By Al Blakely
COPA Flight 5 held its regular meeting on Wednesday February 11. There were 20 members in attendance and we finalized our plans for our Silver Dart Anniversary flight. On February 22, we flew over several municipalities with an eight-plane formation. We started out at the Delta Heritage Airpark and got into formation over Whiterock.
We then proceeded northbound to fly over New Westminster, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, University Endowment Lands (UBC), into False Creek to Vancouver City Hall. Then we did an S turn and headed toward Stanley Park, over the Downtown Vancouver Waterfront before continuing eastbound to fly over Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Haney.
The flight then took us over Fort Langley, Langley City, Surrey and finally westbound to fly South Delta, Ladner, Boundary Bay Airport and back to Delta Heritage Airpark. It took us approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
We had been practicing for several weeks and all pilots are competent formation flyers. This group has flown together before for several years doing the Cenotaph Fly-By.
It was a fun and rewarding experience. Several media provided journalists and photographers to come along with us for the ride. We are hoping for some positive feed back from said media people. Hopefully the word that goes out is that General Aviation is a good thing and the people who are involved with it are ordinary people just enjoying their passion, no different than people who enjoy their boats or motor homes.