By Barry Martin
The winter season has curtailed some of the flying around Charlottetown but this just leaves extra time for members who are busy preparing for the COPA Fly-in AGM being held in Summerside this coming June. COPA Flight 57 and COPA Flight 125 (Summerside) are co-hosting the Fly-in AGM which we have titled Plane Times 2010.
We are working on getting a website set up to help members who are planning the trip to PEI. It is www.copaplanetimes.com. If you do not see the information you want, just use the e-mail link.
We are having a warmer than usual winter so this should make it easier for the lobster to find lots of food. They should be nice and tasty by the time the June banquet gets here. And don't forget the fresh PEI mussels that we will have for the Meet and Greet on Friday evening. Roy Ramsay, COPA Flight 125's captain, will be doing the steaming. Roy's cooking will spoil you for any other mussels.
Another exciting event planned for the fly-in is the dedication of Vintage Wings of Canada's newly restored Westland Lysander. It is undergoing restoration in Gatineau now and is expected to fly in February, giving it lots of time to get ready for its flight to Summerside. Deryck Hickox, the Restoration Coordinator for Vintage Wings, will have it in top shape, making it well worth the trip to PEI for you to get a close up view of the Lysander.
Vintage Wings has a great idea where they dedicate their restored aircraft to someone who has a history with that type of aircraft. For the Lysander, they chose Cliff Stewart, a veteran who lives in Charlottetown and operated as a spy during WWII. He is quick to say that if it wasn't for the Lysander, he wouldn't be here today.
The Lysander would land in a field in occupied France and taxi past but not stop. The passenger would jump on the wheel pant, grab hold of the strut and hang on until they were airborne. Once in the air, he would climb into the cockpit.
The Plane Times 2010 Committee are in the process of sending out invitations for companies and individuals who might be interested in sponsoring part of the Fly-in AGM, such as a coffee break, or might be interested in setting up a display for the Trade Show.
We know that we will probably miss someone who is interested in participating so, if you didn't receive a notice, please consider this your notice. Just contact us and we will look after you.
In other exciting news, COPA Flight 57/PEI Flying Association held their AGM and Christmas party this past December. The present executive are in for another year. We were honoured to have both COPA President/CEO Kevin Psutka and COPA Director Brian Chappell in attendance. Kevin gave an informative presentation on Personal Aviation. Kevin also brought a nice sweater to be given out as a door prize. I know that it is comfortable as I am wearing it as I write this article. Dave Corrigan won the prize but the sweater was too big for him, it was too small for the next person but it was just right for me. Now, where's the porridge?
And don't forget to make your reservations early for the COPA Fly-in AGM. There is an early bird prize for those who register early, courtesy of Artex; www.artex.net. The prize is an ME406 Emergency Locator Transmitter, including antenna and remote switch, valued at $1,000 U.S. More information on registration will be available soon.