Raising awareness of the dangers of wind turbines

By David Gascoine


COPA Flight 85 held a meeting on June 9, at CNY3. Attendance included COPA V-P of Operations Patrick Gilligan; George Daniels, Flight captain; Bud McCannell, Flight co-captain; Dr. David Ripley, navigator; David Gascoine, Kevin Elwood, Robert Choquette, Marsha Ramage and Alexander Younger, Flight co-captain of COPA Flight 32 (Toronto Island). A number of topics were discussed including budgets, coordination of COPA for Kids events, COPA insurance coverage for events, and awareness for COPA lobbying activities. The primary topic discussed, was strategies to build support against wind turbines near CNY3 that pose a significant hazard to aircraft traffic at the airport.

One important outcome of the discussion is continuing to promote the COPA Obstacles Survey that can be found on the COPA website. Wind turbines pose a significant danger to all GA airports in Canada and COPA members are encouraged to complete the online survey to help lobbying activities against wind turbines and other towered obstacles near airports.


A number of Collingwood and area pilots flew to Saugeen Municipal Airport near Hanover, Ont., for the annual general meeting and fly-in of the Canadian Owners Pilots Association. The pilots attended to educate COPA attendees about their protest of a wind turbines proposal which is scheduled to be built close to the end of one of the runways at Collingwood airport.

COPA members came from as far away as Halifax, N.S., for the weekend event.