COPA eFlight
Dec. 5, 2013

2nd safety board report raises concerns for flying in British Columbia mountains
The Vancouver Sun
A second report by the federal Transportation Safety Board in less than a month is raising concerns about lack of pilot training and experience for those flying in British Columbia's mountains. "In both reports, the issue of a lack of standards for mountain flying is a contributing factor," safety board regional manager Bill Yearwood confirmed in an interview. "If you lack knowledge and training, the risk is higher."More

The Flying Circus: The best defence is offence
By Garth Wallace
COPA eFlight presents another weekly excerpt from "The Flying Circus," a fun book by Canadian aviation humorist and former COPA publisher Garth Wallace. "The Flying Circus" is a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school armed with loads of enthusiasm, but little business sense and no money.More

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association input to airport master plan
COPA recently was invited by the Toronto Port Authority to provide advice regarding an airport master plan for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which would include Personal Aviation. On Dec. 3, COPA President and CEO Kevin Psutka followed up with a letter to Mark Richardson, vice president and general counsel for the Toronto Port Authority.More

Shell announces unleaded 100-octane fuel
Shell Oil announced that it has developed an unleaded 100-octane piston engine fuel to replace 100LL and, presumably, the fuel will enter the FAA's recently established fuel testing and certification process. In a press release, Shell said the fuel is a culmination of 10 years in R&D and initial testing has been done with two OEMs, Lycoming and Piper. None of the companies offered any information on what the new fuel might cost.More

IAOPA welcomes officers
Following the recent resignations of Craig Fuller, IAOPA president, and Andrew Andersen, IAOPA vice president in the Pacific Region, a special IAOPA nominations committee was formed and met at the AOPA-U.S. Summit in Ft. Worth, Texas, in preparation for selecting candidates for the two vacant positions. After extensive discussion, and soliciting input and confirmation from active IAOPA affiliates, we are proud to announce the following were nominated and duly elected to serve.More

Restricted airspace for UAV use proposed for Lac St-Jean, Quebec
The establishment of five Class F restricted airspace (CYR) is being proposed for areas in Quebec, north of La Tuque and southeast of Alma. The purpose of the CYRs is to provide a flying area for unmanned aerial vehicles during proof-of-performance flights to allow operators to prove beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) operations in civil airspace and qualify for BLOS operations in Canadian civil airspace.More

Canada's oldest airfield formally signs off
International Business Times
With three hovering helicopters, Canada formally signed off its oldest airfield, the Edmonton City Centre Airport. In 2009, the 217-hectare Edmonton City Centre Airport was voted upon by the city council to be officially closed to give way to a housing community for 30,000 people. In 2010, the first of its two runways were shutdown. More

Analyst: Cessna sales expected to rise in 2014 and 2015
The Wichita Eagle
Demand and pricing for Cessna Aircraft business jets remain weak, but Cessna seems poised for an upturn over the next two years, according to an analyst's report. Leading key indicators for future demand look good, wrote Cowen and Co. Analyst Cai von Rumohr in the report.More

Captain Adam Runge named pilot for 2014 CF-18 Demonstration Team
Ottawa Citizen
The Royal Canadian Air Force is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Adam "Manik" Runge as the pilot for the 2014 CF-18 Demonstration Team. Flying his specially painted CF-18 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Captain Runge will dazzle audiences across North America throughout 2014.More

Bombardier promotes aerospace executives
The Montreal Gazette
Bombardier Inc.'s aerospace group shuffled its executive ranks, promoting two division presidents. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi will move to corporate head office as senior vice president, strategy and mergers and acquisitions for both Bombardier groups, aerospace and rail, and will report directly to company president Pierre Beaudoin. He will be replaced as president of business aircraft by Eric Martel, currently president of customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft. More

New option for air travel
Comox Valley Record
Comox Valley, British Columbia, residents have a new option for air travel, one that Harbour Air Group says is fast, convenient and affordable. Harbour Air Group's newest service, Tantalus Air, offers private charters out of Comox Valley Airport.More

Major changes coming to instrument approach publications
If you fly IFR or use Nav Canada's Airport Diagrams to avoid runway incursions, you should take the time to prepare to changes that will occur starting in February 2014 to the way information...More

1st flight for 2-seat electric rotorcraft
The two-seat e-volo Volocopter rotorcraft flew for the first time inside an arena in Karlsruhe, Germany, the company announced. The aircraft flew multiple times, with several flights almost reaching 70-foot-high...More

Automation overuse by pilots eyed in air crashes
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun
According to studies by safety, government and industry experts pilots may be becoming too reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in modern airliners. So much so that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, pilots may be ill prepared to assume control of the plane.More

STARS air ambulance grounded
Winnipeg Free Press
The Alberta-based Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society helicopter air ambulance service was temporarily suspended by the province following the death of a woman suffering from cardiac arrest. Provincial officials said it appears the woman, who had been cleared for the flight, had not been properly ventilated with oxygen. The woman was being transported from an undisclosed location in the Southern Health Region to Winnipeg and died on the ground in Winnipeg. More

How a professional pilot could possibly land a giant plane at wrong airport
The story of two pilots landing a Boeing 747 at the wrong airport drew a lot of rolled eyes, more than a little laughter and serious questions about how on earth two experienced pilots could so make such a colossal error. It's easier than you might think. The pilots were flying the massive 747 Dreamlifter into Wichita, Kan., to retrieve the nose section of a 787 Dreamliner. They were supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base, but instead landed at Colonel Jabara Airport, about 8 miles away. Oops. More

Obama signs Small Airplane Revitalization Act
The Wichita Eagle
The general aviation industry is applauding the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama. U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, sponsored the bill, which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by the end of 2015. The recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes.More