By Barry Martin, Captain
The Annual PEI Rust Remover Session was held at the Skyplex in Charlottetown on Saturday, March 24, with approximately 25 pilots representing the three Maritime Provinces.
This year was Flight 57’s turn to host, next year, Summerside’s COPA Flight 125 will be hosting as we alternate years.
The session started off with a presentation by Mike Campbell, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. He gave a nice history of the airport since it was transferred from Transport Canada and then moved on to their role in attracting new airlines to the Charlottetown Airport.
Mike is one of those people who understand the importance of General Aviation. This allows the Charlottetown Airport Authority and COPA Flight 57 to work well together. Mike is retiring in June and we wish him all the best.
The next speaker was Jim Lockyer from Moncton talking on the upcoming COPA Convention. It sure sounds like a great time. Hopefully we will get good weather for all the members flying in. And don’t forget, PEI is only an hour’s flight away.
Nav Canada represented by Bill Jameson and Brian MacLean put on a presentation covering airport procedures, flight planning and flight following. There was lots of great discussion and was followed by a 20 question fun quiz to see if anyone was actually awake during their presentation.
Nav Canada provided prizes for the top three finishers, a nice kit bag to Darren Gray, a newly licenced pilot, a vest for me and a mug to Steve Hurlbut, a visiting COPA member from Greenwood. Someone mentioned afterward that it seemed fishy that I won a prize since I was one of the organizers. I mentioned that I wouldn’t be much of an organizer if I couldn’t organize a prize for myself. They were just jealous that I am not just a pretty face.
The afternoon ended with a presentation on homebuilding by Deryck Hickox followed by an interactive discussion on airmanship and safety. Everyone had a chance to voice their pet peeves on airmanship and their favorite safety item. After the session was over, the members were invited to see the newly completed RV-10 of Dave Corrigan, the full scale replica SE5A that Deryck is helping to finish and the recently finished RV-7A of Steve Hurlbut.
After that, a few of us went flying with Dave who was doing his climb test for the RV-10. Although there was never much doubt, it passed with flying colors.