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Neuville Aéro - A story of Courage and Determination

By Patrick Gilligan | December 18, 2014

Harassment, antagonism, media misinformation, court and political battles all the way to the House of Commons, initiated by a small vocal group, has not deterred Neuville Aéro from their objective of providing a General Aviation quality reliever airport for Québec Jean Lessage International airport all within a half hour from downtown, a tourism jewel that many Canadian and US pilots enjoy visiting and spending tourist dollars.

The City of Neuville hobbled the owners by suing Neuville Aéro for contravening to a Municipal By-Law. Notwithstanding how much consultation and due diligence the owners did, including a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Neuville, the City has decided to prosecute.

This recent Municipal Court case against Neuville Aéro was heard by Judge Paul Routhier, during deliberations the court consulted and took into consideration past jurisprudence and current court cases, to finally rule in favor of Neuville Aéro stipulating "that the Neuville aerodrome was part of the national aviation system in the meaning given to this expression by the Supreme Court in the COPA case." 

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COPA's President & CEO, Kevin Psutka, announces his intention to retire in 2015

By Trekker Armstrong, Chairman | November 27, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario—November 27, 2014 —COPA’s Board of Directors today announced that Kevin Psutka has declared his plans for retiring from his position as COPA's President & CEO in 2015.

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» January 2015 article


COPA Submits Brief to House Standing Committee on Finance - Aeronautics Act Amendment

By Kevin Psutka, President and CEO | Updated November 20, 2014

Transport Canada’s amendment to the Aeronautics Act, which was introduced to parliament without consultation with anyone in the aviation industry, would give the Minister of Transport sweeping new powers to any aerodrome development and any change to operations at any aerodrome. The Act amendment is already in the hands of Parliament and has already gone through second reading in Parliament, bypassing all normal consultation processes. COPA has submitted a brief to the House Standing Committee on Finance, The House Standing Committee on Transport and the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications asking them to vote in favour of returning the amendment to Transport Canada for consultation with the aviation industry. I appeared before the Senate Committee on Wednesday, 19 November. To view the hearing, please click here. My testimony starts at 26:30. 

COPA continues to work this issue and I strongly recommend every member contact their member of Parliament with a copy of COPA’s Brief to encourage them to stop this destructive amendment to the Aeronautics Act.

» Read Backgound
» COPA's Brief to Parliament
» Speech to the Senate Standing Committee


Correct Study Guide, Wrong Title

The 2014 Flight Crew recency self-paced study program was published in the B section of the December COPA Flight newspaper in English and French.

The English version questions/answers are correct but the title is incorrect, stating it is the 2013 study program. The French version is correct.

Click here to obtain the English version with the correct title. 


Closure of Mascouche Airport

By Jean Messier | November 18, 2014

The announcement that Mascouche airport was closing on November 15, 2016 was not a surprise to anyone since the Municipality had announced a relocation project months ago. However on November 10 the Mayor of Mascouche surprised everyone by announcing that it put an end to the project of relocation of the airport in the vicinity of the current site and considered recently by all parties as an ideal location.

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COPA’s Freedom to Fly Fund Employed in finding a 100LL alternative

By Kevin Psutka, President and CEO | November 17, 2014

In my last report on the progress toward a replacement fuel www.copanational.org/towards_100LL_replacement.cfm I mentioned that the National Research Council (NRC) was working toward a project to ground and flight test candidate replacement fuels and offer their services to the FAA in a combined effort to identify replacement fuel(s) by 2018 to meet their timelines for replacing 100LL entirely in 2025.

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Heads up (or down) for Unmanned Air Vehicles

By Kevin Psutka, President and CEO | November 3, 2014

In our October 30 edition of eFlight we highlighted Transport Canada’s initiative, brought on in part by COPA’s call for action, to educate the public on the safe use of UAVs.

In recognition of the fact that the proliferation and sophistication of UAVs is taxing Transport Canada’s ability to ensure the safety of the public, including those who fly, Transport Canada called key stakeholders, including COPA, to a meeting on October 31, to announce an internally developed way forward.

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VOR Airways disappear entirely in Southern Ontario, major changes elsewhere

By Kevin Psutka, President and CEO | November 3, 2014

For those who on November 13 expect to navigate in certain areas of Canada using ground-based navaids, it may come as a surprise to you that there will no longer be any VOR airways to do so.

With the November 13 update to the aeronautical information comes a major shift away from conventional navigation as Nav Canada invokes another phase of its Windsor-Toronto-Montreal (WTM) project to modernize the navigation structure for the future.

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Call to Action for Ontario members
Contact your MPP now

By Kevin Psutka, President and CEO | 17 October 2014

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.

The government that proposed the tax increase won the election and proceeded with the increase in four one-cent increments, starting in September 2014.

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Ensuring you have the best insurance deal

By Kevin Psutka

One of the benefits of being a COPA member is your access to our insurance deals. COPA has a wide range of insurance options for your aircraft, home, car, hangar, health, travel, accidental death and life, and there are several reasons why you should consider choosing COPA for your insurance needs.

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Airport on Pickering lands is needed now

A meeting on Thursday, August 21, in Toronto with the Minister of Transport where discussions on the Pickering lands revealed an airport will be eventually built on the lands sometime in the future left many in the aviation community demanding a quicker commitment to building the airport. The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) responded with a press release urging the federal government that an airport is needed to be built on the Pickering Lands now.

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Notice: Change to Transport Canada counter service in Prairie and Northern Region

On September 1, 2014, Transport Canada will shift walk-in front counter service at its Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Whitehorse, and Yellowknife centres to an appointment only service.

This decision was made after careful consideration of program delivery and in an effort to be as efficient as possible with public resources.

While we recognize that it may be an inconvenience, Transport Canada is committed to maintaining and improving levels of service, and ensuring a smooth transition for stakeholders. We will continue to provide services such as testing, processing payments, and answering queries through appointments, email, mail, and phone. Appointments will benefit all clients through ease of access to services and an increased quality of service. This will not have an impact on aviation safety oversight activities.

Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-463-0521 and should be made as far in advance as possible.


Burlington Airpark (CZBA) owner announces no further legal appeals

By Kevin Psutka

Earlier this year COPA reported on a court decision against the airpark, giving the city control over certain development at the airpark, including the altering of the site to accommodate an expansion.

COPA financially supported (with our Freedom to Fly Fund) an appeal of the decision because of the potential for significant damage to the concept of federal jurisdiction. The appeal was heard on 11 June 2014. Unfortunately, the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court decision.

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Watch out for new RCO locations and frequencies

COPA has been highlighting for several years that Nav Canada is transitioning the Flight Information Service Enroute (FISE) from 126.7 to a number of other frequencies, adjusting the network of Remote Communications Outlet (RCO) and consequently freeing up the 126.7 almost exclusively for Navcan broadcasting of safety information and for pilots to broadcast their location and intentions to other aircraft.

The project is coming to an end in July 2014 with the final transition of frequencies.

Flight Information Centres (FICs) no longer monitor 126.7 in areas where a new Flight Information Service En route (FISE) frequency has been established but they still use 126.7 for the Aeronautical Broadcast Service (SIGMET and urgent PIREP) and to conduct communication searches.

The best source to obtain RCO locations and up-to-date frequencies is in the CFS under the FIC entries: Halifax, Quebec, London, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Pacific Radio (Kamloops) and Arctic Radio (North Bay IFSS).

To help inform pilots of the RCO redesign Nav Canada has published a brochure and a map, which can be found at the below links.

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COPA worked with Nav Canada over the course of the project to help design and implement this change. In addition to encouraging Navcan to create a specific update page, brochure and map for their web site, we requested that all aerodromes in the CFS include a RCO frequency in the COMM section and this has been implemented for those aerodromes where an RCO is located nearby. For those that do not have an RCO listed, pilots should consult the RCO listing for the various FICs in the CFS.


COPA and Aircraft Spruce Canada Have a Deal for You!

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.


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Spot Gen 3

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.

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Review of DeLorme InReach Satellite Messaging System

G. Alan Hepburn

October 2012

Background

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.

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Special offer for COPA Members extended to 31 July 2015

   

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.

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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/.

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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.

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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.

Downloadable COPA Freedom to Fly Fund Donation Form MS Word format / PDF Format

Automatically donate to the Freedom to Fly Fund each month. MS Word format / PDF Format

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