COPA eFlight
Jul. 31, 2014

Aviation weather product change:
Transition of SAFs to digital and graphical alternatives

According to a June 19 notice from the Federal Aviation Administration, the FAA — in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) — will transition seven (7) Area Forecasts (FAs), currently used as flight planning and pilot weather briefing aids, to digital and graphical alternatives. A joint-agency working group has concluded that these digital and graphical alternatives better meet the needs of today's aviation users.
Seeing that the U.S. appears to be headed toward graphical area forecasts (GFA), COPA and AOPA are working together to encourage FAA and Nav Canada to develop a trans-border Graphic Area Forecast.
A letter responding to the FAA notice was sent today from AOPA advocating for a trans-border GFA.



The Flying Circus: I spy
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

Pilots say laser pointing is potentially deadly prank
CTV News
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Elmira teen flies Ontario's skies
The Oshawa Express
It was a dream come true for Matthew Jessop of Elmira as he took his first solo flight around Ontario's Oshawa Municipal Airport. The 17-year-old air cadet and fledgling glider pilot took the first major step to becoming a fully qualified private pilot by successfully flying his Cessna 152 around the circuit of the local airport completely alone, states a release from Cadets Canada. Before taking to the skies, Jessop first had to demonstrate competence in basic piloting skills to his flight instructor, Leroy Smith.More

Life story: Maj. Gen. Claude LaFrance, veteran of Korean air war
Ottawa Citizen
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Canadian fighter jet hit by lightning, lands safely in Alberta
Toronto Sun
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By Mark Huber
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This record-breaking electric plane stomps gas-powered Cessna
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Pilots say laser pointing is potentially deadly prank
CTV News
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Air & Space Magazine
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Air Traffic Management
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