Hello, Down-Easters! Have you registered for COPA Fly-In and AGM? Did you know that Aerotec Engines (www.aerotecengines.ca) is offering a cash prize for the aviator traveling the farthest distance to our event as evidenced by his/her pilot’s logbook? You may get some competition from some Alaskan pilots but wouldn’t it be great to get partially reimbursed for having the experience of a lifetime?
SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS
We wish to thank Magnes for being tops as a Platinum Sponsor. Very appreciated are our Bronze and Silver Sponsors, which include Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., Chances Gaming, LP Building Products, Melburn Vegetation, Northern Lights College, Pipistrel Aircraft Canada Inc., Rosenau Transport Ltd., Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. and The Personal.
Exhibitors include Bose, Acorn Welding, Pipistrel and of course, our local Northern Lights College, home of one of the finest AME schools in Canada.
New additions to the sponsors and exhibitors list can be found under the Exhibitors and Sponsors Link on our webpage www.copa2013cydq.com
Have you arranged where you are staying? The hotel rooms originally reserved for our event have now been released so you will undoubtedly be competing with local oil and gas company personnel for rooms.
Not to worry, you can always camp under your wings at the airport if you don’t mind “roughing it a bit.” Just remember to include some DEET products with your camping gear. Campers will be provided rest room access in the Terminal Building which will be kept open 24 hours each day.
Fuel will be available on-site either from the local airport tanks, or a fuel truck can be summoned to your aircraft parking site.
Jet Pro Associates (www.jetpro.ca) is offering a ride in an L-39 jet to the lucky winner of a raffle at our event. David McCulloch will also be here with his Lear 23 jet, and tickets will be sold for a chance to win a ride in his jet. Mr. McCulloch has offered this opportunity at previous COPA AGMs and we are proud to welcome him as well as Jet Pro Associates.
The Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton is hoping to bring up displays of historical aviation artifacts. Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue aircraft from Comox will be here unless they are called out on a search.
Floatplane pilots and owners have been very responsive and local enthusiasts are eager to meet them on Swan Lake with fuel for their aircraft and ground transportation to CYDQ.
The Canso project from Fairview Alberta will not be able to fly in for the event, but builders in Fairview will be happy to receive visitors for a tour of the project.
Plans are being finalized for this event after lunch on Saturday, June 22. A number of local sites of interest will be visited, perhaps by horse drawn carriage or wagon if the weather cooperates!
Shopping time will be included as well as the opportunity to relax in one of our local bakeries or bistros. We’ll get you back to the airport in time for the evening activities.
The “Meet and Greet” on Friday evening, June 21 has now been named “Summer Solstice” because you will be partying on the “longest day of the year”, and that day is fairly long this far north. It will be bright enough to read your newspaper outside at midnight.
Saturday, June 22 will feature the AGM at 11:30. COPA members and spouses will then be served their lunch. Presentations and Awards follow in the early afternoon. In the evening there will be an on-field barbecue and live entertainment. Sunday will be dominated by the departure of the Alaska Flight #1 planes.
Compared to Central and Eastern Canada, the West may at times be considered too young to have “history.” See and learn how much has been accomplished in the youthful West.
The U.S. Army Engineers built the Alaska Highway, from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, in less than 1 year! A truly “one of” achievement, never to be matched, let alone surpassed!
During those same years the skies in our area were alive with the many airplanes being ferried via Alaska to Siberia and onwards to help with the victory in Europe in 1945. Many of the bush strips built for emergencies then were of a standard to accommodate DC3s and larger in all kinds of seasons. While officially no longer maintained, the local flyers still make use of them today.
You will find artifacts, displays and video clips chronicling these historic events in the local museum and Alaska Highway House.
The W. A. C. Bennett Dam, the world’s largest “earth fill” dam was completed in the early 1960s at nearby Hudson’s Hope. Since then, its huge generators have produced electricity not only for British Columbia, but also for all the U.S. Pacific states down to California!
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Canada’s Northwest in June. Check out the website: www.copa2013cydq.com for further information and updates. If you use Twitter, click on the link to find postings of news and events.