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Award presented to COPA Director for B.C., Yukon
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The Langley Aero Club, based at Langley, B.C., presents an award each year at its Annual General Meeting to someone in the aviation community who has made a significant contribution to aviation. This award is the "Ed Batchelor Award" in memory of Ed Batchelor, who was a founding partner and CFI at Skyways Aviation in Langley. This year the recipient of the award is Tim Cole, in recognition of his many years of service in several areas, including Laurention Air Services, Air Transit, Transport Canada and COPA. Tim Cole is presently a COPA Director representing B.C. and the Yukon, and is also COPA's Treasurer.

Canadian private aircraft fleet continues to grow
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By Adam Hunt

The Canadian private civil aircraft fleet continued to grow in 2012, but at a rate that was the lowest seen since 2003 and worse than at any time during the recession of 2008-10. In 2008 the fleet grew at 3.2 per cent, in 2009 by 2.2 per cent reflecting the recession, in 2010 increased to 2.3 per cent and in 2011 up to 2.5 per cent. In 2012 it was down to just 1.96 per cent. The numbers seem to indicate the recession is still with us, especially with regard to aircraft sales. As in recent years the fact that the fleet has continued to grow and not shrink is probably due to the persistently high asking prices for used aircraft in Canada. Aircraft asking prices in Canada should be lower than they are, with the Canadian dollar near par against the U.S. dollar, but Canadian asking prices remained consistently higher than U.S. prices this past year, encouraging cross-border aircraft shopping and driving up the overall number of aircraft registered in Canada.

Painting the Maritimes Skies Yellow
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By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO

As many members know, COPA is a strong supporter of Vintages Wings of Canada's Yellow Wings program that commemorates the tremendous contribution Canada made to the war effort with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). We support this effort to commemorate and educate because the Yellow Wings aircraft stop at many former BCATP airports that today soldier on as vital links in our national airport system as well as provide homes for many of our aircraft. The many Yellow Wings events held across Canada over the past two years provided an opportunity to get people out to their airport and remind them that their airport had a role to play in our past but continues to serve today and into the future.


Zenair’s all-metal STOL designs are sold as kits or ready-to-fly. The roomy CH 750 on floats is more popular than ever with recreational pilots; the CH 801 has an impressive 1000 lbs useful load; the classic CH 701 “sky Jeep” still sets the standard in its category after 25 years! Read More...

Air show planned for September
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The board of the Yarmouth International Airport Corporation gave the go-ahead for a committee to organize an international airshow at the Yarmouth airport in 2013, when it met recently at Yarmouth town hall. More

Boeing Dreamliner under investigation
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U.S. regulators said they will perform a far-reaching review of the design, manufacturing and assembly of Boeing 787 Dreamliner after a fire on a Japan Airlines jet this week and several incidents last year. "We are confident about the safety of this aircraft, but we're concerned about these incidents and will conduct a review until we are completely satisfied," Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said at a news conference recent news conferences. More

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High-flying history
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The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum sits in the hangar, parts exposed, waiting for its annual maintenance routine, but in June 2012, it was busy getting ready for its close-up. More

And the winner of Niagara airport power struggle is...
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The bun fight between Niagara District Airport commissioners and their municipal masters is over. The municipal masters won. Niagara Falls city council agreed to changes in airport governance that had previously been approved by Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines municipal councils. More

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N.S. Archives unveils collection of vintage aerials
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On a summer's day in 1931, two people played tennis in Truro, unaware that a pilot was zeroing in on their location, his passenger snapping a picture from high above. The plane flew on. In Halifax, the photographer focused on RMS Olympic, berthed behind the Nova Scotian Hotel, and men standing on runways at the Chebucto Road airport. More

Trapping in Alaska: Why airplanes beat snowmobiles
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It's no secret that The Last Frontier is a land of trappers, but some guys take it to a whole different level. Most trappers here in Alaska trap off of their snow machine, getting access to some of the most remote places in the state. However, there is a monumental amount of work involved, especially when you are cutting your own trail like I do. More

Ice Pilots NWT will fly for fifth season
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Fans of the hit series 'Ice Pilots NWT', which follows the adventures of maverick airline Buffalo Airways, will be delighted to hear the show has been picked up for a fifth season on History, a specialty television channel in Canada. Mikey McBryan, the general manager of the airline, heard the news three weeks ago and said it's a "constant surprise" when he gets word the show has been renewed for another season. More

Passenger traffic at Regina airport taking off
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With passenger traffic increasing at the Regina International Airport, its CEO wants to see more flight options in and out of the city. More than 1.18 million passengers went through Regina's airport in 2012 — nearly a four per cent increase from 2011. More

Qualicum Beach Airport future up in the air    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A tall stand of trees at one end of the Qualicum Beach airport is causing a major headache to airport officials and pilots alike. Following an inspection of Island airports by Transport Canada officials in August, officials determined there were trees growing too tall at one end of a runway. More
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