COPA eFlight
Dec. 4, 2014

COPA's President and CEO announces his intention to retire
Ottawa, Ontario — Nov. 27, 2014 — COPA's Board of Directors announced that Kevin Psutka has declared his plans for retiring from his position as COPA's president and CEO in 2015. "Kevin's extraordinary vision and leadership guided COPA through times of tremendous change," said Trekker Armstrong, Chairman of COPA's Board of Directors. Psutka, with 18 years tenure in his current position, has proven to be one of the most knowledgeable executives on general aviation matters in Canada's Personal Aviation sector.More

An important project the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is working on
This month we launched our first ever crowd funding campaign for The Legacy Project, a youth-driven film project at the Museum.

Through first person accounts from Canadian Veterans — airmen and women who served in the RCAF, RAF, WAAF and the Polish Air Force — as well as from former European civilians, the documentary will showcase the people and stories of the Second World War through the lens of aviation. Your donation will help preserve the first-person accounts of Veterans and civilians, and share these stories of friendship, courage and loss with generations to come.

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New rules for small unmanned aircraft
Transport Canada introduced two new exemptions on November 28 that make it easier for businesses to fly small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) safely and legally.

Under the new exemptions, a Special Flight Operations Certificate will no longer be required for certain operations involving very small (under 2 kg) and small (between 2 kg and 25 kg) UAVs. The new approach will apply to commercial operations and contribute to a strong safety regime.

To qualify under the new rules, operators must check Transport Canada's website to confirm if the exemptions apply to them. If they do, operators must respect strict safety conditions at all times, including height restrictions, minimum distances from aerodromes and other hazards, as well as flight within specific airspace and visual line‑of‑sight. More

Blackshape Prime has landed in North America
Recently approved by Transport Canada for the Advanced Ultralight Aircraft class, the Blackshape BS100 Prime opens up a new segment in the high performance sport aircraft market of the North America. A demonstration model is being flight tested at the Lachute Airport, 40 minutes west of Montreal, Quebec.More

FAA testing of 100LL replacement fuels begins
The FAA has launched Phase I testing of four unleaded aviation fuels at its William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, officially beginning aviation's much heralded transition away from low lead avgas. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and Total are now undergoing laboratory and rig testing, which is expected to continue for the next year as the FAA seeks to start phasing out 100LL avgas as early as 2018.More

TSB 2014 Watchlist
One of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's responsibilities is to shine a spotlight on the areas where we believe strong action must be taken to address safety deficiencies uncovered in the course of our investigation work. That is why we developed the Watchlist which identifies the issues posing the greatest risk to Canada's transportation system.More

GA's difficult climb back
According to author Woody Beck: I am a 68-year-old Baby Boomer who got his private certificate in 1975 with the University of Michigan Flyers at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, airport. At that time, the Flyers had five Cessna 150s, a Skyhawk, a Piper Arrow and a Citabria. Within a few months, a twin was added to the fleet, which continued to grow. There were some 200 university students, and some faculty, involved and most of the Club instructors were students at the U. There was an excitement about aviation.More

Fighting pilot fatigue: New views on staying alert
Through the darkness across the Hudson River, New York City's dazzling all-night light show served as the backdrop for the Beech Baron's descent into Teterboro Airport. For the relatively inexperienced pilot in the left seat, this was a golden opportunity to sit beside the company's high-time training captain and soak up knowledge from the veteran as he pointed out visual landmarks like Giants Stadium and described the unusual noise abatement procedure for the 3 a.m. arrival carrying a planeload of medical samples for testing at a New Jersey lab.More

Alaska is a deadly place to fly
By Mark Huber
Flying in Alaska is a whole different cat. I've done it exactly once. It was both awe-inspiring and occasionally terrifying. Even Alaskan pilots considered at the top of their game likely have bent some metal along the way. The environment is hostile, and the skill set needs to be greater than flying just about anywhere else. So when an Alaska State Police helicopter cratered back in March 2013 while flying a search-and-rescue mission — killing the pilot, trooper observer and just-rescued patient — it wasn't a big surprise. But what came out in the NTSB investigation was.More

The best fuel for the pilot
General Aviation News
You strive to ensure your airplane is airworthy, but what about the most important thing in the cockpit: you? Are you eating properly to ensure peak performance inflight? That's especially difficult these days, with fast food restaurants on every corner and junk food so easily accessible. Many people still believe the standard food pyramid is the best way to eat.More

Air scare as bolt buries itself in turboprop plane's window
NBC News
A passenger on a commercial turboprop airplane in Canada got a scare when a bolt from the propeller came loose and was sent speeding like a bullet into the window next to him, in what is being called a "highly unusual incident," the passenger and the airline said. Matt Langlois, a British Columbia man who works as a surveyor at the Fort McMurray oil sands field in Alberta, told NBC News that "my stomach jumped up into my throat" after the 1-inch bolt buried itself into the window next to his seat as the Dash 8 Series 300 plane descended to an airport in Vancouver. More