Flight 57 Holds AGM, Christmas Party And Recalls Great Summer

Barry Martin


COPA Flight 57 had their AGM and Christmas party in early December. The present executive will remain in place with the exception of Ed Morrissey, Secretary. This position was taken over by Virginia MacDonald, existing Treasurer who will now be Sec/Tres. The AGM was followed by a delicious roast beef buffet and lots of good chatter.

One of the main events of the year was COPA Flight 57 joining with Summerside’s COPA Flight 125 to host the COPA AGM and Fly-in. Aircraft and pilots came from across Canada and the States. One of the main events of the weekend was the dedication of Vintage Wings of Canada’s Westwind Lysander to Cliff Stewart, Charlottetown WWII veteran who had many trips on the Lysander into and out of occupied Europe. It was a very moving experience, listening to Cliff tell some small stories, although he is not allowed to tell the majority of the things that he did during the war.

COPA Flight 57 also held fly-ins over the summer to grass strips around the area. People, planes and helicopters from around the Island, the mainland and the United States enjoyed lots of barbecued food and great weather.

The first one was held at the Cable Head Airpark and hosted by Jim and Jean Whitty and Tom and Margie Corcoran. Participants tested their skills in contests ranging from map folding to paper airplane construction and test flying. With GPS navigation quickly replacing map reading as the main form of navigation, map folding might soon become a lost art so it is up to events like this to keep it alive so our children can understand the once fine art of map reading.Jean and Margie kept us fed with barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs while we tested our brains on these contests.

Next we went to Greenfield airport to a fine event hosted by Jeff and Marlene MacRae, Harrison and Janet MacRae and Arnold MacRae. Once again the barbecue was fired up to feed the hungry pilots and visitors. We were also treated to a fine demonstration by Brian Pound and his Baron on the stopping distance of a Baron on a grass strip. Also included was a seminar on how to remove soybean plants from the undercarriage of an aircraft.

The final fly-in was held at Sterling and Jean MacRae’s grass strip in Brookfield. Once again the barbecue was heated up and Jean was busy feeding us. I did notice that it took longer to get the aircraft off the ground at Sterling’s Fly-in. Wonder if it is all the great food at these fly-ins that we had over the summer.

The summer also saw lots of visiting aircraft in Charlottetown from across Canada and throughout the States. Many nice people were met and hopefully many more will be met this coming year.