COPA Flight 23 meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. (except during July and August when everybody is too busy flying!!). Our usual meeting place is at the Canadore College Aviation Campus at Jack Garland Airport to take advantage of a lecture theatre and hi-tech briefing aids. Meeting locations and times will be published monthy in the Calendar
The meetings are informal and usually feature a guest speaker, or a video on an aviation related topic (including home videos of member's flying activities). The meeting is open to everyone to share their experiences whether it be homebuilding tips, flight safety concerns, a flying adventure, or a visit to an aviation event. Maintenance workshops and aviation seminars are run as interest dictates and there is usually at least one Transport Canada seminar anually that fulfils pilot recurrency requirements.
A portion of each meeting is devoted to planning flying/social events. Social activities (including husbands, wives, friends etc.) consist of “Pot-Luck” gatherings, summer BBQs, a Mid-Winter Party, Fly-Outs, and occasional bus trips to special events or attractions. The emphasis is on the 4 “F ”s - Flying, Friends, Fun, & Food. After the meeting there is a social time with coffee and cookies.
Daily and weekly updates are posted on the Flight 23 Website. These updates report on the group’s activities, highlights upcoming events and includes Maintenance and Homebuilder's sections in which useful tips are provided and approved practices and procedures are discussed for both certificated aircraft and those in owner-maintenance.
Check our Calender Menu for updates and notices of our schedule as a club along with many entries from various COPA flights outside of our area. We promote their activities as well.
Our Flight was actively involved in the International “Young Eagles” Program. Flight 23 is one of the few flights in the province that has consistently sent young people to Aviation Camps in Oshkosh and/or Ottawa. Many of our members are involved either as pilots, ground crew, or organizers of Young Eagle flights. To date, our members have introduced over 2500 youngsters to the thrill of their first flight “co-piloting” a light aircraft. Nine of our members have flown over 100 kids each!!
The success of the “Young Eagles” program has resulted in the implementation of a similar program from a Canadian perspective. “COPA For Kids“ has now been initiated and COPA Flt 23 has been quick to respond with enthusiasm. Several “COPA for Kids” events are scheduled for 2016
Many new friendships have been formed from belonging to this group and anyone with an interest in aviation is welcome to join . If you are interested in joining or would like further information, send us an email at the address shown under “Contact us”.