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Search is on for new COPA president and CEO
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association is accepting applications for the position of president and CEO. COPA is a not-for-profit organization with over 17,000 members. For more information visit ( Interested individuals may apply in confidence at or forward their application via e-mail to Application deadline is March 26, 2015.
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Urgent Action: Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory developments
By Trekker Armstrong
CARAC was established in 1993, and is a joint undertaking of the government and the aviation community, with participation from a large number of organizations outside Transport Canada with the intent of representing the overall viewpoint of the aviation community. COPA has been an active participant in these Focus Groups.

Transport Canada's recent Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA #2013-014) on Aerodromes does not reflect accurately the efforts of the Focus Group and will materially damage COPA's hard work and progress. As written, the NPA would cater to opponents and discriminate against the interests of the aviation enthusiast. The NPA has potential to significantly impact recreational aviation in general, and private owners and operators, in particular.

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Urgent action needed April 8 deadline!
Transport Canada has just sent a New Strict Proposed Regulation for all aerodromes. A consultation requirement with 27 x "onerous" Public Notification steps estimated by TC to cost, a new or existing aerodrome owner up to $60,000.
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Important message for all pilots
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA V-P of Operations
COPA needs all pilots to complete a Cross Border survey. Your opinion counts so we need strong participation. Last year I alerted members to the development of an additional procedure being developed by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for crossing the Canada/US border. The survey will provide statistical feedback to Canadian and US officials to find a solution that both addresses their goals and minimizes duplication. COPA is heavily involved in finding creative solutions to minimize the detrimental consequences that any additional requirements will have on our sector of aviation. Please take a few moments and complete the following survey:
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Mission girls fly high at British Columbia airport
Mission Record
Six girls from Mission's Academy of Cheer Excellence climbed in planes, talked to aviation experts, and learned about aerospace this past weekend at The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too event in Abbotsford, British Columbia. "Our cheer girls lit up the tarmac with excitement and a thirst for knowledge," said the academy's Trina Greene. The girls got a bird's eye view of the Fraser Valley when they went up in helicopters. "They sat in planes, they spoke to pilots, and many people in the aviation world," added Greene.
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Why is Canada winning drone race
Popular Science
For one shot in the upcoming movie Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, a camera drone hovered at 2 feet off the ground, then soared up to 125 feet. The dramatic shot wouldn't have been possible without using an unmanned flying camera — an entirely new tool for creative cinematography. Another "for-drones-only" job is inspecting an old bridge up close, where using a full-sized helicopter would risk blowing the entire thing down.
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Flight training the Wright way
General Aviation News
The Wright brothers are well known as scientists, inventors, builders and flyers — and they became international celebrities in 1909 with record-setting flights in Europe and America. Less well known were their efforts as flight instructors and flight school creators. They began flight instruction in Europe. Later back home, they trained aviators for their exhibition team, for the military and, as interest in aviation grew, they opened flight schools for civilian pilots.
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New EMS sleep study to examine the effect of shift work
By Mark Huber
Those of us who have ever worked rotating, overnight or long shift schedules know all too well the inherent difficulties in feeling consistently well-rested and the potential for compromised performance due to fatigue. Now a new study funded by the MedEvac Foundation International will attempt to match some hard data to the problem by observing air medical EMS clinicians and investigating their sleep/wake patterns.
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Aviation experts applaud Harrison Ford's handling of plane's crash-landing
CBS Local
Aviation experts are applauding Harrison Ford's handling of the frightening crash-landing of a vintage aircraft in the Venice area of Los Angeles, California. Ford remained hospitalized and was recovering after the crash-landing at the Penmar Golf Club. As KCAL9's Juan Fernandez, the fact that Ford, who received his pilot's license in the 1990s, survived not having engine power has been the talk among fellow pilots, who said he reacted to the life-or-death situation "incredibly."
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NTSB could reopen Buddy Holly crash probe
The case of the storied 1959 Beech Bonanza crash that killed Buddy Holly, two fellow singers and the pilot could reopen at the request of a New England man who has his own theories about what happened on that February night. L. J. Coon, who describes himself as a retired pilot and aircraft dispatcher, has petitioned the NTSB to reopen the case based on his research indicating that something other than pilot inexperience and disorientation in IMC caused the crash. "You have gotten our attention," the NTSB emailed Coon, with a promise to make a decision on reopening the case in the coming weeks.
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