COPA eFlight
Aug. 14, 2014

COPA, AOPA advocate for workable GA border crossing system
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president of operations
COPA reported in an April edition of eFlight that the Canada Border Services Agency's Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) is scheduled to be launched by October 2015 and it will require that all GA pilots provide advance information to Canadian authorities prior to flying to Canada. This is in addition to what is already in place with CANPASS.

As members of a working group assisting the CBSA in the development of the new process, COPA and AOPA are advocating for elimination of duplication between the U.S. eAPIS system and the proposed Canadian system by using a single portal/window for data entry that would be shared between U.S. and Canadian authorities. CBSA staff are having difficulty reconciling the Canadian Privacy Act requirements and Sovereignty issues so COPA and AOPA have signed a joint letter requesting the President of CBSA, Luc Portelance, take action in favour of our proposal and work out whatever bureaucratic barriers there may be to a joint data entry solution.More

The Flying Circus: Bombs away
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

World Assembly Update — Final countdown
The 27th IAOPA World Assembly will be held in Beijing, China, Sept. 9-13, just six weeks away! There is still time to make your plans to attend. AOPA China has extended the "early bird" discount up until Aug. 15 to allow last minute registrants to benefit from the optional social programs scheduled after the conclusion of the conference. AOPA China has developed an exciting program of panel discussions and events that will truly make this World Assembly a must attend event. AOPA China is finalizing a welcome package that will be sent to all delegates that provides some useful information when finalizing the plans for your trip.More

Float plane takeoff under Ottawa bridge prompts investigation
CBC News
A float plane pilot's flight under a bridge connecting Ottawa and Gatineau left concerned pilots and frightened boaters in its wake recently. Instructors at the Ottawa Flying Club said taking off under a bridge isn't technically illegal, but is reckless. Canadian aviation regulations say pilots are supposed to stay 500 feet away from people and structures except when taking off and landing. More

Questions continue about lithium batteries
New rules recently have addressed the safety of shipping lithium batteries in air cargo, but a recent newspaper story raised questions about their use in electronic devices in the cockpit of passenger airplanes. "Because many airlines are replacing paper charts with laptops and tablet computers, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration conducted tests on what would happen if one of their rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells ignited," according to news report.More

Giants reunited: Last 2 flying Lancasters, side by side on British airfield
Daily Mail
It is a sight to bring a lump to the throat of even the most battle-hardened veteran. The world's only two airworthy Lancaster bombers are united on a windswept airfield for what will probably be the last time. For "Vera" — an Avro Lancaster Mk X bomber with the registration VR-A — it is part of an epic 3,700-mile journey from her base in Canada to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.More

Xced Aviation Services opens Canadian subsidiary
Aviation Pros
Xced Aviation Services, LLC, of Schaumburg, Illinois, announced the opening of a Canadian subsidiary — Xced Aviation Services Canada. With this launching, Xced Aviation has expanded its geographic reach across all of Canada. Xced provides single investor equipment financing solutions and life cycle management of all ground support equipment for North America. More

Benefits of FBW extend to helicopter medevacs
By Mark Huber
Pilots undoubtedly know what Fly-By-Wire is: An aircraft system whereby a pilot makes control inputs that are interpreted and governed by a computer that sends electronic commands to actuators that manipulate things on a helicopter like the main rotor pitch, camber and tailrotor. FBW replaces traditional mechanical linkages and provides more precise aircraft control. It also keeps pilots from flying their aircraft “outside the envelope” into potentially unstable and dangerous situations. Old stick-and-rudder guys dismiss FBW as a “rate limiter” on the controls, but it is so much more than that.More

BATT aided Canadian carriers, now approved for US use
Aviation Pros
After winning four prestigious awards, SEI Industries' Bulk Aviation Transportation Tank (BATT) was quickly adopted by numerous air carriers who supply Canada's remote sites and, now, it's been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for use in the U.S. Initially developed as a tool for South American law enforcement drug interdiction operations, the BATT is the world's first collapsible fuel tank, specifically engineered to each aircraft's interior. Instead of rigid fuel drums that can leak and damage aircraft interiors, the BATT is soft-sided and customized to fill the fuselage area correctly.More

World Assembly Update — Final countdown
The 27th IAOPA World Assembly will be held in Beijing, China, Sept. 9-13, just six weeks away! There is still time to make your plans to attend. AOPA China has extended the "early bird" discount up until Aug. 15 to allow last...More

Lead is still a threat
The Star Online
The amount of lead churned into the air by cars and factories has declined by more than 90 percent since the 1970s. Average concentrations of the toxic metal in children have plummeted almost as dramatically. But one industry stubbornly remains a...More

Alberta resident helps restore Cold War-era fighter jet
Cochrane Eagle
Cochrane, Alberta, resident Col. Gerry Morrison and Calgarian Cpl. Gary Watson are hoping to preserve some of the Canadian history from the Cold War by rebuilding a Royal Canadian...More

Wheels Up celebrates 1st anniversary
General Aviation News
Private aviation company Wheels Up is celebrating its first year of operations. In 12 months, Wheels Up has signed up 575 members, taken delivery of 25 aircraft in its private fleet, and has established strategic alliances with Beechcraft, Cessna, Jet Aviation, JetSuite, HeliFlite and VistaJet.More

BendixKing launches inflight Internet service
This past spring, BendixKing announced the AeroWave 100 inflight Internet system for general aviation. Now the avionics maker has revealed a pricing plan for the service that's unique for charging customers not for how much data they consume but for the amount of time they're logged on. More