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Home   History   Benefits   Join/Renew   COPA Awards   Events   Contact Us    Issue 154 May 21, 2015

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GPS jamming and GNSS signal anomaly reporting
By Navigation and Airspace, NAV CANADA
Global Positioning System (GPS) is used in many applications: financial, security and tracking, transportation, agriculture, communications, weather prediction, scientific research, etc. Because it is used for such a wide range of civilian purposes, when somebody wishes to disable one GPS-based system, their actions can also disrupt other, unrelated systems. Jamming, directed at non-aviation users, could affect aircraft operations.

Of primary concern is the proliferation of radio communication jammers designed to defeat vehicle tracking and fee-collecting systems. Over the past few years, Industry Canada has encountered several cases of illegal importation, manufacturing, distribution, offering for sale, sale, possession and use of radio communication jamming devices, all of which are prohibited under the Radio Communication Act. For an individual, a conviction under the Radio Communication Act carries a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding one year.

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COPA at Air Venture 2015
This is COPA's first official invitation to all Canadian Pilots at Air Venture and is brought to you by AIG and the Magnes Group. Refreshing root beer floats will be offered to satisfy your thirst after your full day of gawping at Aviation's finest and newest products.

Prizes will be raffled off with the Grand Prize of an iPAD Mini 64gb and a one year subscription to ForeFlight Canada going to one lucky winner.

Special Guests are being invited and hopefully will come speak to our crowd of Canadian Aviators. Don't miss out! Mark your calendar! Attend COPA's "All Canadian Pilots Reception 2015" (spouses and friends are also invited).

See you Tuesday July 21st between 17:30 and 19:30, under the Partner Resource Center tent on the North side of the Exhibit Hangar A. Click here for the draw form.

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COPA annual general meeting
Join COPA in Winnipeg on June 20, 2015, at our Annual General Meeting. A host of activities are planned in connection with the COPA business session. Friday evening there will be a barbeque meet and greet at Lyncrest Airport and participants will be able to take part in a progressive fly-out dinner on Saturday. Tours are being arranged to visit Nav Canada's Area Control Centre, CYAV Tower, Canadian Propeller, AeroRecip,the Western Canada Aviation Museum, the Museum for Human Rights and the Polar Bear Exhibit at the Winnipeg Zoo. For more information and to register visit
See you in Winnipeg!

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Top 5 pre-flight mistakes
According to author Jeb Burnside: The pre-flight inspection is something we learn about during our first flight lesson. We poke, prod, uncowl, measure and eyeball various fluids and components while the airplane is still safely on the ramp, all to help decide if it's safe to fly. Yet, once we take off, we often find we missed something. Hopefully, what we missed is relatively insignificant and merely embarrassing, rather than a safety-of-flight issue.
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Unusual attitudes: Buying airplanes
According to author Martha Lunken: I was introduced to the art of buying and selling flying machines on a spring afternoon in 1965, standing next to an airplane salesman who'd just closed a deal on an AT-6 at Lunken Airport. The sound from that round engine as the buyer departed Runway 21R was glorious, but when it passed almost directly overhead the throaty roar abruptly changed to a sputter and then a cough. And I distinctly remember the distressed expression on the dealer's face as he muttered, "Damn, I knew I should have gotten a cashier's check."
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'No time to get scared': Pilot pulls off emergency landing in British Columbia
CTV News
The pilot who belly-landed a rare 77-year-old biplane without landing gear at the Abbotsford Airport says his Royal Canadian Air Force training kicked in to save the lives of two people aboard. George Kirbyson told CTV News that he didn't have time to be afraid as he belly-landed the restored vintage Beech Staggerwing Biplane on Tuesday night. "I can't say I was scared. I just had to fly the airplane and that takes most of my concentration. No time to get scared," he said.
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Nurse's death highlights risky nature of hoisting operations
By Mark Huber
It's happened again. Another EMS rescuer has plunged to her death during a hoisting operation. This one happened recently in Texas. Nurse Kristin McClain, 46, somehow became disconnected while ascending to a STAR Flight Airbus Helicopters H145 during the night-time rescue of an injured hiker. Hoisting in the dark is always a tricky business. Particularly at night, hooking onto the right ring requires extra time and extra care, but mistakes can happen under any conditions.
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Brant Aero Expands Cessna Maintenance Training.

At Brant Aero we are constantly training and improving our capabilities to provide you with the very best maintenance possible. Congratulations to Colin Hyde on completing the Cessna High Performance Single Engine Training, Cessna Corvalis Familiarization and Maintenance Training, and to our Maintenance Manager, Mitch Callaghan for completing the J-182 Cessna Maintenance Course.
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Solar powered aircraft: Still hobbled by batteries
With Solar Impulse plying its way around the globe, solar-powered flight is getting plenty of press, but there are dozens of other quieter projects already in service or in development. A California company called Alta Devices is building super-efficient solar panels for these, but the company recently told us that as with pure electric aircraft, battery technology remains a barrier. "The challenge is, every day the batteries get discharged and recharged and you go through the night and the day cycle again," says Alta's Rich Kapusta, whom AVweb interviewed at the recent AUVSI convention in Atlanta.
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8th graders get elevated
Idaho Press-Tribune
Madalyn Flint and Ryan Gamble, eighth-grade students at Idaho's Lone Star Middle School, have elevated their lives, both literally and figuratively. Figuratively: They both won the "Elevate Your Life" essay contest held by the Ryan J. Poe Foundation at their school in March... Literally: they each got a plane ride with a local pilot in conjunction with the Cascade Aircraft Management Open House at the Caldwell Airport. Some kids have the coolest lives.
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Pilots, aviation experts speak out over safety of plane cabin air
ITV News
A respected aviation safety expert has told ITV News that the government has misled the public regarding the risk of contaminated cabin air on planes. Flying is an act of faith and record numbers of us do, but few of us realize that the air we breathe on-board comes from the engine — and that potentially dangerous chemicals can, and do, get inside cabin. ITV News has spoken to a cabin crew member who says he was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning after a flight he was on three years ago.
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