COPA eFlight
Oct. 1, 2015

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:

Get Northern Lights Award Gala Dinner tickets today
The Northern Lights Award Foundation 2015 Gala Dinner is this weekend. 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 More

Rare C-46 belly landed in Canada
One of the last flying C-46 Commandos was likely written off in an off-airport landing in Canada's Northwest Territories. A Buffalo Airways Commando suffered engine trouble on a cargo flight from Yellowknife to Norman Wells. The crew tried to divert to Deline, NWT, but apparently didn't make the airport. The aircraft was belly landed in a bushy but flat area next to a road and was extensively damaged. None of the four crew members was hurt. More

Is the de Havilland Otter a dangerous plane?
Alaska Dispatch News
As news broke in September of a floatplane crash of near Iliamna, Alaska, that killed three passengers and injured seven others, some observers turned their attention to the plane. The Sept. 15 crash involved a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC3, a model that's seen a series of high-profile crashes in recent years. In 2010, an Otter crashed into a mountain north of Dillingham, killing former Sen. Ted Stevens and four of the eight other people aboard.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

Day in History, Sept. 29, 1928: Flight over Barren Lands the greatest air trip in Canadian history
Edmonton Journal
Journal readers were carried high above the Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories, never before seen by man, by a story about a history-making flight. Richard Pearce, editor of the Northern Miner newspaper published at Cobalt, Ontario, who made the flight on Aug. 28, called it the "most ambitious air trip made in Canada to date," and the "greatest airplane survey of this country’s history."More

Safe in Stony Rapids
Prince Albert Daily Herald
According to author Tyler Clarke: It's difficult to get more "northern Saskatchewan" and remote than Stony Rapids. Located about 80 kilometres south of the Northwest Territories border, the hamlet of fewer than 300 people is served primarily by airplane. This is the mode of transportation I took when I accepted an invitation from Transwest Air to witness a mock helicopter disaster.More

Sky art fills downtown skies
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
A medicine wheel, buffalo and other figures filled the nearly cloudless sky above the downtown riverbank area, part of a new program of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. The Sky is the Limit show was part of the gallery's Radical Optimism pre-launch program. A plane with a high output smoke machine drew the shapes. More

Saturation nation: Are we nearing the end of HEMS fleet expansion?
By Mark Huber
Is the expansion party over for helicopter EMS? Increasingly, the tea leaves are pointing in that direction. As the nation's fleet has expanded dramatically in the last decade — nearly tripling to 900 EMS helicopters — utilization rates have plunged while per-transport costs have skyrocketed. Fewer revenue flights mean a higher cost per flight. Meanwhile, federal and state governments along with private insurers are pushing back on reimbursements.More

What it's like to fly — and stall — in the Icon A5 plane
According to author Tim Moynihan: About 20 minutes into my test flight aboard the Icon A5, the cockpit alarm started blaring. The angle-of-attack (AoA) display in front of me, an ingeniously designed gauge that seemed so delightful moments ago, was signaling doom. We were in the red. We had no lift. We were about to stall, the point at which an airplane ceases to be an airplane and simply becomes a massive chunk of dead weight ready to drop out of the sky. More

KC-46 1st flight goes well
The first flight of the KC-46 next generation tanker took place recently and, as expected for a mature design like the Boeing 767, it did fine on its four-hour shakedown. Now that Boeing has shown the airplane can fly, it's getting ready for the so-called "Milestone C" testing that will show whether the plane can do its job of replacing some truly ancient airframes (Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-10s) in the vital role of aerial refueling of tactical and reconnaissance aircraft. More