COPA eFlight
Oct. 2, 2014

Pilot crossing Canada alone in the first plane he loved
The Star Phoenix
Classic romance stories tend to include a period of separation between the lovers. Retired airline pilot Chris Brown's tale is no different. "This is the Bonanza, the type I fell in love with 45 years ago. Two years ago, I bought my own," Brown said. Brown was referring to the light aircraft he had just landed at Regina International Airport. The 70-year-old is more than halfway through a solo flight from Montreal to Vancouver, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first Canadian transcontinental flight.More

World Assembly Report
The IAOPA 27th World Assembly was held at the Kunlun Hotel in Downtown Beijing, China, from Sept. 9-13. The biennial event was graciously hosted by AOAP China and provided the attending delegates, observers and their guests with an extremely enjoyable and productive 3 1/2 days. The assembly attendance set records with 22 affiliates, more than 40 delegates, and 325 observers for the open portions of the meeting.

The highlight of the event was a trip to Badaling Airport, north of Beijing, where delegates were given the opportunity to get a once in a lifetime view of the Great Wall of China by helicopter. More

Saskatchewan-born WWII pilot remembered in France
The story of a Second World War pilot started on a Saskatchewan wheat farm and ended in a wheat field in France. Don Beerbower spent his very early years on a farm near Kenaston before moving to Hill City, Minnesota, with his family because of drought. By 1944, 22-year-old Beerbower was squadron commander and an accomplished pilot, known as a triple ace, having shot down more than 15 German planes.More

Up, up, and away: Agricultural pilots take off in Saskatchewan
Regina Leader-Post
Devan Yaholnitsky straps on his bright yellow helmet, checks a handful of dials and indicators, then powers his Thrush airplane off the end of the short runway at the Yorkton Municipal Airport in Saskatchewan. A few moments later he is soaring over a canola field. He banks hard to the right, then hard to the left, reaching speeds of more than 200 km/h. Then he swoops the white and red aircraft down, a stomach-churning drop to only three or four metres above the golden field, letting loose a misty spray of pesticide. More

Canadian Lancaster back home
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber is back at its home base in Hamilton, Ontario, after a triumphant and, at times, dramatic six-week tour of the U.K. The aircraft touched down at John C. Munro Airport just after a leisurely trip from Lincolnshire in England that included stops in Iceland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec. The aircraft left Hamilton in early August on a flight to the U.K. that marked the first trans-Atlantic flight of a Lancaster in more than 50 years.More

A 5-year-old worries Voyager will get lonely, receives best answer ever
This is, hands down, the sweetest thing you'll hear today. A five-year-old named Timor from British Columbia has been having trouble sleeping because he worries about the Voyager space probe. Won't it get lonely? What if it crashes? So the CBC arranged for him to get some reassurance. You can hear the whole thing, in which astronaut Chris Hadfield talks to the worried kid, here. "What if something goes wrong and there's nothing to fix it? What if it gets lost?" are among the questions he asks. More

Veteran pilot avoids beach crowd, lands small plane in Hawaii ocean
The Associated Press via Ottawa Citizen
A former Alaska bush pilot safely avoided beachgoers when he crash-landed his small airplane in the ocean just off a beach on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii after running out of fuel. Greg Harding, 59, considered landing the plane on either a road or the beach, but then he saw about a dozen people on shore. Harding said the engine "just quit" about 10 minutes after he released a glider, which had an instructor and student onboard, from the plane.More

Did they hear you?
General Aviation News
According to the author Ben Sclair: As Dad and I flew over top of Memphis International Airport we realized, too late, it had gotten very quiet on the radio. Turns out we — Dad actually — had keyed the mic in the Baron and hadn't realized. It turns out the mic had slipped from the holder and was wedged between the fuel selector panel and Dad's leg. I don't recall our conversation, but I can only imagine what the controllers were thinking. More

Bob Hoover wins Wright trophy
According to author Robert Goyer: Like everyone else, I had assumed that Bob Hoover was already a Wright Brothers Memorial award winner. Now we can say that he really is. The National Aeronautic Association's selection committee, of which the author is a member, voted Bob Hoover the winner for 2014. Hoover's story is legend. A WWII fighter pilot, he was shot down, captured and imprisoned for 18 months in a German concentration camp before escaping and flying off in a German Focke-Wulf fighter, which he successfully piloted to freedom.More

How to build an airplane in 7 days
Air & Space Magazine
Inside a tent on the opening day of AirVenture 2014, Experimental Aircraft Association chairman Jack Pelton started the countdown clock for the One-Week Wonder. From that moment, more than 2,500 volunteers would have six and a half days to take a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit from pieces on the tent floor to the airshow tarmac, taxiing under its own power. "If anything slowed us down, we were done for," says Charlie Becker, EAA's manager of homebuilt programs. Outside the tent volunteers lined up to perform their main job: Pull a shiny rivet. No experience necessary.More

Possible terrorist threats keep GA vigilant
General Aviation News
When conditions in the Middle East erupted and President Barack Obama unleashed air power on the Islamic State, officials at many general aviation organizations here became jittery over ISIL threats to retaliate on American soil. If there is retaliation, would aircraft be used? Would the escalation of tensions raise the level of concern to a point that would mean an increase in security at airports? Would it mean limitations on flying? More

Pilot crossing Canada alone in the first plane he loved
The Star Phoenix
Classic romance stories tend to include a period of separation between the lovers. Retired airline pilot Chris Brown's tale is no different. "This is the Bonanza, the type I fell in love with 45 years ago. Two years ago, I bought..."More

COPA opposes mandatory egress training, wearing PFDs for private seaplane ops
With relatively little time to study the NPA and issues surrounding the amendments, COPA sought a position from our COPA Flight 72, which is also the BC Floatplane...More

Special monument erected for Spitfire pilot
A Spitfire monument — dedicated to F/L Gerry D. Billing, former WWII Spitfire pilot — with the exact paint, numbers and call sign as the one Billing flew in the D-Day attack, was erected in Essex, Ontario, on Sunday...More

From ballooners to bombers: A history of the backpack parachute
The Atlantic
At the beginning, pilots didn't want parachutes. Even in an emergency, one aviator sniffed, "It's much safer for an operator to remain in his seat." Parachutes weren't safety devices — they were the provenance of inventors and circus performers. They had nothing to do with planes.More