COPA eFlight
Jul. 9, 2015

Saskatchewan Flying Farmers mark 60 years with Estevan visit
Estevan Lifestyles
Estevan can claim a number of firsts within the provincial business, recreational and political spheres. The first female mayor of a Saskatchewan city, the first Dairy Queen franchise in Canada, and, as it was noted at the end of May, the home for the first Flying Farmers club in the province. To mark the 60th anniversary of this event, Flying Farmer members from a variety of locations landed their aircraft at Estevan's Regional Airport on May 30, to celebrate with a charter member and his son, who just happens to be the current president of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Flying Farmers Association.More

Hotel selected for 2016 World Assembly
With a little over a year until the next IAOPA World Assembly, AOPA U.S. events and outreach staff along with IAOPA HQ representatives have finalized the venue location and will be prepared to announce shortly all of the essential details. The host city is Chicago, Illinois, at a central location on the scenic Chicago River in the heart of Chicago's business, theatre and shopping districts. Until that time, be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, July 21, 2016, through Sunday, July 24, 2016, for the assembly and a few additional days to visit EAA's AirVenture 2016. I fully expect that this will be a very well attended event and the follow-on visit to Oshkosh is a journey that every pilot should make. More

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

Viking Air sends Twin Otter to Canada north to mark anniversary
Peninsula News Review
It was 1965 and the first official Canadian flag was flown over the houses of Parliament. That same year saw the maiden flight of yet another Canadian icon — the Twin Otter. The aircraft mirrors the toughness and resolve of the country where it is made, as well as its knack for survival (but more on that later). That's why Viking Air will be honouring the shared anniversary of the Canadian Flag and the Twin Otter aircraft by recognizing the aircraft's unique Canadian heritage through a special 50th anniversary celebration tour. It will see Twin Otters travelling to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. More

Premier to expand reach with DAT acquisition
AIN online
Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre, one of the largest Canadian-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, is moving to expand its reach into the general aviation and regional markets with an initial agreement to purchase Canadian firm Discovery Air Technical Services. The initial offer hinges on due diligence and the execution of a definitive agreement. Premier expects to complete the acquisition by the end of next month. 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

Solar plane lands in Hawaii, ending perilous leg of global journey
After nearly 118 grueling, consecutive hours over the Pacific Ocean, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 is back on land — and freshly stamped into aviation record books. Pilot Andre Borschberg landed the plane on the Hawaiian island of Oahu five days after he took off from Japan — ending the longest and most dangerous leg in his team's attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. The leg — the eighth of a planned 13 — set a record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight in terms of time.More

A copacetic way to spend an Ontario Saturday
St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News
Josephine Whalley is nowhere near the hottest spot north of Havana. But in a few years the 12-year-old may be able to fly down after experiencing small-craft flight for the first time in Charlie Murray's homemade RV-9 at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's COPA for Kids Day at Ontario's St. Thomas Municipal Airport. Held at airports across the country, it used to be called Young Eagles and the new moniker defies anyone to say it without thinking of Barry Manilow's 1978 disco hit. More

The perfect storm for a pilot shortage: Part II
By Mark Huber
The U.S. civil aviation industry has long relied on the military to train a good share of its pilots. With the military's shrinking size, it's understandable that the number of pilots with military training entering the civilian workforce is shrinking. But what about those who use their hard-earned G.I. Bill educational benefits to become pilots once they leave the military? If legislation currently before the U.S. House becomes law, that could become a thing of the past.More

Summertime, and the tailwheels are flying
Airshow season is at its height and hundreds of thousands of people are flocking to watch some of the coolest airplanes on the planet being flown by some of the finest pilots around. At the same time, summer weather means the backcountry airstrips are open and pilots with a certain lust for adventure are taking advantage of the season to do some of the most enjoyable flying imaginable. What’s the connection between the two? Most of the airplanes involved in those endeavors have tailwheels.More

New Apple iOS 8.4 fixes GPS bug
To the relief of a great many pilots, Apple's latest iOS 8.4 update for the iPhone and iPad, released recently, fixes a major bug in iOS 8.3 that has been preventing the use of many external GPS receivers with apps like ForeFlight Mobile. GPS and app makers say they have successfully tested iPads running with the new iOS version and all appears to functioning properly once again. More

Video: Amazing river bar landing
This video definitely fits into the "don't try this at home" category, unless, of course, you are a highly experienced bush pilot. The pilot managed to land and take off from a postage stamp gravel island in the middle of a river in Alaska, using water assisted landing technique. The airplane touched down in the water a few feet before the island with what appear to be 29-inch tundra tires and came to a stop right in the middle of the small gravel bar.More

The Spirit of St. Louis lands again
Air & Space Magazine
Last January, one of the National Air and Space Museum's most famous treasures, which had been suspended from the ceiling for 22 years, was lowered to the Museum floor. Its temporary location "gives our visitors a wonderful opportunity to see this remarkable aircraft up close in a way that normally they will not have a chance to," says curator Bob van der Linden. "It's a very rare opportunity."More