Another COPA Flight comes on line

By Bob Kirkby



Bob Kirkby presenting the certificate to
Flight 165 Captain Ken Zachkewich and members.

The town of Lac La Biche is located 100 miles northeast of Edmonton on the southern tip of Lac La Biche Lake. Settled over 200 years ago by European fur traders it is a beautiful recreational area with many white sandy beaches and lots of great fishing.

The Lac La Biche airport, with a 5,700 foot runway, is home to one of Alberta Forestry’s fire fighting bases and a number of small aviation businesses. Recently a new terminal building was built and runway and taxiway improvements are planned.

On Oct. 6, 2009 COPA Flight 165 was officially inaugurated in the new terminal building with a Flight Certificate presentation to Captain Ken Zachkewich and eight other members of the Flight by Alberta Director Bob Kirkby.

Ken Zachkewich has worked very hard bringing together COPA members in the area and signing up new members in order to form this Flight, which now has a total membership of 13.

This group of pilots is coming together at an important time as the town and county of Lac La Biche are focusing on the airport. Although there is a will to improve the airport, the town and county badly need direction from airport stakeholders on appropriate and beneficial ways of doing this.

If you are flying in the area be sure to stop in at Lac La Biche (CYLB), enjoy the hospitality, and support the airport. The Flight’s contact number and other information is on the COPA website in the Places-To-Fly section.