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    Canadian government marks 6th annual National Aviation Day
    Government of Canada
    Feb. 23, 2014, was the sixth annual National Aviation Day in Canada. To celebrate the occasion the Government of Canada is pleased to launch the call for applications for the Federal Student Work Experience Program — Transport Canada Civil Aviation Internship Program; and to announce an exciting new aviation photo contest. The internship program is a paid, two-month summer work term at Transport Canada headquarters in Ottawa. It is open to students interested in aviation, who are currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12, Secondary V or the first year of CEGEP.
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    The skies set to turn pink during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
    During Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 3-9, 2014, an estimated 30,000 girls and women will be welcomed at air and space facilities located on four continents. Thanks to numerous hands-on interactive activities organized by aviation enthusiasts and professionals, they will learn that this exciting and rewarding industry is eager to include them. The week of awareness encourages girls and women to explore the aviation industry.
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    International Female Pilot Association to celebrate women in aviation
    The Ninety-Nines
    The First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines — the International Female Pilot Association — and Enterprise Airlines are celebrating the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week by holding an event at the Oshawa Airport on March 8, 2014.

    Girls and women are invited to experience aviation:
    • Go on a free flight in a small airplane
    • Get information about aviation career opportunities
    • Interact with women of aviation, present and future
    • Get close to really cool aircraft and a helicopter
    Pre-registration is required at

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    Zenair holds the record for fastest-built kit aircraft. The company oversaw assembly and finishing of its kits by volunteers at the World Expo in Vancouver, B.C. (1986), Oshkosh, WI (1978) and Lakeland, FL (1987, 1990 & 1993). It is now planning to do it again at AirVenture 2014 with the best-selling STOL CH 750. More...

    The Flying Circus: Lesson 2 from Melville
    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.
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    New COPA safety video on takeoffs and landings ready for viewing
    Stabilized approaches: A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground. Click here to watch video:
    These Safety Videos are brought to you by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the COPA Flight Safety Foundation with production support from the AOPA Foundation.

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    Yingling Aviation continues to expand services
    Yingling Aviation has been selected to convert a Beechcraft King Air B200 from a standard executive interior to a critical-care medical configuration. Jerry Pickett, Yingling's vice president of customer programs, said that medevac operator EagleMed will continue to fly both C90s and B200s in its mix and is not replacing all aircraft. The operator flies the King Air 90s in a single-bed configuration; the King Air 200s will have a two-bed configuration. "This latest project highlights the expanding services we offer at our facility," Pickett said.
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    Balancing risk and reward for responders
    By Mark Huber
    If you are at Heli-Expo Feb. 25-27, check out Paul Ratté's safety presentation. Ratté is the resident safety guru — aka "director of aviation safety programs" — for aircraft insurer USAIG. He is also a helicopter pilot and was the former commanding officer at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City during his 26-year USCG career. I won't spoil the fun with all the specifics here, but I did catch up with Ratté recently between blizzards for a lively discussion about striking a balance between risk and reward on HEMS missions.
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    Premier launches diesel Cessna 172 upgrade program
    Flying Magazine
    Premier Aircraft Sales has launched an upgrade program for the Cessna Skyhawk that adds a new Continental/Centurion 2.0 diesel engine to the airplane to go along with fresh paint, new interior and modern glass avionics. The first airplane upgraded under the program is a 1997 Cessna 172R model with a sticker price of $289,500 — about $70,000 less than a brand new Skyhawk.
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    World's '1st airport' largely unknown
    An old wooden shack and rows of tilted fence posts: In a way, this deserted little patch of Midwestern dirt was the starting point for every airport in the world. On a cold winter's day I scan a snowy, lonely field north of Dayton, Ohio. Not sure exactly where I am, I wonder for a minute if I'm lost. A National Park Service sign makes it clear what I'm looking at: "The first airport. Exploring Huffman Prairie Flying Field." Wait. Back up. I don't think I knew about that.
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    Government of Canada introduces changes to pilot licensing
    Government of Canada
    The Honourable Lisa Raitt announced amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, which will set the groundwork for the introduction of the Multi-crew Pilot Licence, extend...

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    TSB cites pilot error in Canadian helicopter accident
    The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported that the crash of a Bell 206B last May, 75 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was caused by the pilot's failure to recognize that the aircraft...

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    Fewer pilots navigating the friendly skies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
    Bob Rynes of Spencerville, Ind., obtained his pilot's license in September, after spending about $10,000 in flight hours and related training. Rynes said reaching FAA standards may scare off some prospective fliers — and the...

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    Gulfstream ships more than Cessna in business jet rebound
    Gulfstream became the world's No. 2 maker of business jets by deliveries in 2013 as surging sales of its large executive jets outpaced Cessna's smaller lineup, an industry group said. Growing demand in the Middle East has driven the large jet boom, helping to offset a shrinking European market, said Steve Taylor, head of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in a webcast.
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    Florida airport approach becomes emergency as bird strikes aircraft
    Fort Myers News-Press
    About 10 miles out from Page Field airport in Fort Myers, Fla., pilot Robert Weber had his 1986 Piper Saratoga on autopilot and was enjoying the calm afternoon flight. In an instant, the windshield shattered, feathers scattered, and something scraped across Weber forehead as his sunglasses tore from his face. "It was a total shock," Weber, president of Garden Street Iron & Metal in Fort Myers, said as he inspected his aircraft.
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