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Changes to COPA’s Payment Processes – Effective October 1, 2023, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) will no longer accept any form of payment other than credit cards for new memberships and for the renewal of memberships. Additionally, members are encouraged to select the “automatic renewal” option to ensure that your membership remains in good standing. Please note that COPA does not have access to credit card information. Your card details are held and protected by our payment system Stripe. This change will improve efficiency and reduce costs for the association and will ultimately help to fulfil our mission and better serve our members. Please note that COPA will still accept cheques for donations of $100 or more to the Freedom to Fly Fund and to the Flight Safety Foundation.

Updating Membership Information – To ensure you continue to receive print communications from COPA, we encourage all our members to keep their contact information on their profiles up to date. This includes updating your mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address when necessary. More importantly, we also encourage our members who opt-in for auto-renewal to promptly update any changes to their credit card information to avoid any interruptions to their membership’s renewal process. The Members Services team at COPA can assist you in updating your contact details but will not be able to update any credit card information.

PAPR Tool Follow-Up – NAV Canada recently announced the Public ADS-B Performance Report (PAPR) tool, to determine if an existing ADS-B installation was compliant with ADS-B equipage requirements for Class A airspace currently and Classes B, C, D and E in the future. COPA has received feedback from many using the tool with mixed results. With changes made to the tool we encourage those who have previously submitted a PAPR to resubmit to see if the outcome of the report has changed and consider forwarding the results to COPA. The PAPR tool can be accessed here.

Density Altitude and Humidity – In our previous edition of eFlight, we highlighted the risks and considerations associated with density altitude. Following its publication, the matter of humidity was raised. Humidity is not generally considered a major factor while calculating density altitude as its main effect is on engine power, instead of aerodynamic efficiency. At high ambient temperatures the atmosphere can retain a high-water vapour content, at 35°C, the water vapour content can be eight times as great as it is at 5°C. However, high density altitude and high humidity do not always go hand in hand. If high humidity does exist, it is wise to add 10 percent to your computed takeoff distance and anticipate a reduced climb rate.

Miramichi NDB – The NDB (F9) located at the Miramichi, NB (CYCH) airport is being decommissioned. As a result of the NDB being decommissioned the two NDB approaches at Miramichi (NDB RWY 09 and NDB RWY 27) will be revoked and removed from the Canada Air Pilot on October 5, 2023. The two GNSS approaches (RNAV (GNSS) RWY 09 and RNAV (GNSS) RWY 27) will remain unchanged with the existing approach minima that are lower than the NDB approaches that are being revoked. Additionally, the A8 Airway between Miramichi, NB and Moncton, NB will also be revoked. NAV Canada are seeking any feedback, issues or concerns pertaining to this upcoming change by Friday, September 22, 2023. The Notice of Change with details to provide feedback can be found here.

Sun n’ Fun Promo Code – Planning to attend next year’s Sun n’ Fun event? We have a special promo code for our members (COPA986) to receive $5 off a daily ticket purchase and $30 off a weekly ticket purchase. Proof of membership may be required when redeeming an online ticket or purchasing onsite at the ticket window. Please do not share this code with non-COPA members.


Wheatland County approves amendments for De Havilland despite opposition

Wheatland council in Alberta passes amendments to move forward the build of the De Havilland Field manufacturing facility, eventual final assembly site for 515, Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft. » 

The sky’s the limit with Kids Fly at SMA Day

Six pilots share their time to introduce 122 kids to flying at Saugeen Municipal Airport. » 

Scenes from the Deming Fly-in

Roger Deming hosts his annual fly-in at Arthur Aerodrome Damascus Field, CDF6. » 

GAMA aircraft shipment and billing report for second quarter

Manufacturers show increased aircraft deliveries across all BA and GA segments. » 


1981 Mooney M20J 201, 1/4 share, $40,000

Based in ON – Well-established and well-managed Mooney partnership based at CYFK Waterloo. Full avionics upgrade in 2020, 2321.4 TTSN, 1281.4 SMOH, annual in March 2023. » 


RV-6A homebuilt aircraft, $50,000

Based in ON – Built in 1996, Lycoming O-320 D1A, Prop Hartzell HC-C2YL-1 constant speed propeller, Basic 6 pack round gage panel, wheel and leg fairings available. » 


1977 Cessna 172-K Hawk XP, $169,000

Based in ON – 2200 TT, 1001 TT on 1999 factory overhauled Continental IO-360 KB 195 hp (can be boosted to 210 hp), 2200 hour TBO. Top overhaul 490 hours ago. » 


Girls in Aviation Day Alberta (CYQF)

Date: Sept. 23, 10am-5pm
Location: Red Deer Regional Airport, Hangar A, Springbook, AB T4S 2E8
Description: COPA is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Alberta Girls in Aviation Day. Find our board member, Ken Zachkewich by his aircraft on display to ask questions about COPA!

COPA Flight 53’s “Find YOUR Wings” Career Fair (CNT7)

Date: Sept. 23, 1pm-4pm
Location: 343 County Road 23 Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0
Description: Find YOUR Wings is a career fair for girls and young women. It is a free event that will run rain or shine on Saturday, September 23, from 1 to 4 at the Prince Edward Flying Club in Picton (CNT7). Families can enjoy the afternoon meeting pilots, looking at aircraft and talking to representatives from Air Cadets, museums, flight schools, Ninety-Nines and the Northern Lights Aero Foundation and lots more.
Contact: Mary Rae Main at (613) 661-3279, maryraemain@icloud.com

COPA Flight 86’s 55th Anniversary Fly-In & Open House at Woodstock, NB (CCD3)

Date: Sept. 23, 12pm-5pm
Location: Airport Road, Route 585, Newbridge, NB E7N 1J2
Description: Join COPA Flight 86 celebrate their 55th anniversary. Free admission, with activities including plane rides, antique cars, and face painting. Woodstock frequency is 123.0 for those flying in.
Contact: Brian Pinsent at bpinsent@copanational.org

COPA Flight 81’s Foothills Flying Club Fly-in Breakfast (CEN4)

Date: Sept. 24, 8-11 am local time
Location: 306 Gordon Jones Wy, Cayley, AB T0L 0P0
Description: COPA Flight 81 is hosting a fly-in breakfast. It will be a traditional breakfast with eggs and pancakes, along with some East Indian cuisine. Aircraft enthusiasts from all over are invited.
Cost:$5 for kids and $10 for adults
Contact: Robert Manahan at (587) 226-9753 or capocruz@gmail.com

COPA Flight 133’s Kindersley Goose Festival Fly-in Breakfast

Date: Sept. 24, 9-11:30 am local time
Location: Kindersley Regional Airport, Kindersley, SK S0L 1S0

Pigs and Pies Fall Fly-in/Drive-In Lunch (CRL2)

Date: Oct. 7, 9pm-1pm
Location: Westport Aerodrome, 9985 Perth Rd, Westport, ON K0G 1X0
Description: Hosted by the Rideau Lakes Flying Club. Runway 07/25, 3118′ Com. 123.2 Co-ordinates (N) 43 39 93 (W) 76 23 92. Floatplane pickup from main dock in Westport. Octoberfest sausages and local pie served from 10am until 2pm (donations accepted to cover costs). Come join us for a great end to the summer and to the fabulous fall colours of Westport. View the planes and enjoy the Westport hospitality. Fun for the whole family.
Contact: Mike Miles at 613-276-6276 (drmikemiles@gmail.com) or Chris Tabor 613-353-6711 (chris.tabor@gmail.com).

Discover Aviation Day events taking place on Sept. 30

Wetaskin, AB (CEX3: contact COPA Flight 51 at copaflight51@gmail.com for more information.
Slyvan Lake, AB (CEM4): please visit https://www.innisfailflyingclub.ca/about-1 for more details or contact Robert Jaap at president@innisfailflyingclub.ca or (403) 396-5720.
Penticton, BC (CEF4): for more details, please visit pentictonflyingclubcopafifty.com or contact Kim Williams at kiwipoco@icloud.com or at (778) 688-1831.
Airdrie, AB (CEF4): for more details, please visit facebook.com/groups/14718532373 or contact Ed Shaw at ed@iqforage.com or at (403) 701-1600.