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June 2015

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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.

Consultation period ends on the first week of September, 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 60 jours prend fin le 8 septembre 2015 

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

Consultation period ends September 11, 2015

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

La période de consultation prend fin le 11 septembre, 2015

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ELT 406

Notice of Proposed Amendment

Consultation period ends September 11, 2015

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ELT 406 Avis de proposition de modification

La période de consultation prend fin le 11 septembre 2015

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Civilian Aviation Safety Alert / Alerte à la sécurité de l'Aviation Civile

Transport Canada issued a Civil Aviation Safety Alert to remind all persons operating unmanned aircraft (model aircraft and unmanned air vehicles or UAVs), for any purpose, about the safety impacts and consequences of interfering with manned aircraft operations, including firefighting aircraft.  

Transports Canada a diffusé une Alerte à la sécurité de l’Aviation civile qui vise à rappeler à toutes les personnes qui utilisent des aéronefs non habités (modèles réduits d’aéronefs et véhicules aériens non habités ou UAV), dans quelque but que ce soit, les incidences sur la sécurité et les conséquences qu’il y a à interférer avec les opérations des aéronefs habités, y compris les aéronefs de lutte contre les incendies.

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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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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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’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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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.

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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