COPA eFlight
Jul. 24, 2014

COPA calls for public awareness on operation of model aircraft
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
As technology evolves with unmanned aircraft, including sophisticated and affordable model aircraft, the potential has increased for people to create safety hazards by operating in close proximity to other aircraft. COPA is participating in the development of regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems — aircraft that are flown for other than recreational purposes — the results of which are still some ways away.More

The Flying Circus: Chainsaw Charlie
By Garth Wallace
COPA eFlight presents another weekly excerpt from "The Flying Circus," a fun book by Canadian aviation humorist and former COPA publisher Garth Wallace. "The Flying Circus" is a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school armed with loads of enthusiasm, but little business sense and no money.More

The thrill of flying the world's smallest jet
Air & Space Magazine
According to author Debbie Gary: Last summer, while I watched Justin Lewis perform at an airshow in his polished silver BD-5J, that old feeling came back. I longed to strap into a BD-5 jet again. I wanted to dive it along the show line, pull up vertical, gyrate through a Wild Turkey, drift backward into a tail slide, bop the gear up and down, then zoom past the airshow crowd the way we used to in 1975, when I was the third pilot of the BD-5 Jet Team.More

Cockpit invention promises to boost pilot spatial awareness
Air Traffic Management
An Australian pilot stands to revolutionize the global aviation industry with his world-first idea for a cockpit lighting system that could solve the problem of spatial disorientation. Spatial disorientation involves pilots being unable to detect the position of their aircraft when they have no visual reference of the horizon, such as when flying in dark or cloudy conditions. It is believed to have contributed to accidents including Air France 447.More

Video: Alaska floatplane's close call with a whale
We've all heard of deer and even an occasional moose crossing the path of a landing airplane, but it's not often a whale gets in the way. That's exactly what happened recently in Angoo, Alaska, when the quick reaction of a floatplane pilot avoided what could have been a calamitous outcome for airplane and the whale. The pilot of the de Havilland Beaver might not even have realized the whale was there if not for a spray of water from the water-going mammal just as it breached the surface of the water.More

The ADS-B dilemma: How soon should HEMS operators act?
By Michael P. Koval
A significant mandate for HEMS operators is looming on the horizon. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that aircraft operating in certain classes of airspace must be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, or ADS-B, by Jan. 1, 2020. This FAA ruling provides a logistical challenge to the entire industry and especially HEMS operators. The lack of certified repair stations coupled with the overwhelming demand for installations will likely create tremendous backlogs in the next few years.More

British museum houses world's largest collection of flying WWI aircraft
Of the 55,000 planes that were manufactured by the Royal Army Corps during the First World War, only 20 or so remain in airworthy condition. Six of these belong to The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, England. It is the most complete collection of original airworthy First World War aircraft in the world.More

COPA calls for public awareness on operation of model aircraft
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
As technology evolves with unmanned aircraft, including sophisticated and affordable model aircraft, the potential has increased for people to create...More

Saskatchewan pilot whose engine quit credits training for smooth landing
The Canadian Press via MetroNews Canada
A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, pilot says he had to do some quick thinking when his plane's engine quit mid-air on his way to Yellowknife. Stefan Trischuk...More

Drones pose new risk for aircraft in Canadian skies
Toroton Star
As the Porter Airlines flight set up for its approach to Washington, D.C.'s Dulles airport on a recent flight from Toronto, the pilots suddenly found they had some company in the skies — a drone. The black and silver unmanned...More

Rising stars: 5 planes that will change aviation
It might be a Madison Avenue cliché, but the notion that "new and improved" sells is certainly in aviation, whether you're talking about big airplanes or small ones. Buyers want more of everything, speed, range, payload, safety, comfort and efficiency, and if airplane builders can deliver on those commodities, they will sell airplanes, sometimes a lot of them. In our look at some of the most ­exciting emerging models in aviation, we include a light-sport amphibian, a rugged midsize jet from a legendary turboprop maker, a slick retractable-gear, four-place carbon fiber speedster, a utilitarian people hauler with range and comfort, and a supersonic dream ship so ambitious that it might very well remain a dream forever.More

General aviation seeing sales boost
The Associated Press via KSN-TV
Private jet sales are rising again, climbing out of a deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts. The chief executive of General Dynamics Corp., maker of Gulfstream jets, says corporate customers are back and wealth creation is bringing out shoppers for private jets. The president of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says deliveries for private planes are growing after hitting bottom in 2011. The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall. More