Addressing safety – again
At the time of writing this, we are in the middle of a very unfortunate summer for general
aviation in Canada. It seems that day after day, we are confronted with the news of yet another crash, the loss of more friends, and the resulting increased scrutiny from the regulator, the media and the court of public opinion. While the causes of each accident must be determined in isolation, collectively the staggering number of crashes raises questions about safety in our sector of the industry.
In July, I wrote about the need for the community to take a hard look at
our own safety culture (“That safety culture needs to evolve and take root”). Are we putting our best foot forward as pilots and as practitioners of a robust safety culture? Not only when we get into our own airplanes but also when we see our friends getting in to theirs. Now is the time to double down on our own personal best practices. Consider revisiting the steps you take and the process you use to prepare for your flights. Our passengers have the right to their general aviation experience will be the safest and most enjoyable possible – the two go hand in hand. As you prepare for your next flight, ask yourself those important questions: have you considered and planned for all of the variables? Do you have an out?
From the many conversations COPA staff had with members and pilots at EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh, it is apparent that there is still much confusion about the future of ADS-B in Canada. We encourage those with any lingering questions to visit our website to read any of the articles COPA has published on this topic. Know that your organization continues to engage in regular discussions with both Nav Canada and Transport Canada on the implications of bringing this technology to Canada and mitigating its impact on owners. Canada’s mandate for 1090ES (space-based) ADS-B will not be coming to the lower levels of Canadian airspace (classes C, D, & E) until at least 2023. This is not the same technology as the Americans’ 978UAT (groundbased), which will not be compliant in Canada. Those not needing to fly in the United States before 2023 should hold off on spending any money. There are still numerous unanswered questions regarding equipage and other factors that could have serious cost implications for owners. Those who do wish to fly in the US before then should equip as cheaply as possible to meet the American mandate, knowing there is a likelihood you will have to re-equip to meet the Canadian mandate down the road.
Canadian Aviation Pride Article, June 2019.
COPA has received several comments from some of its members following the Canadian
Aviation Pride article that appeared in the June (diversity month) issue of COPA Flight. With the number of members we have we, as COPA, as a National Organization, are proud to represent a big slice of just about anyone in our society and are inclusive of everyone that has a desire for flight, a passion for aviation. Regardless of race, religious beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.
COPA is open to anyone with a passion for aviation.