COPA Supports CWIA

COPA is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Women in Aviation Conference this weekend in Calgary.

The Canadian Women in Aviation Conference is a biennial event focused on encouraging and inspiring women in all aspects of aviation. This three days event is run entirely by volunteers, and there is no over-arching organization; every two years a passionate group of individuals decide they want to hold the conference in their town, and the conference is reborn.

Details at cwia.ca

Places To Fly: Harbour Grace

Harbour Grace Airport, NL is living history. As the takeoff point for numerous early transatlantic flights, it played a pivotal role in the development of aviation in general. On July 2, it will celebrate its 90th anniversary and the 85th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s departure on her solo transatlantic flight. It is Newfoundland, of course, so the event is dependent on the weather.

Fairview Canso Flies

After one of the most complicated recovery and restoration efforts in warbird history, much of the town of Fairview, AB turned out to watch a PBY Canso lift off from the local airport for its official first flight on Father’s Day. The aircraft is a former RCAF Canso that hunted submarines in the North Atlantic in the Second World War. It’s second career as a water bomber ended during a rough landing that holed the hull on Sitidgi Lake in the Northwest Territories in 2001. The owner, Buffalo Airways, hauled the aircraft to shore and salvaged the engines but left the airframe beside the lake. That’s where the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society stepped in.

In 2008 they dragged, trailered and barged the aircraft to Fairview and, over eight years, restored it to flying condition. Veteran Canso pilot Bill Brady was at the controls for the June 18 flight. “It flies beautifully, nice and straight,” he told the CBC. “”It flew just like a Canso. Very heavy on the controls,” he said. “You use an awful lot of rudder which you don’t [use] on most airplanes.” Two Second World War Canso pilots, James McRae, 99, and Hal Burns, 94, were on hand for the event. The society plans to use the aircraft as a flying museum to educate people about Canada’s wartime aviation contribution.

Flights For Special Needs Kids

A Nova Scotia pilot has started a program that introduces special needs children to the wonders of flight. Dmitri Neonakis posted an invitation to parents of special needs kids to meet him at Debert Airport for free flights earlier this month and the response was immediate. “Four days later, we had our first four flights. We had six children and their parents and everything went great, it was awesome. A lot of happy faces up there.” Although none of the passengers is ever likely to ever become pilots themselves, the experience is valuable for them and for pilots on some different levels.

None of the passengers had been in a small plane before and some like 12-year-old Gabey Flores were initially afraid. “The fact that Gabey fought his fear, it was very important to me …, said Neonakis. “He’s not afraid anymore. That’s a big thing for a child to fight his fear at 12 years old. To me, it’s triumph. It’s something great.”

The experience also served as a networking opportunity for parents of special needs children and a chance to share the joys of a new experience. Neonakis, who rents aircraft from Debert Flying Club to do the flights, covers all the costs himself and says he’s been amply rewarded. “It never hit me until I got in my car to go home. The experience was something that I can’t describe. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.”

Hall of Fame Welcomes Inductees

Hundreds of Canada’s aviation leaders were on hand at Vancouver International Airport June 15 to witness the induction of four new members of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame and the honouring of the RCAF’s Golden Hawks. The Hall welcomed loving members Robert Deluce, founder of Porter Airlines, Daniel Sitman, founder of Helijet Airways and Rogers Smith, a retired NASA test pilot and bestowed the honour posthumously to Erroll Boyd, the first Canadian to fly across the Atlantic. It was the 44th induction ceremony and was held in a concourse at YVR.

Deluce told attendees that growing up in a flying family paved the way for his ultimate success and credited his close-knit family, many of whom attended the ceremony, for charting the course. The Deluce family started White River Air Services in the 1950s before Deluce was born and he joined the family business in 1971 during a period of rapid expansion that led to their operations dominating the regional airline business in Ontario. Air Canada acquired a majority share of the business in 1987 and Deluce became president of Canada 3000. Porter was started in 2006 and has grown to become a major regional carrier in eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. with its base at Billy Bishop Airport on Toronto Island.

Daniel Sitnam grew Helijet from a single Bell 412 with scheduled service from YVR to Victoria in 1987 to a fleet of 16 helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft flying 300 scheduled routes a week. It’s the world’s largest scheduled helicopter carrier and also does medevac and charter flights. Sitnam told the crowd the can-do attitude of his staff propelled the airline into its current position and he urged those attending to act on those dreams and good ideas that turn into successful enterprises.

Rogers Smith was born in tiny, isolated Dawson Creek, B.C. in 1934 but his mother was obviously convinced that he would reach for the stars. She wrote on the back of a picture of three-year-old Rogers that she would “see you in the hall of fame,” and Smith showed that photo to the crowd. After a career as an RCAF fighter pilot, Smith was top-level test pilot for NASA and flew the SR-71 Blackbird and a number of prototype fighters. At 83, he still flies his Cessna 182 to support his work as an unmanned aerial vehicle test pilot.

Errol Boyd flew a Wright-Bellanca WB-2, named Maple Leaf, across the Atlantic with navigator Harry Connor on Oct. 9, 1930. They took off from Harbour Grace, NL and almost became a grim statistic in those danger-fraught days of record setting flights. Fuel system problems forced them down on Tresco, one of the Scilly Islands, off the east coast of the U.K.

The gala also honoured the RCAF Golden Hawks and its founding commander, Fern Villeneuve, was on hand to accept the Belt of Orion Award. Villeneuve laid much of the credit for the team’s success on the ground crew that kept the complex fighters airworthy on the show schedule.

After one of the most complicated recovery and restoration efforts in warbird history, much of the town of Fairview, AB turned out to watch a PBY Canso lift off from the local airport for its official first flight on Father’s Day. The aircraft is a former RCAF Canso that hunted submarines in the North Atlantic in the Second World War. It’s second career as a water bomber ended during a rough landing that holed the hull on Sitidgi Lake in the Northwest Territories in 2001. The owner, Buffalo Airways, hauled the aircraft to shore and salvaged the engines but left the airframe beside the lake. That’s where the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society stepped in.

In 2008 they dragged, trailered and barged the aircraft to Fairview and, over eight years, restored it to flying condition. Veteran Canso pilot Bill Brady was at the controls for the June 18 flight. “It flies beautifully, nice and straight,” he told the CBC. “”It flew just like a Canso. Very heavy on the controls,” he said. “You use an awful lot of rudder which you don’t [use] on most airplanes.” Two Second World War Canso pilots, James McRae, 99, and Hal Burns, 94, were on hand for the event. The society plans to use the aircraft as a flying museum to educate people about Canada’s wartime aviation contribution.

Noise Abatement At Peterborough

Peterborough Airport will institute noise abatement procedures July 4 that will affect aircraft manoeuvring in the immediate vicinity of the airport. After that date, aircraft will not be allowed to turn below 1,000 feet above aerodrome elevation and must, if possible, avoid flying over noise-sensitive areas depicted on the above photo. One of those areas is almost adjacent to the runway.

Peterborough has become increasingly busy in recent years. Flying Colours, a business jet modification and refitting company, rotates dozens of jets through the facility each year and Seneca College’s flight training program recently relocated there from Buttonville, which is under a closure watch. There are also several busy maintenance and aviation parts businesses located on the field along with an independent flight school.

Quieter Mufflers For Training Fleet

Transport Canada has approved a new accessory for the Cessna 152 that should help stop Michel Beaudoin’s phone from ringing quite so much. The manager of Saint-Hubert Airport near Montreal announced this week that TC has approved a supplemental type certificate for a French-made Chabord exhaust system that cuts the noise from a 152 by more than half. Beaudoin told COPA e-Flight that the four flight schools at his field have pledged to install the systems on their fleets to help quell the chorus of noise complaints that result from the necessarily repetitive day-long drone of their students earning their wings. “We have had a lot of problems,” Beaudoin said. The City of Longueuil, the airport authority and TC worked together to get the STC approved quickly after the system was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The company is also seeking STCs for Cessna 150 and 172 models.

Beaudoin said the exhaust systems should be a boon to training airports across the country who have to balance their good neighbour policies against the inevitable results of flight training activity. “It is a precedent that could be used at all Canadian airports,” Beaudoin said. The systems have been in development since 2011 by Chabord, which builds tuned exhaust systems for racing cars and motorcycles in addition to aviation applications. The company says the systems cut noise by 4-11 decibels, depending on the frequency and distance from the source. A reduction of three decibels equates to a 50 percent noise reduction. It also increases climb rate by 14 percent, reduces fuel consumption eight percent and cuts engine vibration in half. The systems cost more than $3,000 USD. The company is now building the exhaust systems for the Saint-Hubert aircraft and they will be generally available soon. Chabord will be showing the systems at AirVenture 2017.

Video: Kelowna is the Place to Be

In case you’re waffling about going to Kelowna next week for the COPA Convention and Trade Show, this video from Tourism Kelowna should tip the scales. Yes, there has been some flooding but the effects are minimal for visitors and the incredible Okanagan Valley is open for business and yours to enjoy.

Places To Fly: Kelowna

Kelowna International Airport is the place to fly next week as the whole community gets ready to host the COPA Convention and Trade Show. It’s one of Canada’s 10 busiest airports but it has a large and active GA community and the small planes are most welcome. Check the CFS because there are procedures in place to keep light aircrafts and the airliners at a respectful distance.