COPA eFlight
Nov. 20, 2014

Transport Canada fly-in exemption extended
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA vice president operations
COPA is pleased to announce that the Fly-in exemption was granted once more and signed on Oct. 31, 2014. The Exemption is available at this link.

Our underwriter AIG continues to agree that COPA Flight organizers who follow our Guide are eligible for COPA Air Meet liability insurance. So even though fly-in organizers who comply with the exemption no longer require an SFOC, following COPA Guide to Air Meets is required if COPA Air Meet liability insurance is to remain in effect.

Only valid COPA Flights are covered by COPA Air Meet insurance. To learn more on the COPA Guide to Air Meets (Fly-ins) click here.

To form a new COPA Flight click here More

COPA's Freedom to Fly fund employed in finding a 100LL alternative
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
In my last report on the progress toward a replacement fuel I mentioned that the National Research Council (NRC) was working toward a project to ground and flight test candidate replacement fuels and offer their services to the FAA in a combined effort to identify replacement fuel(s) by 2018 to meet their timelines for replacing 100LL entirely in 2025. The NRC's project has progressed to the point where $2.6 million is now needed to conduct ground testing in 2015 and produce a report in 2016, following which additional funding will be required to conduct flight testing. Supporting this effort is a priority for COPA. More

Correct study guide, wrong title
The 2014 Flight Crew recency self-paced study program was published in the B section of the December COPA Flight newspaper in English and French. The English version questions/answers are correct but the title is incorrect, stating it is the 2013 study program. The French version is correct.

Click here to obtain the English version with the correct title. Click here for the answers. More

Transport Canada seeking feedback from TC AIM users
The Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual effective Oct. 16, 2014, is available for downloading at the following address:

Upon opening the link to the TC AIM, you will notice that TC has posted a short survey which should only take about five minutes to complete. The survey has been posted to get some feedback from the TC AIM users in conjunction with a comprehensive editorial review that we are currently undergoing. Obtaining feedback from TC AIM users is vital to this review process. Your responses are confidential and will remain anonymous. More

Gaglardi's plane and other flight legends on display at British Columbia Aviation Museum
The Canadian Press via
A shiny, chrome-coated Beechcraft 18 aircraft that was once used by former provincial cabinet minister Phil Gaglardi to inspect the province's highways is one of the historic exhibits at British Columbia's Aviation Museum. Gaglardi's tricked-out Beechcraft Pac Aero Tradewind, which landed in the government's books as a snowplow, is one of the many aviation exhibits the Victoria-area museum's volunteers have painstakingly restored for public viewing. Located in a hangar adjacent to Victoria International Airport, the museum is dedicated to preserving aviation heritage. More

Youngest pilot to fly solo at Newfoundland and Labrador flight school
CBC News
A teenager from Musgravetown, Newfoundland and Labrador, is the youngest pilot to ever fly solo at the Gander Flight Training School at just 14 years old. Kyle Ash has logged about 34 hours in the air — and the sky seems to be the limit for Ash, who wants to be a commercial pilot when he's older. "I started picking up the passion when I was thee, and every time we used to go on a plane I used to make sure I was the last one off the plane so I could talk to the pilots. My first flight, I loved it. I couldn't believe people actually get paid for flying — it's so fun," he said. More

Closure of Mascouche Airport
By Jean Messier
The announcement that Mascouche Airport in Quebec was closing on Nov. 15, 2016, was not a surprise to anyone since the municipality had announced a relocation project months ago. However on Nov. 10 the mayor of Mascouche surprised everyone by announcing that it put an end to the project of relocation of the airport in the vicinity of the current site — considered recently by all parties as an ideal location. More

Laser strike complaint in Nova Scotia investigated by police
CBC News
A student pilot flying into Sydney, Nova Scotia, night is raising concerns about a possible laser strike. The pilot-in-training from the Moncton Flight College was making his final approach to the airport when he says a strange green light began "bouncing around" the Cessna aircraft's cockpit. Mike Tilley, CEO of the flight college,says the student suspected right away that someone on the ground was aiming a laser at him. More

Boarding pass, please: A short, personal history of flying
Tallahassee Democrat
According to author Mark Hinson: All of my life, I have heard the story about the first airplane that landed in my hometown of Marianna, Florida, nearly 100 years ago. It might or might not be true. But don't let that get in the way of a good tale. Here is how it goes: One spring afternoon, a poor, semi-literate sharecropper was plowing his field on the outskirts of Marianna. A pilot, who was flying a bi-plane from Jacksonville to Pensacola, started having engine problems and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop. He used the farmer's freshly turned field as an emergency landing strip.More

WestJet reaches tentative deal with its 1,200 pilots
CBC News
WestJet says it has reached a tentative agreement with its more than 1,200 non-union pilots, represented by the WestJet Pilot Association. No details were announced, but the airline said highlights of the deal would be made available in early December and that voting would begin later in the month. "This is a collaborative agreement that will ensure WestJet remains fully competitive into the future, while providing our pilots with an industry-leading agreement," WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said in announcing the deal. More

When bad things happen to good organizations
By Mark Huber
I recently spent several months looking into a rather baffling fatal helicopter accident. A well-trained pilot was flying a new helicopter outfitted with all the latest safety bells and whistles. The pilot worked for a top-rate organization that is a well-known industry innovator in safety management and perennially recognized for excellence by the Federal Aviation Administration. Sifting through various court documents and the official accident report of the National Transportation Safety Board, one thing became crystal clear: There was no single cause for this tragedy.More

Solar Flight announces Modular SunStar
One of the pioneers of solar-powered flight, a company aptly named Solar Flight, which has been developing solar airplanes for the last 28 years, announced a new solar-powered aircraft, which appears to be a real-life Lego-version of an airplane with interchangeable components. Named the SunStar, the aircraft is chiefly designed for High Altitude Long Endurance missions.More

Review: Tales of an adventurous life as a flying pastor and half of 'Bert & I'
Portland Press Herald
In this fascinating autobiography, Robert Bryan recounts his life as the flying parson of maritime Quebec and Labrador who piloted float planes alone through the wilderness. During four decades flying to isolated settlements strung across Quebec's North Shore, Bryan did more than give sermons. He flew sick and injured patients to hospitals, frequently under terrible weather conditions, and participated in rescues at sea and on arctic ice. More

COPA's Freedom to Fly fund employed in finding a 100LL alternative
By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
In my last report on the progress toward a replacement fuel I mentioned that the National Research Council (NRC) was working toward a project to...More

Hamilton WW2 hero destroyed an enemy plane with a load of bricks
CBC News
A 90-year-old veteran in Dundas goes by a curious nickname: The Brick Bomber. The nickname's origins go back to one particular day in 1944 in the skies over Burma. Born in Hamilton...More

7 reasons an instrument rating will make you a better pilot
Global Air
Getting an instrument rating means you'll be able to fly in the clouds and you won't be stuck on the ground as much because of bad weather. But an IFR rating also comes with a few other...More

The pioneering age of ultralights
Air & Space Magazine
John Moody, an engineer from Ohio, launched the ultralight revolution the same year the National Air and Space Museum opened — in 1976. Considered today the father of ultralights, Moody had combined an Icarus II hang glider and a two-cycle motor, creating a new kind of flier, which he demonstrated at the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. His flights "just set the world on fire," says Russ Lee, curator of aeronautics at the Museum. "To see a guy put a thing on his back and run a few steps and take off was just magical."More