COPA eFlight
Nov. 6, 2014

Transport minister surprises industry with new powers
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
Since my previous update in June on Transport Canada's initiative to amend the Aeronautics Act and Aerodrome regulations to require consultation on any aerodrome development, there has been little progress — or so I thought. The industry participants had received a draft report of the focus group, for which COPA submitted extensive comments, and we were waiting for finalization of the report as well as release of draft regulations this Fall for further discussion. More

VOR Airways disappear entirely in Southern Ontario, major changes elsewhere
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
For those who on Nov. 13 expect to navigate in certain areas of Canada using ground-based navaids, it may come as a surprise to you that there will no longer be any VOR airways to do so. With the Nov. 13 update to the aeronautical information comes a major shift away from conventional navigation as Nav Canada invokes another phase of its Windsor-Toronto-Montreal (WTM) project to modernize the navigation structure for the future.More

Heads up (or down) for Unmanned Air Vehicles
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO, Nov. 3, 2014
In our Oct. 30 edition of eFlight we highlighted Transport Canada's initiative, brought on in part by COPA's call for action, to educate the public on the safe use of UAVs.

In recognition of the fact that the proliferation and sophistication of UAVs is taxing Transport Canada's ability to ensure the safety of the public, including those who fly, Transport Canada called key stakeholders, including COPA, to a meeting on Oct. 31, to announce an internally developed way forward.More

IAOPA Finance Committee members named
At the 27th World Assembly held in Beijing, China, a motion to reestablish the IAOPA Finance Committee was presented and accepted by the delegates attending. Invitations to serve on this committee were sent to all IAOPA board members in September 2014.

Upon review of the nominations received the following have been appointed to serve with the term expiring July 2016:

Duties of the committee are described in Article XVII of the IAOPA Constitution and Bylaws. More

Disruptive technology the new norm?
A new generation of "digital natives" will fill the pilot seats of the future and the technology they embrace is becoming the new norm in the cockpit, according to comments made by industry leaders. The forum on "disruptive technology" at the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, heard from four people who have been at the forefront of some major technological shifts in aviation.More

Canadians' edge in WW1 explored at aviation museum
Winnipeg Sun
It's a grim statistic that puts into perspective the danger faced by those who served with Canada's aircrews in the First World War. The life expectancy of the nearly 23,000 Canadians who served with overseas aircrews was a mere few weeks. "(Life expectancy) varied during the war from four months to a few weeks, then to four hours at worst," said Paul Balcaen, exhibit co-ordinator at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. More

TBM loss puts renewed focus on Hypoxia
Two months after the Sept. 5 crash off the coast of Jamaica of TBM N900KN, with two people on board, depressurization and the danger of hypoxia have drawn renewed attention, even though — and perhaps because — the pilot's actions after he reported an unspecified problem to ATC appear inconsistent with recommended procedures for loss of pressurization. N900KN was a new TBM900, the updated model of the Daher-Socata turboprop single introduced earlier this year.More

The dangers and delights of piloting a small plane
The sky is a huge place — just how big becomes clear when you get up into it in a small airplane, with its windows much larger than any airliner's tiny portholes, and its exhilarating 360-degree views. You can fly from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a trip that typically takes me three days or so in my single-engine Cessna, and sometimes go for an hour or two without catching sight of another plane, even when air-traffic control is telling you they're out there — "2 o'clock, your altitude, 5 miles." More

Test pilot's workplace a cold, harsh environment
It's an unforgiving place, 45,000 feet above the Earth. It's brutally cold up there, as low as 59 degrees below zero, and there's so little air to breathe, it takes just seconds to pass out. It's at least 10,000 feet above the typical cruising altitude for a passenger jet, a full 3 miles above the peak of Mount Everest, and a staggering 6 miles higher than your typical skydiving altitude. This is where SpaceShipTwo disintegrated, high above the Southern California desert. Pilot Peter Siebold survived the crash. Co-pilot Michael Tyner Alsbury died. More

GAMA releases Q3 general aviation aircraft shipment report
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2014 third quarter general aviation aircraft shipment report. Total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 5.7 percent to 1,678, and billings rose to $16.0 billion, up 4.0 percent. Piston-engine airplane shipments increased 9.2 percent to 806 units in the first nine months of 2014, compared to 738 airplane shipments in the same period last year. Turboprop airplane shipments were down 3.7 percent to 412 units this year. Business jet shipments were up over last year, from 421 units to 460 units in 2014. More

In helicopter EMS, it's the crew that's golden
By Mark Huber
What is the main benefit of helicopter EMS? Most everyone would say the time it cuts in getting patients to an appropriate level of care. Indeed, there are numerous studies that show that time-saving transport is beneficial. A recent survey of more than 250,000 scene trauma transports found that HEMS reduced mortality by 22 percent over ground transports. And data from the University of Wisconsin finds that HEMS provides an average patient transport time savings of 10-45 minutes compared to ground transport. But is time the only factor at work here?More

Helping owners sell their airplanes
Buying or selling a used general aviation airplane is not fun. A root canal is probably more pleasant. Pilot training does not include education on airplane selection and evaluation, there are no regulations on sales standards and no consumer watchdog agency to go after unscrupulous sellers. Sellers often spend hours answering telephone calls from tire kickers who aren't the least bit interested in buying but will happily waste the seller's time with inane questions about the cruising speed of "that 172 you want to sell."More

Transport minister surprises industry with new powers
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
Since my previous update in June on Transport Canada's initiative to amend the Aeronautics Act and Aerodrome regulations to require consultation on any aerodrome development, there has been...More

Blind spots caused mid-air crash
Nanaimo Daily News
Vancouver Island, British Columbia's Sue Turnbull hopes a mid-air collision between two aircraft last year that killed four people — including her sister and brother-in-law — draws attention to current limits of flight safety...More

Pilot of tiny Cessna makes landing at Chicago airport
Judging by the reaction from the air traffic controller, Chicago O'Hare International Airport doesn't get a request like this one very often. The pilot of a tiny Cessna 172 requests to land at one of the world's busiest...More

NBAA14 also highlights utility GA, innovation
General Aviation News
The National Business Aviation Association Convention in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21-23 was termed a "massive success" by NBAA President Ed Bolen. Always is. Despite some down years, corporate aviation is booming, and attention and spending follow the money. But there's always more to NBAA than corporate jets. The 26,000 attendees at NBAA 2014 were treated to 1,100 exhibitors in the cavernous Orlando Convention Center and some 100 aircraft at nearby Orlando Executive Airport. More