COPA eFlight
Aug. 9, 2012

Places to Fly

Welcome to COPA's Places to Fly – Canada's collaborative database of airports that anyone can edit or add to! Here you can read information about airports in Canada, including fuel prices and airport fees. You can also update existing information, upload airport pictures and even create new listings about Canadian airports that we don't yet have any information on. It is easy to use! More

Up in the air at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa
Canada.com
When we asked canada.com readers to select the best museum in Canada recently, they voted for the National Gallery in Ottawa. My choice was for another Ottawa museum which wasn't even on our shortlist. It is the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. "We like to think of it as one of the best kept secrets in the country," museum Director General Stephen Quick.More

A high flying good time
Northern Life
Pilots from around the province touched down in Azilda for the eighth annual Northern Ontario IMAC Challenge, where they put their International Miniature Aerobatic Club planes to the test. Contestants competed in various classes, performing routines for judges to score based on their ability to follow the predetermined patterns and some unknown moves too.More

Discovery Air announces new, committed operating facility
Stockhouse
Discovery Air announced that it has secured a new, committed operating facility with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The new facility has a limit of up to $25 million (depending on whether advances are made during or outside of Discovery Air's peak operating period and on the value of eligible receivables and inventory) and may be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The new facility replaces Discovery Air's demand operating facility with Callidus Capital Corporation.More

Aerial acrobatics in Kelowna via the Canadian Snowbirds
The Kelowna Cap News
If your arm weighs 10 pounds and you're in a jet pulling 50g, it feels like you're lifting 50 pounds to move it, says one of the Canadian Snowbirds who attended a special reception at the Delta Grand Hotel. The Snowbirds are a large attraction in Kelowna, regularly making stops in this city to wow audiences along the waterfront with their aerial acrobatics; but their recent visit was special.More

From pile of junk to restored beauty
The Victoria Times-Colonist
Standing in front of a restored aircraft from 1940, David Stillman turns to admire his handiwork. "It was a pile of junk," he said with a laugh. Aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate Canada's aircraft history at the B.C. Aviation Museum's annual open house, and to welcome a new addition — a single-engine Harvard trainer.More

Air show gets revival and flies again
The Saskatchewan Star-Phoenix
A bit of turbulence couldn't stop the veterans' tribute air show from landing in the city for another year. The Canada Remembers Our Heroes — formerly the Canada Remembers International Air Show — had been cancelled in February by previous organizer Credit Union Centre, but an effort to revive the show got off the ground in the spring. An all-volunteer group put the show together on short notice, said organizer Brian Swidrovich.More

Busy Okanagan Lake getting dangerous for float planes
CBC News
Some commercial pilots say Okanagan Lake is getting too dangerous for float planes on the weekends because of all the jet skis, boats and other waterborne traffic. And unlike harbours in Vancouver and Victoria, Okanagan Lake has no designated float plane runway.More

Hawker Beechcraft laying off 170
Canadian Business
Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft told 170 workers at a Little Rock factory that they would lose their jobs, the move coming weeks after the firm reached a deal to sell the company's business jet business to a company in China. The Wichita, Kansas-based company issued a letter giving the employees 60 days of notice, as required by federal law. The factory, which customizes interiors of aircraft and performs repairs and maintenance, had about 450 workers before the layoff.More

Waterbomber operator offers reward after vandalism puts aircraft in jeopardy
The Victoria Times-Colonist
The operator of the Martin Mars waterbombers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of vandals who punched holes in the tail fins of one of the planes, which could have caused it to crash. More

Premier Aviation to open Windsor hangar mid-September
CBC News
The first aircraft to use Premier Aviation's $23-million hangar at Windsor Airport will arrive in mid-September, company CEO Ronnie Di Bartolo told CBC News. Di Bartolo said the maintenance department will start its repairs at the city-owned hangar on Sept. 18, three days after the plane is scheduled to arrive.More

Pemberton welcomes top pilots
The Question
The skies around Pemberton have been full with some of the world's top pilots preparing for the Canadian National Paragliding Championships. Pemberton has never before hosted a gliding competition of this calibre, said organizer Jim Orava, and the event is set to put the village on the map for enthusiasts of the sport worldwide.More

Pilot safe after forced landing in rural Ottawa
The Ottawa Citizen
After an emergency landing into the brush near the Carp Airport, the pilot of a small airplane was able to walk out of his aircraft with only minor cuts and scrapes on his hand and leg. A 40-year-old man was flying solo when something went wrong and he was forced to land his single-engined plane into a lightly wooded area across from a field of corn.More