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Weekly Update - Issue 245 - Jan 12, 2019
Featured News

ALPA Wants Stronger Drone Rules



The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) says Canada’s new rules for drone operators address many issues but still don’t offer enough protection for commercial aircraft. Transport Canada released details of the new rules, which go into effect June 1, last week and they liberalize tough temporary regulations that are currently in effect while requiring registration of unmanned aircraft and certification of pilots. ALPA’s main concern is that the new rules reduce the buffer around airports  to three nm and helipads to one nm. “Permitting RPAS flights as close a distance as 3 nm from airports, and closer in some circumstances, is an unacceptable risk,” ALPA said in a news release. “The limit should be 5 nm from all places where commercial aircraft takeoff and land.” It didn’t say what extra safety the additional buffer would provide.

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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.

Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Entrepreneurs, war heroes and a long-time aerospace executive will be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in Montreal in May. “In 2019, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame will honour five individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian aviation,” said Rod Sheridan, chairman of the board for the Hall. “Honoured this year are two fighter pilots of the Second World War who post-war continued in aviation development for the rest of their lives...... more

Romanian Operation Ends

While a lot of talk about the RCAF has centred around its aging fighter fleet, the Air Force has been busy using the aircraft it has to defend Canada and its allies. The RCAF announced last week that CF-18 fighters and the 135 people that keep them flying will return from a four month deployment to Romania this month.

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Featured Reading
Lost: Unsolved Mysteries

by Shirlee Smith Matheson

Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation is even more compelling than the original book Lost: True Stories of Canadian Aviation Tragedies published in 2005 and now out of print. New information has brought many of the stories up to date. In some cases there has been a degree of closure; while in others the mystery seems fated to forever remain unsolved........ more

Featured Article
Keeping Things Comfortable
Avoiding Turbulence Always Appreciated

by Mireille Goyer


As I walked to the airport terminal with my friend Pati, after the first leg of a cross-country, she said she was going to check into commercial flights to get home. Pati was no shrinking violet. She was my very first passenger when I got my private pilot ticket and enthusiastically jumped in the back seat anytime I offered. The only sign of discomfort she ever showed in flight came from plowing into clouds................. more

Video of the Week
New Drone Rules Coming

They really are amazing devices and in the hands of a skilled operator can create beautiful videos.

Aeryon Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)


Capture Of Aerial
Images & Data

Airport of the Week

Chibougamau/Chapais Airport ( CYMT) is located 19.8 km southwest of Chibougamau, Quebec  along Route 113.

Chibougamau is  located on Lake Gilman. It has a population of approximately 8000 people. Chibougamau is completely surrounded by, but not part of, the Municipality of Baie-James.

Chibougamau means "Gathering place" in Cree. The neighbouring Cree village of Oujé-Bougoumou has the same name with a more traditional Cree spelling.

Access to the town is by Route 167 from Lac Saint-Jean and by Route 113 from Lebel-sur-Quevillon. Chibougamau's airport is along Route 113, about halfway to Chapais.

The area has long been part of the Cree territory. French explorers and traders were the first enhabitants of the area, including Charles Albanel in 1671.

In the late19th Century the area attract the interest of mining prospectors. When gold was discovered in 1903, there were periods of intense exploration. No established development took place until 1949 when a multi-metallic mine was established in the area. A permanent community was established in 1952.The community started out as a company town but soon after, in 1954, it was incorporated as a municipality. There has been much mining activity in the area since then. Chibougamau is now also the centre of a large logging and sawmill industry.

From 1962 to 1988s, the RCAF operated CFS Chibougamau, a radar station in Chibougamau that was part of the Pinetree Line.

The city is also home to an annual "Folies frettes" festival ("Cold Follies") and a snowmobile rally.

The airport is serviced by Air Creebec Inc. It is a regional airline based in Val-d'Or, Quebec,  It operates scheduled and charter services to 16 destinations in Quebec and Ontario. 

This airport is owned and operated by Transports Québec. It provides services for both passengers and freight.

Chibougamau/Chapais Airport has a 6495 x 150 lighted, paved runway (04/22).

Services include regular airline service as mentioned above, car rentals, Taxi Service and vending machines in the terminal building.

Both Jet A and 100LL fuels are available at the airport.


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