Call for Neil Armstrong Scholarship Applications
Applications for Neil Armstrong Scholarships are now being accepted.
First place scholarship is valued at $7,000. Second place $3,000 and third place $2,000.
Applications must be sent to COPA's office in Ottawa, Ont. by Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
The purpose of the scholarship fund is to honour one of Canada's foremost aviation members, and to provide flight training to worthy young persons who exemplify the fine character, optimism and love of adventure which were the characteristics of Neil J. Armstrong. Read More
COPA’s Freedom to Fly Fund called upon again to defend aerodromes
After COPA won at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in 2010 on the issue of federal jurisdiction over aerodromes, our legal counsel warned that our job may not be done because there would likely be continuing challenges concerning what is in the core of aeronautics.
Every two years half of the positions on the COPA Board of Directors are up for election. In 2014 a total of seven positions representing the following regions will need to be elected:
Quebec (2 positions) – currently held by Frank Hoffman and Jean Messier
Southern Ontario (3 positions) – 2 currently held by Paul Hayes and Phil Englishman. 1 vacant.
British Columbia & Yukon (2 positions) – currently held by Tim Cole and Bryan Webster
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Colonel Chris Hadfield received a COPA Appreciation Award from COPA President/CEO Kevin Psutka at the Vintage Wings air show in Gatineau, QC for his outstanding effort in motivating youth toward careers in aviation and aerospace. During his acceptance remarks, Colonel Hadfield mentioned his family's extensive connection with Personal Aviation and he congratulated COPA for its effort in working for everyone's freedom to fly. Photo courtesy Susan Bigue
Watch the award presentation
Courtesy of Great Pacific Television www.greatpacifictv.com
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 $29, corporate $223). For non-members, we will provide a complementary one year individual membership, complete with all of the benefits of being a member.
SPOT 2 Personal Tracker?
an improvement on a great idea
By Kevin Psutka, February 19, 2010
I was asked by the folks at SPOT to evaluate an upgraded unit that they call SPOT 2. I am a fan of SPOT.Yes, it is not the perfect solution but it is a cost effective way to let people know where you are and, in an emergency, alert people to your exact location.
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.
ELT Update: December 2012
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/ .
AOPA Pilot subscription deal for COPA members
COPA and AOPA have once again teamed together to provide a great member benefit for COPA members.
For many years COPA and AOPA offered subscriptions to AOPA Pilot magazine, access to the AOPA members only section of the AOPA website and pilot assistance services for $65 (U.S.) per year. Now the same package is available for $50 (U.S.)
This improved program also includes faster service – subscriptions are now only arranged by contacting AOPA directly at 1-800-872-2672 and quoting your COPA membership number.
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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