COPA eFlight
Sep. 11, 2014

COPA weighs in on future of key Yukon seaplane base
A letter written by COPA Director Tim Cole is a response to the City of Whitehorse's June 2014 draft plan for Schwatka Lake and the land use plan for the western shore of Schwatka Lake. This area has been traditionally used by both private and commercial seaplane operations. Urban pressure for other uses have resulted in the above planning process. Whitehorse COPA Flight 106 has been providing input to the municipal planners to ensure that seaplane operations continue into the future and are properly recognized as a transportation asset to the City of Whitehorse and the residents of the Yukon. More

Most of you know what SWAT stands for but what is SWOT? This tour is not going to be interprovincial in 2015 but stay home in Ontario. SWOT means that it is going to be a Southern West Ontario Tour held on the first weekend in June 2015.

The Northern tour committee has planned a fun filled weekend starting in the heart of Saugeen Country at the Saugeen Municipal Airport, with a scrumptious and delicious BBQ of Bruce and Grey counties finessed products. More

Alberta teen becomes Canada's youngest licensed pilot
Edmonton Sun
It's one thing to teach your 16-year-old son how to drive a car, and quite another to watch him fly away in his own airplane. But that's the case for Edmonton, Alberta, parents Michael and Mary Ellen Miller, whose 17-year-old son Evan earned his private piloting license on his 17th birthday, making him Canada's youngest licensed pilot. "It's a very proud moment as a father and as parents. He's really taken a liking to it," said Michael. More

How important is a pilot's 1st airplane?
Air & Space Magazine
The first flight in my first logbook is dated Dec. 5, 1970, and says I had .8 hour of dual instruction at the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey with an instructor whose name I can't remember and whose signature I can't make out. Under remarks, he wrote "FAM FLT" — a familiarization flight, which we'd made in a Cessna 150. One thing I do remember vividly is a feeling of queasiness that made me wonder whether I was cut out for flying. Air is unpredictable. Wind gusts produce bumps, and during the earliest phases of flight training, students can feel uncomfortable.More

A fantastic day to fly
Recorder and Times
To an aviation buff, any excuse to fly is a good excuse — but a clear, bright morning and a great breakfast are hard ones to beat. Ontario's Brockville Flying Club's annual Fly-In Breakfast drew nearly 60 aircraft and more than 500 people to the Brockville-1000 Islands Regional Tackaberry Airport, beating last year's total of close to 50 planes. In an email to The Recorder and Times, club member Byron Boone said there were 57 visiting aircraft at last count and more than 500 breakfasts served. It was "a fantastic day" to fly, said club President Peter Edwards. More

Alaska aviation legends: Ron Sheardown, polar adventurer
Alaska Dispatch News
Ron Sheardown was just 16 years old in 1953 when he worked to earn his private pilot's license at a Toronto airport. Sheardown has amassed 19,000 hours of flight time as pilot in command, including more than 10,000 hours in countries located in the polar region of the Far North. He has flown in all 50 states and all the provinces and territories of Canada.More

Quest clinches Garmin autopilot approval for Kodiak
Quest Aircraft has secured approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the integration of the Garmin GFC 700 automatic fight control system in its Kodiak single-engined turboprop. The system will be a feature in new versions of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34-powered high-wing aircraft from the fourth quarter, and will also be available as an aftermarket retrofit for the current 100-plus Kodiak owners. "We already have several installations scheduled," says Quest Chief Executive Sam Hill. More

A flight in a Skycatcher
Air & Space Magazine
Cessna's 162 Skycatcher is vastly different from its forebears, but with its gentle handling and good manners, it too is a very light airplane that won't frighten new pilots. The interior of the airplane feels more like an industrial space restyled as a loft apartment, as opposed to the Cessna 150/152, which aspires to feel like a penthouse suite. And the 162 is considerably more spacious than the older trainers.More

'Gray Bird 333' comes through during Ebola epidemic
By Mark Huber
Concern over the recent Ebola virus epidemic recently focused the global media spotlight on obscure Cartersville, Georgia, aircraft charter company Phoenix Air, and to a larger extent, the global air ambulance business. Phoenix evacuated medical aid workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol from Liberia last month on separate 14-hour flights in a specially modified 32-year-old Gulfstream III, call sign Gray Bird 333, which had once done duty with the Royal Dutch Air Force and was still painted in its gray military livery.More

Overcoming disabilities, pilot impresses his peers
The Wichita Eagle
The first time Randy Green interviewed about becoming the company's pilot, it was over the phone. Green knew he had to tell his prospective boss that he was born without hands or feet. He didn't want to waste the man's time. "How do you fly?" he was asked. "The same as everybody else does, only better," he replied. He got the job. He was hired as a corporate pilot by Stuart B. Millner and Associates of Union, Missouri, which markets, appraises and sells assets from industrial facilities, power plants and mines.More

The restoration of a PBY Catalina
Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport is a municipally-owned airport located in Sanford, Maine. It is home to a fixed wing flight school, rotary wing flight school, a school specializing in ATP licenses, as well as a full host of FBO services. There is also an excellent diner to facilitate the infamous $100 hamburger. KSFM was originally a Naval Auxiliary Airfield during World War II, built at the same time as three others in the state. It has also been the host to Presidential aircraft, as both Bush administrations were keen to visit Kennbunkport. More

COPA weighs in on future of key Yukon seaplane base
A letter written by COPA Director Tim Cole is a response to the City of Whitehorse's June 2014 draft plan for Schwatka Lake and the land use plan for the western shore of Schwatka Lake. This area has been traditionally...More

Whatever blows your hair back
Jerry Wilcox eased the throttle forward on the 1900 horsepower, 14-cylinder Grumman aircraft engine during the recent 43rd Stanley Fly-In in Hants County, Nova Scotia. The powerful roar of the radial engine obviously...More

Addressing the media's unreasonable fear of flying
By Ryan Clark
USA Today recently ran a three-part series of articles that delved into the issue of general aviation safety. The author, Thomas Frank, claimed that general aviation is inherently dangerous and unsafe...More

Volcanoes vs. Airplanes: How big is the risk?
Popular Mechanics
Volcanic activity on opposite sides of the globe has put airlines on alert and threatened to disrupt air travel. However, thanks to advances in detection technology, experts say planes are now safer from the risk of volcanic eruptions than they’ve ever been. The technology, known as AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector), was developed by Norway's Nicarnia Aviation, and is attached to the aircraft much like the now-standard weather radar. More