COPA eFlight
Dec. 27, 2012

20. PilotPort launches social networking website
Digital Journal
From Sept. 13, 2012: What if General Aviation Disappeared? Well it's starting to. Pilot population is down from 800,000 to 600,000. Student Pilot dropout rates are 70-80 per cent. Airports are closing and there is a decline in funding. The media hasn't helped either by sensationalizing General Aviation accidents.More

19. The AVRO Arrow Celebrating a Pinnacle of Canadian Aerospace Achievement 55th Anniversary of the Arrow Roll Out
From Oct. 4, 2012: 55 years ago,  AVRO Canada rolled out the most advanced fighter of the generation. The brilliant white aircraft (Arrow #201) launched Canadian to the top of the aerospace world with it's advanced technology, materials use and the promise of a generational leap in aircraft performance.More

18. Second rescue flight for Pilots N' Paws Canada volunteer pilot Ron Haslam
From Aug. 30, 2012: Two diverse communities, rescue groups and general aviation pilots had found common purpose through the Canadian program Pilots N' Paws Canada.More

17. Peter Cheney: Why pilots make better drivers
The Globe and Mail
From Aug. 2, 2012: Pilots like to say that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport. This is, of course, completely delusional (as any actuary will tell you, flying light aircraft is many times riskier than driving). But never mind: flying is a cool sport, and it's also one of the best driver-training tools of all time.More

16. Senior pilots soar above aging stereotypes
The Sun Sentinal
From Nov. 15, 2012: The secret to staying young? Stay high. So say the United Flying Octogenarians, an international flock of about 1,200 private and recreational pilots who are age 80-plus — and refuse to be grounded.More

15. War museum vandalism 'beyond distasteful'
CTV News
From Oct. 18, 2012: Ottawa police are looking for the public's help to find two men who spray-painted a swastika on a Canadian War Museum airplane in August. They said two men, who arrived in separate four-door dark coloured vehicles, spray-painted a swastika and 'offensive message' on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane in the early morning hours.More

14. Waterbomber operator offers reward after vandalism puts aircraft in jeopardy
Alberni Valley News
From Aug. 9, 2012: An act of vandalism on the Hawaii Mars water bomber had near tragic consequences after a flight crew took off without noticing the damage on the weekend. According to Coulson Group of Companies owner Wayne Coulson, the incident happened late Saturday night as the aircraft was moored in front of the flying tanker base at Sproat Lake. The vandalism caused $25,000 worth of damage.More

13. Places to fly
From Aug. 9, 2012: Welcome to COPA's Places to Fly — Canada's database of airports that anyone can edit or add to! Here you can read information about airports in Canada, including fuel prices and airport fees. You can also update existing information, upload airport pictures and even create new listings about Canadian airports that we don't yet have any information on. It is easy to use!More

12. Oldest Battle of Britain veteran, Spitfire pilot William Walker, dead at 99
CTV News
From Oct. 25, 2012: William Walker, whose poem is part of a national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, has died at age 99. The Battle of Britain Trust said Walker died at home in London.More

11. Water bomber deserves place in history
The Daily News via
From Aug. 30, 2012: An important piece of B.C. history will be flying south this autumn when the Philippine Mars water bomber, now retired from fighting forest fires, makes its final flight to a Florida aviation museum. It's Florida's gain and Vancouver Island's loss.More