COPA eFlight
Nov. 15, 2012

'Survey Says!' Improving the COPA National website

This is the second in a series of articles providing feedback on comments made by members in our recent membership survey. We are asking COPA members to volunteer and join a 'COPA Focus Group' to examine how we can improve our websiteMore

Fundraising Campaign begins this week!

Phase 1 Goal: $500,000

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Air & Space Museum (CASM) are pleased to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign that will help ensure the future of the Museum's priceless and precious collection.More

Timmins pilot honoured among 'Outstanding women in aviation'
Timmins Press
As a helicopter bush pilot, Mary Ellen Pauli has received numerous commendations and awards for her fearless approach to life in and out of the cockpit, creating a brazen place for herself in a legendary old boys club. The Timmins resident, who has been a pilot for more than 30 years, received another nod from the world of aviation when she received an Elsie MacGill award from the Northern Lights Award Foundation, a not-for-profit group with a mission to recognize outstanding women in aviation and aerospace.More

Airlines face acute shortage of pilots
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements.More

Senior pilots soar above aging stereotypes
The secret to staying young? Stay high. So say the United Flying Octogenarians, an international flock of about 1,200 private and recreational pilots who are age 80-plus — and refuse to be grounded. More

Ottawa and Boeing negotiate support deal for sole-sourced choppers
The Vancouver Sun
Six years after announcing a sole-source deal to buy 15 battlefield helicopters and three years after signing the contract, the Harper government has finally sat down with Boeing to talk about how much it will cost to support the aircraft. Haggling over the service price tag came as the U.S. defence giant announced it had already selected General Dynamics Canada to provide engineering support to the CH-147F heavy-lift choppers, which shuttle troops and equipment.More

Mohawk College gets big gift
CBC News
It's like an early Christmas gift that won't fit under any tree. Mohawk College's two-year Aviation Technician program now boasts a Boeing 727 in its fleet. The 727 spent most of its life as a private jet. Now, it will serve as a classroom and 'living lab' to let students learn and work on heavy jet systems. More

Schoolgirl pilot becomes youngest in Britain to fly an aeroplane solo
The Daily Mail
She may have another year to wait before she can drive a car, but this teenager has become the youngest girl in Britain to pilot an aeroplane solo after taking to the skies on her 16th birthday. Fearless Rachael Spelling, who first started taking accompanied flying lessons at the age of 14, soared to 2,000ft in sole control of a Piper Archer aeroplane the moment she reached the minimum legal age for flying alone.More

Airport security agency warns service could suffer following funding cuts
The Montreal Gazette
The federal agency for front line airport security warns reduced funding and increasing passengers may result in a drop in service. In its 10th-anniversary annual report, the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) says operational funding from the government, 'may not be sufficient to maintain service levels commensurate with those' of the last fiscal year. More

In China, general aviation set for takeoff as more airspace is available
China Daily
After growing government support for the sector in recent years, both domestic and foreign companies are looking for business opportunities in China's general aviation. The growing potential will be a hot issue at the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition that will open in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. The event is expected to host more than 30 exhibitors in the general aviation industry, a wide-ranging field that includes gliders and powered parachutes as well as private and business aircraft. More

Busy Fort Nelson airport seeks funding to keep moose, animals at bay
The Vancouver Sun
The moose are loose. So are the black bears, elk, white-tailed deer, and pretty much any other critter that wanders out from the northern B.C. wilderness and onto Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson. "There's lots of wildlife up here," airport manager Jim Ogilvie confirmed in an interview. "I've seen moose right up at the terminal building and deer right on the apron. It's indicative of the country we're in." More

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport generates nearly $2 billion for GTA economy
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is a major economic engine for the Greater Toronto Area, generating $1.9 billion in annual economic output and 5,700 jobs, which includes 1,700 directly associated with the airport. According to an economic study conducted by InterVISTAS Consulting Group, a leading management consulting company with extensive expertise in economic and transportation research, Billy Bishop plays a 'significant role in providing critical regional and continental transportation linkages to support and grow Toronto's economy.' More

Vaughan war vet, fighter pilot flew 100 missions
The skies swarmed with German Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force fighter planes hell bent on obliterating each other in the first-ever air war as the Battle of Britain raged through the summer and fall of 1940. More

Pilot fights way back
The Chronicle Journal
Students at a Thunder Bay high school learned from someone who knows about overcoming adversity and making a difference along the way. Students at Superior high school heard from the first airline pilot in the world who has type 1 diabetes to fly for commercial airlines and his fight to get his licence reinstated after developing the disease. Stephen Steele gave his presentation, Cleared For Take-Off, detailing his career in flight, his commercial licence being revoked after his diagnosis and a career change that led him back to the airline industry to challenge Transport Canada's standards.More

Herb Ivens, the pilot who came back from the dead
The Toronto Star
'Dear Family, I've just had one of the best experiences of my life...This is the story of a lucky man. A man who came back from the dead. It emerged from a dusty box that my sister found in the attic of the house where my mother had lived for 60 years. It begins in 1945 in India, where my father, Flight Lt. Borden Spears, was serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.'More