COPA eFlight
Aug. 29, 2013

COPA responds to call for improving post-crash fire issues in small aircraft
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka was interviewed by CBC Radio regarding the Transport Safety Board's call for improving post-crash fire issues in small aircraft. To listen to the interview visit CBC Radio's website, click the Aug. 21 episode and go to 1:21:40 in the broadcast for the start of the interview.More

2013 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition for top amateur pilot in Canada held in Manitoba
Webster Memorial Trophy Competition
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition sponsored by Air Canada Flight Operations is an annual country-wide competition to determine the top amateur pilot in Canada.

The winner of the 2013 Webster competition is Takashi Hirose. Takashi is the Eastern Ontario regional finalist who is currently enrolled in the Algonquin College Aviation program and flies with the Ottawa Flying Club.

The 2013 runner-up is Stuart Loney. Stuart is the Central Ontario regional finalist and flies out of the Brampton Flight Center. More

Why your helicopter seat feels like a brick
By Mark Huber
NASA drop-tested a surplus Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter on Aug. 28 with the goal of gleaning new data on rotorcraft crashworthiness and seat belt design. The hulk will be rigged with 40 cameras, numerous sensors and 13 crash dummies. The test is part of NASA's Rotary Wing Project, and the study promises to shed more light on occupant survivability and one day could lead to helicopter interiors that are not only safer, but also more comfortable.More

World War II bombers to be honored 70 years later
Toronto Star
Canada's World War II bombers will finally be recognized in a ceremony commemorating their wartime efforts nearly 70 years after the fighting stopped. The move is an attempt to give recognition to a branch of the armed forces virtually shunned by officials in the days following the war. Bombing incurred heavy civilian casualties and, while it played a big role in ending the war, there was discomfort in the upper ranks. More

Family 5: Discover the history of flight at Alberta Aviation Museum
Edmonton Journal
After recently unveiling its latest attraction, the Starfighter, one of the few surviving aircraft involved in the Canadian program from 1961 to 1984, now might be a good time to check out the Alberta Aviation Museum. Discover how Northern Alberta's rich aviation history happened in our community, making Edmonton the Gateway to the north.More

Birds keeping airport staff busy in 2013
Waterloo Region Record
There are many tiny graves at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. There are no gravestones or memorials but they're there — many dead, tiny birds that met their fate wreaking havoc on the runway. Birds can be a nuisance for airports and potentially dangerous for planes and passengers. In past years, bird-related incidents have included everything from nests igniting in plane engines to wild turkeys running across the airstrip. More

Teen pilot fundraises for clean water in 3rd World
Canadian Jewish News
Brian Friedman, 15, already has plans for next summer. The 10th Grade student at the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto plans to fly a single-engine, two-seater plane around Canada to raise money for Water Aid, an organization that's partnered with Engineers Without Borders and is committed to creating sustainable wells and providing clean water supplies in Third World countries.More

Some STARS air ambulance missions under review in Manitoba
CBC News
Health sources in Manitoba tell CBC News there is growing concern over the STARS air ambulance program and patient management, as several cases are currently under clinical review by the province. A government official confirmed that several cases involving STARS — which stands for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society — are currently undergoing a clinical review, although there has been no public mention of the clinical reviews or complaints until the CBC News I-Team asked about it. More

Improving air ambulance safety
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The medical helicopter safety record is troubling. Although air ambulances are supposed to save lives, often the crew and patients find themselves in great danger. The rate of fatalities per 100,000 air ambulance employees over the past 10 years exceeds other dangerous professions such as logging or deep-sea fishing. According to many, the risk is unacceptable. More

TSB: Feds must address post-crash fires
CBC News
A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada says the federal government needs to do more to reduce the number of post-crash fires on airplanes. Bill Yearwood says photos of the wreckage of an Air Nootka plane on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and interviews with a survivor indicate there was a fire after the crash.More

COPA urges federal government to review National Airports Policy
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka has invited Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to meet with COPA and discuss the need to formally review the National Airports Policy in light of a number of municipalities across the country currently resisting expansion or even the existence of local aerodromes. More

Sweet 16 and flying high
Sookie News Mirror
What do you do when you're 16 and can't get beyond the learner's stage with a driver's license? According to one young Sooke, British Columbia, resident, the answer is quite easy: Learn to fly, of course! Lyra Hindrichs has taken to the sky, flying in a glider. Apparently, she likes it up there. "I just like the freedom, and seeing the world from above," said Hindrichs in conversation. "I've done a lot of flying in the bigger planes, but it's not the same (as) when you’re in control." More

B-17 bomber arrives in Saskatchewan
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Sentimental Journey, a B-17 bomber that was instrumental in the Allied victory over Axis powers during the Second World War will be on display at the Trans West hangar from Aug. 26-30. "This B-17 is a pretty good example of what the Americans ran towards the end of the Second World War," Prairie Heritage Air Show Society president Bob Spracklin said.More

Abbotsford cadet Keis gets his wings
Abbotsford Mission Times
Aug. 15 was a very special day for one Abbotsford, British Columbia, air cadet. Cadet Timothy Keis spent his summer at the Regional Gliding School on the Air Cadet Private Pilot Scholarship Course. As a member of 861 Silver fox Squadron in Abbotsford, Keis was among a select few air cadets from British Columbia given the opportunity to get their private pilot's license. Keis trained on a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 152 to Transport Canada's private pilot license standards in just seven weeks.More