COPA eFlight
Sep. 24, 2015

Northern Lights Award Gala Dinner tickets on sale now
The Northern Lights Award Foundation 2015 Gala Dinner is only a couple of weeks away. The Gala is being held at the Toscana Banquet and Conference Center in Vaughan, Ontario, on Saturday October 3, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Keynote Speaker is former Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Maryse Carmichael. For more information and to purchase tickets click here or visit

COPA responds to perfect regulatory storm
Read COPA's response to Canada Gazette 1 on responsible aerodrome development; COPA's response to the CAR: Notice of Proposed Amendment on Drones, UAVs, UAS and RPAS; and COPA's response to ELT 406 - Notice of Proposed Amendment, all on our website: More

Volunteer project takes flight
The Langley Time
There was a rumble of excitement at the Canadian Museum of Flight as four volunteers were sent off to Airdrome Aeroplanes in Holdren, Missouri. Sam Beljanski, Ray Sessenden, Al MacDonald and Steve Chamberlain will have two weeks in the U.S. to learn everything there is to know about assembling a replica Sopwith Pup biplane. The team, along with 25 other Museum of Flight volunteers, will build two replicas of the First World War fighter planes to be used in a flyover ceremony in France during the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April, 2017.More

Hero pilot saves dog from freezing to death
A quick-thinking Air Canada pilot saved a dog's life this week when he redirected a Toronto-bound flight in order to keep the pooch from below-freezing temperatures after a heating malfunction in the cargo hold. The flight, which originated in Tel Aviv, was nearing the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot realized there was a glitch, making it unsafe for the French bulldog to travel into such frigid conditions, reports Canada's City News.More

Pilot hurt by plane propeller at Quebec City airport
CBC News
A pilot in his twenties is in hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by the propeller of a small airplane at Quebec City's Jean-Lesage Airport. The accident happened at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Orizon Aviation Québec school, said the airport's spokesman Mathieu Claise. The young pilot, who already had a private pilot license and had logged more than 150 hours of training, was a passenger of the small Cessna.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

Tonasket Aiport serving as helibase for firefighting efforts
Okanogan Valley Gazette Tribune
Tonasket Municipal Airport is serving as a helibase for four helicopters this summer as firefighting efforts continue on the Okanogan Complex of fires. The helicopters are a Type -1 Sky Crane and K-Max used for initial attack (IA) and extended attack air support; a Type-2 Bell 205 "huey" for IA, deployment of Rappellers, troop transport, overall logistics of moving people and gear, and water drops; and a Type-3 Astar used for 1A, logistics support, aerial recon and air resource coordination and water drops.More

Drone flies too close to Calgary airport, sparks police investigation
Calgary Sun
Flying a drone requires coordination and sharp reflexes — but what the pilot clearly doesn't need is common sense. That dangerous truth was proven once again recently, when yet another fool fingering the controls of a radio-controlled drone flew perilously close to a plane leaving the Calgary International Airport, triggering a police investigation.More

The missing pilot and crash that rocked Alaska's golden age of aviation
Ben Eielson departed Anchorage on Sept. 20, 1929, expecting to find his friend Russ Merrill in a matter of hours. Along with an observer, he flew the 225 miles to Sleetmute believing he would soon find Merrill, or hear word of his location. Eielson did not plan to initiate a massive search of the region or call in other pilots to help, or put his own life on hold for weeks in a vain attempt to find his fellow pilot. In his Travel Air floatplane, Merrill's Sept. 16 flight from Anchorage to the western village of Sleetmute should have taken three hours. More

Fuel exhaustion brings down Cessna 182
General Aviation News
The Cessna 182 departed from a private airport that did not have fuel available for purchase. The pilot elected to refuel while en route to his destination instead of other airports located near the departure airport. The pilot further reported that upon reaching the airport that he intended to refuel at, he found it was closed and diverted to another airport. At that time, he noticed that the fuel gauge needles were "bouncing off empty." More

Icon A5: A ride in the Tesla of airplanes
Popular Mechanics
According to author Andrew Moseman: Halfway down the Hudson, Groucho lets me take the stick. New Jersey on the right, Manhattan on the left, and the river unfolds as a blue road before us. I know the fundamentals of how to steer this thing. But I'm not a pilot, and so I guide it to the left with the slightest of gestures. Good thing, too: It doesn't take more than a slight tap to push the Icon A5, far from the jerk of the joystick you might expect if you, like I, have never really flown an aircraft before.More

The dangerous passenger
General Aviation News
"I can't see anything!" Above South Carolina, en route VFR to Palatka, Florida, late for a reunion party, I should have had good visibility under a 2,000-foot ceiling. Instead I seemed to be inside a translucent gray balloon. And I was having an argument. "You should descend another 100 feet," the Dangerous Passenger insisted. To him, the only problem was my growing reluctance to continue. "It's solid gray out there! There's nothing!"More