Copa for Kids- Mattawa Voyageur Day's


Saturday July 28, 2018 - Mattawa.

This was year 20 for flying kids as part of Voyageur Day’s. For the first 10 years, the flying was at Valois dock on the River, and we quite often had 10 or 12 floatplanes. Then Chris and Mark made major improvements to the airstrip and registered it as CMA2 making it feasible to fly kids on wheels off the grass. Gerry (Thomas) and Fred (Culin) wanted to fly on floats, so for a few years they operated from the small dock at Earls Lake. Docks were installed along the shoreline a couple years ago, and this year we were able to operate 4 floatplanes flying kids from the water, and 4 on wheels off the grass, resulting in 41 happy youngsters experiencing first flights (all flights this year were one kid per aircraft).

Pilots participating: wheels - Mark Wilkins (C182), Bill Carswell (C 170), Grant Bailey (C 150), Stan French (Ercoupe), floats - Gerry Thomas (C 180), Chris Whaley (PA 12), Tom Fraser (Citabria), Ron Cooke (J3 Cub). Thanks also to Larry Dyke (who had full intentions of flying), and Jim Chappell (who was going to help out with float planes), but both arrived late due to weather.

We didn’t have a lot of ground volunteers, but Kelvin Rempel and Rick Bazzo took kids to wheel aircraft, and Mindy Morin and Jeff were dockhands for floatplanes. Al Rivet arranged for a second printer, so we had full registration set up at Seaplane base with printer. Mark had table and electrical power near the fuel tank, so photos were taken and printed by Mark Morin. Carol allocated kids to aircraft right at the waterfront. Summer students McKenna and Mariah looked after checking kids in at the airport. Al took photos and printed them at the hangar. All in all worked out very well. The runway was in great shape and even had a new wind sock on the tower at the airport!!

Once again Voyageur Days provided coffee and muffins / tim bits for the pilots, as well as delicious lunch of sandwiches and wraps. The Committee also provided caps for the pilots.

It is always a great time for socializing after the flying is done, and we appreciate that Voyageur Days does all the registering of the kids and printing of certificates.




COPA for Kids-Floats    



Flight 23 pilots enjoyed a great evening of flying Thursday June 07 June at Trout Lake Seaplane Base. The annual flying of Grade 6 Silver Birches students had to be postponed from original Monday date, and although Thursday evening had some gusting winds, the air was smooth and the flights were enjoyed by all.

We had a variety of aircraft attend: Ron Cooke J3; Mark Wilkins PA 12; Tom Fraser Citabria; Don Roberts C-170; Stan French C-172; Ron Miller C-182; Claude Bourgoin Maule M6. Three aircraft are based at Trout Lake, the others came from Lake Nosbonsing, Mattawa, Sturgeon Falls, and Pickerel River.
Thanks to ground crew Jim Chappell, Al Leishman, Chad Miller, Duncan Hynd, Rene Bourgoin, Rick Christianson, Bob Kingsnorth, and photograph crew Al Rivet, John Hemingway, Charles Pepin. Carol Cooke and Terri Roberts were on registration desk, and Cheryl Ward filled in as required.
The 17 youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the flightslaugh, and many made a point of giving profuse thanks to the organizers. Most of the pilots made an ice cream stop at the green store before heading home in the setting sun. A good excuse to go flying on a beautiful evening. Thanks to all Flight 23 members who participated.

COPA for Kids guide has been revised 

COPA FOR KIDS - COPA for Kids Guide has been revised.

Read the whole guide on COPA website. Here’s what’s new:

  • Participant packages are broken down into 2 age groups 8-13; 14-17

  • 8-13 receive traditional flight certificate & foam puzzle airplane

  • 14 - 17 receive pilots logbook, as well as complimentary access to online ground school for PPL. Sponsored by Hangaaar, the course meets all T.C. requirements for ground school ( can write T.C. exam upon completion of this course (this is similar to what EAA offers). All participants also receive a copy of COPA’s annual flight training scholarship guide highlighting scholarships & bursaries available throughout aviation industry.

  • PILOTS: must be COPA National member OR Flt 23 member; pilot licence, Medical, A/C insurance must be valid

  • A/C insurance minimum requirements:

A/C less than 2300 lb gross - $100,000 liab. & $100,000 pass liab. per seat;

A/C 2300 lbs - 5000 lbs gross - $500,000 liab. & $100,000 pass liab. per seat

  • To further protect pilots, COPA insurance provides $1,000,000 combined single limit third party bodily injury & property damage each occurrence (in excess of what the pilot carries). (Also like EAA).

  • Pilots are also allowed to fly kids outside sanctioned event BUT COPA’s additional flight insurance not valid unless COPA notified about the flight PRIOR, and registration form has been submitted online.

  • COPA Flight organizers and ground personnel are still covered for third party bodily injury and/ or property damage during event.

  • COPA still issues a Certificate of Insurance for COPA for Kids events when event is held on private property.

      • * NOTE: the private pilot log books that COPA is supplying for kids age 14 - 17 is almost identical to the current pilot log books that pilots get from V.I.P. Extra copies are available for Flight 23 Pilots. contact Carol