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A Year in Review

 

COPA 35 had another very good year in 2007. Since the flight was reactivated in 2001, we established a series of events, which we wanted to follow and have done just that. Even if we don’t sponsor events we like to support other aviation organizations with donations and participation in their events as is the case with the 99er’s annual Poker Derby and so on. As last year, COPA 35 put on the BBQ following the Poker Derby with the proceeds being donated to the Springfield Flying Club’s building fund. Since Lyncrest airport was rather damp we were grateful to the staff at Winnipeg Aviation for the use of their facilities for the BBQ.

Our first COPA event was a Young Eagles day on June 9th, and being national Young Eagles day we were able to graduate 40 new future pilots. It is always gratifying to share in the excitement with the kids during and after the ride. This year we had the good fortune of targeting a group of youngsters sponsored by the Royal Bank’s Royal Eagles program. We thank the volunteers from the Royal Bank for helping out with the kids and supplying the lunch. All had a great time.

As summer rolled along we spent as much time as possible flying when Mother Nature permitted. Some of our members went to Oshkosh to volunteer with the Young Eagles meanwhile enjoying the greatest show on earth.

Our next event was our original event. It was our 5th annual fly-out to the International Peace Gardens. The day couldn’t have been better. The weather was perfect and the staff at the Pavilion put on a wonderful buffet. We had over 30 aircraft join us from all over Manitoba including three from Saskatchewan.

September 8th was another Young Eagles day. The day started out very questionable but by 10AM we had determined that the clouds were high enough that we were able to go ahead with the rides. At this event we were fortunate to have the Manitoba Aviation Council supply the lunch and take photos of all the kids and the Women in Aviation to run the BBQ.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for their assistance because it makes for a safer and more enjoyable event.

Our last event was the Air Rally. The course was designed by Peter Moodie. Our practice is that the previous year’s winner has to design the following year’s course and Peter made sure that we still knew how to use all our tools. It was like studying for our x-c when we were taking our flying lessons. Our winner was Curt Reimer and the runners up were Jim Oke and Bob Stewart. We look forward to next year.

Our monthly meetings are on hold now until spring but in the mean time we are organizing a Rust Remover for early in 2007. This event is jointly hosted by CASARA Manitoba and the RAA Manitoba Chapter. Check our website for details at http://www.lyncrest.org/sfcfltcalendar.html.

Harry Wiebe

COPA Flight 35
Winnipeg