board, said a parent's arms aren't enough to protect a child during severe turbulence or a crash.More

Ret'd astronaut Chris Hadfield greets Snowbirds in Gatineau
Ottawa Citizen
Retired astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield briefed the media and greeted members of the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they flew in to the Gatineau Airport in preparation for a recent airshow and a Canada Day performance. Joining him for the briefing was special guest Maryse Carmichael, the first woman ever to fly with, and lead the Snowbirds, and now a pilot instructor with CAE. Michael Potter of Vintage Wings of Canada was also on hand with his Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI.More

Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan
Canadian Press via Houston Today
A solar-powered plane took off from Japan recently to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel. Its long wings lighting up the night sky, the Solar Impulse 2 departed at 3:03 a.m. after an unscheduled, month-long stop in Japan because of unfavorable weather. The flight to Hawaii, by far the longest of the journey so far, is risky because there are few if any places to land in an emergency.More

The perfect storm for a pilot shortage: Part I
By Mark Huber
For years, we've heard much about the coming helicopter pilot shortage, brought on in no small part by the unwinding of the U.S. military to its smallest size since before World War II. Evidence now suggests that this shortage is now upon us and that it will hit the helicopter EMS industry disproportionately. Consider the following factors.More

Englishman builds own plane, stops at New York airport on world trip
Times Herald-Record
Colin Hales had just graduated high school in England in the late 1980s when his parents sent him to Camp Na-Sho-Pa in Bloomingburg for the summer. It was a great outdoor experience for the young Englishman; he hiked, swam, and even managed a visit to New York City. One day as Hales lazed on the grass at the camp, he spied a small plane gliding over a hill. There must be an airport nearby, Hales thought to himself. And true enough, he found Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport and several small planes.More

Batten down the hatches
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: Once I began flying the line, I rarely thought about seat positions and calibrations. At a certain point, takeoffs and landings in an airliner are all about holding a particular deck angle. That generally means eyes more inside on the artificial horizon than outside. Plus the time pressures we were under to run our checklists, procedures and flows and get out of the gate on time pushed seat adjustments down the priority list. Anyway, I rarely put anything up on the glare shield. And if I did, I'd see it, right?More

Is owning safer?
Pilots decide to buy their own airplane for a variety of reasons. It could be a business decision, helping ensure coverage of a relatively wide sales area, or perhaps an aerial photography business. Specialized flight training — like acro, or a quicky instrument rating — also can be a reason. Recreation or personal transportation is yet another. One of my major motivations was safety. The deal was cinched while flying a cross-country on a cold, moonless October night. My logbook shows a departure from Richland, Washington, and arriving in Idaho Falls, Idaho. More