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Notice of Annual General Meeting
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The Annual General Meeting of the members of the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association will be held at Hanover, ON, Saturday, June 23, 2012, proudly hosted by COPA Flight 54 and the Saugeen Municipal Airport.

The program is set, and all we need is you to make the COPA Cabana Plane Fun, Fly-In the successful event that it is going to be. Four exciting seminars and one special COPA 60th anniversary AGM has been planned. Workshop leaders from the aviation world will present topics on the new aviation fuel to replace 100ll, Nav Canada will bring us all up to speed with the new changes in the Toronto to Montreal corridor, how to deal with the aftermath of an incident with the Aviation Safety Board and how to handle any charges at the Transportation Appeals' Board. In the middle of these sessions is your COPA Annual General Meeting when our president and CEO, Kevin Psutka will give his report and you will have the opportunity to deliver your concerns or kudos to him and your Board of Directors.

COPA membership survey results: Ninety six per cent feel they are getting good value
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The results of the 2012 COPA Membership Survey are in and they include some interesting data! The survey asked members about their flying, aircraft ownership, use of computers, COPA policies and programs, COPA Flight newspaper, aviation issues, age, income and other member demographics.

The 2012 Survey was conducted by Keith Christopher of Ottawa-based KCSurveys between January 30 and February 22. The paper surveys were mailed out to a geographically random selected sample of 1,028 COPA members. This was followed up with an on-line survey open to all remaining COPA members which attracted 220 responses.

The complete report, including lots of graphs to illustrate the data, is available on COPA National website after the jump!

On The Horizon Calendar of Events
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COPA Flights host a variety of events, from Fly-In Breakfasts, Lunches and Barbeques to Poker Runs and COPA for Kids events. Check our listing "On the Horizon" for an event near you. More

Flight path to a cleaner future
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The very first commercial flight boosted by biofuel occurred only four years ago, when a Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet hopped from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol aided by fuel derived from Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts. Since then, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and engine-makers around the world have gotten into the act, announcing with great fanfare the odd test or revenue flight "powered by clean biofuels." More

A perfect day for wings and wheels
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The wings were back in droves at the Wings and Wheels event this year. The past two years inclement weather put a damper on the event and while classic car owners have never wavered in their support, the planes portion of the show had to be scaled back. More

Regional aircraft orders expected to heat up
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A lull in regional aircraft orders won by Bombardier Inc. may be nearing an end as demand is expected to heat up from U.S. airlines, industry analysts said last week. The Montreal-based manufacturer last year received orders for only four regional jets and seven Q400 turboprops. More

Youth discover new form of higher learning
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A large group of Island youth discovered a new form of higher learning over the weekend. More than 100 Island children, ages 8-17, were taken to new heights for a birds-eye view of the province Saturday by the P.E.I. Flying Association More

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps
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Google Inc. is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a digital map of the world. Google plans to release the first three-dimensional maps for several cities by the end of the year, the company said at a news conference at its San Francisco offices on Wednesday. More

Airline group says government support needed to make biofuels cheaper, widely used
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Airlines need government support to lower the cost of biofuels that could help to reduce pollution and carbon emissions, the head of the global aviation industry group said recently. Airlines have flown some 1,500 commercial flights using fuel made from plants, but supplies are limited and costly, said Tony Tyler, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association. More

Hang-glider camera card hasn't yielded evidence so far, says RCMP
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No evidence has been recovered so far from the hang-glider camera card retrieved almost a month ago, according to Chilliwack RCMP. RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said the process is still ongoing, but nothing has been discovered yet on the card. More

In the air with the SkyHawks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To help promote their shows this weekend at Base Borden as part of the Canadian Forces Day and Air Show, members of the media were invited to tag along with the SkyHawks - the Canadian Forces Parachute team – for a plane ride and skydive demonstration to get, quite literally, a first-hand experience of what they do. More

RCAF & Seneca partner to offer degree & Wings program
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Aspiring Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree and their military wings certification in just four years, thanks to a new partnership between Toronto’s Seneca College and the Canadian Forces (CF). More

Downdraft caused Cessna plane to crash
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A small Cessna plane had crashed near 100 Mile House, B.C. on Saturday afternoon because the plane had hit a downdraft, a Transportation Safety Board investigation revealed More

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