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Weekly Update - Issue 243 - Dec 29, 2018
Featured News

Small Airport Projects Funded



Transport Canada had some Christmas cash for small airports across the country. Although the money was budgeted months ago, the announcements were nonetheless good news for the individual airports and a good sign that the federal government continues to support its far-flung aviation resources through the  Airports Capital Assistance Program.

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The Latest News

We've sourced a List of Aviation News Articles and formatted them for easy reading.

They are updated daily. The Link is located on the left side of our website under Recent Aviation News

Recent Incidents

We receive updates from the Canadian TSB daily and insert them into an easy-to-read format. 


Aircraft Sales

Each month COPA brings you the latest Aircraft Classifieds and makes it convenient for you to shop.

In addition, our new Online Application makes it easy to find your next aircraft or sell you current one.   Click Here to view the latest classifieds.

West Wind Fixes De-Icing Deficiencies

The airline whose possibly icing-related crash in northern Saskatchewan last year prompted an unusual warning from the Transportation Safety Board says it has vastly improved its de-icing capabilities at the airports it serves.

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Sikorsky Tribute to Canadian Sea Kings

The RCAF’s retirement of the Sea King prompted a tribute from none other than Sergei Sikorsky, the son of the inventor of the modern helicopter and Sea King designer Igor Sikorsky. The Sea King has been operated by plenty of military units in the past 60 years but Canada’s resourcefulness in maintaining its utility despite the retirement of its aircraft carriers inspired this  note in Rotor and Wing.

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Featured Reading
Hangar Flying

by Jack Schofield

Six aviation professionals tell their stories from the flight deck in this full colour book illustrated with acrylic paintings and ink sketches. The stories are thrilling, the images spectacular and the history worth repeating.

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Featured Article
Aviation Careers
Flight School Management System and Calgary Flying Club Triples Training

As flight schools get busier and aircraft fleets get stretched a Canadian company has come up with an integrated Web based management system that makes the most of every hour. FleetCaptain’s Steve Demy says the system combines six basic functions of the flight training environment into a central data base that ensures maximum utilization and the best match of equipment and student............... more

Video of the Week
Canadian Know-How

When we lost our aircraft carriers, we didn’t lose ship-borne aviation capability thanks to a device known as the bear trap. The winch system could recover a Sea King on a tiny deck in the heaviest of weather.

Aeryon Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)


Capture Of Aerial
Images & Data

Airport of the Week

The Roland-Désourdy Airport (IATA: ZBM, ICAO: CZBM) (formerly known as Eastern Townships Regional Airport or simply Bromont Airport) is located 6.3 km southwest of Bromont, Quebec.

Traffic at Roland-Désourdy Airport is represented mainly by small, single-engine aircraft; jets and big aircraft are not common. The airport serves general aviation and has no scheduled flights.

A commercial aircraft maintenance facility also operates at ZBM.

The airport was built mainly for sport-type aviation. A flight school operates three classic light single-engine aircraft, a Cessna 150, a Cessna 172 and a Piper Cherokee. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets fly Schweizer SGS 2-33 gliders with a tow plane during spring and late summer camps dedicated to introduction flights for kids and during the summer to take young student pilots for pilot training leading to either a private pilot license or glider license.

The ACE Glider Club is based at the airport and glider and soaring flight operations normally span from April to October. Military Glider flight operations (Air Cadets) take place from the dedicated glider runway.

Air cadets tow planes take off from the glider runway and land on the longer main asphalt runway.

From Roland-Désourdy Airport, it is possible to soar the cold front wave with an advanced performance sailplane and, when the meteorological conditions are favourable, it is possible to get airborne and get into a steady lift of more than 500 ft/min (152 m/min), over very wide areas. Gliders can attain speeds over 180 km/h (112 mph) without losing altitude, making sure not to exceed maximum rough air speed limits in such conditions.

The main runway (05/23) is 5,004 ft. x 100 ft asphalt.

The airport also has a parallel 2035 ft. x 75 ft. runway for gliders.


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