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Record Number Of Kids Take Flight

Rodger Rinker

 

Flight 166 enjoyed a successful COPA For Kids day on Oct. 2,2010. The flight was supported by three fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters.

It turned out to be a record flight as 65 youth were taken for rides, and for many it was their first ride in an aircraft. This COPA For Kids day was also special in that the nearby Sunchild and O’Chiese Cree and Saultaux Reserves were the focus for this flight.

A high level of excitement and enthusiasm was evident and carried on for some time among the students according to reports from their teachers. Part of the learning experience for us involved getting good pictures over the three hour time period. It is a challenge to have a photographer on duty the entire time to get it well documented.

Another positive item was the donation of $1,000 to the Flying Club provided by the Western Wheels Car Club of Rocky Mountain House. These two clubs have assisted each other in some of their community events and have provided valuable support to each other.

Flying Club president Alan Acker organized the event and Rocky Mountain House’s new mayor, Fred Nash, who is an enthusiastic pilot and homebuilder livened up the COPA For Kids Day and set a fine example with his hard work to make it all go smoothly.

The flying community is gaining public awareness and favor in the Rocky Mountain House area through events such as this.