COPA eFlight
Jul. 18, 2013

Is your Aviation Document Booklet expiring?
Did you know your Aviation Document Booklet (ADB) must be renewed every five years from date of issuance?

This fall, pilots, flight engineers and air traffic controllers will begin renewing their Aviation Document Booklets. Transport Canada first introduced the ADB in 2008 with a five year expiry date; thus, the majority of ADB holders will need to renew their booklets this year.More

Is your fly-in legal?
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA v-p operations
COPA provides Air Meet liability insurance for events organized by our Flights, including monthly meetings, COPA For Kids flights and fly-ins.

During the summer of 2012, I attended a number of fly-ins and took notes about how they were run in preparation for an upcoming review of our insurance with our new broker, Magnes. A few things stood out and got me thinking: "Does COPA Air Meet insurance really cover that?" and "Does this part of the fly-in require a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada?" and "What if an accident occurs and a SFOC has not been issued? Can insurance companies refuse to pay because the fly-in was illegal?"

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Inspection revealed pilot training woes at ORNGE
Toronto Star
ORNGE was forced to suspend operations at several bases and pull pilots from flying duties after problems were found with the training and paperwork for every helicopter pilot on its roster, the Star has learned. Among the paperwork missing from the files was proof that several pilots had received training in how to avoid controlled flight into terrain. More

Returning to a dedicated minister of transport a significant step forward
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association welcomes The Honourable Lisa Raitt on her appointment as the federal Minister of Transport. Prior to this appointment, she served as Minister of Natural Resources and, most recently, as Minister of Labour.

We are also pleased that the Transportation portfolio has been returned to a stand-alone position. The previous Minister was triple-hatted with Transport, Infrastructure and Communities occupying his time.

Minister Raitt's connection to aviation is seen as a plus for our association. She was president and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority, operator of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and she has been quoted recently, as MP for the Halton Region of Ontario, concerning airport development at the Burlington Airpark. This exposure to our sector of aviation provides background experience for her new position.More

Vietnamese navy officers earn their wings in British Columbia
Eight Vietnamese navy officers earned their wings in a special graduation ceremony in Sidney, British Columbia — the only program of its kind in Canada. The Vietnamese Navy recently purchased six Twin Otter aircrafts from Viking Air and needed help teaching their officers how to fly the planes. Robin Tidswell, a flight instructor with Pacific Sky Aviation, says it was the challenging 20-month program included studying English and aviation. More

Fly Away for a Free Stay
Saugeen Municipal Airport had the draw for the first month's winner (June) in its "Fly Away for a Free Stay." The winner of the big first prize, which includes $50 worth of fuel, a stay at the Walkerton Best Western, a gift certificate from Saugeen Municipal Airport's restaurant, a gift certificate from the local restaurant and a bottle of fine wine from the Maison de Phillippe is Ron Buchanan who flies a very pretty pink C425, Registration N111SU out of Wisconsin. Congratulations Ron, and we look forward to seeing you to pick up your prize.

The second prize of Hanover Dollars was won by Perry Lewin and his registration is C-FZGA. The winner of the Durham Dollars is Al Rivet with aircraft registration of C-FRTT.

Thanks to all that entered by purchasing fuel and remember we run this promotion again for the next three months. So come to CYHS, purchase some fuel and enter in our FLY AWAY for a FREE STAY for July, August and September. More

Alberta police back in the air to nab speeders on highways
CBC News
Police in Alberta are taking to the air to crackdown on speeding on the province's highways. The Aircraft Traffic Enforcement program returns as one of the initiatives to make driving safer on highways considered high risk, said Supt. Howard Eaton in a news release. Using aircraft to patrol highways was one of the recommendations made in the June 2012 report "Towards a Safer 63," written after a devastating crash that killed seven people on Highway 63. More

Airport donates money to help Alberta flood victims
Airport World
Calgary Airport Authority (CAA) has made a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with flood relief efforts in southern Alberta. "Our thoughts are with those affected by the flooding as our community works to rebuild," said CAA chair, David Swanson. "It has been remarkable to witness the resilience and spirit of Albertans during this challenging time." More

Airdrie-raised pilot returns home for air show
Airdrie City View
At this year's Airdrie Regional Air Show, Airdrie, Alberta-raised, Cpt. Steve Hurlbut, a graduate of Bert Church High School, will be at the helm. Hurlbut will be piloting the CF-18 — an aircraft capable of speeds up to mach 1.8, roughly 2189 km. per hour, while performing in his first air show. More

Future leaders earning wings in history
Peninsula News Review
Roaring to life, the engine of the Boeing Stearman biplane pulls the aircraft forward on the tarmac of the Victoria International Airport in British Columbia. On board is Vintage Wings of Canada pilot Derek Blatchford and Richmond air cadet Felix Chan. Chan is one of 50 cadets who were able to get into the sky aboard the Second World War-era training plane, as part of Vintage Wings' Yellow Wings Leadership initiative. More

IAOPA participates in EU Parliament seminar
The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations' (IAOPA) Secretary General delivered the keynote opening remarks at the first session held by the European Parliament on the subject of "General Aviation Connecting Europe." The seminar was sponsored by MEP's Gesine Meissner and Giommaria Uggias.More

Float plane pilot saves three men after canoe capsizes in frigid lake
The Province
A quick-thinking Harbour Air pilot is being credited with saving the lives of three hypothermic boaters on Whistler, British Columbia's, frigid Green Lake. Pilot Chris Cameron was getting ready to take off from Green Lake when off in the distance he saw three people struggling in the water after their canoe capsized.More

ForeFlight introduces digital visual navigation charts in Canada
ForeFlight announced the availability of digital navigation charts and information for Canada. The complete set of Nav Canada charts is optimized for display on the iPad and provides pilots mobile access to Visual Navigation Charts, Visual Terminal Area Charts and the Canadian Flight Supplement.More

Human-powered hover bike wins coveted $250K prize
CBC News
A long-elusive aviation innovation prize that has never had a winner in its 33-year existence has finally been claimed after a team of Toronto engineers built and then flew a human-powered hover bike. The highly-coveted Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition — known as the AHS Sikorsky prize for short — was awarded for the first time in its history to AeroVelo, a Toronto-based engineering team made up of University of Toronto students, alumni and volunteers.More

Teens set to sail the skies this summer at air base
Comox Valley Echo via
It's up, up and away for dozens of youth. From far-flung corners of British Columbia 44 air cadets are arriving to attend the Glider Pilot Scholarship Course at 19 Wing CFB Comox. The training, part of the Regional Gliding School Pacific's glider and power pilot courses, give teenagers aged 16-18 the skills to become Transport Canada-licensed glider pilots. More

Ground crew: Keeping the Snowbirds in the air
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Although the Snowbirds are made up of members of the Canadian Forces who come from across the country, it doesn't take long to figure out which ones are from Saskatchewan. "Did you watch that Rider game?" Cpl. Dustin Haider, who is originally from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, asks Cpl. Russel Egler. The two are sitting in a hangar at Canadian Forces Base 15 Wing outside Moose Jaw. "I did. Blowout eh?" replies Egler. Haider and Egler wear green uniforms to work and are on a team seen as a Canadian icon.More

Editor's note
Last week's eFlight included an article titled "Field of Flight brings crowds, dollars to British Columbia." The article was included incorrectly and will be removed from the archives. We apologize for the confusion.More