COPA eFlight
Oct. 9, 2014

Canada's youngest female private pilot
The London Free Press
It was with flick of the official black pen, that Emma Redfearn from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, became Canada's latest and youngest private pilot — male or female — on her 17th birthday. With it, Redfearn successfully completed her goal to become a third generation pilot, following in the steps of her father also a private pilot, and grand-father, an ex-RCAF fighter pilot. Her "youngest Private Pilot" status may be a short reign, ending when the next young aviator comes of age, but the accomplishment is still noteworthy. More

Sale of Alberta taxpayer-funded aircraft 'rash decision'
Edmonton Journal
Premier Jim Prentice made a "rash decision" to scrap Alberta's taxpayer-funded fleet of four aircraft without properly considering the financial repercussions or the toll on staff, a government official says. The decision to scrap the controversial fleet was touted by Prentice as the first one made by his new cabinet the day he was sworn in as premier last month. More

New STARS helicopter nearly in active service
Southwest Booster
The newest helicopter in the STARS Air Ambulance fleet landed in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, during its final outreach flight in advance of the chopper going into active service. Over the past few months, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service — or STARS — has been completing training aboard the new AgustaWestland AW139, getting crews and pilots accustomed to the helicopter which is both faster and larger than their other aircraft. More

Laser pointers strike aircraft, pilots in Newfoundland and Labrador
CBC News
A WestJet pilot trying to land a 737 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, struggled as someone shone a laser pointer at the plane and into his eyes, a dangerous stunt that a pilots association says is becoming a bigger problem right across Canada. The incident happened recently, while the pilot was trying to land at St. John's International Airport. The laser beam reportedly struck the flight deck and the pilot looked right into it. The first officer did not look into the beam. More

MRO profile: Flying Colours St. Louis
Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours is a privately owned and operated aviation services company. The 25-year-old MRO specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, completions and modification services for business aircraft. In 2009 Flying Colours acquired JetCorp, located on Spirit of St. Louis Airport in St. Louis, Mo., to enable the Canada-based company to expand its overall MRO and completion capacity with more hangar space, specialized skilled workers and a U.S. presence.More

Sharing your wings
General Aviation News
For many frugal pilots, sharing their wings makes a lot of sense. Most private pilots fly less than 1 percent of the available hours in a year, often not enough time to keep their aircraft from suffering from inactivity. Add another pilot or two and the plane actually stays in better condition — and the costs go down. But the big question isn't so much should you share your wings, but how? Obviously, it's not a thorough analogy, but sharing wings is somewhat like sharing a life in marriage: The partnership can either be twice as good or twice as bad as going it alone. More

Female aviation pioneer inducted into hall of fame
The Denver Post
Emily Howell Warner's name is attached to many honors and many "firsts." First woman member of the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest pilots union in the world. First leader of the first all-female Continental Airlines flight crew. First woman hired as a pilot by a U.S. commercial airline and the first female captain. Recently, there was an addition to her long list of honors: induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.More

Tire comes off Air Labrador plane, damages fuselage
CBC News
The Transportation and Safety Board is investigating an accident that damaged an Air Labrador plane in Quebec. The aircraft was landing in a small airport in the village of La Tabatière when it ran into trouble. Air Labrador president Philip Earle says a tire came off when the pilot was making a sharp turn off what he feels is a short runway, which may have been part of the problem.More

Jerrie Mock, 1st solo female pilot to circumnavigate globe, dies
The New York Times via St. Paul Pioneer-Press
Jerrie Mock, who as a relatively untested pilot accomplished in 1964 what Amelia Earhart could not, becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world, died recently at her home in Quincy, Florida. She was 88. Her grandson Chris Flocken confirmed her death. More

Flying roadster to be unveiled
The latest version of the flying car from AeroMobil, "3.0," referred to as the Flying Roadster, will be displayed to the public for the first time at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria. Developed in Slovakia, the sleek two-place prototype evolved from the AeroMobil 2.5, which has flown. Powered by a Rotax 912 engine swinging a pusher prop, AeroMobil has published some predicted performance numbers: Max speed of 124 mph, stall speed 40 mph, range 430 miles and fuel consumption of 15 liters per hour. More

Canada's youngest female private pilot
The London Free Press
It was with flick of the official black pen, that Emma Redfearn from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, became Canada's latest and youngest private pilot — male or female — on her 17th birthday. With it, Redfearn successfully...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...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...More

Notes on Flying VFR published
General Aviation News
Notes on Flying VFR” has just been published by University Aviation Press. The book contains summaries of all subjects pertaining to VFR flight in a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, according to the publisher. Author Anthony Repeta addresses a multitude of topics, including general aircraft operations, avionics and radio phraseology, regulations and procedures for flight in all classes of airspace, airport communications, in-flight emergency procedures, flight services, weather, flight planning calculations, wilderness survival and general aviation accident data.More

General aviation flights declining?
Every Wednesday, a friendly pilot landed at Long Island MacArthur Airport with bagels and coffee to share with the mechanics at Edward Libassi's shop. On Thursdays, another pilot arrived with hot cross buns. Those social drop-ins have largely ended — one of the many signs of a major decline in general aviation flights on Long Island and nationwide that has spanned nearly 15 years. The prolonged downturn has Libassi, longtime owner of A&P Aircraft Maintenance, longing for the bustling days of old.More

Cessna boosts range of Citation Latitude
Cessna announced improvements in expected range and runway performance for the Citation Latitude, basing its projections on data from the flight-test program for the new twinjet. The midsize jet's range is being extended by 200 nm, to 2,700 nm, at long-range cruise. In addition, the Latitude's takeoff distance has been shortened to 3,668 feet, down from a previously projected 4,030 feet.More