Category Archives: Past Events

A History Record of Past Events and Meetings

Mackinac Island Fly-out, September 16-17.

From last years plan to have a cross-border fly-out, John Beimers has taken it on to organize this event.

  • Fly to Mackinac Island on the 16th, following all the cross-boarder procedures that you have now researched.
  • Enjoy the unique experience that is Mackinac Island.
  • Stay overnight on the island.
  • More sight-seeing on Sunday and fly home at your discretion.

Please contact John if you are interested in going:, or 519-857-3216.

Island Map


August 8, 2017 Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Where: Sexsmith International Airport (CSX7)
Agenda: 18:00 – Another culinary delight will be offered by Doug Richards
19:00 – A short business meeting followed by our guest speakers, Todd Mitton and Tony Kelly
Topic: Ultralights and the Ikarus aircraft


July 11, 2017 Meeting

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Where: Sexsmith International Airport (CSX7)
Agenda: 18:00 – Food thanks to Summer, Ty and Oliver
19:00 – Guest Speaker: Rob Elford, London FIC
Followed by a short business meeting
Topic: Summer Flying

Special Note: This presentation is open to the public and certified by Transport Canada for Recency.

Click HERE for an Event Flyer.

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 …


June 13, 2017 Meeting

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 19:00 hours (18:00 hours for food)
Where: Sexsmith International (CSX7)
Agenda: A short meeting hosted by our incoming Captain, Norm Paterson
Guest Speaker: Tim Anderson

Tim will speak to his adventures working in NWT.  Tom will be handling the BBQ – bring your fire extinguisher.

COPA / Sexsmith Fly-in Breakfast, May 28, 2017

What a fabulous day!

We had a great turnout this year an everyone enjoyed the breakfast, the visiting and the aircraft.

  • approximately 195 breakfasts served
  • 39 plus aircraft safely arrived and departed including 2 helicopters and 1 float plane
  • Dr. Henry Chapeskie won the 50/50 draw
  • no recorded complaints
  • numerous compliments to the chefs
  • longest distance flown: from Welland, ON
  • 4 female piloted aircraft