COPA eFlight
Jul. 4, 2013

Recent board action
By Paul Hayes, chairman of COPA
The Executive of the Board of COPA, backed by a majority of the full Board, has recently taken steps in relation to a sitting Director, Doug Ronan. The action was necessary, decisive and, as determined by the Board, in the best interests of COPA. This note is intended to quell the rumors that have been circulating and to ensure the facts are available to our members.More

Hoax email!
On Monday, July 1, 2013, an email message purporting to be from COPA went out to a number of COPA members inviting them to "The COPA ANNUAL FLY-IN and AGM 2013" taking place at 71 Bank Street, 7th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5N2 on the 7th of July 2013.

Please note that COPA did not send the email. We advise that you delete the email immediately as we suspect that it contains a virus or malware.More

NAV CANADA invests in joint venture for global, satellite-based aircraft tracking
Avionics Intelligence
NAV CANADA has invested an additional $40 million in Aireon LLC, a joint venture with Iridium Communications Inc., increasing its ownership of Aireon to 18.7 percent on a fully diluted basis. Aireon's mandate is to take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT, Iridium's second-generation satellite constellation, to deliver global aircraft surveillance through Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receivers on the satellites.More

Pilots being temporarily blinded by green lasers a concern to astronomers
Global News
Chris Vaughan is a geophysicist by day. But by night, you can find him outside with his telescope, conducting public astronomy education tours of the universe. But pointing out a single star in a sea of stars can be difficult, particularly when you're trying to show it to someone unfamiliar with the night sky. That's when Vaughan takes out his green laser pointer. More

Nerves of steel required to fly into cold, remote areas
Canada Daily News
His childhood as an Air Cadet in Ladysmith, British Columbia, must seem a long way off for Chris Staples, who now braves below-freezing temperatures to pilot vintage aircraft in remote areas of the Northwest Territories. It's not something many people can do and only a tiny percentage of pilots can fly the C-46 Commando aircraft that Staples takes out on a regular basis. What makes it all the more remarkable is that Staples is only 23, currently the youngest pilot in the world to fly a C-46. More

Astronaut discusses space, Kenora Air Show
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is slowly getting used to life back on Earth, following a nine month mission on the International Space Station. With his brother Dave Hadfield scheduled to come to Kenora, Ontario, for the air show, he took the time to talk in an over-the-phone interview. One of the things he discussed was the ongoing relationship with his brother. "Dave and I have spent our whole lives back and forth together. We've flown airplanes, we dated sisters for a while and we travelled all over the world," Hadfield said. "Since I've gotten back I've had a chance to spend time with Dave to talk about flying planes and the Kenora air show," he said.More

Is this where the aviation pioneers racing Charles Lindbergh crashed?
The Daily Mail
A French businessman claims to have identified the island where two French aviators crashed off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in May 1927, just days before Charles Lindbergh's record-breaking solo flight across the Atlantic. Charles Nungesser, a daredevil aristocrat and top French flying ace, and François Coli, a one-eyed mariner and former infantryman, aimed to pilot their single-engine biplane, L'Oiseau Blanc, or The White Bird, from Paris across the Atlantic — but they never arrived and the plane was never recovered.More

44-year-old air cadet building in Nova Scotia faces closure, sale
The New Glasgow News
Adrian Pearson remembers that bright sunny day on Drummond Road in Westville, Nova Scotia, back in 1969. "It was February, I believe," he said. "There must have been a couple of hundred of people associated with the local cadets present. There was a lot of hoopla." More

Newfoundland and Labrador: Aviation museum still relevant
Daily Business Buzz
Sandra Seaward wants it made known the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is still in the community and it's still vitally important to the town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. Located on the Trans Canada Highway in Gander, near the Tourism Information Centre, the museum tracks the history of the Gander International Airport, and houses countless pieces of historic memorabilia, like a piece of steel from the World Trade Centre.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.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

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

Langley Airport flying high at 75 years old
Langley Times
George Miller will never forget the night he took off from Langley Regional Airport in British Columbia, Canada, during an earthquake. It was 1994 and Miller was taking a special flight with former Township mayor John Scholtens, in a ceremony to open the runway lights. “I had all the lights off in the airport and I drove the aircraft up in complete blackness with just the taxi lights on,” Miller, former manager of the airport, recalled. More

1 of the last airworthy B-17 bombers visits Hamilton
Ever wondered what it's like to see a B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War, up close? This could be your chance to find out. Based in Arizona, the Sentimental Journey, one of only about 13 of the vintage Boeing bombers still airworthy, is in town, stationed at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum between July 1 and 7.More

Pilot safely lands plane after sudden engine failure
Edmonton Journal
The pilot of a small plane carrying two passengers was forced to make an emergency landing when one of the plane's engines suddenly failed. Fire crews were called to the City Centre Airport just after 1 p.m. when the pilot of the Beechcraft King Air plane requested emergency assistance after noticing the mechanical problem with the aircraft. More