The Wiarton COPA Flight is a volunteer group of aviation enthusiasts and pilots who strive towards the betterment and longevity of the Wiarton/Keppel Airport by helping to modernize and market the facility; and to promote the thrill of flight to all members of the community.
Since the inception of Flight 68 in 1998, the group has funded and, with the help of FOTA
, manned many projects and events at the airport to make it a more viable, comfortable, and pleasant facility including:
- yearly Fly-Ins (Drive-Ins welcome too!)
- an exhaust hood in kitchen
- pilots' lounge
- pilots' washroom & shower
- photos and murals to spruce up the walls
- flower beds and shrubbery
- parkette and memorial stone
- special occasion events (Eileen Vollick celebration, COPA for Kids, Air & Auto Extravaganza)
We are proud to say that our COPA for Kids event has become quite popular in the past few years… our pilots have flown over 150 kids each year, and in 2012 our Flight boasted the third most kids flown that year in Canada! What can we say - our C4K pilots are awesome… and love taking kids up for their first flights! Of course, we can't forget our wonderful ground helpers who organize, feed and make sure the kids and their adults are safe at all times!
Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Join us for a meeting! Knowledge of aviation is not necessary, you do not have to be a COPA National member and dress is casual. Our meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, 9:30am, at the Wiarton Airport. Contact Jenn or Don for info!
What is COPA?
COPA, Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, was formed In April 1952, when Laurentian Air Services pilot John Bogie was having lunch in the Ottawa Flying Club lounge with Spartan Air Services pilot Bill Peppler and Paul Saunders when Ottawa pilot Margaret Carson came storming in and declared that something had to be done about the way small aircraft owners and operators were being mistreated by the government.
As a result of that informal discussion, interested local Ottawa pilots chipped in $5.00 each to pay for printing and mailing of notices. An organization meeting was held on December 12th, 1952, in the Ottawa Flying Club lounge. The meeting was "…in connection with the organization in Canada of an association such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of the United States."
That day, COPA was born. Their mission: "to protect Personal Aviation and promote it as a valued, integral and sustainable part of the Canadian Community."
(click here to read full history of COPA)
60 years later, COPA is still doing just that within the following objectives:
- Membership Services
- Influencing Governments
- Engage and Empower the Membership
- International Intelligence
- The Voice
- Regulatory Issues
Visit copanational.org to find out what COPA has done for personal aviation in the past 60 years,
learn about membership benefits, scholarship awards, and much much more!