COPA eFlight
Oct. 17, 2013

Minister of Transport responds to COPA letter
COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka wrote to Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and invited her to meet with COPA and discuss the need to formally review the National Airports Policy in light of a number of municipalities across the country currently resisting expansion or even the existence of local aerodromes. The letter which was emailed to the minister appeared in the Aug. 22 COPA eFlight. On Friday, Oct. 11, Minister of Transport responded to Psutka's letter by email.More

24 things we love about this place: British Columbia Aviation Museum earns its wings
Times Colonist
The British Columbia Aviation Museum celebrates 25 years of preserving local and regional aviation history with the display of a plane that made Canadian history and the restoration of another used by one of the province's more colourful politicians.More

Queen of the cockpit: Woman earns lofty FAA distinction
The Montana Standard
Many people know Patricia Johnson as an educator. She taught physics and earth science in Helena, Mont., for 27 years, and now she administers school grants at the Office of Public Instruction. To fellow pilots, Johnson is a lifelong student and aviation advocate. To air traffic controllers, she is N5812R — the registration number printed in bold letters along the side of her 1966 Cessna 172 plane, which she calls "Romeo." More

Boeing injects more money into aircraft maintenance program
The StarPhoenix
For Michael Jasieniuk getting support to help him obtain his aircraft maintenance engineer's licence changed his career path dramatically. "Without this I'd probably still be cleaning ice at a curling rink," said Jasieniuk, who recently graduated from Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre. More

Villeneuve Airport upgrades will allow for medevac flights
Edmonton Journal
The Villeneuve Airport in Alberta is lengthening one of its two runways and installing a sophisticated landing system so it can accept medevac flights carrying patients. The instrument landing system will allow airplanes to land at night and in bad weather, while the 5,000-foot runway — 1,500 feet longer than the other 3,500-foot strip — also increases safe landings and takeoffs at the airport about 33 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. More

Northern Lights College gets its own helicopter
Dawson Creek Daily News via Times Colonist
Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, recently received a Hughes 300 helicopter from an Alberta family to help train its students. The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering received the light utility helicopter at a special ceremony at the Dawson Creek campus. About 50 staff and students attended the ceremony.More

Pilots share memories as they land at Edmonton City Centre Airport for last time
Edmonton Journal
As many as a hundred pilots touched their planes down at Edmonton City Centre Airport for what could be the final landing there for many of them. The Blatchford Field Commemorative Fly-In was held by the Alberta Aviation Museum to mark 102 years of aviation history at the airport before its last runway closes on Nov. 30. More

Chris Hadfield on the view from above and his fear of heights
His five-month turn aboard the International Space Station made Chris Hadfield a global celebrity, after which he retired from the Canadian space program. On the eve of the launch of his new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, the 54-year-old recounts his wondrous journey from a farm in Ontario to command of humanity’s space outpost, while sharing the keys to his success.More

Canada receives CH-47 with Raytheon cockpit
United Press International
The first of 15 Boeing CH-47 helicopters equipped with Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpits has been delivered to Canada. The CAAS cockpit configuration on the Chinook — which is designated the CH-147 by Canada — includes an enhanced system architecture and tailored pilot-vehicle.More

Documents show Toronto police own Cessna aircraft outfitted with surveillance camera
Global News
Toronto police didn't have to rent a Cessna to trail anyone; Transport Canada documents show the police have their own. Norm Gardner, a former city councillor and member of the Toronto Police Services Board, told Global News the plane is used for intelligence-gathering, primarily by the Toronto Police Marine Unit for some coast guard patrol over Lake Ontario.More

Ontario veteran presented Bomber Command Bar in Ottawa
Wasaga Sun via Simcoe
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, resident Fraser Muir was among veterans presented Bomber Command Bars by Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino, at a ceremony marking the...More

Fly like a fighter: Lost wingman vertigo
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
According to author Larry Brown: Flying in close formation through the weather, there was always the possibility that the wingman would lose sight of the leader. With wingtips only 3 feet apart...More

British Columbia pilot stayed 'surprisingly' calm through crash-landing
CTV News
An Abbotsford, British Columbia, pilot who crash-landed his plane says he was "surprisingly calm" throughout the terrifying ordeal. Ryan Curr had to make an emergency landing...More

Healey wins ANAVETS award as top cadet
The Gander Beacon
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador’s, Brandon Healey took an interest in space at the young age of eight, and now that Healey is 17, the dream of being an astronaut simply hasn't gone away. With such a strong interest in that aspect of aviation, it comes as no surprise that he is a member of the 537 Gander Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Gander, and through that program, he attended a six-week long advanced aerospace camp in St. Jean, Quebec, over the summer. More

Premier signs aircraft paint agreement with Cape Air
Premier Aviation Overhaul Center and Cape Air announced the signing of a three-year agreement for the painting of Cape Air's fleet of Cessna 402C passenger aircraft. The work will be performed in Premier's paint facility in Rome, N.Y. "This agreement solidifies our relationship with Cape Air and emphasizes the importance of value-added services such as aircraft painting as part of an overall airframe maintenance offering," said Premier president and CEO Ronnie DiBartolo. More

Call for contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of COPA eFlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of COPA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members and we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More