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Sep. 5, 2013

New president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association named
International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association
Mark R. Baker, a longtime general aviation pilot, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world's largest aviation association. Baker is only the fifth AOPA president since the association's founding nearly 75 years ago.More

Yarmouth International Airport Air Experience lineup is a veritable powerhouse
Yarmouth County Vanguard
The air show is the only one in Nova Scotia to feature the top three Royal Canadian Air Force display teams this summer: the Snowbirds 431 demonstration squadron, the national CF-18 demonstration team and the SkyHawks parachute team. Civilian acts include Pete McLeod Aerosports, Gary Ward Airshows and Glory Days Jet Dragster.More

Sea plane flight is medicine for modern air travel
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Capt. Grant Tamminga, 42, a sea plane pilot for Vancouver's Harbour Air, probably does not make the kind of money other airline captains make, nor does he stride through the airport on his way to work while travelers sneak surreptitious looks, imagining his glamorous life. Many are the times, though, that a jetliner pilot traveling as Grant's passenger will admit to jealousy.More

Takeover of harbor airport being explored
Victoria Times Colonist
The Greater Victoria Harbor Authority will meet with Ottawa to discuss taking over control of the Victoria Harbor airport. Authority Chief Executive Curtis Grad was careful to stress the talks with Transport Canada, which manages the air and marine traffic in the harbor through the harbor master, were exploratory and should be considered "very preliminary." Grad added the talks were about clarifying issues around divestiture of the asset. "It's a matter of sitting down and talking through the issues, finding out what they have in mind and going through our concerns," Grad said.More

Air Cadets ran in the family for generations
Fort Erie Times
The Fort Erie Air Cadets Allan Troup 337 Squadron has a new captain, carrying on with generations of a family involved in the organization for decades. Nicholas Chevalier has been given the promotion under the authority of the chief of defense staff from Canadian Armed Forces. Captain Chevalier has been an Officer in Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces Reserve, Cadet Instructor Cadre for just over 12 years.More

Trip of a lifetime, Alberta style
Wetaskiwin Times
According to John and Fay Boersma: Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to visit your community of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. This trip came about as a result of a wish that my husband had to fly in an open cockpit biplane. This was granted on his 65th birthday this year by his sons and daughters-in-law as a gift to fulfill his long-time dream and also his love of old vehicles. More

Cadets back in action
The Kelowna Air Cadets hope to reach new heights this year when the 243 Ogopogo Squadron holds its first training night at the East Kelowna Community Hall. Commanding Officer Capt. Aidan Ketchum expects to see about 60 cadets on parade, including between 20 and 30 new faces in the crowd. "The more cadets we have, the more activities we can plan," Ketchum commented. More

Alberta firefighters prepare STARS landing site
Edson Leader
Members of the Edson Fire Department in Alberta added to their collective roster of experience by preparing a landing site for a Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance. Edson fire had received a call about a man injured in an industrial accident, 30 kilometers southwest of Edson, Alberta, off the Sundance Haul Road. "We went down and set up a landing area for them," Fire Chief Al Schram said.More

Cadet makes his dream come true
Salmon Arm Observer
Chase's Shael Huska has achieved a dream of earning his wings. Huska spent his summer at the Regional Gliding School and was one of 44 air cadets selected from across British Columbia who had the opportunity to pursue their Transport Canada Glider Pilot License. Huska flew the Schweizer 2-33A gliders, which are owned by the BC Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada. 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 was on display at the Trans West hangar. "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

Teen pilot fundraises for clean water in 3rd World
Canadian Jewish News
Brian Friedman, 15, already has plans for next summer. He 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

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.More

Canadian National Exhibition flies out for another year
Toronto Star
Fair-goers bid farewell to another year of stomach-churning midway rides, thundering air shows and eye-popping food concoctions as the Canadian National Exhibition came to a close ... For many, the Canadian International Air Show is a main attraction with stunts performed by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and other planes. More

Mother Nature navigates fly-in success
Halifax Herald News
Weather conditions were close to perfect for the 42nd annual Stanley Fly-in, but event director Don Ledger was still keeping an eye on the skies above the little Hants county airport. "The weather may be good here, but these airplanes don't even get into the air if the weather is not good at the point of departure," Ledger said. With 75 to 80 aircraft expected, the parking area was slowly lining up with small planes and ultralights. More

STARS air ambulance service to get new chopper, bigger storage space
After entering Saskatchewan last fall, the STARS air ambulance service should have a new Saskatoon base. PotashCorp has contributed $27 million to a project that will allow the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society to not only construct a facility for its operations, but to add a helicopter there to its fleet. "We've been involved with STARS from the start, and really we are looking after the capital requirements for STARS in northern Saskatchewan," said Bill Johnson, senior director of public affairs at PotashCorp. More