CARs Review Underway

TCCA is conducting a review of the CARs and is inviting industry participation. The objective, according to TCCA’s website, is to update and improve the regulations to “strengthen safety and better support innovation and economic growth in Canada”.

The CARs were first introduced in 1996 and, since then, have become cumbersome through the introduction of amendments, updates and additions. However, it is not intended to change the structure of the CARs as a direct result of this review.

Lasting five years, the review seeks input from key partners and stakeholders, including associations and individuals having a particular interest in the CARs.

Details can be found on a TCCA website dedicated to this review.

COPA invites feedback from members so that issues can be identified. Says COPA CEO Bernard Gervais, “By getting feedback from as many members as possible, we will be able to identify themes that may occur in different parts of the CARs and that can be addressed holistically, not just in one or two parts of the regulations.” Gervais added, “Please feel free to contact us to discuss and share your opinions.”

TCCA’s consultation period ends on November 30, 2018.

Rapper Dies During Aerial Stunt

Calgary-born rapper Jon James McMurray died Saturday while filming a stunt near Vernon, B.C. There are widespread reports in the media that McMurray was ‘walking on the wing’ of a small Cessna aircraft, causing the aircraft to ‘spiral’ out of control.

According to a statement released by his management team, “Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn’t have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly.” The Cessna managed to regain control and landed safely. Another aircraft was reported to be in the vicinity to film the stunt. The B.C. Coroner Service and the Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Marie-Anyk Coté, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, confirmed the agency is also investigating. “Transport Canada’s role is to oversee the operation of aircraft associated with parachuting and to ensure that aircraft owners and operators are compliant with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and their standards. The regulations pertain to pilot licensing, aircraft maintenance, and passenger carriage. Transport Canada will be following up with the aircraft operator to determine that they were in compliance with these regulations.”

McMurray, 34 at the time of his death, was a professional free-style skier before turning to music after a skiing accident left him with a broken back and shattered heel. He moved to Los Angeles as his music career developed.

Many of McMurray’s videos were recorded in exotic locations with the rapper performing aerial stunts involving airplanes in many of them.

This is not the first time a sky-diving stunt being filmed in the Vernon area ended in a fatality. In December of 1995, world champion sky-surfer Rob Harris, 28, was participating in the filming of a Pepsico/Mountain Dew commercial at the Vernon airport (YVK). Harris, also Los Angeles-based, died when his reserve chute failed to deploy properly after his main chute was cut away as part of the James Bond-inspired script

CS100 Lands at Quebec College

A Bombardier CS100 landed at St. Hubert airport (YHU) on Wednesday, headed for the campus of the École National d’Aérotechnique (ÉNA), a Quebec college. It was there that Bombardier officially turned it over to the ÉNA.

The donation was originally announced back in May of this year, but this week’s actual arrival of the aircraft generated tremendous excitement at the college as hundreds of students came out to welcome the aircraft.

Over the coming months ÉNA teachers will be combing through the aircraft to determine how best to integrate this new state-of-the-art resource into their curriculum.

Bombardier’s president and CEO Alain Bellemare said, “Building strong partnerships with local teaching institutions is key to develop the next generation of aerospace professionals.” Bellemare continued, “The C Series integrates ground-breaking technologies and Canadian know-how into the world’s most innovative commercial aircraft. By donating a C Series to ÉNA, we hope to inspire a growing number of Québec students to consider exciting careers in the aerospace industry.”

The CS100 joins ÉNA’s existing fleet of 38 aircraft, including 27 airplanes and 11 helicopters. The ÉNA, affiliated with Quebec’s CEGEP Édouard-Montpetit, offers an Aerospace Technology Program in both English and French.

ÉNA director Sylvain Lambert said, “To be the first, and possibly only school in the world, to receive such an immense gift from our partner, Bombardier, positions our school as the best in the world.”

Judge Rules Against New Airfield

The Small Claims Court of Quebec has ruled in favour of a group of citizens who persuaded a judge that their property values fell since the establishment of a small airfield (CU2) that hosts ultralights and other light aircraft.

The judge heard complaints from the neighbours who said they no longer enjoyed being outside due to the ‘excessive’ noise generated by the aircraft. An expert reportedly supported the complaining neighbours, estimating their properties had lost between 7.5 and 10 percent of their values. One neighbour, who reportedly operates home-based recording studio, said he had to shift recording sessions to the night time in order to avoid aircraft noise.

Guillaume Narbonne, a COPA Lifetime Member who founded ULM Québec and established the ULM Québec Recreation Centre in rural Saint-Cuthbert last year, was ordered by the court to pay an average of $15,000 to each of his 10 neighbours. In addition to the $150,000 compensation package, he is also ordered to pay court costs.

Narbonne’s airfield project met with community protests as soon as he acquired the land in 2016. Municipal authorities tried but failed to stop the project, despite support from the local MNA and MP, due to federal aeronautical law taking precedence over lower-level jurisdictions.

Just last August Quebec’s ULM community celebrated the successful opening of the centre and its numerous associated facilities, with an upbeat story and photos appearing in the October edition of COPA Flight.

COPA is following the case closely as it develops and will assist as and when appropriate.

Canadian Warbird Operator Conference Underway

The inaugural Canadian Warbird Operator Conference (CWOC) is being held this week in Ottawa. The CWOC aims to bring together Canadian operators of ex-military and other historical aircraft as well as representatives from Transport Canada, Nav Canada, and other industry partners for a two-day forum tackling important topics relevant to operating these aircraft in the Canadian context. This not-for-profit venture is aimed at the Canadian warbird and historical aircraft community.

Topics to be explored include:

  • TC Exemption NCR-021-2016 (The “Warbird Exemption”) explained
  • Maintenance and the Special Certificate of Airworthiness – What you need to know
  • Nav Canada fees at an airshow
  • The future of FAST in Canada
  • Insurance for Warbirds and airshows
  • Recurrent training

The keynote speaker at Friday night’s banquet will be Marco Rusconi. Hailing originally from Florence, Italy, Rusconi completed his initial flight training in Victoria before joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997. A former Snowbirds pilot, he retired from the RCAF in 2011 and went on to work as an airline pilot. In 2010, Rusconi acquired a 1952 Mk IV Harvard and joined the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team.

COPA’s Director of Government Affairs Carter Mann, himself a Nanchang CJ-6A owner and pilot, will be attending. eFlight looks forward to publishing his report in next week’s issue.

Buttonville: Is MF to Become Permanent?

Submitted by Phil Lightstone.

Toronto-Buttonville airport (YKZ) is seeing a reduction of Nav Canada’s control tower services. Since October 11, 2018, the tower has been operating only during the hours of 08:00 to 17:00 local time. There is speculation that, effective January 3, 2019, the tower will be permanently closed. However, COPA has learned that no decision has been reached and that this date is only speculative. We will keep you updated of any decision as soon as possible.

Regardless of the outcome in Buttonville, a review of MF procedures is warranted as there are a number of airports across the country that either temporarily become MF during tower closures, or are permanently subject to MF procedures.

Arrivals into MF airports require the pilot of the incoming aircraft to establish one-way communications on the mandatory frequency five minutes (not nautical miles) before entering the MF zone (as depicted on VNC and VTA maps). An aircraft travelling at 120 knots groundspeed will be required to make the radio call 10 nm before penetrating the MF zone. The radio call must include aircraft registration, type, position and intentions. Proper pre-flight planning will be required to ensure safe operations into and out airports subject to MFs.

TCCA’s Paul Baldasaro recommends the following risk mitigation factors: be fit for flight; review flight procedures published in the CFS; focus attention on the flight at hand; provide extra time for the pre-flight and flight; take more fuel; prepare the communications script; know the frequencies along the route of flight; be careful taxing while communicating; be organized and maintain a sterile cockpit environment.

The airport environment and operating procedures into and out of Buttonville have changed very little in the last 40 years. The airspace around Buttonville is now undergoing significant changes. Extra attention and vigilance should be paid over the course of the next few months to enhance safety.

Watch a Drone Strike a Mooney

In a dramatic video recently released by the University of Dayton Research Institute in Ohio (UDRI), a small drone can be seen colliding with a Mooney M20, resulting in significant damage to its wing.

The recording is not of an actual real-world collision, but of a test designed to simulate a collision between a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, a popular and inexpensive model available on Amazon.ca for $700, and the leading edge of a Mooney M20 wing.

The drone, which weighs less than one kilogram, impacted the leading edge of the Mooney wing at a speed of 207 knots (383 km/h), tearing a hole in the wing and damaging the wing spar.

“While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing,” said Kevin Poormon, group leader for impact physics at UDRI. “We wanted to help the aviation community and the drone industry understand the dangers that even recreational drones can pose to manned aircraft before a significant event occurs. But there is little to no data about the type of damage UAVs can do, and the information that is available has come only from modeling and simulations.”

UDRI, which has been regularly conducting bird-strike tests for 40 years, followed the drone test with the launching of a gel ‘bird’ of similar weight into the Mooney’s wing and compared the results. “The bird did more apparent damage to the leading edge of the wing,” said Poormon, “But the Phantom penetrated deeper into the wing and damaged the main spar, which the bird did not do.”

UDRI is hoping to conduct further tests using a variety of drones, including larger ones.

Watch the video by clicking here.

Jean Charest To Lead Aerospace Industry Initiative

Former federal cabinet minister and Quebec premier Jean Charest has been named by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) to lead a new industry initiative called Vision 2025 that aims to keep Canada as a leading aerospace economy. Says Charest, “I am excited about the strength of our aerospace sector, and the opportunity we have to capitalize on that strength to become a global powerhouse. Canadian aerospace plays a major role in the economic health of our nation. Vision 2025 will ensure that the industry, which spans civil aviation, defence and space, works together with government and communities to ignite Canadian innovation, trade, jobs and prosperity for years to come.”

Jim Quick, president and CEO of AIAC, added “Aerospace is growing and evolving at an unprecedented rate, and Canada can’t afford to be complacent. New markets are opening and new players are shaping the highly competitive landscape. In a fiercely competitive global economy, Canada needs industry and government to come together behind a focused, long-term vision and strategy for the sector. That’s why Vision 2025 is essential to our success.”

Charest will travel to cities with significant aerospace industries, including Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto and Montreal, to hold discussions that will lead to a national aerospace strategy.

With the fifth largest aerospace economy in the world, Canada’s aerospace sector contributed close to $25 billion and 190,000 jobs to the economy in 2017.

Stamp Honours SAR Operations

A new postage stamp that honours Canada’s search and rescue (SAR) experts was unveiled recently by Canada Post in Banff, Alta. The crown corporation, in its effort to capture the many aspects and settings in which search and rescue operations take place, depicts a Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429 helicopter extraction in the Rocky Mountains, something that would not normally take place. The RCAF’s Cormorant SAR helicopter, with a range of 1000 km, would be more suitable for such a mission.

Regardless, eFlight joins Canada Post in saluting the many SAR professionals and volunteers that stand ready to come to our aid in emergency situations.

The stamp, part of a five-stamp series recognizing Canada’s first responders, is a ‘P’ stamp, meaning that it will always remain valid for standard domestic first class mail, regardless of subsequent price hikes.

These stamps, and collectors’ editions thereof, can be purchased at local post offices or online.