2019 Aviation Career and Scholarship Guide

COPA is excited to announce the 2019 Aviation Career and Scholarship Guide. The 2018 Guide, presented by COPA and the Air Canada Pilots Association, was widely applauded across the Canadian aviation industry as an important source of information for people looking to enter all areas of the field.

We are keen to build on this success for an even more robust Guide in 2019. In order to accomplish this, we need your help. Please complete the form below for each scholarship your Flight offers by November 30, 2018.

To access the 2018 Guide, please visit our website: https://copanational.org/en/aviation-career-and-scholarship-guide/

TCCA Regional Consultations

Over the coming months, Transport Canada is visiting local stakeholders, including COPA Flights, in the various regions. To help Flight Captains prepare for these meetings, we have prepared some high-level talking points on a number of key issues to help guide your discussions. Feel free to tailor as needed with your local or regional perspective.

  • General Aviation Safety Campaign
    • COPA is pleased to be working closely with the regulator to explore and promote new, voluntary safety enhancements and best practices throughout the industry
  • 10-year Constant Speed Propeller Overhaul Requirements
    • There is no evidence to support keeping this requirement in place
    • The United States, with the world’s largest fleet of General Aviation aircraft, does not have such a requirement and does not have any accident data pointing to this as a cause
    • Requiring owners to budget for expensive, arbitrary overhauls diminishes their capacity to invest in other, proven safety enhancing technology or equipment
  • Delays in Service
    • COPA members across the country report numerous instances of TCCA not being able to meet its published service standards
    • Undue delays in processing applications, permits, and other documentation creates barriers to entry for those in the industry
    • As COPA Chapters, we will be dialoguing with COPA on a national level to submit harmonized comments
  • Regional Differences within TCCA
    • COPA encourages TCCA to harmonize processes and policies across its regional offices
    • Regional offices should not be making policy that differs from what is in the CARs and TC Advisory Circulars
    • As COPA Chapters, we will be dialoguing with COPA on a national level to submit harmonized comments
  • ADS-B and ELTs
    • COPA encourages a dialogue with government and the ANSP that looks at new, modern technology, such as ADS-B, as a possible replacement to antiquated, ineffective ELT units to meet Search and Rescue performance requirements
    • The concept of ELTs dates back decades and recent missing-aircraft incidents have shown it to be unreliable and ineffective
    • Looking at new technology to help find missing aircraft will provide greater certainty for pilot and passengers, as well as their families, and reduce the burden and cost on an already-stretched Search and Rescue network


Nav Canada will soon be conducting another round of Area Operations Consultation Meetings (AOCM). We encourage all COPA Flight Captains, or their representative, to attend these important meetings as they are not only a good source of information about potential plans and priorities, but they allow us to show the GA community is active and involved at the local level. More information on the specifics of each meeting will be shared as the details are finalized. The tentative schedule for 2019 is as follows:

April 2019

Winnipeg – April 11 (Winnipeg AOCM)
Montreal – April 23 (Montreal AOCM)
Toronto – April 24 (Toronto AOCM)
Calgary – April 30 (Edmonton AOCM)

May 2019

Vancouver – May 13 (Vancouver AOCM)


Moncton – tbd (Atlantic AOCM)

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Many COPA Flights have asked COPA to source a group package of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance. In order to do so, we need some information from you. Please complete the form below. Responses will be kept confidential and only aggregate, de-identified information will be used to source a group package.

  • Si les critères sont en ligne, veuillez fournir l'addresse de l'information sur votre site web
  • Une description détaillée de la bourse historique, objectif etc. (maximum de 500 mots) et la liste de tous les documents additionnels qui devront être produits par les candidats
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 40 MB.
    • Please enter a number less than or equal to 150.

    GA Safety Seminars: Train the Trainer

    As part of the ongoing General Aviation Safety Campaign, being delivered in partnership with Transport Canada, we are pleased to announce an exciting new service for COPA Flights.

    COPA and Transport Canada are looking for Flights across the country to identify suitable individuals from within their Flights to receive training and accreditation for the administration of the GA Safety Seminar, the new program developed to help more pilots complete their two-year recency requirements.

    Once Flights have identified suitable members to receive the training, TC inspectors from the region will provide a briefing and new course modules that those individuals can administer as needed to their Flight. The goal with this new program is to help make it easier for Flights to get the latest information through their rust removers and other safety sessions without necessarily the need for Transport Canada employees to attend in person.

    We are asking that all Flight Captains, by December 31st, identify one or two individuals within their Flights that meet the following criteria:

    • Instructor, ATPL or equivalent
    • Superior knowledge of the Canadian Aviation Regulations
    • Experience and knowledge of the Canadian aviation industry
    • Ability to educate

    Please provide the name and contact info of these individuals to Carter Mann, Director of Government Affairs: cmann@copanational.org

    Changes to On The Horizon Event Listings

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the past 65 years the On the Horizon section of COPA’s magazine has become one of the go-to resources for aviation events in Canada. In 2017, we expanded this section to include the online listing on COPA’s website, where it continues to attract even more traffic than the print version.

    As we continue to look at ways to improve the quality of our publications, our publishing and editing team has asked us to have a new look at the way we structure this feature to see if there are any ways of improving it.

    With little, or no structure in place, this section has become very challenging both from a quality control perspective, and also incorporating it into the magazine in a way that balances the section’s purpose while optimizing opportunities for editorial content and advertising spaces into the magazine.

    In light of the above, we have worked with our magazine team to come up with some guidelines for those wishing to have their events listed in print form in the On the Horizon section of our magazine. We feel the new guidelines will help focus the section on those events coming up first, add incentive for our COPA Flights, and generally improve the quality and ease of reading of the On the Horizon section.

    A copy of the guidelines are included below:

    On The Horizon

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    • Maximum of 5 lines. Max 10 lines if bilingual. Each additional word $.30/word (same pricing as magazine classified ads)
    • COPA Flights get free event listing
    • Non-COPA Flights may place an ad for $10.00/issue (commencing February 1, 2019)
    • No content limits for listings on copanational.org
    • On the Horizon events will be accepted a maximum of three magazine issues from the event date. Deadline for submission is: the first day of each month for the following month’s magazine
    • Web-only ads can be submitted at any time
    • Ads submitted for publication in the magazine will be automatically listed on copanational.org
    • Must contain:
      • City, Province
      • Four-character airport identifier
      • Host organization name
      • Short description of the event
      • One of: contact email address, phone number, or website URL

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    • Listings available to COPA Flights only – must include COPA Flight number
    • Maximum of four lines – maximum 8 lines if bilingual
    • Sorted by province, then alphabetically by city
    • Must contain:
      • City, Province
      • Four-character airport identifier
      • Host organization name – including Flight number
      • Short description of the event
      • One of: contact email address, phone number, or website URL

    [/td_block_text_with_title][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Reminder: All Flights have voluntary access to COPA’s free website hosting service. Flight Captains should contact Carter Mann for more information and to get set up.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    Buttonville Tower Closure Now Confirmed

    In a widely expected news release received by eFlight late Thursday, Nav Canada has confirmed that the Buttonville airport (CYKZ) tower will close on January 3, 2019 at 09:01 UTC. The airport’s Class D control zone will then be declared a Mandatory Frequency (MF) Class E zone. In addition to the tower closure, the news release also advises that the Terminal Area Forecasts for CYKZ will be cancelled.

    See below for the complete text of the news release.

    SPA-2019-Buttonville Twr and CWO closure-EN

    Canada’s First Female Airline Pilot Honoured

    Having a postage stamp bearing your image and honouring your pioneering career may be the peak of recognition for some people. But not for Rosella Bjornson, the first female jet airline pilot in Canada, and among the first in North America.

    Born in Lethbridge, Alta in 1947, Bjornson was recently inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence, recognizing her as an icon in the aviation world. “Live your dream. Do what you love. Cherish every moment along the way. Be brave. Take risks. Create your own happiness,” is some of the advice Bjornson shares with others.

    Bjornson grew up on her family’s farm in southern Alberta, where her father was partners in an Aeronca Champ. She often rode in the Champ on her father’s knee, learning the principles of flight at an early age. Later, her father got his own plane, a Cessna 170B, in which Bjornson learned to fly, earning her private licence at the Lethbridge Flying Club during her senior high school years

    When Bjornson first applied for employment at an airline, she was told by Air Canada that she needed to have a university degree before they would consider hiring her. So back to school Bjornson went, earning a BSc in geography and geology. After that, she made her way to the Winnipeg Flying Club, where she hired on as a flight instructor.

    Her first airline job came in 1973 when Transair hired her as a first officer in an F28, making Bjornson the first female first officer on a jet airliner in North America. Her career took her to the right seat in 737s for both Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines, followed with a promotion to captain in the latter’s 737s.

    Bjornson retired from the airlines in 2004 with over 18,000 hours in her logbook. She continues flying her father’s 170B, which she keeps hangared near her home in Sherwood Park, Alta.

    Billy Bishop Airport Seeks GA Feedback

    PortsToronto, the operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), are in the midst of developing a new master plan for the airport. This master plan will encompass PortsToronto’s vision of the airport for the next 20 years. Throughout this process, COPA has attended public, aviation stakeholder and private meetings directly with PortsToronto to ensure that general aviation (GA) has a bright and permanent future at the airport.

    PortsToronto has heard loud and clear that the airport lacks GA facilities. They have proposed three concepts to change that. These concepts will dramatically increase the GA facilities at the airport. The concepts can be viewed here.

    In order to provide feedback to PortsToronto, COPA has created a survey to see what the demand is for GA parking at YTZ. If you are an aircraft owner, renter or purchaser of block time in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to participate in the survey, please click here.

    The survey will be open until November 1.

    Vintage Cessna Lands in Nanton, Alta.

    A private donation has led to a vintage training aircraft being trucked from High River, Alberta 20 km south to Nanton, home of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada.

    The Cessna Crane was widely used by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) during the Second World War. “There were 100 of them in Calgary, there were 100 of them in Claresholm, there were 50 of them over here in Vulcan, so it was an important airplane in our local history,” said museum director Ben Schwartz.

    The type, built of wood and tubular steel, was first produced by Cessna in 1939 and sold as the T-50 to the civilian market. A total of 826 Cranes were purchased by the RCAF for use in the BCATP, which supplemented the Avro Ansons being supplied by Britain. Another 4500 Cranes were produced for the U.S. Army Air Force (which named them the AT-8 or Bobcat). The Cranes began arriving in Canada in 1943 and continued serving in the RCAF until 1947, when many of them were sold off for use as civilian transport aircraft.

    The museum in Nanton (pop. 1700) boasts a number of WW-2 vintage aircraft, including a Lancaster, Fleet Fawn, Tiger Moth, Lysander, Cornell, Anson, Yale, Harvard, Expeditor and a Bolingbroke which is being restored as a Blenheim IV bomber. Outside, a T-33 and CF-100 serve as Gate Guardians.