New Flight working to increase local airport traffic


The West Peace Aviation Association is hoping to increase traffic at the Beaverlodge Airport with its new certification as a Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Flight (COPA).

Formed in October 2012 to bring together pilots and aviation enthusiasts together, the West Peace Aviation Association (WPAA) currently has 24 members. It received its COPA Flight Certificate on Jan. 12 in Beaverlodge from Capt. Al Blakely, Alberta and NWT director for COPA.

COPA is a national organization and being part of a COPA Flight will allow any pilots in the region that are COPA members to take part in COPA events such as COPA For Kids, where we devote a day and offer rides to young people to give them a taste of general aviation, saids WPAA President Lloyd Sherk.

“Wth the COPA Annual General Meeting slated for Dawson Creek in June, there’s going to be lots of airplanes going through so this is a great time to be part of and to support COPA,” said Sherk.

WPAA is considering options to make the Beaverlodge Airport a destination of choice for GA. Potential club projects could be: Having avgas available for members; a club aircraft; COPA events and fly-ins; a club hangar bay and office; and GA safety briefings.

There are 27 COPA flights in Alberta.

Eventually, adds Sherk, the club hopes to secure a fuel storage facility at the Beaverlodge Airport.

The Town of Beaverlodge owns the airport which is home to a five-bay hangar.

For further information or to join WPAA, please contact Lloyd Sherk at 780-831-8745 or email .

— Reprinted courtesy of the Beaverlodge & District News