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Plane pull fundraiser held this weekend
Global Angel Charitable Organization was founded by the Courneyea family of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, in memory of their daughter Carole who passed away at the age of 22 after a brief battle with leukemia.

The charity is a fitting tribute to Carole whose passionate vision in life was to complete her nursing studies and work in the medical flight environment. Not only did Carole cherish life, but she was an avid volunteer throughout her short, but fulfilling, life.

During the course of Carole's treatments, she also required medical transportation both provincially and internationally. She and her family had first-hand knowledge of the issues that can arise when this is a necessary part of patient care.

In Canada, out of province medical transportation is not covered by provincial health insurance.
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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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Ontario-raised water bomber pilot died doing what he loved
Guelph Mercury
When Will Hilts was a kid growing up in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, his family took five big camping trips across the country, making memories driving through mountains and stopping to fish in rivers. On the last one, they went all the way up to Alaska and drove past a raging forest fire in Northern British Columbia on the way. It was there that a teenaged Hilts first saw water bomber planes at work. Family and friends think that gave him the idea to become a firefighting pilot himself.
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What safeguards are in place for airtanker pilots fighting fires in BC?
British Columbia's airtanker program has been busy this spring, with 72 firebombing missions so far this season. There are a number of safeguards in place, including the use of what is called a bird dog aircraft. "[It] is a more agile aircraft to fly in each bombing run, in advance of heavier air tankers. We do that in order to identify all of the hazards and ensure that the risk exposures are acceptable," explains Mike Benson, Superintendent of Provincial Air Tanker Operations for British Columbia.
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As Air Canada's 1st female pilot retires, 95 per cent are still men
CTV News
As Air Canada's first female pilot retires after 37 years on the job, she says she is surprised how few have followed her pioneering career path. "They have thousands of applications," says Capt. Judy Cameron says of her airline, "not that many are from women." Cameron made front-page news in 1978 when she started her job with the national airline. At the time, most women did not work outside the home and aviation was especially male-dominated.
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Saskatchewan Aviation Museum and Learning Centre breaks ground
A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, man is relishing the fact that a future aviation museum will be somewhat of a personal walk down memory lane. "I just took up flying as a hobby, my dad — Pilot Officer Gray Gillespie — was a Second World War pilot and that got me interested in aviation as a kid," David Gillespie said. He was one of few aviation enthusiasts present for the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum and Learning Centre sod-turning.
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Communications, Navigation, Integrated Flight Control Systems

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Former Winnipeg pilot questions new airline safety rules
CBC News
A former pilot from Winnipeg questions whether changes to aviation safety measures to prevent another tragedy like the one in the French Alps are too reactionary and impractical. The Federal Transport minister announced Thursday that moving forward, two crew members are to be in the cockpit at all times in Canada. Former pilot Raymond Hall calls the move a knee-jerk reaction that may not be practical.
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The greatest threat to aviation
General Aviation News
I was once blinded by my best friend while flying at night. He was trying to help me read a map. We were out of KDAL, heading to KSMO. Inbound to KSMO, at night, over California's high desert, the earth below looked black as pitch, the sky above a planetarium ceiling's worth of stars. I'd purposely kept cockpit lighting low to preserve my night vision. When ATC descended us from 12,000 to 8,000, I dropped my sectional. Thinking he was being helpful, my non-pilot friend saw this as an opportunity to show off the new, high-intensity headband flashlight he’d brought along, the kind intended for caves, not cockpits.
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NBD: Just an insane jet engine strapped to a 1929 replica biplane
Acrobatics pilot Jeff Boerboon is gracefully pivoting in front of me as he raises his hands over his head. Then he arches his body sideways and turns both hands, palms out to the left, like Superman executing an in-air maneuver. Boerboon is, in fact, performing an intricate dance, one that could be replicated hundreds of feet in the air as he pilots the one-of-a-kind Screamin' Sasquatch Waco biplane, a classic-looking airplane with the unique distinction of having a Learjet engine strapped to its belly.
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Solar Impulse 2 flight postponed due to weather risk
BBC News
The planned flight of the sun powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been postponed. The team in Nanjing, eastern China, say the weather forecasters have assessed that conditions are no longer good for the attempted flight to Hawaii. Pilot Andre Borschberg told the BBC's John Sudworth that he was pleased not to be flying as the journey would have been too much of a risk.
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Historic Windecker Eagle in restoration
It's not often that a grounded airplane design returns to the skies, but such will be the case for a Windecker Eagle currently in restoration. The airplane was designed in the 1960s. It was the first composite airplane to achieve certification and one of the first, if not the first, airplanes certified under Part 23 rules. As an early adopter of composite materials, the Eagle outran the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 210 and Bellanca Viking in its day.
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