Busy weekend for Flight 45 Part I

By Marilyn Bruinsma



Our local MP Ben Lobb, wife Andrea and family.

Two full days of sunshine and clear skies greeted COPA Flight 45 members as they prepared for their June fly-in event at Sky Harbour Airport.

Everything was just nicely set up for a barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, salads, and chips when aircraft from Buttonville started to arrive.

Before the day was over more than 40 aircraft had landed. They came for lunch, dinner, camping, and even have breakfast the next day.

Town councillors, invited guests and even Sarah Carmichael from the Fun Squad at 101.7FM “The One” radio station had lunch. Kevin Psutka, COPA’s president and CEO, arrived at lunchtime to meet those who had flown.

During the afternoon, several pilots and crew took advantage of the Maitland Trail, walking either over the Meneset Bridge to the Marina or into town to walk around and enjoy our unique Downtown Square. A few even enjoyed the sunshine reading a book.

A framed picture featuring black and white sketches of Canada’s F-18 was won by a thrilled Tim Liston from London. Proceeds went to COPA’s Special Action Fund.

Later Saturday afternoon, the campers started setting up tents for their overnight accommodations beside the terminal and under the wings of their aircraft. Soon a spaghetti supper with Caesar salad, garlic bread, and fruit trays was set on the tables for all to enjoy.

Fly-in pilots, campers and COPA 45 members spent the evening eating dinner, discussing current issues and its future with Kevin Psutka.

Sunday morning dawned early with another great day to fly. Flight members were cooking Egg McMuffins, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Coffee and juice completed the menu.

As our president left for the Red Bull Air Races in Windsor, he remarked, "there is no reason not to fly today." During the morning and early afternoon more than 30 airplanes arrived for a well-cooked breakfast which the Goderich group delivered with finesse.

Ali Anderson from the local “The Beach 104.9FM appeared at noon to talk with the crowd. She did an on-air interview in the air with Jim Farrell as pilot in his shiny red and black Cessna 172 F-ZFZ.

She was impressed with the town from the air. I can bet there were some on air comments on her Monday show about Goderich’s airport and hospitality.

Also, our MP Ben Lobb, wife Andrea and family came to enjoy the aircraft at the airport and meet with aviators and friends. Thanks to Ben and other MP’s, the 406 ELT issue has been delayed.