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Sep. 10, 2015

Ontario airport plan addresses noise complaints, but some neighbours don't like it
Peterborough Examiner
There's a plan taking shape to alleviate noise concerns in the area around the Peterborough Airport in Ontario. But a meeting held recently to gather public input on the idea was met with disapproval by many of the airport's neighbours, who are fed up with ongoing noise. The expanded airport, which added the Seneca College flight school to its 19 on-site aeronatic businesses, has 65,000 "air traffic movements," or flights, per year. That can mean a flight taking off or landing every 30 to 90 seconds, and the accompanying noise.More

My stunt ride in a Chinese warbird
The Columbia Valley Pioneer
According to author Kevin Nimmock: I had never skydived, I had never bungee jumped and I had never paraglided. All this considered, I somehow found myself strapping on a 20-pound fire retardant suit and a cloth helmet fit for a 1950s air combat fighter. On August 17th, I participated in media day activities for the Canadian Rockies International Airshow, which is coming to Cranbrook on Aug. 5, 2016. Media day's main event: flying in a plane alongside one of six of the best air show pilots in North America. I had no idea what to expect.More

NPA on Aerodromes now at Canada Gazette 1 — Your last chance to review!
COPA's aerodrome committee and legal counsel reviewed the implications of Gazette 1 as written and now COPA has issued a formal response to Transport Canada. Read COPA's response.

The consultation period has ended. For background information on the NPA visit, click here.More

Regional airport is busiest training centre in Ontario
Waterloo Record
For John Dabu, there's nothing quite like the thrill of being in command of your own airplane. Dabu, 21, got the travel bug as a young violinist, traveling to different musical competitions. The excitement of being in the airport and in a plane, flying off to new places, has never left him, but being able to actually fly the plane is another experience altogether. "You get to control the plane, and feel what it's doing. It's definitely a lot better than being a passenger," he said.More

Take Flight with COPA
Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a 5-day trip for two to Whitehorse in the Yukon. All you have to do is refer a new or renewing member and for every renewal your name will be entered into a draw for the grand prize.More

Kitchener Aero brings Garmin G1000 to King Air B200
Kitchener Aero Avionics via Aviation Pros
Kitchener Aero Avionics — one of Canada's premiere avionics sales, service, installation, and Special Missions modifiers — is pleased to announce completion of their first Garmin G-1000 avionics retrofit on a King Air B200. With this completion they join the ranks of a small handful of elite shops worldwide that have performed this upgrade.More

TV show looking for pilots
General Aviation News
All3 Media is looking for private and commercial licensed pilots to answer the call of the wild and train to be bush pilots in Alaska. The production company behind Undercover Boss is casting a new show for a major cable network, following qualified job-seekers from the lower 48 looking to take their career to new extremes in the wilds of Alaska. "This is your chance to drop everything, reinvent yourself, break out of the grind, and see if the rugged life is your true calling," the producers say.More

The ride: Flying 1st timers and your family
According to author Rick Durden: In discussions with new pilots at airports and on aviation forums, two of the recurring questions I get are how to give a good ride to someone who has never been in an airplane before and how come the spouses and families of a fair percentage of pilots don't like to, or simply won't, fly with them. There has been research on both issues, and it boils down to showing respect for your passengers while keeping the flight as smooth as possible.More

Showtime for e-planes
Air & Space Magazine
On July 10, an airplane powered by electricity, the Airbus E-Fan, took off from Lydd, England, accompanied by a camera-equipped chase plane. It landed less than an hour later in Calais, France, to kick off a press conference where the company better known for its gas-burning airliners was prepared to claim that it had made the first battery-powered flight across the English Channel. But just 24 hours earlier, a competitor was preparing to beat Airbus. French stunt pilot Hugues Duval packed himself into a Cri-Cri, one of the smallest airplanes ever built, and cranked up its two battery-driven propellers.More

Brazilians claim 4-cylinder records
A team of students and their professor from a Brazilian university say they've set five new records for an aircraft powered by a four-cylinder engine. Anequim (Portuguese for Mako shark) went 323 mph over a 3-kilometer course. That's 33 mph faster than Jon Sharp's Nemesis, the current record holder, which was the undisputed champion in its class at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.More

Wall of Honor gives pilots a reason to go flying
General Aviation News
"We are trying to give pilots a reason to go flying," said Rainier Flight Service founder Gordon Alvord. "This goes beyond the $100 hamburger or a flight lesson." Using custom built flight scheduling software, the system takes advantage of the rise of social media to encourage pilots to earn profile badges on their Wall of Honor. To date, a Rainier Flight Service pilot can earn one (and hopefully more) of 56 badges.More