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Welcome to "Take Action"

This is the COPA political feedback page.
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association launched this section for aviators to be proactive with political issues affecting general aviation.

It is COPA's experience that its influence is more effective when members send a large number of "individual messages" to the people in power.

This web page makes it easier for COPA members and other aviators to add even more volume to COPA's voice.



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Current issues

Premier of Ontario Proceeds with Aviation Fuel Tax Increase

By Kevin Psutka

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.

A letter was sent to the Premier and a response was received. While the Premier made some mention of a minor commitment at one airport, it was clear from the response that more work is needed to convince the Ontario government to make serious commitments to our airport infrastructure. One ray of hope in the Premier’s response was a commitment to work with us.

So, a letter was sent along with supporting documents to justify the need to re-establish a dialogue with the government leading toward a plan and funding for airport infrastructure.

I call on every Ontario COPA member to engage your Ontario elected representatives, using the briefing note and supporting documents to build momentum toward an Ontario airports program.

Supporting Documents

Council votes to close Waterville, N.S. airport this year

By Gary Dunfield

The local municipal council voted March 10 to close the Waterville, Nova Scotia airport at the end of September 2014. There is a fair amount of distress in the local aviation community as the nearest all weather airport usable as a base for the 25-plus airplanes at the airport is 130 km away and the nearest summer only strip is about is 65 km. There are questions being asked as to whether this is legal and whether they can actually make such a decision.

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Your airport or private aerodrome is at risk!

Amendments to Aeronautics Act, Regulations

When I took this job in 1996, the number one issue that occupied my time was aerodromes, from the right to have an aerodrome on your property to ensuring that a system of airports serving GA remains and that our sector continues to have access to larger airports with minimal fees and restrictions.

After all these years, with new issues being introduced such as privatization of the air navigation system and the security aftermath of 9/11, aerodromes remains the number one issue facing COPA.

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Thank you all who have sent comments and email responces expressing agreement with COPA's submission and the need for a focus group to Transport Canada!

Intervenez: votre aéroport ou aérodrome privé est à risque!

Amendements à la Loi sur l'aéronautique, Règlements - Besoin de consulter lors de la construction d'aérodrome

Merci à tous ceux qui ont envoyés leurs commentaires et leur accord à la soumission de la COPA et en particulier du besoin d'un groupe de travail thématique.