By Gord Mahaffy
Growth has been explosive at the Oshawa airport over the last year, and COPA Flight 70 has been right in the middle of it.
Several Flight 70 members are contributing to that growth by actively working with the Oshawa city council.
Bruce Wood, a long-time member of Flight 70, became an Oshawa City Councillor during the last municipal election and Cheryl Marek was recently re-appointed to the Oshawa Airport Advisory committee. These COPA members keep airport issues front and centre to an aviation friendly mayor and the city council.
On July 6, politicians from all levels of government gathered on the ramp at the Oshawa airport to welcome their newest corporate partner, “Ornge”. Ornge is a nonprofit foundation that runs Ontario’s air ambulance service. Their original aircraft, Sikorsky S-76s, are being replaced by the new AW139 two crew, 15 passenger helicopters.
Adam Hunt described this rapidly expanding not-forprofit foundation that runs Ontario’s air ambulance service in the July 2011 edition of COPA Flight. Adam also gave a detailed description of their new AW139 helicopters that will speed up emergency response time for Ontario residents.
The event itself was a formal “Jacket & Tie” affair that included:
MPP Christine Elliot
MPP John O’Toole
Mayor John Henry of Oshawa
City Councillor Bruce Wood
Regional Councillor Nancy Diamond
Cindy Simmons-Milroy Oshawa’s Director of Economic Development
Airport Manager Steve Wilcox
The official word is that Ornge is making Oshawa one of its major satellite bases and the air ambulance service will be moving into a hangar at the airport in the next few months.