Fall marks rebirth of COPA Flight 26

By Phil Englishman


A mild fall evening marked the rebirth of COPA Flight 26 rebirth. Approximately 35 people crowded in to the upper floor classroom of the Wellington Waterloo Flight Centre to view a presentation by COPA Southern Ontario Director Phil Englishman.

The meeting was organized by Bob McIvor a long-time member of COPA Flight 28, Burlington, Ontario. He worked diligently to bring area pilots to the meeting and also brought members from his flight.

After Phil’s presentation the floor was opened to questions and comments. Among the boosters of the re-activating the flight was past COPA Director John Stairs and Past Flight Captain of 28, who stressed the three reasons for reforming the flight which are social, safety and advocacy.

Rick Hammond and his son Derrick of Flight Line Services and Hammond Aviation attended the meeting and also spoke positively of the flight being re-established. The mood in general was positive and to set the flight on a sound financial setting was Region of Waterloo International Airport Manager Chris Wood who donated $1,000 from

his budget. Chris also offered a meeting room in RWIA which has elevator access, for the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Those members reading this article living in the Kitchener- Waterloo area are invited to come out to the flight’s regular meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month.