COPA eFlight
Nov. 22, 2012

COPA's VIP insurance plan discounts & coverage benefits

COPA's Industry Partner and administrator of the COPA Aircraft Insurance Program, The Magnes Group, is pleased to announce that Silver policy holders under the COPA VIP Insurance program can now qualify for further premium discounts by indicating their pilot experience when requesting a quote (new and existing customers at renewal).More

New real pilot story: Ambushed by ice

Pilot Dean Clark was on a flight he'd made hundreds of times, in an airplane he knew well, and there was no serious weather in the forecast. But that didn't keep him from picking up enough ice nearly to bring down his Cessna 182.More

Understanding your aircraft insurance policy

Most private aircraft policies written in Canada today follow a similar format where they make a fairly broad sweeping statement of what is covered, add some frill coverages and then use the rest of the policy to list a series of conditions and exclusions to those coverages. What you end up with is a policy which covers all risks, SUBJECT to the conditions of the policy and EXCEPT for what is specifically excluded.

Therefore, it is just as important to understand these conditions and exclusions as it is to know what is included.More

2012 David Charles Abramson Memorial (DCAM) Flight Instructor Safety Award

The 2012 prestigious DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award was presented by co-founder Mr. Rikki Abramson, to Mr. Paul Harris, manager of flight operations, Pacific Flying Club, Vancouver, at Air Transport Association of Canada's AGM & convention, opening luncheon, on Nov. 14, at the Westin Bayshore hotel, Vancouver. More

City extends airport's tax-free status
Hamilton Spectator
Council has extended an arrangement that exempts Hamilton airport from paying municipal taxes in a manoeuvre designed to save the city some money. Council agreed to renew a bylaw exempting TradePort International, the private operator of the airport, because otherwise, the city would have had to pay out about $460,000 in 2013, said Guy Paparella, director of airport development.More

Aviation safety in Canada hits 10-year high
The Ottawa Citizen
There were 230 accidents involving Canadian-registered aircraft last year, the lowest since at least 2001, according to statistics from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The majority — 138 — involved private airplanes.More

Small air operators tell Transport Canada they want special pilot fatigue rules
The Ottawa Citizen
Smaller air operations don't want a new proposal to combat pilot fatigue drafted by a government-led group to apply to them. Transport Canada's aviation regulatory advisory council met to review recommendations of a special working group and organizations representing air taxis, small operators, business charters and helicopter companies complained the proposal is unworkable for them.More

No tax funds for local air show
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
It would truly be a shame to see the Waterloo Air Show crash as an event because it has run out of money. Its displays of marvellous aircraft on the ground as well as the breathtaking aerobatics it stages high in the sky captivate and thrill crowds young and old year after year. Yet, as wonderful as this air show is, it should not be up to local taxpayers to keep it in the air. But the current producers of the show, David White and Richard Cooper, are asking for precisely this — a public underwriting of an event that, for all its virtues, remains a private endeavour.More

Aviation centre takes flight
Chronicle Journal
Elizabeth Wieben flips through a book by Rich Halina, titled Bush Flying Captured,at the Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre. The centre, at 430 Waterloo St. S. in Thunder Bay, features a collection of memorabilia dedicated to Northwestern Ontario's rich aviation history, from bush planes to Can-Car's building of Second World War aircraft.More

Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre unveils rebuilt vintage plane
Global News
It was a big day for the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre. Fourteen years after opening shop in an old barn, it unveiled the first of what it hopes will be many replicas of classic Canadian aircrafts. Volunteers didn't have much to work with when they rebuilt this vintage plane from the 1920s. More

ACE Aviation makes $58 million selling interest in Air Canada
The Montreal Gazette
ACE Aviation Holdings is continuing with its plans to wind down by selling its remaining shares and warrants in Air Canada to Cormark Securities for net proceeds of $58 million. The airline holding company said it sold 31 million Air Canada shares, 1.25 million warrants to purchase Air Canada shares at an exercise price of $1.51 and 1.25 million warrants with an exercise price of $1.44.More

China's rich and famous yearn to fly for a hobby
The Vancouver Sun
Wealthy Chinese are itching to take up flying as a hobby, drawing crowds to an air show in the southern city of Zhuhai this week, but high taxes and military controls on airspace are grounding the aviation industry's hopes of a sales boom. Mongolian coal mine boss John Zhang, aged 39, is aware of restrictions on using private planes in China for now, but said he still wanted to buy one to take his family up for pleasure.More

High school aviation course takes off
Brampton Guardian
A new aviation course is taking flight at Brampton's St. Edmund Campion Secondary School. The course, which will teach aircraft manufacturing, will be available to students in Grade 10 and be introduced at the school in second semester, according to Principal Neville Mant. More

Airport tunnel now belongs to Calgary Airport Authority
CBC News
The City of Calgary has handed over responsibility for the new airport tunnel to the Calgary Airport Authority now that the city has finished pouring the tunnel's concrete.More