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Results of the 2014 Regional COPA Director Elections

By Jerry Roehr

Because, unfortunately, there are successful and unsuccessful candidates, it is always a bitter sweet task to announce the outcome of an election. Letting your name stand to be a volunteer COPA Director is a commitment to dedicate a certain amount of time and certain finances. On behalf of the COPA Board of Directors and the whole COPA membership I would like to express our sincere heartfelt thank you to all candidates who agreed to seek the position of being a director.

To those who were elected and to those who were unsuccessful in the election, please know that your names are now well known in your community and expect to be called upon for an even greater involvement with the local COPA Flights and or membership.

There were 4,913 eligible voters in Ontario with 357 votes cast and 2,518 eligible voters in Quebec with 87 votes cast. These votes were certified by scrutineers John Bogie, Maurice Prud’homme and Michael Shaw and reported to the COPA Board of Directors on April 12, 2014 are as follows:

Region Candidate Votes
Quebec Jean Messier 75
  Jonathan Beauchesne 61
  Kris Pinnow 9
Southern Ontario Cheryl Marek 202
  Phil Englishman 163
  Conrad Hatcher 133
  David Sprague 124
  Gordon Millar 97
  Darin Graham 71
  Phillip Lightstone 53
British Columbia & Yukon Tim Cole Acclaimed
  Bryan Webster Acclaimed

The COPA Board of Directors is recommending that Jean Messier, Jonathan Beauchesne, Cheryl Marek, Phil Englishman, Conrad Hatcher, Tim Cole and Bryan Webster be submitted to the COPA Annual Meeting on June 21, 2014 for ratification of the elections.

Again thank you to all those members who cast their vote and thank you to all those members who agreed to be candidates for the election.

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Canada’s work toward 100LL replacement solution

By Kevin Psutka

I have been active for several years, both in public and behind the scenes, attending industry forums and encouraging our government to take an active role in finding an alternative to 100LL fuel. I am pleased to report that Canada has stepped up to the plate and is getting involved. Here is an update on the future of avgas in Canada.

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Who Will Ultimately Determine the Fate of Aerodromes?

By Kevin Psutka

I attended a conference yesterday at which Transport Canada officials explained their rationale for wanting to proceed with amending the Aeronautics Act and regulations to require consultation on all aerodrome creation and construction. There were many representatives of Associations plus other individuals who attended by telephone and TC reported that 15 written responses were received. I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to make your concerns known. I believe we got TC's attention to the enormity of this issue because by the end of the meeting TC agreed to review the way forward.

Industry representatives did a great job of highlighting the need for a focus group to thoroughly investigate the implications of this issue but we need to drive this point home as TC considers the way forward. TC said that "only" 15 responses have been received and they want more input. I realize that many of the submissions were from organizations who represent thousands of people but TC views 15 responses as relatively low.

TC has extended the comment period until 14 February to provide comment and I ask everyone to fan this message out to your contacts and encourage them to review my article on the subject and then provide input before 14 February.

TC admitted yesterday that the collective discussion at the conference had value and brought some points forward that they had not seen or missed in the written submissions. Now is the time to drive the point home that a focus group is needed. Please fan this message out to your contacts and if you have not yet provided comments, please do so at

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Notice of COPA Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association will be held at Peterborough ON Airport (CYPQ) on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:30 am.

Click here to download the Agenda and Proxy Form. 

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.

Well, because of a recent decision on a case at Burlington Airpark (CZBA) now is the time for you to consider stepping up to the plate and contribute to the Fund.  Read More

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.

Discounts for COPA members

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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


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


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 since the beta testing days and most recently upgraded to a SPOT 2 (see my report ). 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

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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

Freedom to Fly Fund Corporate Sponsor form



Wind Farm Project raises aviation safety concerns

From Paul Hayes, Chair, COPA Board of Directors

Private Operator Regulations Not Ready For Prime Time

Watch out for new RCO locations and frequencies

NAV CANADA adopts ICAO flight plan changes

Call to Action - Oppose Wind Farms Near Airports

Wind turbines and aviation leads to heated debate in Ontario Legislature

COPA’s VIP Insurance Plan Discounts & Coverage Benefits

Understanding your Aircraft Insurance Policy

COPA Urges Transport Minister to Intervene in Mascouche Airport’s Future

Petition to save Mascouche