COPA eFlight
Sep. 26, 2013

COPA, AOPA join forces in making safety videos
The first in a series of four videos about safe aircraft operations during the takeoff and landing phases of flight titled "Determining an Abort Point" is now available to watch. Funding for producing these stories was made possible by the Donner Canadian Foundation ( and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association's Flight Safety Foundation. To see other safety videos filmed in cooperation with AOPA click here.More

Honouring the life and legacy of Gordon Jones
High River Times
High River, Alberta's, Gordon Jones passed away, but it’s no secret that the 90-year-old pilot soared high in life, not just within the cockpit of his beloved Tiger Moth airplane, but through a life led as a family man and friend to many. Family members, friends, dignitaries and fellow pilots alike gathered in solemn remembrance at the Nanton Bomber Command during his celebration of life.More

Flugtag: Where aeronautics, insanity and inspiration meet
By Ryan Clark
The fact that the first place winner of the Washington, D.C., Red Bull Flugtag involved a licensed pilot and a fan of aeronautic engineering may not be a coincidence. Sometimes the best man to fly a plane is a pilot — a very crazy pilot. Team Harvest Bureau pulled off the win in the Sept. 21 event by going the distance against 28 other teams in the first national Flugtag, in which man-made aircraft compete to see which can travel the farthest when launched from a 30-foot precipice and into the water below.More

Vintage airplanes thrill hundreds at Guelph Airpark open house
Guelph Mercury
Bill Heim's feet were on the ground, but it seemed his head was still in the air. "It was fantastic," the Kitchener, Ontario, resident said, shortly after touring the skies over Guelph in a vintage biplane. "It was well worth every penny. I'd do it again in a heartbeat." Heim was one of many residents who paid $70 for a ride in one of the vintage training aircraft owned and operated by the Tiger Boys Aircraft Museum and Workshop, which held its annual open house.More

Airships to ferry goods to Northern Manitoba?
CBC News
Northern Manitoba chiefs are hoping an idea to help their communities avoid the high cost of fresh produce will get lift-off. MKO, the northern chiefs group, wants to explore using airships to ship goods and produce up north, rather than forcing communities to rely on ice roads, which are highly dependent on weather and contribute to the high cost of goods in the north. More

Still time to reserve spot for Nav Canada Fall AOC meeting
The Nav Canada VR FIR Fall 2013 Air Operations Customer Meeting (AOCM) will be taking place on Oct. 16, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia.

Based on continuing demand, we have extended the RSVP deadline until Oct. 1. More

Is city's airport hangar ready for takeoff?
The Windsor Star
One year after it opened to great fanfare and promises of jobs, the city-owned, $23 million hangar at Windsor Airport is locked. The main office is empty and about a dozen cars are parked in the lot with no sign of activity. The 40 technicians who've been hired by Premier Aviation, the Quebec company that has the agreement with the city to operate the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul hangar, aren't working in Windsor. They're travelling to Quebec for two-week stretches to be trained at the company's facility in Trois Rivieres.More

Female pilot takes flight with CHAA
Tillsonburg News
Andrea Kuciak is not reticent, nor is she a reluctant interview. But the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association's first female pilot may well also be the one downplaying that fact the most. "Just because I'm a girl," she shrugged during the Wings & Wheels fly day at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport. "It's news, but it shouldn't be news."More

Lancaster bomber marks 25 years back in the sky
CBC News
"She's my mistress, she's my passion, my love. And she's got an attitude like anything — she's a high-maintenance girl." That's how flight engineer Craig Brookhouse sums up his relationship with the Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster, one of only two in the world still flying. It might seem an odd sentiment to hold for an aging WWII bomber, but Hamilton's Lancaster, which today celebrates the 25th anniversary of its restoration and return to the skies, is no ordinary aircraft.More

Helicopter pilot's spatial disorientation detailed
Two crewmembers and five passengers aboard a Sikorsky S-92 operated in IMC by Cougar Helicopters were only 38 feet above the waters of the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot, having suffered a bout of spatial disorientation, regained control of the helicopter, according to a report from Canada's Transportation Safety Board. The incident occurred 217 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland.More

Universal Steel Buildings provides steel aircraft hangars to growing aviation industry
Universal Steel Buildings has provided a new steel aircraft hangar to airports in both Vancouver and Edmonton Canada as the company promotes their brand to the growing aviation industry. Their Olympia Steel Buildings all-steel aircraft hangars are supplied to FBOs, airports, aircraft maintenance companies and repair shops throughout the United States and Canada to meet the aviation industry's demand for buildings that are cost-effective, eco-friendly and impervious to the elements. More

Historicist: Soaring into the jet age
At the Malton Airport on August 10, 1949, the C-102 Jetliner took to the sky for the first time. Designed and built in Toronto by Avro Canada, the Jetliner was North America's first jet-powered passenger plane. Despite the apparent...More

TSB probe still leaves questions
The Kitchener Record
Following a Record report about [previously unaddressed issues pertaining to a crash last year], Transport Canada — the agency that regulates pilots and instructors — initiated a new review to determine if there were any violations...More

Report: Propeller loss blamed for Manitoba biplane incident
The Globe and Mail
An old biplane that crashed at Brandon airport in Brandon, Manitoba, fell from the sky after its propeller came apart, shaking the engine right out of the plane, according to the Brandon Sun.More

Key suppliers celebrate Bombardier CSeries 1st flight
Composite World
Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the successful first flight of its CSeries aircraft. The ACS100 jetliner achieved a major milestone in the company's highly anticipated development program that will provide operators with an all-new family of aircraft specifically designed for the 100-to 149-seat market segment.More

Ornge issues RFP for helicopter medical interiors
Waypoint Magazine
ORNGE of Ontario, Canada, has announced that a Request for Proposal has been issued for a permanent medical interior to be installed in its fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters. Dr Andrew McCallum, president and CEO of ORNGE, said, "By outfitting our helicopters with an enhanced medical interior, we are honouring a commitment made to our frontline paramedics to ensure they have an optimal workspace, which will provide the best and safest possible environment for our patients." More

Vander Doelen: Airport hangar subsidies
The Windsor Star
The negative attention directed at Premier Aviation's temporarily empty hangar at Windsor Airport is a perfect example of why taxpayers should not be partners in private businesses. Whether it's the aircraft maintenance business, automotive assembly, casinos or horse tracks, governments should simply stay the heck out of private sector activities. Mixing them always leads to political grief. More