Flight hosts huge crowd at first Rust Remover

By Paul Sissons


COPA Flight 176 just finished holding its first big event of 2012, a Rust Remover. We had a fantastic turnout including many who flew in. We had great speakers, a tasty lunch and for those that stuck around after getting their currency sticker, a late afternoon barbecue.

Since forming in the Spring of 2011 COPA Flight 176 last year held a flyin breakfast in conjunction with the Edmonton Indy race, a COPA For Kids event and just this April we conducted our first Rust Remover.

Based on the success of all of these events, we intend to run all three again. This year’s Rust Remover, held on Saturday, April 21, was, by any measure, a roaring success.

The excellent location in Hangar 39 at Edmonton City Centre Airport (CYXD), the favourable weather, the eager participants, the excellent volunteers and the generous sponsors all contributed to this successful event.

We were optimistically expecting a turnout of approximately 50 participants however we ended up hosting something north of 120 participants. And this included more than 20 fly-ins coming from all across the province.

From the registration, to the fly-in marshaling to the excellent speakers, to a fabulous lunch spread, the event went off masterfully. The event kicked off with registration at 8:30 a.m. and finished up at 2:30 p.m. Pilots who attended received certification of having met the two-year currency requirement of CARs.

The event opened with a presentation by our Alberta-based COPA Chair, Bob Kirkby, who spoke on general aviation and COPA issues. This was followed by Fred Johnson from Transport Canada speaking on regulatory issues. The next speaker was Brian Stockall from Nav Canada who discussed various airspace issues.

After lunch local instructor Alvin Erickson gave a presentation on weather, density altitude and good flying techniques. There was robust question and answer time after each presentation.

Door prizes included COPA memberships and the book, “Crosswinds” by local Flight member, Michael Bellamy. After things wrapped up pilots who flew in made a beeline for the flight-line. We had Cessna, Piper, a Mooney, a couple of Vans, and even a Thorp. Please check out our website for lots of photographs of all the airplanes that

showed up. For all of those who attended (and all those who wish they had), COPA Flight 176 will be holding this event again in the future. For those who wish to join our group or just take in the next meeting, you are welcome. Our regular monthly meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonton City Centre Airport [CYXD] in Hangar 39.

We always plan for an interesting speaker at each meeting. More information is on our website. We will also be holding a special meeting at Hangar 39 on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. when we will have COPA National President Kevin Psutka in town.

Other special events coming up in 2012 for COPA Flight 176 include a visit by John Lovelace and the “Century of Flight Club” on July 13-15. We will also, again, be holding our Fly-in Breakfast in conjunction with the Edmonton Indy Race on July 21-22.

And we will also, again, be holding our COPA For Kids event on August 25. More information for all of these events is available on our website: www.edmontoncopa.ca