Back To Business After Fun Summer

Gord Mahaffy


COPA Flight 70 is back to business after a summer that saw many of our members flying off in different directions.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, we held our first formal meeting of the post summer season. This kick-off meeting was preceded by a barbecue and a “get-reacquainted” social session.

We were honoured to have as our guest, James Pouget, winner of the 2010 Webster Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the top amateur pilot in Canada. The competition involved an interview, proficiency and navigational flight tests and a written exam.

Our Bombardier, Cheryl Marek conducted a question and answer interview with James then presented him with a COPA-70 flight hat.

James, an aspiring commercial pilot, has chosen to use his winning Air Canada tickets to visit Australia, and is looking forward to his day with the Snowbirds.

Doug Ronan, the COPA National Director for Southern Ontario was also present to offer congratulations to James.

Our feature speaker, Wayne Ellis, gave us a preview screening of The Aviators. This new TV show deals with all aspects of aviation and only aviation. Episode 1 contained five segments on Oshkosh, the Tiger Moth, the C5 Galaxie, Jeff Skiles (Miracle on the Hudson first officer), and a flat spin recovery.

You won’t want to miss this fast moving and tightly edited series that will air on many cable channels including Global, PBS and possibly the Discovery channel and the History channel. See Wayne must have done a good job presenting The Aviators because after the meeting was over, people lingered and talked for over an hour.

Durham region and visiting pilots, do join us on the first Thursday of every month. See