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    Premier of Ontario proceeds with aviation fuel tax increase —Time for COPA members to take action
    By Kevin Psutka, COPA president and CEO
    The most recent election in Ontario was triggered by a budget, which included a 4 cent per litre increase in the tax on aviation gasoline, making Ontario the highest taxing province for this fuel. There was no consultation with our sector and furthermore the budget clearly stated that the money generated from our sector would be spent on priorities other than aviation.
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    The Flying Circus: Whale harpooned
    By Garth Wallace
    COPA eFlight presents another weekly excerpt from "The Flying Circus," a fun book by Canadian aviation humorist and former COPA publisher Garth Wallace. "The Flying Circus" is a fictional account of the madcap escapades of two instructors who start their own flying school armed with loads of enthusiasm, but little business sense and no money.
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    Region of Waterloo International Airport ranked Canada's 16th busiest
    The Region of Waterloo International Airport is now ranked the 16th busiest airport in Canada according to Statistics Canada Annual Aircraft Movement Statistics Report for 2013. This report tracks aircraft movements — a takeoff or a landing — and is used by Transport Canada and Nav Canada for measuring the workload of air traffic controllers, aircraft activity on air routes and runway utilization.

    In 2013, a total of 106,808 aircraft movements were recorded at the airport, an increase of 3.2 per cent over 2012 — the busiest year in a decade. Airports of similar rank include: Abbotsford, ranked 14th; Toronto's Billy Bishop, ranked 15th; and Winnipeg's St. Andrews, ranked 17th.

    "In addition to being the 16th busiest airport in the country, the Region of Waterloo International Airport recently became the busiest general aviation airport in Ontario. About 50 per cent of our aircraft movements can be attributed to flight training, and we are proud to have one of Canada's largest flight schools, the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre based here," said Chris Wood, general manager at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. "As we continue to secure additional scheduled flight opportunities, we will make sure general aviation continues to thrive at our facility."

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    World Assembly update — Resolutions
    Besides being an opportunity for all IAOPA affiliates to gather and discuss recent challenges, victories and the occasional setback, one of the main purposes behind the biennial IAOPA World Assembly (WA) is to fulfill the requirement set forth in our founding constitution and bylaws.
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    Love affair with flying
    Stratford Beacon Herald
    There's no mistaking Bill Christian's love of flying. The hangar at Ontario's Stratford Municipal Airport in which Christian keeps his three light airplanes also contains what he calls his "miniature museum," a collection of model planes of vintage and modern design along with framed aviation artworks and posters. "I like anything propeller-driven. I'm not that hot for the jets," he says, as he shows the prized pieces in his overall collection of aircraft — three light airplanes that he used to fly as recently as two years ago. The oldest is a 1954 Cessna 305, an L-19 Bird Dog, painted in army green.
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    Young Canadian pilot has big dreams
    Regina Leader-Post
    Matthew Skwara of Regina, Saskatchewan, in Canada remembers his first airplane ride. He wasn't just a passenger, sitting in coach on a big jet airliner. He was an eight-year-old boy riding shotgun next to Dave Atkinson, general manager of the Regina Flying Club and a former coworker of his mother's. "It was different because you always look up at [planes] and then we actually were in one and, 'OK, this is cool!' I was hooked," said Skwara. "That was my first airplane ride ever." It's no wonder planes stuck in his brain throughout the rest of his childhood, although he can't remember in what model he first took flight.
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    WWII bomber on display at Quebec airport
    Ottawa Citizen
    Sentimental Journey, a 70-year-old B-17 bomber, touched down at Gatineau airport in Quebec, where aviation enthusiasts will tour the aircraft and, for $425 U.S. each, board it for 20-minute flights. The primary bomber of the U.S. air force during the Second World War, the B-17, or Flying Fortress, has a special connection with Ottawa: In 1943, the RCAF acquired six of the craft for between roughly $300,000 and $400,000 each. Stripped of their armaments, the aircraft flew out of the Rockcliffe airbase with 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, carrying mail to troops overseas.
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    New Calgary runway official open
    CBC News via The Huffington Post
    The newest, longest runway in Canada officially opened in Calgary. After three years of construction and a $620-million price tag, the new runway is being touted as an investment in the city's future — one that will...

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    ForeFlight launches geo-referenced approach plates for Canada
    NAV CANADA has recently taken steps to modernize the Canada Air Pilot and Restricted Canada Air Pilot publications. One of the six key areas of improvement is making all published...

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    2nd Flying Mosquito takes to the sky
    A second flying example of the World War II-era de Havilland Mosquito flew for the first time in 48 years as Reno race pilot Steve Hinton lifted off in the restored bomber from Victoria International Airport on Vancouver Island...

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    The new avgas
    Aviation Pros
    Looking back 25 years, no one would have thought there would be a problem with having enough avgas to fly general aviation aircraft. Today there are price issues and environmental concerns. There have been a couple of significant events regarding avgas recently. First, a major player has announced its unleaded 100+ octane avgas, and the second, the federal government has set aside money for testing candidate fuels and published a very detailed roadmap of the steps for testing fuels from the companies developing candidate fuels.
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    Woman recalls time as fighter plane mechanic during WWII
    The Flint Journal
    Jewell Frances Chandler had never driven a car before she learned to fix the airplanes that would help win WWII. Now 91, Chandler grew up to be a teacher in a one-room school house. It was a different world then, one where, if she got sick, there was no such thing as substitute teaching. School was just canceled. In 1943, her mother walked to town and signed her up for the Navy. It was something she wanted. When school was out for summer, she left her life on the farm and went to New York for boot camp.
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