COPA eFlight
Dec. 26, 2013

Pilot complaints of blinding laser pens increasing
CBC News
Officials say they are concerned about a rising number of complaints concerning blinding lights, such as laser pens, being directed at airplanes above Regina, Saskatchewan. Police and airport officials said that 12 reports were filed in 2013, a jump from five complaints in 2012 and just one report in 2011.More

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Handcuffing the crew: When rules and regulations get in the way
By Mark Huber
We all need rules. Especially those of us who fly. The days of reckless barnstorming — especially in the wake of 9/11 and the new national nervousness — are long behind us. Now we go to simulator training, we have best practices, and we get audited by independent watchdogs and insurers. Most of this is good and necessary, but some of it has the effect of retarding flight crew decision-making skills, turning them into mindless automatons who slavishly follow data trails and flight directors, sometimes with tragic results.More

The Flying Circus: Moby Dave
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

Aviation engineers study flight of the great gray owls in Canada
Digital Journal
An international team of Canadian research engineers is studying nocturnal Great Gray Owls, due to their exceptional flight and hunting abilities. The goal is to improve on the designs of aircraft and submarines, swooping onto their prey with no warning.More

Cadets earn prestigious award
Forterie Times
Cadets Cameron Izzard and Kevin Gault are the recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award — an honour not many receive. Both youths were guests of Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley at the Toronto Police College for the awards held in October. Izzard is one of the top cadets in the 337 Squadron in Fort Erie, Ontario. He is a qualified bugler and he was an instructor with the junior band during the Blackdown Cadet Camp. More

Former bomber pilot of famed WWII squadron passes away
Seaway News
Robert "Bob" MacDonell was the pilot of a Lancaster bomber nicknamed "Lonesome Lola." MacDonell and his crew flew dozens of dangerous night-time raids over a heavily-defended Germany and miraculously came through it all safe and sound.More

Aviation gets a Congressional star turn
If you were paying attention to the news, you may have noticed that the otherwise chronically broken Congress actually proposed a bipartisan budget package. Now let's not delude ourselves into thinking strains of Kumbaya will soon be pealing from the Capitol and the members will be caroling on Pennsylvania Avenue, but this little outbreak of cooperation may have positive consequences for aviation.More

Maintenance inspection a factor in 2012 Air Canada engine failure
Digital Journal
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation determined that the Air Canada flight crew followed company procedures and safely performed an emergency landing after an engine failure. The investigation revealed that, during a previous scheduled inspection, damage to a ring of metal (shroud) surrounding a section of the turbine was noted, but incorrectly evaluated and left unaddressed.More

Pilot soars in restored vintage plane
Arizona Daily Star
After spending more than three years refurbishing a Lockheed Vega — a collector's item — pilot John Magoffin  took his baby out for a spin. Magoffin, an American Airlines pilot who previously worked as an Alaskan bush pilot, was in high heaven as he flew from Marana Regional Airport before family, friends, pilots and plane collectors. More