Since the last issue of COPA Flight, COPA Flight 44 at Buttonville airport has had a busy time, being involved in operating two major flying events.
First of all, on September 25, we were the co-organizers, in conjunction with the Ewing’s Cancer Foundation of Canada, in an air rally to help raise money for research into this deadly form of cancer that attacks young people under 20 years of age.
Along with Anna Pangrazzi of Apex Aircraft (Anna is a staunch member of COPA), your Southern Ontario Director, Paul Hayes, put together a creative flying program that involved not only stops at three of five airports in the rally schedule, but also included an array of interesting and challenging questions that were required to be answered while flying between stops.
The terminal stop was at Buttonville (CYKZ), where participating aircrews were treated to a great barbecue put on by M&M’s, music by Two for the Show, and a silent auction. Prizes were also handed out for the marks achieved in the en route questionnaires.
The Air Rally winners were Alan and Carolyn Hepburn of Pembroke, and two of COPA 44’s finest – Paul Clark and Wayne Barrett – captured second and third prizes.
A lot of credit must be given to all those who supported the rally, in addition to COPA Flight 44 – and to name a few – COPA Flights 28 (Burlington) and 70 (Oshawa) for providing volunteers to host stopover aircraft, Porter Airlines at CYTZ for providing space at their FBO as a stopover location, the FUD restaurant at Edenvale (CNV8) as a stopover location (Paul Hayes was in place at the FUD to greet incoming aircraft and to join with them in enjoying great food), and Toronto Airways as a sponsor and for the use of Hangar 17A at CYKZ for the events at the end of the rally.
Kevin Psutka, our national president and CEO supported the rally by flying in it as a participant.
In total, more than $20,000 was raised by the air rally and co-incident car rally to assist in funding research into this tragic disease. The organizers were so pleased at the result that plans are already underway for next year’s event – so stay tuned for some great and challenging flying and fun.
As for the second great event, on October 2, COPA Flight 44 held its wrap-up COPA For Kids “Junior Aviator Day” for the summer. This was the second of such an event designed mainly to fly kids who had missed the earlier outing.
Again, the weather and number of COPA 44 members who could supply aircraft and ground staff for the event cooperated. With the energetic organization and leadership provided by John Van Lieshout, ably assisted by Moe Shehata, close to 60 kids were flown on this event, bringing the total for the year by Flight 44 to close to 300 kids flown.
Again, many thanks to Toronto Airways, the Millionaire FBO at CYKZ, Druxy’s Deli, and without a doubt, to all the members of COPA Flight 44 for their great and generous support and participation.