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Girls Invited To Nav Canada Summer Camp

Nav Canada is inviting girls going into Grade 10 in 2018 to apply to attend an expenses-paid summer camp at the company’s Cornwall, Ontario campus to discover opportunities in aviation.

The Explore Aviation Summer Camp will invite 20 successful applicants for a week-long immersion in how Canada’s aviation system works and how they might fit into the various careers available to them.

Those attending will learn about the air traffic management system and control aircraft on simulators, tour Nav Canada aircraft and hear from industry professionals on how to pursue these types of careers.

Explore Aviation Summer Camp points the spotlight on careers in aviation where STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is the key to success for the next generation of tomorrow’s workforce,” the company said in a news release.

Applications must be in by March 9, 2018 and information on how to apply is here.

Northern Lights Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 10th Elsie McGill Northern Lights Awards, which honours high achieving women in the aviation industry. Every year the Northern Lights Aero Foundation chooses the top Canadian females in seven categories: Flight Operations, Business, Government, Education, Pioneer, Engineering and Rising Star. Nominations close March 31. More information is available at the organization’s Web site.

Flight Schools Struggle in Instructor Shortage

As local newspapers and other media follow up on a series of CBC stories on the pilot shortage in Canada, similar accounts of instructor shortages are emerging and even some of the country’s oldest flying training institutions are affected. Last week the Ottawa Flying Club, which has been in continuous operation since 1928, announced that it was in financial trouble and in danger of closing. Bad flying weather last summer was a major factor but a lack of instructors also played in. Manager Richard Swaffer told the CBC the club had to turn away 40 students last year because of a lack of instructors.

“We’re just scraping by,” Swaffer said. “We’re just holding on by our fingernails right now. He said the next six weeks will be critical and he needs decent flying weather to maintain enough cash flow to keep the operation going. “I would hate to see that happen. This is our 90th year flying,” said Swaffer.

Replacement Option For Ameri-King ELTs

ELT manufacturer Orolia has announced it has developed a new version of its Integra model made to replace 14,500 Ameri-King ELTs that were the subject of an airworthiness directive last year. In 2016, the FAA pulled the certification of Ameri-King ELTs and ordered the company to stop producing them. Hundreds of Canadian owners were also affected. The new Kannad Americano-Fit pack is specifically designed to be a certified retrofit for the banned Ameri-King units, which are still installed in thousands of aircraft. AD allows the ELTs to remain in aircraft but requires an annual inspection that will make them expensive to hang on to.

The special model will be available through Aircraft Spruce, Mid Continent, and other avionics suppliers. “We’ve produced more than 65,000 ELTs through the years,” said Christian Belleux, aviation product line director at Orolia, in a news release this week. “The Integra, with its 10-year warranty, is one of our most popular models, and now we’ve made it even easier to install as a replacement for the affected Ameri-King models.”

Nav Canada Wants Airport Camera Feedback

Nav Canada is looking for feedback from pilots on their use of weather web cameras set up at dozens of Canadian airports. It issued the following notice:

Nav Canada’s Aviation Weather Cameras (Wx Cams) are an important resource used by pilots across the country. As we plan future deployments and upgrades, we want your feedback to ensure Wx Cams continue to successfully support pilot decision-making and ensure safer flight operations.

We are conducting a survey, to be completed by January 25, 2018, to better understand your Weather Camera needs, and to enhance our deployment policy.

Your feedback will support future upgrades and the integration of weather, NOTAM, electronic flight-plan filling for domestic flights, and aeronautical information from the Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS) and through our network of Flight Information Centres.

Please access the survey through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HY9BZG5

 By continuously investing in technology and service, we can improve on safety and flight efficiency.

For questions regarding this survey, please contact:

Customer Service Centre
77 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5L6
Phone: 1-800-876-4693
Fax: 1-877-663-6656
Email: service@navcanada.ca

Friday Conference Call on B.C. Hangar Assessments

COPA has received numerous complaints from our members across BC and we have consulted with our legal counsel on the best way to move forward. Based on the outcome of our deliberations, we have developed a strategy to assist our members on this file.

As we outlined in last week’s E-Flight, anyone who feels their hangar property has been incorrectly assessed, whether by value, classification, or otherwise, needs to file an appeal before the January 31st deadline. Appeals are free and can be withdrawn at any time. Our legal counsel recommends that appeals should be filed on the following grounds:

1.     Assessed value is too high;

2.     Assessed classification is incorrect;

3.     Allowable exemptions have not been applied;

4.     The assessments are inequitable when compared to similar properties.

We will be hosting a conference call for hangar owners this coming Friday, January 19th, to provide an update on our discussions and outline the path forward. However, in order for COPA to be able to provide assistance to those members, they must have filed their initial appeal.

We ask that you please share this email with the members of your COPA Flight/Flying Club. Members who wish to participate in the call on Friday are asked to please contact Carter Mann, Manager of Government Affairs and Communications: cmann@copanational.org; 613-236-4901×112.

No Landing Fees at Boundary Bay (BC)

In follow-up to an article before Christmas about a proposal by Alpha Aviation, operators of the Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB), to implement landing fees on all aircraft, we are pleased to report that after discussions between COPA, regional GA stakeholders including the BC General Aviation Association (COPA Flight 192), and management at Alpha Aviation, a moratorium is being implemented on fees for general aviation aircraft under 3,000kg (6,600lbs) and those aircraft will not be subject to a minimum fuel purchase for visits up to 2 hours in length.

COPA applauds management’s decision and commends Alpha for its continued commitment to supporting general aviation at the Boundary Bay Airport, one of the busiest airports in Canada. “Alpha Aviation and the Boundary Bay Airport have a well-established track record as friends of general aviation, including hosting COPA Flight 5’s annual COPA for Kids event – one of the most successful COPA for Kids events in the country,” said President and CEO Bernard Gervais. “We are pleased that management was willing to listen to the concerns brought forth by COPA and others in the GA community that implementing these fees would have a serious negative effect on GA in the region.”

As part of its interventions to Alpha, COPA highlighted the statistics in its 2017 Study on the Economic Impact of General Aviation in Canada, explaining that airports known to be “GA-Friendly” are consistently some of the most active airports in Canadian communities and can be major economic drivers in their regions. General Aviation contributes approximately $9.3B in direct and indirect economic output to the Canadian economy and supports approximately 36,000 jobs in businesses such as airport restaurants, maintenance facilities, and other services – many of which are found at Boundary Bay. COPA takes an active role of promoting to the GA pilots airports that are known to be friendly to the industry. We encourage pilots to do their part to support these airports by visiting often, patronizing tenant businesses, and purchasing fuel. For more information and to find airports recognized by COPA as GA Friendly, visit the Places to Fly page on our website at: http://www.copanational.org/places-to-fly.


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]COPA Board of Directors Election 2018

Every two years half of the positions on the COPA Board of Directors are up for election.  In 2018 a total of seven positions representing the following regions will need to be elected:

Quebec (2 positions) – currently held by Jean Messier and Jonathan Beauchesne

Southern Ontario (3 positions) –currently held by Phil Englishman, Conrad Hatcher and Cheryl Marek

British Columbia & Yukon (2 positions) – currently held by Joe Hessberger and 1 vacant position

Any COPA member in good standing may run for a position in the region in which they live.  If you have a passion for general aviation and feel you have something to contribute to COPA both on the Board and as a regional representative, please consider volunteering for this very important work.  The term of office for this election shall commence at the summer Board meeting in June 2018 and continue until the summer Board meeting in 2022.

Nominations for these seven positions are now being accepted.

  • The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, February 8th, 2018. Candidates will be announced in the March COPA Flight and on the website.
  • The election will close on Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Ballots will be counted and results will be announced in the May COPA Flight magazine and on the website.
  • Based on the new Canadian Governance rules for no-for-profit guidelines, the slate of Directors elected in the regions will be presented to the COPA membership for ratification at the Annual General Meeting on June 23th.

Candidates should:

  • have a strong belief in COPA’s mission
  • have a passion for aviation
  • have a high standard of personal ethics
  • want to make a lasting contribution to general aviation
  • be able to spend a minimum or 15 days per year on COPA business (at three Board meetings per year and at regional events)
  • have ready access to email for Board communications

Nominations for a Director must be made in writing by at least five voting members from the same region (defined as paid-up regular members, their family members and persons designated by corporate members when they applied for membership).

Completed nomination forms must be received at the COPA office by 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 8th, 2018.

Forms are available here for download:

COPA Director Nomination 2018 form

Candidate Questionnaire 2018

Candidate Bio Form 2018

A list of candidates will be published in the March COPA Flight, along with information about the candidates and instructions on how to vote.

Voting is conducted online.  Alternatively, members will be able to request that a paper ballot be mailed to them.

In order to provide voters with comparative information on candidates, nominees will be requested to complete a candidate questionnaire and a 200 to 300 word biography, both which are to be submitted with the nomination form.

Facts to be included in the nominee’s bio:

  • Flying experience and currency
  • Aircraft ownership if any
  • COPA Flight or flying club affiliations
  • What is your main reason for wanting to be a COPA Director?
  • What is the single most important skill you feel you can bring to the Board?

Consider who you would like to see representing you on the Board and nominate them today, or if you would like to run yourself find a few members to nominate you.  Don’t hesitate. COPA needs good people to pursue its mission.

The COPA mission:  To advance, promote, and preserve the Canadian freedom to fly.

Nominee biography/platform:  Please include the candidate questionnaire, and in 200 to 300 words, a biography from the nominee that will be helpful to COPA members casting ballots in an election.

Interested candidates who wish to request an information package about being a COPA Director can email or call Tessa Toutant, Event Coordinator at 613-236-4901×107 or ttoutant@copanational.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

COPA Founder John Bogie To Hall of Fame

COPA Co-Founder John Bogie will be inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018.

He is one of four inductees and will be joined by Gen. Paul D. Manson, O.C., C.M.M., C.D., Dr. John Maris and Dr. Dwight Gregory Powell, O.C. at a ceremony  June 7, 2018, in the Sunwest Aviation hangar at Calgary International Airport.

Bogie and Margaret Carson founded COPA in 1952 and has been active in the organization since its inception. Below is the Hall of Fame’s biography of Bogie.

Born into an aviation family in the United States, John Bogie has made his home in Canada since the early1950s, following service in the United States Navy, work as an airport operator, and as a very young charter pilot. In Canada, he quickly made a name for his charter and resource exploration work for Laurentian Air Services and Spartan Air Services, including the flight that identified the major iron deposit at Gagnon, Quebec.

Complementing his civilian flying, in 1952 Bogie became, with Margaret Carson, a co-founder of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), serving as its first President and Chairman. Since that time, he has been an unswerving supporter of COPA, seeing it grow from modest beginnings to some 17,000 members.

He served in most of COPA’s executive capacities and continues as an honorary director and life member. He still attends as many COPA events as he can, now into his 90s. His COPA accomplishments include simplified medicals for pilots and aviation liability group insurance now used by commercial carriers.

John  helped to create the Experimental Aircraft Association Canada organization, as well as a civilian pilot group for Search and Rescue as an adjunct to the military. Another entity he helped bring into being was the Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA), first as an arm of COPA and then as a distinct entity. His Laurentian Air Services career ultimately took him to the presidency, to many initiatives to diversify its operations and to embrace the bilingual nature of the environment in which his company operated.

A subsequent stroke of initiative allowed him to buy a large consignment of ex-US Army Beavers which were rebuilt and put onto the Canadian market. This constituted the largest single aircraft purchase of its kind in Canada and made Laurentian the Canadian centre for Beaver activity. John Bogie has continued to support Canadian aviation long after his retirement in 1992. He continues to enjoy the respect and affection of the aviation community to this day.

Manson is a former Chief of Defense Staff and was in charge of implementing the CF-18 into RCAF service. Maris is a test pilot and well known innovator in electronic and other aviation products and Powell is an expert in medical evacuation services and the founder of STARS.

Forced Landing Inspires Song

An off-airport landing can be a life-changing experience and his injury-free night landing in a corn field near Sarnia inspired southern Ontario pilot John Cundle to write a song about the experience.

As we reported last week, the engine in Cundle’s Cessna 150 quit while on a night flight in late October. He couldn’t make the airport and didn’t want to risk others with a highway landing so he headed for the darkest patch of ground he could see.

As luck would have it, that turned out to be a nice, flat cornfield that brought him to a quick but safe stop.

The song pays homage to both the good luck and good training that combined for the good outcome.

The airplane is repairable but the cause of the power interruption is still being investigated.

Hear the song here.