TCCA Self-Paced Study Program

As another great flying season is just around the corner, numerous pilots across the country are getting their aircraft and themselves ready for the enjoyment of flying. This preparation effort includes ensuring that the pilot’s currency is up to date. In this regard, we received numerous inquiries with respect to the currency of the study program itself offered by TCCA on their website. As it happened, up until recently, googling ‘’Self-paced study program Transport Canada’’ would yield an entry entitled ‘’How to Stay Current – Transport Canada’’ with a link.

Clicking on this link would take you to a page titled ‘’How to Stay Current’’ and the text contained a link to the ‘’self-paced study program’’. Unfortunately, this new link would then take you to the relevant study program dated December 2016. This result generated the inquiries we received as to the validity of the test, and if TCCA planned to issue a more recent one in the near future. COPA verified with TCCA and we eventually discovered that this simply led to the removal of the December 2016 self-paced study program from their website with no replacement. Hence more confusion.

COPA renewed its inquiries with TCCA who assured us they would address the issue. We did check their website on any progress toward a solution this morning (14 March 2018). Googling the same wording as above, ‘’Self-paced study program Transport Canada’’, now shows us an extensive listing of related links, instead of the previous lone link mentioned above. One quickly notices that the vast majority of those links relate to study programs from several years back to at least 2010. The link mentioned earlier still appears, still works, and still gets us to an empty page. No progress there.

However, all is not lost. One new entry entitled ‘’Aviation Safety Letter – TP 185E – Issue 3/2017 – Transport Canada’’  which takes us to a pdf version of the Aviation Safety Letter Issue 3/2017. This ASL contains a self-paced study program as well as the answers to the questions. COPA believes at this point that this is the most recent program available from TCCA and is fair to use for the intended purpose. One can also access the program by googling ASL and selecting the appropriate issue of the letter. All this to say that accessing the study program is not a straightforward and easy process but it is doable with patience and creativity.

With respect to the actual date of the published program and hence the validity of the program for the intended purpose, COPA respects the uncertainty generated among our members. COPA also considers that things do not change so dramatically and so quickly in GA and the relevant regulations that TCCA would need to generate a new edition of the program on an annual basis. This decision remains a TCCA prerogative reflecting their perception of the requirements and the resources available for this task. A simple revision of the date on the published program would likely be sufficient in most cases, with a complete revision on a practical predetermined basis.

Incredible as this may seem, we just did one more google search to verify the content of this note and the ASL entry ‘’Aviation Safety Letter – TP 185E – Issue 3/2017 – Transport Canada’’ mentioned above does not appear anymore. However, clicking the related link in this text does work, at least this morning. This might change tomorrow. Luckily, I happened to download that ASL Issue 3/2017 immediately I saw it and can share it upon request. COPA has requested a copy of the exam and its answers from TCCA and will publish it here and in the COPA Flight magazine as soon as it is made available for the convenience of our members. As I am finalizing this, I received a call from a CASARA representative planning a currency session based on this program and he could not find it. After coaching him on the phone, he found ASL Issue 3/2917 and he was good to go. This can be a rather frustrating process considering that CAR 421.05(2)(d) specifically states: ‘’….. completion of the self-paced study program produced annually in the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Newsletter ……’’ We will work with TCCA to find an easier and more reliable way for our members to access this study program on the internet, in addition to publishing it in our media. Note that the results of an internet search, in this case, seem to be rather a hit and miss thing and might require more than one try.

Jean Messier Withdraws from COPA Election

Today (March 16, 2017), Jean Messier, candidate for the COPA Board of Directors for Quebec, informed the chair of COPA’s Elections Committee that he was withdrawing from the ballot for personal reasons.

Mr. Messier said in his statement:

“It is with great regret that I have to withdraw my candidacy in the current Quebec election region for personal reasons.

You can count on me to continue to serve as chairman of the Board until the end of my office after June 2018 AGM. Later, if time permits, I will be happy to contribute to committees where my expertise and experience could be useful for COPA.”

We thank Mr. Messier for his many contributions to COPA, not just as a director on the Board but also as Chairman. The Association wishes him well in his future endeavours.

Consequently, Mr. Messier’s name has been removed from the online ballot. Quebec members who may have voted for Mr. Messier and who wish to change their selection can log back into the website and do so at any time until April 2, 2018.

Members voting by paper ballot can request a new one from COPA. Existing ballots will still be accepted, but votes for Mr. Messier will not be counted.

For any concerns or questions, we invite members to contact COPA: 613-236-4901.

President’s Corner – April 2018

Safety’s success

AVGAS’ Failure

Most of you reading this will likely have seen last month’s first annual Safety Issue. We are thrilled at the level of positive feedback we received from the membership and how much many of you valued the articles and information included. One member commented to me: “it reads like a double-issue of Flying, but with articles relevant to Canada.” As we indicated, we are tying the March issue in with the General Aviation Safety Campaign and the goal is to make it an annual staple for Canadian pilots.

As we go to press, we are just under one month to go in the voting for this year’s Board of Directors elections. We have a record number of candidates running for the seven position this year and the level of interest and discussion the process has generated is an encouraging sign that the members are engaged in the organization and care about its long-term future. It is your organization and we encourage all of you who haven’t voted to do so – either online on copanational.org or by requesting a paper ballot from our office. In order to be counted, ballots must be completed and received at COPA no later than close of business, April 3.

AVGAS

Anyone who has turned on the news in recent weeks has likely heard about the avgas shortage affecting airports across the country. Imperial Oil discovered a batch produced after Dec. 28 had conductivity levels that are too high, causing concern for aircraft fuel gauges – particularly those of the capacitive type – and shut down production at the country’s only avgas refinery in Edmonton. Since then, Imperial Oil has conducted testing at all affected airports and determined that the majority have fuel that is safe to use. Unfortunately, they have not resumed production and so airports are now running low on existing supplies. We are aware that some are arranging to import avgas from the US, though this appears to only be possible with a significant markup in price, something that will severely curtail springtime flying. Your COPA staff in Ottawa continue to dialogue with Imperial Oil as they seek to determine the cause of the contaminated fuel. We are hopeful that a resolution will be found soon and that flying activities can get back to normal.

This incident highlights the importance of the work COPA has been partially funding fro the last few years at the National Research Council Canada to examine possible “drop-in” replacement fuels for 100LL, as a complement to the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative, or PAFI, being undertaken in the US. Canada’s direct contribution to the PAFI is the testing in radial-engine aircraft by the NRC (their Harvard Mk IV), and with their various test engines in their altitude chamber, allowing the whole fuel system to be tested at simulated altitudes. Phase 3 of the current program expects to wrap up later this year, with project conclusion estimated next year. It will then be up to the regulators in Canada and the US to approve the successful fuels for use, and for the market to select that which will enter circulation.

COPA Board Elections: Voting Ends April 2

The nomination period for COPA’s 2018 Board of Directors elections in BC, Ontario, and Quebec closed on February 8. We are pleased to announce the list of nominees in each region. Complete biographies were published in the March and April editions of COPA Flight, and are on our COPA Web site.

Voting commenced Wednesday, February 14th, at 12:00pm EST/09:00am PST and will end on Monday, April 2, at 12:00pm EDT/09:00am PDT. At that time, you can cast your vote using your membership number and password. Those wishing to vote by paper ballot can request one by contacting COPA: 613-236-4901 x107.

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  •  Joe Hessberger, Langley, B.C. (not seeking re-election)
  • Vacant

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  • Phil Englishman, Walkerton, ON (not seeking re-election)
  • Conrad Hatcher, Saint Catharines, ON (seeking re-election)
  • Cheryl Marek, Oshawa, ON (not seeking re-election)

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  • Jean Messier, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC (not seeking re-election)
  • Jonathan Beauchesne, Montreal, QC (seeking re-election)

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Member Profile: Capt. Sarah Dallaire

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Women of Aviation Week Profile – Capt. Sarah Dallaire

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is Capt. Sarah Dallaire, of Quebec, who is a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. We asked Capt. Dallaire about what inspired her to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What inspired you to get involved in aviation?

My interest in aviation was truly sparked by my parents, as both of them were deeply passionate about They quickly introduced my brother and I to flying, as they flew us around on weekends. Often they would either sit us on their lap at the controls or have us sit in the back of a Cessna.They would also bring us to each airshow in Quebec city. At one particular show, I was very fortunate to have seen Maryse Carmichael perform. She was not only the first female Snowbird pilot but also the first female in the world to ever perform with an aerobatic team. She really put a little flame into my heart that day and I held on to it. My parents were also very involved with CASARA and recognized the opportunities that the RCAF had to offer and they absolutely loved the training they received. So I would say, it was a combination of my parents tremendous support, their encouragement toward the pursuit of an RCAF career and the awe-inspiring accomplishments of Maryse Carmichael. From that point on, I was determined to become a military pilot.

A short history of your aviation career up to now

When I was 12 years old, I joined the Air Cadet Squadron in Levis, and with the help of my parents, I immediately started seeking the prerequisites needed to apply for a career as RCAF I was also fortunate enough to take some air lesson at Grondair in St-Frederic, QC prior to the Aircrew Selection in Trenton, ON. A year later, in 2007, an offer was presented to me to join as a RCAF pilot under the Continuing Education Officer Training Plan, at which time I was then posted to St-jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC for the Basic Training Camp and language school where I became proficient in English. I completed Phase I in Portage-la-Prairie, MB on the Grob 120A and later was posted to Moose Jaw, Sk for Phase II on the Harvard II. In 2012, I received my RCAF pilot wings on the CT-155 Hawk and continued to Cold Lake, AB for the Fighter Lead-In Training where I experienced unforeseen hurdles and therefore moved back to Moose Jaw, SK to become a Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hvd II. Last year, I had the chance to take the Flight Safety Course in Winnipeg, MB and have since been steadily involved in the program. In 2017, it was time for me to take a shot at my dream and applied to become a Snowbird pilot.

What is your favorite part of the job?

What I truly cherish about being a Snowbird pilot is that for every mission we strive to learn from our mistakes. The constructive criticism that we provide one another is crucial as it not only betters our individual skill sets but it bonds us as a team to effectively fly as a Moreover, I am and always have been passionate i.e addicted to the mental aspect of competing. The combination of mental factors such as preparation, visualisation, coordination and anticipation are key components when striving to accomplish peak performance. It is clear to me that the best part of my job is that constant mental challenge.

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

I am very optimistic with respect to my future within the RCAF, in that, there are so many opportunities yet to be discovered and I look forward to progressing through I also have a keen interest in diversifying my aviation experiences and skill sets with respect to other aerobatic aircraft. Recently, I was afforded the opportunity to fly with the legendary Wayne Handley in California in an Extra 300L. I was completely hooked as soon as the engine started (LOL) because it became immediately apparent that the mental fortitude required within the precision aviation world is very similar to the training I am experiencing in becoming a Snowbird pilot. This is something for which I thrive.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to say that I love everything that has two wheels, three if it comes with wings. I was introduced to motocross when I was 14 year old and looking back, I realized now that it taught me a lot with respect to the mental aptitude required to progress and stay safe in the sport. I also absolutely love travelling and

What are some of the ways you are helping women get their start in aviation?

I am particularly excited about the opportunity given with the Snowbirds to travel around and meet the people of North America to share my passion. I know what it did to me when I saw Maryse and I fully intend in being the most accessible I can be for anyone to share what I have I realize now that the smallest details in my life made the bigger impact and with the Women in Aviation Week coming up, I hope I can make a difference. I like being involved with the conferences Canadian Women in Aviation held every two year and Girls Fly too held in Abbotsford every year. It is always such an incredible feeling to see all these successful women gathered together.

What does COPA mean to you? What are some ways the organization might help women get their start in aviation?

I am particularly proud to say that my parents started being member of COPA in One thing I remember are the magazines that would be in the house and piqued my curiosity. One of the greatest thing about COPA for me is that it centralized the information for Canadian aviation from Coast to Coast. It is also clear to me that the association has every Canadian pilot’s best interest in mind and keeps innovating.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fsarkev2_5%2F|title:Follow%20Sarah%20on%20Instagram|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Member Profile: Jackson Sisters

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Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Member Profile: Jackson Sisters

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is the Jackson sisters – Vanessa, Sam, and Elly from BC, who are pursuing their goals as commercial pilots. We asked each what inspired them to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What Inspired You to Get Involved in Aviation

EJ: I grew up around airplanes thanks to my dad; I distinctly remember trips to Arizona and Disneyland sitting in the back seat of a Centurion when I was 6 years old. I guess you could say it was only a matter of time, although it was only recently I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career. My dad has been a huge influence and he even got his instructor rating to teach my younger sister and myself as well as we learned to fly on the C177 that my family owned.

VJ: We grew up at airports, and in planes. It always felt like home. We were fortunate to have a Dad who flew and was passionate. I can’t imagine not flying.

SJ: 1) Growing up we had the luxury of being able to hop in the family plane and fly somewhere for the day, weekend or longer.   It didn’t occur to me until I was older that this was even a luxury, but once I knew it was, I wanted to pursue it.  I always knew that our Dad was a pilot, but he never once made going to work actually seem like someone going to work.   Although always sad to leave his family, he was always excited to get paid to fly airplanes and travel the world.   It took about 10 years and a couple attempts at careers in other fields, but I finally accepted that I could not ignore the draw of aviation and the life it could allow me to live.

Tell us a short history of you aviation career up to now

EJ: I began flying in 2006, but life got in the way as it does. I didn’t start getting into aviation until April 2011 when I worked ramp for a local regional airline. After getting qualified to tow, working cargo and learning all I could for 3 years I decided this is what I wanted to do full time. I then switched jobs to be closer to Langley regional airport, began flying as much as I could. Finished my PPL, then my CPL, then the multi engine rating and finally the IFR rating, all the while learning tailwheel on the Vans aircraft RV-6 that my dad built. Still not able to land that first job I then turned to the instructor rating and two days after my flight test I had a job. Instructing for 8 months and obtaining my Class 3 instructor rating, I ended up getting an interview for a regional carrier and am currently in training for a B1900D as a first officer.

VJ: Completed my private on our own aircraft. Then enrolled and completed the BCIT Aviation program. Upon completion flew a 172 for a year, then a twin otter at Borek for two years before moving to a charter company on a Beech 1900. After two years at charter moved over to Air Georgian on the 1900, and now am finally making my last step and moving on to a large airline.

SJ: No career as of yet, still in the training stages

What is your favorite part of the job?

EJ: For instructing the best part of the job was the satisfaction of seeing a student succeed. Its so rewarding for them to learn something and accomplish what they set out to do, although I can almost guarantee it was more satisfying for me! I can distinctly remember a time my student (a girl) preformed an exercise so well I was ecstatic and she began to giggle as I probably was embarrassing her (good thing the tower couldn’t hear me)

As for the current career move, I cannot comment much although with how hard the road is to get there, the reward must be that much sweeter. Looking forward to flying into and above the clouds in a more complex aircraft in a multi crew environment as well as getting passengers to their destination. An added highlight to this career move is the first Captain I get to fly with is my older sister Vanessa Jackson!

VJ: Besides the amazing office view, I love the different people I work with every day. Each day has it’s own unique challenges, and everyone works together to help a flight operate safely and efficiently.

SJ: I imagine getting paid to do something you’d otherwise pay to do would be pretty great

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

EJ: As for the future all I can see is my current career move at the moment to a turbo prop aircraft and I will learn as much as I can. Maybe one day I would like to get into the jet world, preferably a 737 if I can land it (pun intended), As for the hobby side of it, I am getting into basic aerobatics in the RV-6 and am getting hooked (we will see how much time I have for that with the current job)

VJ: My goal is just always to excel in what I do. To always be advancing my skills and knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy training and would love to continue line indoctrination at a large company in the future.

SJ: My present plan is to get my float rating, work my way up to flying Beavers and Otters on floats and then after years of experience and persistence, to end up flying the Goose on the British Columbia coast.  After years of flying the beautiful old Goose, my goal is to work my way up to flying DC3’s. There’s something beautiful and enticing about the old girls that I can’t ignore.

What do you do in your spare time?

EJ: In my spare time I really enjoy riding motorcycles and that has been a huge part of my life as well as spending time with a horse that I rescued when I was in high school and painting/drawing, beyond that, just being outdoors and exploring has me pretty content.

VJ: My spare time is usually spent enjoying time with my Husband (who also flies for a living) and relaxing at home with a bunch of large rowdy dogs. We also have horses and enjoy riding and relaxing when weather allows.

SJ: Most of my spare time is spent with my dog, exploring the beautiful British Columbia coast by foot, bike, motorcycle or air as well as participating in Animal Activism

What are you doing to encourage other girls and women to get into aviation?

EJ: I help bring my dads aircraft to the Abbotsford airshow with my sister so we can display them there. Always a good opportunity to have young girls see the aircraft and be surprised that we actually get to fly them! With instructing i thoroughly enjoy teaching young girls that they can fly just as well as anyone else and if the opportunity arises that I can take someone for some aileron rolls in the RV then I am more than happy to do so!

Would really like to participate in more women in aviation events although this year has been tough with my training. I certainly won’t hesitate to do them in the future!

VJ: I encourage women in aviation I meet and new first officers I fly with because they are just as good at this job as their male coworkers. I work a lot and have not had much opportunity to actively participate in groups or events to bring more women into the aviation industry, but at my current position as a line indoctrination captain I get to train up the newest airline pilots and even my younger sister this month!

SJ: Since I’m not yet a paid pilot, my current career choice doesn’t get to come up as often as I like with women. Whenever the occasion arises that aviation IS the subject I take the opportunity to talk with women or girls to hopefully light a flame for a passion

What does COPA mean to you? What are some of the ways the organization might help women get their start in aviation?

EJ: COPA is a community backing Pilots and what aviation means so much to them. The freedom that aircraft bring and the big sense of community. Women just need support in a male dominated sport/career and to show that it is an obtainable goal. I think COPA would be an easy leg up for these women looking to take to the skies and to show that you just have to go for it!

VJ: Copa to me means a group. More specifically of people who all share an interest and are willing to help new generations grow together. Through events and information to get the word out about aviation and the world we all love. Copa could help women in aviation by attracting more women to aviation. Through events where there can be speakers and presentations, to visiting flight schools and featuring women in newsletters. There are many up and coming female pilots and I have no doubt there will be more in the future. ”

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Fuel to Flow: Imperial Resolves Avgas Issues

Imperial Oil said in early March that it intended to resume making 100 LL avgas after it resolved quality control issues that resulted in an interrupted supply to Canadian customers for much of February and March.

The company ordered a quarantine on all fuel shipped between Dec. 28 and Feb. 13 after tests revealed it might not meet conductivity standards which could lead to issues with capacitance-type fuel gauge sensors on aircraft and ground storage fuel tanks.

Imperial Oil said it had identified and tested all fuel in the field by March 8 and that 70 percent was fit for use. It had earlier said that the deficient fuel was unlikely to damage any aircraft or fuel dispensing equipment.

As those tests proceeded, the company was arranging for alternative sources until it could resume manufacturing and predicted that fuel supplies would return to normal by the end of March.

“This has been a challenging situation and we appreciate all of the patience, understanding and cooperation we have received from our customers, their resellers and from end users, said Imperial Vice President Jon Wetmore. “We recognize this situation has significantly disrupted the avgas flying community and we apologize for this.”

The affected fuel was shipped from the company’s Strathcona refinery in Edmonton to wholesalers supplying customers throughout Western Canada and in Eastern Ontario.

Many of the affected areas were in the grip of severe winter weather that minimized the impact on piston-engine customers but B.C.’s coastal areas were significantly affected. Several airports around Vancouver ran out of fuel and that grounded flight schools and other GA businesses. Some businesses arranged for fuel to be shipped from the U.S. but it was priced about 25 percent higher than the Esso product.

Profil de membre: Tara Meikle

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Semaine mondiale des femmes de l’air – profil de membre: Tara Meikle

La Semaine mondiale des femmes de l’air se tient cette année du 5 au 11 mars. COPA se fait un plaisir d’apporter son appui à cette initiative globale et aux nombreuses autres activités destinées à souligner la riche contribution des femmes à l’essor de l’aviation et leur apport dynamique aux diverses manifestations de cette industrie. Chaque jour, au cours de cette semaine mondiale, nous vous présentons avec grand plaisir l’une de ces aviatrices membres de COPA, pour lui céder la parole.

Aujourd’hui, c’est l’Albertenne Tara Meikle qui nous rend visite. Tara détient une licence de pilote commercial et elle est une apprenti technicienne d’entretien d’aéronefs. Nous lui avons demandé ce qui l’a motivé à s’investir dans l’aviation. Elle nous parle aussi de ses projets d’avenir et nous communique sa perception du rôle de COPA dans le monde aéronautique:

Comment avez-vous été attirée par l’aviation?

J’ai amorcé ma carrière chez les Cadets de l’air et je voulais devenir pilote. Il y avait beaucoup d’activités et d’opportunités pour apprendre à propos de l’aviation.

Un résumé de votre carrière aéronautique jusqu’à présent

Quand j’ai matriculé de l’école secondaire, j’ai déménagé à Manitoba pour poursuivrer ma carrière aéronautique. J’ai obtenu mes licences de pilote private et professionnel en sud de Manitoba. Pendant cette temps, j’ai réliser que j’aimerais en savoir plus long sur les avions que je pilotais. J’ai commencé à passer le plus clair de mon temps dans le hangar. Et plus je visitais l’atelier plus je voulais devenir technicienne en entretien d’aéronef. Je me suis alors mise à poser de plus en plus de questions sur la route à emprunter pour parvenir à mes fins. J’ai commencé le cherche pour une job d’apprenti, et en suite j’ai trouvé Keetwatin Air et le programme programme de formation de compagnon d’entretien sur le campus Stevenson du Collège de Red River

Qu’est-ce qui vous plait, surtout, dans ce métier?

C’est le côté tellement pratico-pratique de l’affaire, qui me fascine, Et j’adore pouvoir travailler sur les machines que j’aime. Je dois dire aussi que mon travail m’a conduite vers une superbe partie du pays (Yellowknife)

Quelles sont vos autres ambitions, dans l’aviation?

Avec mon mari, je projette l’acquisition d’un petit avion, que nous pourrons rafistoler pour ensuite nous promener à bord. A plus long terme, aussi, je souhaite m’engager le plus possible dans le monde aéronautique.

Comment meublez-vous vos temps libres?

Quelles vidéos regardez-vous sur YouTube (J’adore suivre les concours d’avion STOL)

Piloter et entretenir mon propre petit avion.

Regarder un long métrage (J’aime le site Marvel Cinematic Universe)

De quelle façon pourrait-on mieux aider d’autres femmes à se défricher un chemin en aviation?

Plus il y aura de femmes à occuper des fonctions en aéronautique, plus les jeunes filles et les femmes en général pourront s’inspirer d’exemples à suivre. Cette notion que “ça se peut aussi pour les autres” est réellement importante.

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Member Profile: Tara Meikle

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Women of Aviation Week Profile – Tara Meikle

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is Tara Meikle, of Alberta, who holds a CPL and is currently an Apprentice AME. We asked Tara about what inspired her to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

What inspired you to get involved in aviation?

I owe my start in the aviation industry to the Air Cadet program. There were many activities and opportunities to learn about and get involved with aviation.

A short history of your aviation career up to now

When I graduated high school, I moved to Manitoba to pursue a career in aviation. I completed my private and commercial pilot licenses in southern Manitoba. During this time, I started gaining an appreciation for the maintenance side of aviation; I wanted to better understand the machines I was flying. I started spending some time around my flight school’s maintenance shop and asking the engineers a wide variety of questions. Their patience and eagerness to answer my various questions helped inspire me to come to the decision to pursue a career in aviation maintenance. I started looking for a job as an apprentice, and from there I found Keewatin Air and the Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson program at Red River College.

What is your favourite part of the job?

I love that this job is very hands on, and that I am learning something new every day. I get to work on and around the machines that I love. Through this job, I had the opportunity to move to Yellowknife, which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful areas of this country.

Do you have any future goals in aviation?

I plan on obtaining a small project aircraft with my husband to fix up so that we can fly it. My long term goal is just to be as involved with aviation as I can be.

What do you do in your spare time?

  • Watch aviation related videos and documentaries (I also love watching videos of STOL competitions)
  • Fly and help maintain my own small aircraft
  • Watch movies (I am a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

What are some of the ways to help other women get involved in aviation?

The more women we see in aviation, the more young women (or women in general) will have role models to look to and see careers in aviation as something that is achievable. Representation is important.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fwinging_away%2F|title:Follow%20Tara%20on%20Instagram|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Member Profile: Anna Rusinowski

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Women of Aviation Week Profile – Anna Rusinowski

March 5-11 is Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, and today is International Women’s Day. COPA is proud to support this and the many other initiatives that work tirelessly to promote women’s involvement in all different aspects of the aviation industry. Each day during WOAW week, we are profiling a COPA member who is promoting aviation in her own area of the industry.

Today’s WOAW member profile is Anna Rusinowski, of Ontario, who holds a PPL and intends to pursue her CPL and float endorsement. We asked Anna about what inspired her to get involved in aviation, about her plans for the future, and how she sees COPA’s role in aviation:

The beginning.  Four years ago, I moved to a town called Coral Bay in Western Australia, which lies along one of the most ecologically diverse reefs in the world. Simply, I was travelling looking for inspiration and opportunity. Close to where I was living, there was a small dirt strip. Every morning I would watch a spotter plane takeoff in search of whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays and more. One morning, as I was watching a Cessna 150 take off, I made a decision.  When I moved home, I would become a licensed pilot.

It has been 3 years since I finished my private licence and over that period I have had the opportunity to fly a dozen different aircraft, I have met some of my closest friends and taken on some wonderful mentors. The thing that I love the most about the aviation community is how eager everyone is to share their experiences.  A common interest for wonderful conversation, a chosen community where we are all taking care of each other.  When I passed my flight test, the examiner signed the paper work and said, “Now you have a licence to learn”. Since then I have taken every opportunity to listen and learn as much as possible from my peers.

The future. This year I began to volunteer for an event called “Girls Take flight” that encourages women and girls to get involved in the world of aviation. I am in charge of promotion so I’m really just trying to get the event as much exposure as possible in hopes of making the world a little smaller, and its opportunities just a little bigger for those in attendance. It is through events like this that organizations like COPA can make a big impact and spread the word through their readership and I’m happy they have agreed to help spread the word with us.

Moving forward, I will continue flying and work my way through to a commercial licence and a float rating. Until then you can follow along with me on my journey on Instagram @pilotannie[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-instagram” align=”right” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Fpilotannie%2F|title:Follow%20Anna%20on%20Instagram!|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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