AIG & The Magnes Group will be hosting a live webinar on UAVs
April 1, 2015
April 24th at 1:00 pm EST, AIG & The Magnes Group will be hosting a live webinar introducing COPA members, non-members, pilots and UAV operators to the new reality of sharing the skies with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
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
Starting April 1, 2015, COPA's Membership Campaign
For every Member (new or membership expired before 31 December 2013) that you recruit during the 2015 membership campaign, your name will be entered into a draw for a 5 day trip for two to Whitehorse, Yukon.
À chaque membre (nouvelle adhésion ou renouvellement d’une adhésion expirée avant le 31 décembre 2013) que vous recrutez durant la campagne de recrutement 2015, votre nom sera entré dans un tirage pour un voyage de cinq (5) jours pour deux personnes à Whitehorse, Yukon.
VFR Phraseology Guide / Guide phraséology VFR
In collaboration with its aviation partners, NAV CANADA has released a VFR Phraseology guide for pilots travelling in Canadian airspace.
This comprehensive and easy-to-use reference guide offers examples of best practices for pilot-controller communications and recommended phraseology to enhance pilot safety.
The VFR Phraseology guide is available in both official languages on the NAV CANADA website and can be accessed here.
En collaboration avec ses partenaires du milieu de l’aviation, NAV CANADA a publié un guide de phraséologie VFR pour les pilotes qui évoluent dans l’espace aérien du Canada.
Ce guide de référence détaillé et convivial offre des exemples de pratiques exemplaires en matière de communications contrôleur-pilote et la phraséologie recommandée pour accroître la sécurité des pilotes.
Le guide de phraséologie VFR est disponible dans les deux langues officielles sur le site Web de NAV CANADA. Vous pouvez y accéder ici.
New Member Benefit
Click here to see the new membership benefit offer from COSTCO Wholesale.
With the cooperation of Aircraft Spruce Canada (www.aircraftspruce.ca), COPA is pleased to make the following offer to anyone who buys a 406 MHz ELT from Aircraft Spruce Canada. Our goal in putting this deal together is to provide one-stop-shopping for the purchase and programming of your ELT as well as renewing your COPA membership or taking out a new membership (both at no cost to you).
Contact Aircraft Spruce Canada at 877-795-2278 or visit www.aircraftspruce.ca to order a 406 MHz ELT from their large selection of available units. When your ELT arrives, it will include a buck slip from COPA. When you complete the buck slip with your contact information and send it to COPA (fax, scan and email or mail), we will verify your purchase and then do one of the following, depending on your membership type. If you have an individual membership, we will extend it by one year, a value of $58 (at no cost to you).
If you have a family or corporate membership, we will apply this value ($58) to your membership account to extend your membership by one year and send you an invoice for the difference (family $21+tax, corporate $215+tax). For non-members, we will provide a complementary one year individual membership, complete with all of the benefits of being a member.
New SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger from Globalstar
By Phil Lightstone
I haven't met a pilot yet who isn’t intrigued with technology. Aircraft are technological wonders for many a layperson. There is a blending of many different technologies, such as power plants, aluminum, steel, rivets, radios, instruments, and from years gone by, wood, fabric, glue and dope.
Over the last 100 plus years, the technology of flight has grown by leaps and bounds. With the advent of satellite technology and the Internet, companies like Globalstar, a provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, have delivered technologies which can save lives. This includes SPOT Gen3, an affordable handheld satellite communication and tracking device, which should be in every pilot’s flight bag.
Review of DeLorme InReach Satellite Messaging System
G. Alan Hepburn
A relatively new player in the field of affordable non-mobile phone communications is the Delorme inReach. While it has apparently been available since November 2011, the author first became aware of it at AirVenture 2012. Basically, it’s a rugged pocket sized 7 oz box which, when paired with an Android smartphone or iOS device, provides you with outgoing text messaging to SMS or email addresses, incoming text messages sent in reply to your outgoing messages, or from a special Delorme website, and tracking capability anywhere in the world. It also has useful capabilities as a stand-alone unit.
Spidertracks – Product Evaluation
By Kevin Psutka and Bob Kirkby
Updated 8 November 2012
(This is a two-part report. Kevin was provided Spidertracks 2 for testing in the flatlands of eastern Canada while Bob tested Spidertracks 3 in the Alberta mountains)
Part One – by Kevin Psutka
I have used SPOT www.findmespot.com since the beta testing days and most recently upgraded to a SPOT 2 (see my report http://www.copanational.org/files/kp10022.pdf ). I carry a tracking device because my many years of experience with the ELT issue and my knowledge of the limitations of ELTs, including their high failure rate, leads me to conclude that regardless of what the government may require, I want to carry something else to improve the prospects for my passengers and I in the event that we go down.
By Kevin Psutka
It has been one year since my last update, in which I reported that there was no change in the status of the regulation amendment and that current regulation remains in place.
This remains the status. All aircraft operating in Canadian airspace must carry a serviceable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that broadcasts on either 121.5 MHz (TSO 91 or 91a) or 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz (TSO 126).
I pointed out that if you elect to equip with a 406 MHZ ELT and/or carry a 406 PLB, you must ensure that it is registered with the beacon registry https://www.cbr-rcb.ca/cbr/.
Donate to the Freedom to Fly Fund today
Given the considerable challenges we continue to face against our freedom to fly, we urge everyone to consider donating to the Freedom to Fly Fund. We have all benefited significantly from those who donated before us. Now it is time to ensure that we continue to be able to protect your freedom as well as the freedom of those who will follow us.
Click here for examples of how the Freedom to Fly Fund has been applied to date.
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