Places to Fly: Kars, Ontario

The Kars chapter of the RAA (4928) is holding their 11th annual Ski- or Fly- or Drive-In at the Kars airport (CPL3) this coming Sunday (March 7). From 11:00 to 14:00, home-style food is on offer at their clubhouse at the Rideau Valley Air Park.

Located just west of the Rideau River, the aerodrome’s turf runway (08/26) is normally 1,800 feet long by 100 feet wide. Road access is via Dilworth Road just east of Highway 416.

Call 613.296.3391 for further details and runway conditions.

Summertime photo submitted.

Board Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline for nominations for directors to serve on COPA’s board of directors is Friday, March 20, 2020. Eight directors are up for nomination, including those from Newfoundland and Labrador, the Maritimes, Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer time to help advance, promote and preserve the Canadian Freedom to Fly, more information can be found on the COPA website.

Nav Canada Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) planned to hold their World ATM Congress 2020 next week in Madrid, Spain (ATM is an acronym for Air Traffic Management). Although the event was recently cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not yet clear whether an announcement of the award winners will still take place via press release or at the next congress to be held.

In either event, candidate organizations will be recognized for excellence in three separate categories, specifically collaboration, innovation and sustainability.

NATS (the U.K. air traffic authority), Nav Canada and Aireon LLC together are contenders for the Collaboration Award for the innovative development and deployment of the world’s first global, real-time space-based ADS-B service.

Nav Canada is also in the running for the Sustainability Award for becoming the first ANSP (air navigation service provider) in the world to implement ICAO’s new standard that establishes Required Navigation Performance-Authorisation Required (RNP AR) procedures. As a result of this innovation, Nav Canada has seen a reduction of over 4.1 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.

Suspicious Fire Destroys Private Jet

Authorities are looking for the public’s help for clues into the destruction by fire last Thursday (February 27) of a Dassault Falcon 50 private jet at Toronto’s Buttonville airport (CYKZ).

The evidence points to an obvious case of arson, considering that there was a hole cut in the chain link fence near where the aircraft was parked, there were fresh tracks left in the snow by a human, and a gasoline jerry can was found beneath the burned out remains of the aircraft.

The 1980-vintage Falcon had been parked at Buttonville for approximately four months. Public records on the FAA’s website indicate that the aircraft is registered to Adams Aviation Services Inc Trustee in Delaware. This U.S. state is often used to register aircraft as it has a favourable tax structure.

According to York Regional Police, the arson investigation has been turned over to the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office.

Photo by Jeremy Cohn/CBC

FAA Issues New Cessna 210 AD

The FAA has issued a new Airworthiness Directive applicable to many Cessna 210 airplanes. With an effective date of March 9, AD 2020-03-16 calls for the visual and eddy-current inspection of the carry-through spar lower cap and any correction action required as a result of the inspection. It also calls for the application of a special protective coating and corrosion inhibiting compound.

Compliance is due within 60 days or 20 hours of in-service time, and applies to models 210G, T210G, 210H, T210H, 210J, T210J, 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M and T210M airplanes.

The AD follows on a Mandatory Service Bulletin issued by Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron last November after the in-flight breakup of a Cessna 210 in Australia that was traced to fatigue cracking caused by corrosion.

The cost of complying with the AD has been estimated by the FAA to be less than U$2,000. However, if cracks are found, the wing spar will need replacing, and the FAA estimates that cost to be in the U$43,600 range per aircraft.

The AD is appended below.

Photo by James Lawrence

AD 2020-03-16