Rust Remover a roaring success

By Marion Ross



They came from all over British Columbia! We even had attendance from as far away as Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie, Alberta! It was a fantastic gathering of pilots eager to shake the rust of winter from their wings.

Two hundred and two was the official number of participants at the Rust Remover held at the Vernon Regional Airport Saturday on April 14. Unfortunately due to weather we didn’t get the planned number of fly-ins from the Lower Mainland and the East Kootenays, however, local weather was great and the 18 planes that did fly in and the hundreds of cars in the parking lot were testament to the popularity of this event.

Registering 202 people made for a very busy hour or so, but thanks to many volunteers it went quite smoothly.

The ten dollars collected from each participant covered lunch and refreshments and helped to off-set some of the expenses. The general feeling was that the fee was a terrific bargain. Attendance at this kind of COPA-sponsored event is an excellent way of satisfying Transport Canada’s requirement for biennial recurrency training.

The guest speakers were, as usual, excellent, informative and entertaining with lots of audience participation.

Steven Bellmond, Chief CFO with Southern Interior Flight Centre in Kelowna spoke about “The Ideal Check Ride”; Nav Canada Flight Service Specialist from Kamloops, Doug Galloway and the FSS Manager, John Jakes talked about “Flight Filing and Weather Briefings”; Drs. Hugh Clarke and David Naismith, AME’s, presented “Pilot Health Matters and the Ageing Pilot”.

Last, but definitely not least, Barney Dunlevy, a retired Senior Air Traffic Controller presented “Current VFR flight plan requirements from Hope west to Boundary Bay” and the changes soon to be implemented in Vancouver area air-space.

Special thanks must go to the COPA Captain of Flight 65, Laura-Lee Locheed and Barry Jackson, President of the Vernon Flying Club as well as all the members of the Vernon Flying Club for all the effort they put into making the 2007 Rust Remover such a grand success.




Those who attended the Rust Remover on April 14, marveled at the changes to our Club House. With President Barry Jackson in command, aided by a small, dedicated crew of volunteers from the Vernon Flying Club and COPA Flight 65, our building was given a much-needed face-lift.

The makeover was started by removing all furniture in the main room to the great outdoors and then stripping the floor of all the old carpeting. This laid bare paint covered concrete which meant another job: if the tile was to adhere properly, the old paint had to go.

After the floor had been prepared, Barry and his team commenced mixing mud and opening tile packages. It should be noted that Barry and Chuck Ross were instrumental in the laying of the tile. If that volunteer labour had a price tag on it, our costs would easily have doubled. Bravo Zulu to all.

Flying club flies Katimavik group

 By John Swallow



(From the March issue of “Hangar News”
the Vernon Flying Club/COPA Flight 65 newsletter).

Thursday, March 15, saw the Vernon Flying Club members once again volunteering their time and aircraft to bring the thrill of leaving the ground to a deserving group of individuals associated with Katimavik.

Katimavik, an Inuit word meaning “gathering place,” was founded in 1977 by The Honourable (later Senator) Jacques Hébert to allow Canadian youth to travel the country and get involved in community projects.

The mission of Katimavik is to foster the personal, professional, and social development of Canadian youth through volunteer involvement in communities from coast to coast.

Since 1977, Katimavik has enabled nearly 25,000 Canadians to be involved in more than 2,000 communities throughout the country. This means approximately 1,200 youth participate in the program each year; this year alone, 105 communities across Canada are hosting Katimavik groups.

Youth who apply to the program are randomly selected based on demographic factors such as mother tongue, sex and province of origin. There are four phases of the program in a year, starting between September and November. Though there is no cost for travel or room and board, Katimavik doesn't cover all expenses. Certain dental and medical procedures may not be covered by Katimavik and would have to come out of the participant's pocket.