COPA eFlight
Dec. 11, 2014

COPA fights regulatory proposal that threatens airports
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is mounting an all-out fight against a proposed change to the Canadian Aeronautics Act that threatens the viability of the national airport infrastructure in Canada. The amendment which appeared buried deep in a separate budget bill would allow the Minister to "make an order prohibiting the development or expansion of a given aerodrome or any change to the operation of a given aerodrome, if, in the Minister's opinion, the proposed development, expansion, or change is likely to adversely affect aviation safety or is not in the public interest." More

PEI pilot makes dramatic Florida landing
CBC News
A Prince Edward Island pilot is the talk of southwest Florida after a dramatic emergency landing on a road miles away from any airport. Jim Whitty has 50 years of piloting experience and was flying his Cessna 1,500 feet above southwest Florida on Saturday morning. He was with his brother-in-law in a plane he had been flying for decades when the engine started to malfunction. Whitty says it started about ten minutes into the flight. More

Single-engine Harvard returns to Windsor to join Yellow Birds
The Windsor Star
Next time Windsor's ceremonial Yellow Birds pass overhead, you may notice a new addition to the squadron. Last week a Harvard Mk IV plane touched down at it's new home, the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, located at the west end of the Windsor International Airport. The arrival of this plane marks the first acquisition for the historical organization in 12 years. "This is a big deal for us," vice-president of CH2A Don Christopher explained. "That's when we got our last Chipmunk."More

Chris Hadfield: 'Celebrity is not that big a deal for me'
The Guardian
You're in Saskatchewan at the moment, but by the time Observer readers see this, you'll be in London — and then off to various points of the U.K. and Ireland. Are you looking forward to it? I'm really looking forward to it. And it's where my family's all originally from — we only came to Canada a hundred years ago.More

Drone advocates, critics clash at House hearing
A congressional hearing illustrated strong interest in flying more drones across the country but also the fears of possible collisions with passenger planes. Congress is taking more interest in the industry because nearly $90 billion worldwide is expected to be invested in drone technology over the next decade. Advocates warned that Canada, Australia and countries in Europe are allowing drones to fly more readily, and they could lead development if the U.S. doesn't act faster.More

Pratt & Whitney Canada to spend $1billion to develop next-generation aircraft engines
Aerospace Technology
Pratt & Whitney Canada is planning to spend more than $1 billion Canadian in R&D to develop the next-generation of aircraft engines over the next four-and-half years. The spending includes repayable contribution of C$300m from the government of Canada under the strategic aerospace and defence initiative programme. The investment will support around 1,500 existing jobs at Pratt & Whitney facilities in Ontario and Quebec. More

Managing anger in the cockpit
General Aviation News
According to author Jeffrey Madison: I visually cleared final approach and the traffic pattern. Seeing all four quadrants empty, I took the runway and took off. Upwind off KLKU looked fantastic. A riot of yellows, oranges and reds overwhelmed any remaining resistance from the faltering ranks of green leaves. It created a spectacular autumnal canopy beneath my fixed gear.More

Eye to eye with a bear
Air & Space Magazine
According to author John Newlin: In March 1966, I was operations officer of Fighter Squadron 74 (VF-74) aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal. After a long deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship set a course for its home port, in Norfolk, Virginia. As soon as we'd cleared the Strait of Gibraltar, the ship went on "Bear Watch." "Bear" is NATO's designation for the Soviet Tupolev Tu-95, a large strategic bomber, sometimes armed with missiles but primarily used for electronic surveillance.More

Orion launch ushers in next generation of space travel
By Ross Lancaster
The progression of space travel has taken the human race farther beyond Earth than previous generations could have possibly imagined. With technology also evolving, the outer limit of where humanity can potentially go has also been expanded. When it comes to landings on other planets or natural satellites, man has thus far stopped at the Moon. The last manned mission there occurred 42 years ago this month. However, NASA's new Orion spacecraft, which recently launched for its first test flight, may be the vehicle that finally takes humanity to its next frontier — Mars.More

Sky Kings: Pilot passenger — Friend or foe?
"Did you do something to my nav radios?" John was clearly confused, and I didn't know why. But John had just realized that steady needles didn't necessarily mean he was flying well. The flag for the glideslope confirmed his suspicion. We were flying an ILS approach in our old Comanche 250, in the clouds with weather just above minimums. As was occasionally the case, our No. 1 nav receiver had been behaving badly, with the needles on the indicator twitching and jumping.More

The plane with panoramic pods to give passengers a pilot's eye view
Daily Mail
It is the perfect plane for anyone who really wants a pilot's eye view as they fly. A new concept plane puts passengers in pods underneath each wing, allowing them to get exactly the same view as the pilot. The firm behind it hopes the Triton will be used to take holidaymakers over some of the world's most beautiful areas. 'Triton affords passengers breakthrough panoramic views and luxury accommodations never before seen in sightseeing adventures and luxury travel,' the firm behind it, Micronautix, said.More