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Christmas Party, Friday, December 8th, 2017

Location:  Ironwood Golf Club
70969 Morrison Line, Exeter, ON
Date:  Friday, December 8, 2017
Time:  18:00 Cash Bar, 19:00 Dinner
Agenda:  Socializing, a great meal, the year in review and the presentation of the “Fly the Dream” Scholarship for 2017, schedules permitting.
Details:  Tickets are $35/person and are available now at Tom’s store, Thomas H Fine Menswear, in Exeter. They will also be available at our meeting this Tuesday, Nov. 14, please plan to pick them up soon so that we know numbers for the caterers.

Donations for the door prize table are also needed, please bring them the night of the Christmas party, the door prizes are a fun addition to the evening.

COPA invite Flight Reps to Consultation Session


Dear COPA Flight Captains,

In follow up to the previous emails regarding the COPA Flight Consultation session on October 21st at the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, I am writing to inform you that we have secured a corporate rate at the Radisson Kitchener-Waterloo hotel.

Those wishing to have their hotel rooms reimbursed by COPA should contact the hotel to make your reservation. The phone number for the hotel is (519) 894-9500. Advise them that you are with COPA in order to get our rate.

A reminder that COPA will reimburse one hotel room night per COPA Flight.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the 21st. 

Carter Mann

Manager of Government Affairs and Communications


In Memory of Ray Taylor, July 26, 2017

Please advise Rod if you plan to attend. This is posted on COPA 177 because several members knew Ray, but we are not involved in organizing this event.




WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2017 AT 6:30.


Of course, cake and ice cream are on the menu.


COPA for Kids, June 17, 2017

When: Saturday, June 17th (Rain date, June 24th)
9:00 AM to Noon
Where: Sexsmith International Airport, CSX7
Objective: A chance to kids, and their parents, to be introduced to grass roots aviation by getting a free airplane ride!
Details: We had a very successful COPA for Kids event on June 17, 2017 at Sexsmith Airport, thanks to your involvement!  The weather cooperated and we were able to fly 143 kids aged 8-17 with 11 aircraft participating. We estimate that this one event brought well over 500 people to grass roots aviation.  For many kids this was their very first airplane ride – which for us as pilots is an absolute thrill!  A special note: 3 of our pilots flying that day were women, which is far above the national average of women involved in aviation.

The kids enjoyed static displays, a brief aircraft orientation, a 20 to 30 minute flight, plus hot dogs and drinks following their flight.  All of this was made possible by over 50 volunteers and our very generous financial sponsors.

Simply put, this is a team effort and we wouldn’t be able to run this great event without people like you.  

Thank you again,

COPA Flight 177, COPA For Kids Coordinators
John Beimers
Wayne Steeper
Tom Hartai
Summer Papple

Pictures: Check this link out for some pictures of the event …


Hanover COPA for Kids, June 3 or 4, 2017

To All COPA Members

Hanover Flight 54 is hosting a COPA for Kids event on June 3rd or 4th depending on weather and would greatly appreciate any pilot who could volunteer his time and his plane for a couple of hours to fly  young Aviators around. Please respond to this email if you are able, so we can confirm the number of planes will will have.

Best Regards
Jamie Hastings
COPA Flight 54 (CYHS)

2016 Scholarship Winner Announced

Fly The Dream Presentation 2016 - reduced

The 2016 “Fly The Dream” $2400 pilot licence scholarship program was presented to Oliver Papple – Seaforth ON (C) by Chris Redfearn – Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) 177- Exeter (L) and Darren Mason – Jeremy Mason Memorial (R) at the association’s recent Christmas gathering.

The 2016 “Fly the Dream” pilot licence scholarship program sponsored by Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) 177- Exeter and the Jeremy Mason Memorial – in memory of Jeremy’s love of flying, was awarded to 16 year old Oliver Papple of Seaforth Ontario. The $2400 bursary provides assistance to a worthy young person to help with the cost of Recreational or Private pilot flight training. Oliver is currently in grade 12 at Mitchell District High School and a member of 532 Maitland Air Cadet Squadron Goderich. He is a volunteer at many community functions, started his own summer business and is involved in many activities directly related to his love of aviation. He is currently working on his Private Pilot licence which he will complete within the year. One of Oliver’s long term goals after college is to combine his love of farming and aviation. For more information on the Scholarship visit

COPA National is looking for your input

Dear COPA Flight Captains,

The COPA Membership Satisfaction Survey is in full swing, 1,000 COPA members were selected in stratified sampling across Canada by KC Surveys.

Since the last survey in 2012, COPA Directors and members have forwarded the National office additional questions to be included in the next Membership Satisfaction Survey. Some of these questions were not applicable for the current Satisfaction survey but are nevertheless good and important feedback for COPA National.

For the reasons above COPA has launched two surveys and is asking if you can forward these to all your members.

IFR Equipage Survey, 12 questions:

UAV/Drone/Model Aircraft Survey, 7 questions:

Thank you!
Patrick Gilligan
Vice President, Operations
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association