Cadet Flight Training RFP Re-Issued

The Department of National Defence has a requirement for professional services for the provision of a Private Pilot License Course in accordance with Canadian Aviation Regulations in support of Air Cadet ‘Power’ Pilot Scholarship Program.

The purpose of this Notice of Proposed Procurement is to signal the government’s intention to competitively and openly solicit Bids from potential Flying Training Units across Canada for services in July and August 2018 — for a second time. The first Request for Proposal W8561-18-0010/A closed on 7 Mar 2018 and achieved a number of successful, responsive bids and a number of contracts will be awarded. However, as target numbers have not yet been reached and as funding permits, the Department of National Defence is welcoming more bids for this same requirement.

This Request for Proposal W8561-18-0010/B Air Cadet Pilot Training 2018 will be posted for 10 calendar days only and contains the same criteria as the previous one. However, the Bid Submission format has been simplified into a more bidder-friendly version.

The Department of National Defence remains committed in their intension to award approximately 18 contracts from these two competitive processes, and the sum total estimated value of all contracts will not exceed the firm ceiling of $2,800,000.00 CAD, taxes included. To the extent possible, allocation of Air Cadet Students to various flight schools across Canada remains similar to the various provincial population distributions, although necessarily influenced by the affordability and availability of accommodations for the Air Cadets.

Service Requirements:

This requirement remains unchanged and will deliver to each Air Cadet all necessary flight training facilities, training tools, aircraft and personnel for completion of a Transport Canada Private Pilot Licence Course in accordance with Canadian Aviation Regulations, consisting of a minimum of forty-five (45) hours of ground school instruction (excluding the Transport Canada written examination), plus a minimum of forty-five (45) hours of flight training and flight testing.

Requests for Proposal: See attached documents (pending, which may take up 24 hours to be released by the Buy & Sell system).

Please consult the buyandsell.gc.ca website for details and contact information.

W8561-18-0010-B_PPS_2018_RFP_Orig 15Mar2018

Nav Canada Billing Survey

Although no one particularly likes paying Nav Canada bills, the corporation is trying to make it as painless as possible. The company is surveying customers on its invoicing procedures to see if it can make the process better. “Nav Canada is interested in understanding how we can improve your invoicing and payment experience with us,” the corporation said in a news release. “We are conducting a short survey to gather insight from our customers and stakeholders on the effectiveness of our administrative processes focusing on invoicing, document management and payment processing.”

The individual responses will be confidential and won’t be shared. The English survey is here and the French one here.

Horizon Items Missed

The April edition of COPA inadvertently omitted five events occurring in the month of April. The events are as follows and we apologize for leaving them out. Mark them in your calendar.

April 21, Melfort, SK:  COPA Flight # 182. 5th Annual Rust Remover;  Recurrent Pilot Training. When:  Saturday April 21st, 2018. Where:  Kerry Vickar Centre, 206 Bemister Avenue East. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and presentations start at 9 a.m.  Lunch will be provided. Contact:  Trent Rae for more information and to preregister.  306 921-7926 or email at trent.rae@fyidoctors.com

April 27, Westlock, AB. COPA Flight 139 (The Westlock Flying Club) will be hosting a “rust remover” that qualifies for the two year recurrent training activity required by all Canadian pilots.  The event will cost $25 and run on April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Westlock Airport, with lunch included.  For more information, please contact Dan at 780-961-2213 or dan@syz.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

April 28, Sedgewick, AB. Iron Creek Flying Club COPA Flight 157 will be hosting their annual COPA for Kids event on April 28, 2018 at Flagstaff Regional Airport CEK6.

April 28, Regina, SK. Flight 4. COPA Flight 4/Regina Flying Club annual Rust Remover will be held at the Royal Regina Golf Club, 5401 11th Ave West, Regina. Doors Open at 8:00, presentations 9:00 – 12:00 followed by lunch. To register please contact Cindy or Audrey at Regina Flying Club, 306 525-6194

April 29, Flight 54. CYHS Hanover Saugeen Annual Rust Remover. 0830 registration, 0900 presentation start and 1130 finish.

Autre Aide pour les ELT Pointer

COAP tient à remercier les nombreuses personnes qui nous ont contacté vis-à-vis notre demande d’aide pour les ELT Pointer. Les trois références suivantes nous ont étés suggérées comme étant des sources fiables pour vos unités. Nous les publions ici pour votre information. Nous ajouterons à cette liste au fur et à mesure que nous obtiendrons de l’information.

HiTech Avionics & Instruments

Buttonville Airport, Hangar 5.

2833 16th Ave

Markham, ON L3R0P8

Canada

George Papachristos, President

Toll Free: 1-888-477-9675

Tel/Fax: (905) 477-8032

Email: sales@hitechavionics.com

Web: www.hitechavionics.com

Select Aviation,

4789 Blvd Allard, Hangar #10,

Drummondville QC

J2A 2R8

1-819-850-0909

info@selectaviation.com

www.selectaviation.com/fr

Atlantic Avionics,

549 Barnes Dr,

Enfield, NS

B2T 1K3

trevor@atlanticavionics.com

Tel:   902 873 3534

D’autres noms pour notre liste de support pour les ELTs Pointer :

Orillia Aviation
6422 Bluebird St.

RR#6

Ramara, Ontario L3V 0K6

Office: 705-325-6153, ask for Brenda

Parts: 1-800-461-8930

www.orilliaaviation.com/lake-st-john-airport/

Aviamax Inc

2440 Rue de L’aéroport

St-Mathieu de Beloeil QC J3G0C9

Canada

(450) 446-2570

www.aviamax.ca

Ceci de Claude Overholt, CASARA:

‘’Je suis le VP/Trésorier de CASARA Ontario et responsable de notre équipement. Je fais affaires avec David Koster chez Pointer Inc de Tempe AZ, depuis deux ans. David est honnête et affable, facile de s’entendre. Beaucoup hésitent à expédier leur ELT aux ÉU pour du support mais je n’ai connu aucun problème à date. Il suffit d’indiquer sur l’emballage qu’il s’agit d’un envoi pour réparations. J’ai demandée à David son opinion sur des envois d’ELT de la part de membres de COPA. Sa réponse courriel est reproduite ici.

‘’L’intention au départ était que Pointer Avionics distribuerait et supporterait nos produits au Canada. Leur fermeture sans préavis et sans assurer un support prolongé pour les clients existants constitua une source de difficultés pour tous. Pointer Inc continuera à supporter notre équipement distribué à l’origine par Pointer Avionics. Les batteries alcalines PN C2020 peuvent être remplacées par nos batteries alcalines PN 2020 maintenant ainsi la certification et la garantie de nos ELT des séries 3000 et 4000. Dans l’immédiat, toute unité nécessitant du support, peut être retournée à nos bureau à Tempe AZ.’’

Pointer, Inc.

1027 N. Stadem Dr,

Tempe, AZ.

(480) 966 – 1674.

www.PointerInc.com

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Stephane Florian

Superviseur Avionique/Avionic Supervisor

6500 Ch. de la Savane, St-Hubert, Qc J3Y 8Y9

T 450 468-3431 ext 266

C 514 220-0384

Sans Frais 1 877 468-3431

More Help For Pointer ELTs

COPA extends gratitude for the many emails we received from across the country in response to our call for help with respect to the Pointer ELTs. The following  references were provided as good places to get support for your units. We publish these here for your convenience. We will update this list as we get more references.

HiTech Avionics & Instruments

Buttonville Airport, Hangar 5.

2833 16th Ave

Markham, ON L3R0P8

Canada

George Papachristos, President

Toll Free: 1-888-477-9675

Tel/Fax: (905) 477-8032

Email: sales@hitechavionics.com

Web: www.hitechavionics.com

 

Select Aviation,

4789 Blvd Allard, Hangar #10,

Drummondville QC

J2A 2R8

1-819-850-0909

info@selectaviation.com

www.selectaviation.com/fr

 

Atlantic Avionics,

549 Barnes Dr,

Enfield, NS

B2T 1K3

trevor@atlanticavionics.com

Tel:   902 873 3534

 

Orillia Aviation
6422 Bluebird St.

RR#6

Ramara, Ontario L3V 0K6

Office: 705-325-6153, ask for Brenda

Parts: 1-800-461-8930

www.orilliaaviation.com/lake-st-john-airport/

 

Aviamax Inc

2440 Rue de L’aéroport

St-Mathieu de Beloeil QC J3G0C9

Canada

(450) 446-2570

www.aviamax.ca

This from Claude Overholt, CASARA:

‘’I am the  VP/Treasurer for CASARA Ontario and look after our equipment. I have been dealing with David Koster at Pointer Inc. in Tempe AZ for about two years. I have found David to be a very straight up honest person and a pleasure to deal with. I know some people will be a little reluctant to ship their ELT to the USA but to date I have never had a problem. Just put on the package sent for repairs. I asked David about COPA members sending their ELTs to him and his response is the email I received below from him.’’

‘’Pointer Avionics was, in good faith, to distribute and support our products in Canada. The closure without notification to us nor any support extended to existing customers was a hardship for all. Pointer, Inc. will continue to support our equipment that was distributed through Pointer Avionics. The PN C2020 alkaline battery pack can be replaced with our PN 2020 alkaline battery pack to maintain the certification and warranty on our Model 3000 and 4000 series ELTs. For the time being, if repair is required, units can be sent back to our factory in Tempe, AZ.’’

Pointer, Inc.

1027 N. Stadem Dr,

Tempe, AZ.

(480) 966 – 1674.

www.PointerInc.com

 

Stephane Florian

Superviseur Avionique/Avionic Supervisor

Service Centre

6500 Ch. de la Savane, St-Hubert, Qc J3Y 8Y9

T 450 468-3431 ext 266

C 514 220-0384

Sans Frais 1 877 468-3431

 

REMINDER: Two Weeks to Go!

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Now is the time for members to have their say in the future of COPA. Candidate biographies can be found below, as well as in the March and April editions of COPA Flight.

Be sure to vote by April 2nd 2018.

If you have not yet voted, you can cast your vote online using your membership number and password.

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Runway Overrun Rule Coming: CBC

The CBC says Transport Canada is poised to increase new runway end safety areas (RESA) from 60 metres to 150 metres at airports with runways longer than 1200 metres (3937.01 feet) but that’s only half of what the Transportation Safety Board wants. The TSB has said repeatedly that RESAs should be at least 300 metres but cost considerations are apparently causing TC to halve that recommendation. According to documents obtained by the CBC, buying the land and making it safe for aircraft to use as a safety net wouldn’t qualify for federal funding.

“RESA installations can be expensive and most affected airports would not benefit from the existing Airports Capital Assistance Program,” the network said it gleaned from a freedom of information request. The CBC said new rules requiring a minimum of 150 metres and a recommended additional 150 metres will be introduced this coming fall.  Although the rule is aimed at preventing accidents like the Aug. 2, 2005 Air France A-340 that went off the end of a runway at Pearson Airport in Toronto, the 1,200-metre limit will capture dozens of small-town airports across the country, many of which either don’t have airline service or are served by smaller aircraft.

Porter Offers Convention Travel Discount

Porter Airlines is offering a 10 percent discount off most fares for delegates traveling by commercial carrier to the COPA 2018 Convention and Trade Show in Saint John, NB. The fare is available by filling in the promo code “COPA 18” in the online reservation or with a travel agent. The special fare is specifically for delegates attending the convention and not intended for any other travel.

The bookings opened on March 13 and will be valid for flights to Saint John from anywhere in Porter’s network from June 18-23 and return to anywhere in Porter’s network from June 21 to June 26. The full text of Porter’s offer is copied below.

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the COPA 2018 Convention and Trade Show. The discounted fares are available for booking from March 13, 2018 to June 26, 2018 and available for travel:

Location:         Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US To: Saint John From: 18/06/2018 To: 23/06/2018
From: Saint John To: Anywhere in Canada or US From: 21/06/2018 To: 26/06/2018

Please book online at https://flyporter.com/Flight?culture=en-CA&promocode=COPA18 or through your travel agent using promo code “COPA18”.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.