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Brampton Flight Centre argues new airport development rules
Caledon Enterprise
Members of Brampton Flight Centre in Ontario, Canada, have started a petition against government moves that, it says, will significantly limit the activity of pilots who fly for the love of the skies. Transport Canada wants to tighten rules around the way aerodromes are run, to demand public consultation before any new developments or major operational changes. The rules apply to all aerodromes, whether they are large international airports operations like Pearson, or small local outfits used by a small band of enthusiasts or even grass strips used by a single plane owner.
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2015 Seaplane Splash-In cancelled for safety!
Due to record rainfall over the last six months, SUN 'n FUN has made a decision to cancel the Seabird Splash-In that has been held annually on Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight during the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo. The Lake Agnes water level is more than two feet above normal, which unfortunately creates numerous hazards to seaplane operations in the form of hidden obstructions and, very shallow and long approaches to land access. Additionally, both the dock and ramp at Fantasy of Flight are essentially unusable.
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AIG, the Magnes Group hosting live webinar on UAVs
COPA's VIP Aviation Insurance underwriter AIG Canada are inviting COPA members, non-members and all pilots to join a live webinar on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and what pilots should expect. The webinar will be held on April 24 at 1 p.m., Eastern. For full details click here.
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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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Take part in COPA's national membership campaign starting April 1, 2015, and you could win a five-day trip for two to Whitehorse in the Yukon. All you have to do is refer a new or renewing member and for every renewal your name will be entered into a draw for the grand prize.
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Landing an aircraft in bad weather ultimately up to pilot
The Canadian Press via CTV News
Pilots make the final call on whether it's safe to land a plane in bad weather, such as the conditions that prevailed early when an Air Canada passenger jet crashed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, airport, aviation industry experts say. Air Canada was adamant that the conditions were safe for the AC624 to land. Accident investigators later said it was too early to know if the weather played a role in the crash. Pilots make a decision based on the information relayed to them by the tower, which includes runway conditions and other factors — most importantly, whether the pilot can see the runway.
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Airplane takes off, crashes without pilot at Canada airport
No one was injured in a plane crash at a Saskatchewan, Canada, airport — largely because nobody was in the plane when it left the ground or landed. Nipawin RCMP responded to the town's airport shortly before 6 p.m. Following their initial investigation, police believe the pilot attempted to hand-prop the small two-seat plane.
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The ultimate airshow experience
General Aviation News
Being an airshow performer is a dream many a pilot has, but one that very few get to fulfill. Robert Pinksten, a pilot from New England, realized this and that led him to creating Airshow Experiences, a company that allows pilots to get a taste of airshow flying from the cockpit of an Extra 300L. "The objective is to give the client the same sort of thrill and sensations felt during an airshow," Pinksen says. "To be clear, this is not performed during an airshow. It is performed at a safe, high altitude."
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Hand-propping demystified
Most casual discussions of hand-propping begin and end with the admonition "Don't." That's not bad advice, except when there's no other way to start the engine. In fact, hand-propping is a time-honored practice, dating to the beginning of heavier-than-air flight. That it's still employed says as much about the legacy of aviation as it does our ability to manage risk. Of course, hand-propping may not be for you. In which case, you need to get either a fully charged battery or a different airplane.
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Extreme flying: How modern fliers are busting limits
"This whole thing of 'The sky is the limit' — it's not," says professional aerobatic pilot Rob Holland. "The sky is just a playground." Nothing could be closer to the truth when it comes to people who engage in extreme flying adventures. Whether they fly powered or nonpowered aircraft, these individuals are pushing the boundaries of what can be done in three dimensions. Some of these fliers have come up with revolutionary maneuvers in various types of flying machines.
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