COPA eFlight
Aug. 1, 2013

Pilot of Gimli Glider returns to air strip 30 years later
CBC News
People in Gimli are marking the 30th anniversary of an event that made aviation history and became known as the Gimli Glider. In July 1983, an Air Canada flight with 69 people on board out of gas while flying over northwestern Ontario. The pilot who managed to land the plane safely on a defunct Gimli airstrip returned to the site to relive the landing. Captain Bob Pearson said he couldn't believe 30 years had passed since the landing.More

Rock stars of the living skies
Yorkton This Week
Everywhere the members of Canada's elite aerobatics team go, they are treated like rock stars. But a sex and drugs and loop-and-roll lifestyle is not really an option for the Snowbirds — officially RCAF 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. "It's a challenging life," said Captain Thomas Edelson, one of the pilots and the squadron's public relations officer, on a stopover in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where the Snowbirds were using the airport as their staging ground for Roblin, Manitoba's big centennial celebration. More

6 pleasure boaters lost in fog off Vancouver Island rescued
The Province
Six people were rescued after their pleasure boat was caught in fog and lost in the ocean near the north tip of Vancouver Island. The Royal Canadian Air Force sent a Buffalo aircraft from 442 Squadron to locate the 24-foot boat, which failed to arrive on time at Port Hardy, its destination. "We heard them talking on FM radio and were able to home in on them," said pilot Capt. Henry Graham. "However, we had zero visibility of the water; the fog was too thick." More

Float planes reminded of Campbell River closure
Campbell River Courier Islander
Boaters and float planes are being reminded of the closed area off the mouth of the Campbell River. The area restricts vessels under motor power to travel through it. It is roughly designated by a line on its southern border that goes from the shoreline of the Campbell River Spit where the boat ramp used to be, to Shag Rock on Quadra Island.More

Ontario air cadets earning wings
Windsor Star
They're the two percenters. It may come as a surprise to some of the 12 Royal Canadian Air cadets attending power flight school at the Windsor Airport to learn that they are part of an elite group. But, according to Maj. Steve Stephenson, the officer in charge of the program for Ontario, only about two of every 100 youngsters who enter the cadets ultimately graduate by earning those coveted wings. More

Report: Vancouver International top performing airport in Canada
Vancouver Sun
University of British Columbia researchers have ranked Vancouver International Airport as the top performing airport in Canada, while naming Atlanta International as the most efficient airport in the world for the 10th year in a row. The annual report from aviation experts at UBC's Sauder School of Business compares the operational and management efficiency, as well as cost competitiveness of 195 airports and 26 airport groups in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.More

Alberta air cadet flies in vintage Second World War plane
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Cadet Amanda Loeffen, a flight corporal at 38 Anavets squadron, flew in a restored Boeing Stearman for the Yellow Wings Youth Leadership Initiative, a program that seeks to inspire youth and encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Loeffen, 14, is attending the Advanced Musicians Course this summer at Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre in Penhold, Alberta. More

Jet Aircraft Museum launches 'Save Voodoo 006' campaign
Jet Aircraft Museum
The Jet Aircraft Museum has been awarded the opportunity to save, transport and restore a CF-101 Voodoo — one of the Royal Canadian Air Forces most important Cold War fighters. The Jet Aircraft Museum plans to send a team out to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, to transport the Voodoo back to Ontario.More

Construction underway for Regina hospital helipad
Metro Regina
Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulances will soon be able to fly directly to Regina General Hospital instead of stopping at the airport, saving time and potentially someone's life. Barry Tolmie, a pilot, says taking away the need to land at Regina International Airport allows patients to see a trauma team quicker.More

ORNGE considers night-vision goggles for its aircraft
Toronto Sun
Helicopter pilots flying to nighttime medical emergencies in Ontario may get some high-tech help to see through the inky darkness. In the wake of two night crashes — including a fatal accident — ORNGE says it is now considering equipping its helicopters with night-vision goggles.More

Alberta trades airplane engines and history with Newfoundland
Edmonton Journal
One is a small fishing community perched on a rocky edge of the North Atlantic; the other an agricultural and petroleum town nestled just east of the Rocky Mountains. Separated by some 6,500 kilometres, on opposite sides of Canada, St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and Fairview, Alberta, would seem to have little in common. Yet the diminutive municipalities are both home to a historic Canso airplane, few of which remain intact. More

Historic Firecat becomes 100th plane in Alberta collection
Edmonton Journal
The long journey of Conair Firecat 567 has taken it from a Canadian aircraft factory in 1958, to patrolling the seas for hostile submarines in the Cold War, to fighting wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia. Under cold, blustery skies, the well-travelled airplane began its final mission — telling its story to visitors at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin.More

Call to contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of COPA eFlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of COPA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members and we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More