COPA eFlight
Aug. 8, 2013

Transport Canada responds to Transportation Safety Board criticism
The Canadian Press via CKWX-Radio
Transport Canada says implementing the Transportation Safety Board's recommendations to reduce fires after small plane crashes wouldn’t be simple, and wouldn’t be the most effective way to save lives. The federal department is responding to criticism from the safety board, which has argued that two pilots killed in a crash near Vancouver two years ago could still be alive if Transport Canada heeded its recommendations.More

Wings over central Alberta
Innisfail Province
Looking over the colorful patchwork of canola fields and cropland from 3,000 feet above the ground in an aircraft with no engine definitely sounds like an adventure not meant for the faint of heart. However, when the aircraft is a two-seat training glider being piloted by an accomplished glider instructor, the experience quickly goes from frightening to exhilarating.More

Increase in hail-producing storms keeps cloud-seeding program busy
Mountain View Gazette
Few want to see the end of summer come as much as Dr. Terry Krauss, the Alberta Severe Weather Management Society's project director. This year's hail season has been one of the busiest since the society started its cloud seeding hail suppression program, where the chemical silver iodide is released into clouds to prevent the formation of large pieces of hail, in 1996.More

Bittersweet 50th anniversary for Canada's Sea King helicopters
CBC News
Canadian Armed Forces pilots have been flying Sea King helicopters for 50 years. That these aging beasts are still flying at all is testament to both the talents of those who have been operating and maintaining the old aircraft, and to the failings of a series of governments that have been unable to replace the tired, often grounded Sea Kings since at least 1986. More

Hercules crew help with search on Lake Ontario
Quinte News
There was a successful search by members of 8 Wing's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre looking for missing boaters on Lake Ontario. The crew, aboard a Hercules aircraft, helped the U.S. Coast Guard locate a father and son who were reported missing aboard a 26-foot boat, between Oswego and Rochester, N.Y.More

Air Cadet exchange visits Reynolds-Alberta Museum
Wetaskiwin Times
The International Air Cadet Exchange program made a pitstop at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum as part of their whirlwind tour across the province. Seventy-five cadets made the journey, representing 12 countries: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the first time in the history of the program that the air cadets have visited Western Canada.More

Saskatchewan hosts search and rescue
Yorktown This Week
Air search and rescue crews from across western Canada will be in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, or an annual training exercise. The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association is a national volunteer organization of pilots, navigators, spotters, search coordinators, electronic search specialists, radio operators and administration staff who provide air search support to the Royal Canadian Air Force and generally promote aviation safety.More

Cadet program returns to fly the summer skies
Medicine Hat News
It will take more than a wing and a prayer for the 2013 class of Royal Canadian Air Cadets (RCAC) training at Alberta's Medicine Hat Regional Airport to complete a six-month licensing course in seven weeks. But according to RCAC Lt. Natasha Becker, the dozen teenage women cadets from across the prairies are willing, able and ready to fly after a year or more of training in their respective home provinces and territories. More

Squamish Airport Community Day
Squamish Flying Club
The Squamish Flying Club will be hosting a Fly-In & Airport Community Day on Aug. 25, 2013, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Squamish Flying Club is a registered society located on the Squamish Municipal Airport where it operates for the benefit of its members and the local community. The main projects for the club at the present are to create more aircraft storage facilities for members and to modernize the general aviation fuel system to serve both club members and the aviation fraternity.More

Alberta air cadet flies in vintage Second World War plane
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Cadet Amanda Loeffen, 14, 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. Loeffen is attending the Advanced Musicians Course at Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre.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, have little in common.More

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.More

Manitoba cadet shines at Alberta camp
Winnipeg Free Press
Cole Lazaruk took a major step toward his desired career while at Canadian Forces Base Penhold. The North Kildonan air cadet from Winnipeg, Alberta, just 13, is already trying to make his dream of becoming a commercial pilot for Air Canada come true. Lazaruk is a corporal in the 6 Jim Whitecross Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron at McGregor Armoury, and is looking to earn his glider and power pilot wings through the program, just like his brothers Luke and Ben did. 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