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As 2012 comes to a close, COPA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the eFlight, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013.

10. Pilot's cellphone use possible crash factor
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From Aug. 16, 2012: A pilot who crashed and died near a B.C. airport in November was texting and making calls on his cellphone during his flight, an investigation revealed. The report published by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said the lone occupant of the Cessna 185E was talking on his phone five times and replied three times to text messages. More

9. Gallery: Rare plane lands at Western Canadian Aviation Museum
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From Sept. 7, 2012: A rare airplane has been added to the collection at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum. A 1937 Lockeed Electra plane landed at the museum, where it will go on display as part of an exhibit honouring Air Canada’s 75th anniversary. More

8. COPA's VIP insurance plan discounts and coverage benefits
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From Aug. 9, 2012: COPA's Industry Partner and administrator of the COPA Aircraft Insurance Program, The Magnes Group, is pleased to announce that Silver policy holders under the COPA VIP Insurance program can now qualify for further premium discounts by indicating their pilot experience when requesting a quote (new and existing customers at renewal). More


Four French Universities have selected the sporty Zodiac CH 650B as their “teaching” aircraft of choice. Canadian-manufactured parts for two aircraft have already been shipped; Zenair will deliver parts for five more in 2013. The LSA-type aircraft will be assembled by engineering and tech students and used by local flying schools once completed. More...

7. Ontario sisters find piece of WWII U.S. bomber plane at lake
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From Aug. 2, 2012: A group of local girls have stumbled upon a significant piece of Second World War history that's resurfaced from the depths of Lake Huron. Amy Cooper, 13, and sister Lisa, 12, were swimming with friends at the Sarnia Riding Club beach when they stumbled upon a piece of twisted metal buried in the sandy floor of the lake several feet from shore. More

6. NAV CANADA adopts ICAO flight plan changes
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From Aug. 30, 2012: Flight Plan 2012 (FP2012) is an initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to update the content requirements of the internationally-utilized flight plan, with a worldwide implementation date of November 15, 2012. More

5. Plane modifications led to Reno air show crash that killed 11
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From Aug. 30, 2012: Extensive modifications to a racing airplane — nearly all of them undocumented — led to mechanical failure that probably caused the deadly crash at a Reno air show last year, U.S. transportation officials ruled. More

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4. Replacement Snowbirds aircraft to cost $755 million
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From Aug. 23, 2012: The Canadian Forces is planning to spend $755 million on a new fleet of aircraft for its Snowbirds aerobatics team, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.The Snowbirds will need new planes by 2020 and the Royal Canadian Air Force is now examining various options. More

3. New real pilot story: Ambushed by ice
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From Nov. 22, 2012: Pilot Dean Clark was on a flight he'd made hundreds of times, in an airplane he knew well, and there was no serious weather in the forecast. But that didn't keep him from picking up enough ice nearly to bring down his Cessna 182. More

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2. Oklahoma pilot takes flight with 'world's smallest jet'
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From July, 5, 2012: It's dubbed the 'World's Smallest Jet' and one of Oklahoma's Own is flying it. The airplane's design was originally developed in the 1970s, but a new and improved version is slowly making a comeback. More

1. The plane truth about diesel fuel
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From Nov. 8, 2012: If you're a doubter who still believe that diesels may be okay for trucks and buses but not for cars, how do you feel about diesel-powered aircraft? Cessna has announced it's dropping the turbocharged gasoline piston engine from its popular 182 Skylane and replacing it with a four-cylinder diesel. Cessna says the diesel, from the French company SMA, is 42 per cent more fuel-efficient than the gasoline engine, more reliable and quieter, too. More
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