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Another milestone and precedent in preserving our freedom to fly!

Just before Christmas, Quebec Superior Court reversed a judgment from a municipal court in Lévis, QC.   The issue was once more an entity trying to do indirectly what it could not do directly: to decide the outcome and the fate of an aerodrome (i.e. aeronautics), when only the Federal Government can do so.  The airport has been there for something like fifty years and they recently started skydiving activities.  That’s when the city passed a bylaw prohibiting skydiving, building hangars without permits, and so on.  The municipal judge had concluded something to the effect that “recreational skydiving was not part of the core of aeronautics”, thus the city could levy fines and impose what it wanted.  

Not yet translated into English, the judgement can be found here.  

The conclusion of the Superior Court Judge is the following (my translation):

[165] The trial judge erred in law in concluding that the skydiving activities in issue were not at the core of federal aeronautical jurisdiction, and consequently, rejecting the doctrine of inter-jurisdictional immunity.

[166] It is also concluded that the by-laws of the City of Lévis prohibiting the conduct of skydiving activities, including facilities related to skydiver training activities (the Zoning Regulations and the Regulations on permits and Certificates) constitute an obstacle to the federal power over aeronautics. Consequently, these regulations must be declared inapplicable against the appellant.

COPA had been following closely for over a year. Among others, the COPA Supreme Court judgements (2010 SCC 39 and 2010 SCC 38) from 2010 were cited as a jurisprudence.

This was a totally independent initiative not covered or helped by our Freedom to Fly Fund.

Unregistered Aerodrome Repository (Responsible Aerodrome Development)

Données d'aérodromes non enregistrés (développement responsable des aérodromes)

This information pertains to unregistered aerodromes, in existence prior to January 1st 2017.

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L’information s'applique aux aérodromes non-enregistrés, en existence avant le 1er janvier 2017.

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COPA is increasing its membership dues/COPA augmentera le montant de ses cotisations

Effective January 1, 2017, COPA will be increasing its membership dues. As you know, your dues are used to help improve the services we provide you and to help protect your freedom to fly. We must demonstrate our solidarity and do our best to ensure we have the means to continue this passion that drives us. 

Please note that if you renew your membership before January 1st, you will pay the current pricing. Take advantage of this offer by renewing your COPA membership today!


À compter du 1er janvier 2017, la COPA augmentera légèrement le montant de ses cotisations. Comme vous le savez, votre contribution est destinée à améliorer les services que nous vous offrons et permettre de préserver notre liberté de voler partout au pays. Nous devons nous montrer solidaires et prendre les moyens pour assurer la pérennité de la passion qui nous anime.

Sachez que si vous renouvelez votre adhésion avant le 1er janvier prochain, vous paierez la tarification actuelle. Profitez de cette offre en renouvelant votre abonnement COPA dès aujourd’hui !

COPA 2017 Convention registration now open

The COPA 2017 Convention is being held June 23-24 in Kelowna, BC.

Click here to visit the Kelowna Convention website for information on hotels, camping and the agenda. 

Be sure to click here to register for this event.

COPA and Breitling - Navitimer World COPA

Bretling proudly launches the Navitimer World COPA, a 50-piece limited edition chronograph honoring the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and perfect for global flight.  This new and exclusive addition to the Navitime series paying tribute to COPA's contribution ot general aviation and features a dial and caseback showcasing the COPA logo.

Click here to purchase your new watch! 

Navitimer watch


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. 

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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