COPA eFlight
Jul. 23, 2015

Fearless toddler pilot gets a taste of space travel with microgravity flight
Lea Langumier, the four-year-old girl who charmed the internet as she giggled her way through a stomach-churning aerobatic flight in her father's plane, is back in the air — and this time she's been given a taste of space flight. After watching a clip of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield brushing his teeth on board the International Space Station, Lea, from Lachute near Montreal in Quebec, told her father Raphael how cool it was to see the toothbrush floating in the air. "So we took a flight to make it even cooler," said pilot Raphael.More

Take flight with COPA
Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a 5 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

Fighter pilot was in Battle of Brittain
Hamilton Spectator
Henry Sprague was the scion of a prominent Hamilton, Ontario, family who served as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and later helped plan the Great Escape after he was shot down over France and interned in a POW camp. It was quite the experience for a young Canadian only in his 20s at the time, but his son Stephen said his father was very quiet about his wartime service, reluctant to talk about it other than anecdotes such as playing cribbage with Australian pilots in Stalag Luft III and watching the loser run around the camp barking like a dog. More

NPA on Aerodromes now at Canada Gazette 1, your last chance to review
COPA’s aerodrome committee and legal counsel are reviewing the implications of Gazette 1 as written and COPA will be issuing a formal response to Transport Canada. The 30-day consultation period ends on August 10, 2015. If you wish to provide comments, visit: More

Classic airplane ride off bucket list for Ontario man
Wasaga Sun via
Bill Ramsbottom got close to Heaven recently. "I may be almost 90, but I felt like I was nine," exclaimed the Airborne veteran after he clambered off the wing of the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation's Tiger Moth. "It's as close to Heaven as you're ever going to get." More

Secret flights recreated between US and Russia
Edmonton Sun
Four pilots, two American and two Russian, landed in Edmonton, Alberta, while flying the Alaska-Siberia Air Route to recreate a secret mission to ferry planes to soviet allies during World War II. "It was a secret program at the time started by the United States in order to provide aid to our soviet allies in World War II, to deliver 8,000 military aircraft across the route," said Jeff Geer, founder and president of the Bravo 369 flight foundation and pilot of a T-6 Texan being flown from Great Falls, Montana to Moscow, Russia.More

Ontario city considers end to airport funding
Wasaga Sun via
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, could be grounding its annual support for the Collingwood regional airport. Recently, as council's committee of the whole reviewed what groups will get grants in 2015, several councillors expressed their hesitance to continue funding the Collingwood Regional Airport. Wasaga Beach has traditionally given $15,000 annually toward the airport's operation. It is recommended the town give $10,000 this year. More

Pilot skillfully lands small plane without wheels
Yahoo News
The man was flying his WWII replica spitfire above Sibson Airfield in Cambridgeshire over the weekend when his landing gear failed. He was forced to circle above the runway for 20 minutes to burn fuel before finally being able to land. Mark Norman, who was at the airport to film skydivers, captured the dramatic moment on camera. "I had been here all day filming the skydiving and they shut our operation down so that he could crash," he told Metro.More

Many new pilot-friendly features in ForeFlight 7.2
ForeFlight has added a number of new features in the latest version–7.2–of its iOS app, including connectivity to Garmin avionics, graphical flight notifications, weight-and-balance profile syncing, improved winds aloft information and support for the newest Appareo Stratus 1S and 2S ADS-B receivers. Version 7.2 of ForeFlight Mobile is available now on the Apple App Store.More

DeBoer: Socialism is general aviation's biggest threat
Wichita Business Journal
Wichita, Kansas, businessman and entrepreneur Jack DeBoer has used business aviation for decades. He is a pilot with nearly 6,000 flight hours, while his various companies have used and managed business jets for 47 years, all without a safety incident. The planes helped DeBoer build multiple hotel and extended-stay brands around the country, work he continues today as his WaterWalk Hotel Apartments concept is going national.More

David McCullough on the Wright brothers
Air & Space Magazine
According to David McCullough: Well, [the Wright brothers] might have [accomplished the same aeronautic feats] in France, but I doubt it. I think it was the atmosphere — and much of the book is about this — the atmosphere of America at that time. In a town like Dayton, which was really in the manufacturing surge — not just big things like railroad cars and cash registers — but everything. Every imaginable thing.More

True Blue intros lithium-ion battery for experimental aircraft
True Blue Power launched sales of its new 16 amp-hour TEX16 lithium-ion main-ship battery designed for experimental aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2015. Special pricing of $2,800 is available during the show. "The TEX16 is designed with the same architecture as FAA-certified True Blue Power battery products," according to True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instruments.More