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June 2015

Solar Impulse 2 approaches Hawaii after crossing the Pacific Ocean non-stop from Japan. Photo courtesy Jean Revillard, SI2, Global Newsroom

NPA on Aerodromes Now at Canada Gazette 1 - Your Last Chance to Review!

COPA's aerodrome committee and legal counsel are reviewing the implications of Gazette 1 as written and COPA will be issuing a formal reponse to Transport Canada which we will share with you.

30-day consultation period ends on August 10, 2015, If you wish to provide comments!

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Règlement modifiant le Règlement de l'aviation canadien - votre dernière chance!

Le comité de COPA sur les aérodromes et ses conseillers légaux révisent les implications de cette proposition de projet en Gazette 1.   Nous émettrons sous peu notre réponse formelle à Transports Canada, que nous vous partagerons.

La période de consultation de 30 jours prend fin le 10 août 2015 

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CAR: Notice of Proposed Amendment on Drones, UAVs, UAS and RPAS

RAC: Avis de proposition de modification des Drones, UAV, UAS et RPAS

COPA Canadian Invitation at Oshkosh a great success!

Hundreds of Canadians stopped by to cool off, rest their feet and get out of the beating sun.

And enjoy a cool Root beer ice cream float.  Sponsored by AIG and the Magnes Group!

Grandchildren flying RV aircraft to Oshkosh

David Lamb and his grandson in RV6

Charlie Martel and Liam Martel in RV9A



COPA membership campaign 2015

For every Member (new or membership expired before 31 December 2013) that you recruit during the 2015 membership campaign (April 1-November 30, 2015), your name will be entered into a draw for a 5 day trip for two to Whitehorse, Yukon.

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» Grand Prize details

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.

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» Détails Grand Prix

CrossBorder Survey Results

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Dry Egress Training

Dry Egress Training is a unique, online study program designed to help both passengers and pilots learn how to survive in a water-landing emergency.

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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 and it 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 et vous pouvez y accéder ici.

Neuville Aéro - A story of Courage and Determination

By Patrick Gilligan, Vice-President of Operations | 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.

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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.  

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.

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

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 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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COPA and Aircraft Spruce Canada Have a Deal for You!

With the cooperation of Aircraft Spruce Canada (, 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 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.

Review of DeLorme InReach Satellite Messaging System

G. Alan Hepburn

October 2012

A relatively new player in the field of affordable non-mobile phone communications is the Delorme inReach. 

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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)

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ELT Update

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. 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

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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. 

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

Freedom to Fly Fund Corporate Sponsor form

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