The COPA Convention and Tradeshow 2017 is being held June 23-24 in Kelowna, BC.
Click here to visit the COPA Convention and Tradeshow website for information on hotels, camping and the agenda.
Be sure to click here to register for this event. The $57.00 member/$87.00 non-member registration fee includes access to the trade show and seminars as well as breakfast on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Registration for Saturday only is $47.00 and includes access to the trade show and seminars as well. The COPA UPDATE and AGM is open to all COPA members.
We are thrilled to announce that Carson Air/Shell Aerocentre is supporting our COPA Convention and Tradeshow 2017 by providing a $.22/litre discount on retail fuel sales for the weekend. A big thank you to the Carson Air group for this exciting offer!
COPA 2017 Flight School Campaign is underway!
COPA's Flight School Campaign is offering all pilots currently undergoing flight training at a Flight Training Unit or with a freelance instructor a free 1-year membership with all the same benefits as a full member!
Look for our poster and other materials at flight schools across Canada in the next few weeks. To take advantage of this offer, you must provide proof of enrollment or an instructor's endorsement and not have previously held a COPA membership.
Pints with Pilots
On April 21st, join fellow pilots from the Brampton Flight Centre and surrounding area for an evening with COPA, the voice for general aviation in Canada. Find out about the important work that COPA is doing on behalf of Canadian pilots and also what COPA can do for you, your flying club, and your airport.
Looking for other things to do in the area? The Great War Flying Museum will be doing a special opening from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for event attendees wishing to tour this amazing facility!
Click here to register.
2017 Membership Survey Results
The results of the 2017 COPA Membership Survey are in and they include some very interesting data!
Click here to view the final survey report.
Another milestone and precedent in preserving our freedom to fly!
Just before Christmas, Quebec Superior Court reversed a judgment from a municipal court in Lévis, QC. The issue was once more an entity trying to do indirectly what it could not do directly: to decide the outcome and the fate of an aerodrome (i.e. aeronautics), when only the Federal Government can do so. The airport has been there for something like fifty years and they recently started skydiving activities. That’s when the city passed a bylaw prohibiting skydiving, building hangars without permits, and so on. The municipal judge had concluded something to the effect that “recreational skydiving was not part of the core of aeronautics”, thus the city could levy fines and impose what it wanted.
Not yet translated into English, the judgement can be found here.
The conclusion of the Superior Court Judge is the following (my translation):
 The trial judge erred in law in concluding that the skydiving activities in issue were not at the core of federal aeronautical jurisdiction, and consequently, rejecting the doctrine of inter-jurisdictional immunity.
 It is also concluded that the by-laws of the City of Lévis prohibiting the conduct of skydiving activities, including facilities related to skydiver training activities (the Zoning Regulations and the Regulations on permits and Certificates) constitute an obstacle to the federal power over aeronautics. Consequently, these regulations must be declared inapplicable against the appellant.
This was a totally independent initiative not covered or helped by our Freedom to Fly Fund.
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Unregistered Aerodrome Repository (Responsible Aerodrome Development)
This information pertains to unregistered aerodromes, in existence prior to January 1st 2017.
L’information s'applique aux aérodromes non-enregistrés, en existence avant le 1er janvier 2017.
Bretling proudly launches the Navitimer World COPA, a 50-piece limited edition chronograph honoring the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and perfect for global flight. This new and exclusive addition to the Navitime series paying tribute to COPA's contribution ot general aviation and features a dial and caseback showcasing the COPA logo.
Click here to purchase your new watch!
Donate to the Freedom to Fly Fund today
Given the considerable challenges we continue to face against our freedom to fly, we urge everyone to consider donating to the Freedom to Fly Fund.
Click here for examples of how the Freedom to Fly Fund has been applied to date.
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