COPA eFlight
Aug. 28, 2014

Airport on Pickering lands needed now
A meeting on Thursday, Aug. 21, in Toronto with the Minister of Transport where discussions on the Pickering lands revealed an airport will eventually be built on the lands sometime in the future left many in the aviation community demanding a quicker commitment to building the airport. The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association responded with a press release urging the federal government that an airport is needed to be built on the Pickering Lands now.

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The Flying Circus: 3-ringed circus
By Garth Wallace
COPA eFlight presents the final 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

Canada's top amateur pilot
The winner of this year's Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is Sebastien Leduc, who is a student at Seneca College and one of nine finalists from across Canada.
Leduc rose to the top of the competition, which involves a flight test, exams, simulator and an interview.
Runner-up is Andrew Bryson from Manitoba and winner of the Nav Canada award is Gregory Yandle from eastern Ontario. More

The murky world of avgas prices
According to author Paul Bertorelli: If I were to break down the quest for an unleaded avgas into seasons, I think we're in the long, hot summer phase. From here until two years from now, progress may be like watching the grass grow. At AirVenture last month, the only meaningful activity was that Shell showed up to talk about its entry in the 100-octane sweepstakes without revealing much detail. More

Alberta's cloud-seeding pilots see 2nd busiest year in 20 years
CBC News
Fighting hailstorms in Alberta is getting a whole lot busier, according to the people behind the Alberta Hail Suppression Project, which uses planes to fly into storms and seed clouds in order to lessen the damage caused by hail. The insurance industry pays $3 million a year to lessen the impact of hailstorms by seeding clouds where storms are brewing, with the hope that it will result in fewer and less expensive insurance claims for hail-related damage. The pilots who fly the cloud-seeding planes say this has been their second busiest season in nearly two decades. More

Passages: A life of service to the cadets
The Hamilton Spectator
A lifelong bachelor, Don Irish used to say he came close to getting married once. But his fiancée insisted he had to choose between her and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He chose the cadets and never looked back. The story was something told in jest but accurately reflects the intense devotion he had to the organization for young men and women that he worked with for more than 35 years in Hamilton, Ontario. And it also gave a sense of the mystery of the man. More

Brain monitoring may improve pilots, controllers
Aviation Week
Billion-dollar, decade-long initiatives in the U.S. and Europe to map and simulate the entire human brain will change information technology fundamentally, and aerospace is unlikely to remain untouched. Advances in neurotechnology are already having an impact, as methods of monitoring the brain are applied to improving the performance of pilots, air traffic controllers and system operators.More

Boom in helicopter leasing is good news for medevac industry
By Mark Huber
The stampede to cash in on the burgeoning deepwater offshore energy market has spawned a series of helicopter-leasing companies with billions of capital to invest. Initially the deals were for just large and medium helicopters servicing the oil and gas industry, but it now looks like some of these companies are making serious efforts to penetrate the medevac and parapublic markets — and that could be good news, especially for smaller players in the industry.More

Deputies describe pilot's skillful emergency landing in corn field
Victor Post
Ontario County, New York, Sheriff's deputies said a pilot was not injured and his single-engine plane nearly undamaged after the pilot made an emergency landing in a Victor corn field. Deputies said 74-year-old Richard L. Schaefer, of 47 High St. Shortsville, was flying his 1940 Taylor Craft BF-65 fixed wing single engine plane back from Lancaster, Erie County, to Hopewell where he intended to land at the small air strip in the hamlet of Chapin. But near Victor the plane's engine stopped. More

Airport on Pickering lands needed now
A meeting on Thursday, Aug. 21, in Toronto with the Minister of Transport where discussions on the Pickering lands revealed an airport will eventually be built on the lands sometime in the future left many in the aviation...More

Diesel engines emerging as new technology for future of GA aircraft
Aviation Pros
With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the general aviation industry in the U.S. appears to be entering a...More

Hey! Why's the horizon over there?
It's happened to every pilot at some time or another — suddenly the airplane isn't doing what the pilot intends. Causes vary — his or her attention is diverted while hand flying, or spatial disorientation does its...More

Western Australia helo pilot saves whale
A helicopter tourism pilot used his Robinson R44 helicopter to scare a shark away from a calving whale along the west coast of Australia. Sean Blocksidge, proprietor of Wild Blue Helicopters of Margaret River, Western Australia, was on a flight with his friend and company pilot Brett Campany to do some aerial photography of the region, when they stumbled upon an incredible scene. More