COPA eFlight
Dec. 6, 2012

Save Our Medevac

I have recently become involved in a campaign to prevent the degradation of health care for northern residents of Alberta and Canada.

I have devoted much of my professional career to helping people and have been mortified by the imminent closure of Edmonton City Centre Airport resulting in Medevac Air Ambulance Flights being relocated to Edmonton International Airport near Leduc, Alberta.

Alberta is positioned to go from the 'best to the worst' transfer times in Canada. Please visit our website at www.saveourmedevac.ca and lend your support to help preserve, or better yet, enhance access to tertiary medical care.

- Kerry Pawluski

Review of the Safety Implications for Patients Requiring Medevac Services to and from the Edmonton Airport
April 2011

Save Our medevac Service
October 2012

To read COPA's Statement in response to Edmonton City Centre Airport Click Here More

BAHAMAS CIVIL AVIATION ANNOUNCES EXEMPTION FROM MANDATORY 406MHz EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER

Bahamas Civil Aviation announces that effective February 1 2013, the installation of 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) will not be mandatory for all general aviation aircraft flying to and within The Islands Of The Bahamas. This exemption, made under the provision of The Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations 2001, section 2 and the Bahamas Safety Air Regulations 2001, applies to all Bahamas Commercial (AOC's) Operators, general aviation aircraft flying in or over The Bahamas, balloons, gliders and lighter than air.More

ELT update: Dec 2012


By Kevin Psutka

It has been one year since my last update, in which I reported that there was no change in the status of the regulation amendment and that current regulation remains in place.

This remains the status. All aircraft operating in Canadian airspace must carry a serviceable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that broadcasts on either 121.5 MHz (TSO 91 or 91a) or 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz (TSO 126).

I pointed out that if you elect to equip with a 406 MHZ ELT and/or carry a 406 PLB, you must ensure that it is registered with the beacon registry https://www.cbr-rcb.ca/cbr/

I also highlighted that there is no longer monitoring of 121.5 MHz by satellite and that you should either equip with a newer 406 MHz ELT or carry some other device in addition to your older ELT, and that even if you equip with a 406 ELT you should carry another device because of the deficiencies in all ELTs, including the newer ones.

As of now, the revised regulation remains in limbo and, according to the Director General Civil Aviation, is not likely to move forward anytime soon. More

Canadian air & space museum newsletter
COPA
Dear Museum supporter, It has been three weeks since the launch of our new fundraising campaign and we would like to extend our appreciation to all those who have contributed. At this time we sit at more than $13,000 towards our $500,000 goal.More

Nunavut boosts security at Pond Inlet airport
CBC News
The airport in Pond Inlet will have a new security system by January, according to the government of Nunavut. This comes after a Canadian North Dash-8 aircraft was broken into and damaged. The company said at the time that it wouldn't leave aircraft in the community until cameras were installed.More

First solo flight for 16-year-old
The Windsor Star
Sixteen-year-old Andrea Beltramello doesn't have his driver's licence but he was flying a plane at 193 km/h on his own. "We have a pilot in the house," his grandfather Ted Brotto said after his grandson landed at Windsor Airport just before the sun set Thursday. Brotto, who will soon turn 98, is scheduled to be the first passenger when his grandson gets his recreational flying permit.More

Hope Air and their volunteer pilot Paul Clark
Net News Ledger
It's a simple idea: Free flights to get low-income Canadians to specialized healthcare that is not available in their home communities. It's an idea that can help make the Canadian healthcare system truly accessible to all. And it's an idea that Hope Air has been pursuing for over 26 years, defeating the twin barriers of distance and cost to get people to the care they need.More

No mechanical errors in Snow Lake plane crash that claimed pilot's life
The Winnipeg Sun
There's no indication that a mechanical error was to blame for a fatal plane crash near Snow Lake. "The propeller indicates the engine was producing at the time of the crash," said Transportation Safety Board official Paul Hildebrand. "A steep-angle descent happened prior to the crash.' The plane's pilot, 40-year-old Mike Gogal, died.More

Flying green
The Link
Though it's 13 stories tall, the highest point in Concordia's Hall Building is actually in the basement. That's where Concordia University researchers are flying high, using a flight simulator to develop a more eco-friendly flight. While the majority of an aircraft's flight is controlled by computers programmed to reduce fuel consumption, changing altitudes mid-flight is still not done in the most fuel-efficient way. Concordia's researchers are looking to change that. More

Cessna and CAIGA sign contract for joint venture to assemble and sell turboprops in China
Aviation.ca
Cessna and Textron has entered into a joint venture contract with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company in accordance with their previously announced strategic agreement, for the formation of a joint venture company to conduct final assembly of Cessna Caravan utility turboprop aircraft in China for the Chinese market.More

20 per cent vacancy rate for licensed pilot inspectors cause for concern
The Vancouver Sun
The union representing federal licensed pilot inspectors says one in five inspection jobs are vacant, jeopardizing airline safety. The Canadian Federal Pilots Association has released a study that shows there are 100 openings for licensed pilot inspectors out of a federal workforce that is supposed to total 499. The association says that's the highest vacancy rate ever.More