Some had no idea we can have this much fun

By John Woudstra


Every year COPA Flight 121 hosts a local fly-in at the Carleton Place Airport (CNR6) for Ottawa Valley pilots. Personal invitations are sent out in order to control the masses for the event since we have a capacity for about 40 aircraft on the field and parking for about 30 cars.

In past years when we reach the capacity of the field we get concerned about the safety of our guests and, of course, running out of food.

This year, our primary date was Saturday, September 8th with the rain date of the 9th. As would happen the weather did not co-operate for Saturday with heavy downpours and high winds and rain whipping sideways. As the cold front moved through, the forecast for Sunday was better with sunshine but winds still predicted to be quite strong.

Temperatures dropped and the winds did not materialize so we were happy to proceed with our plan to host a luncheon barbecue along with a generous assortment of desserts and snacks.

The troops gathered around 7:30 Sunday morning and swung into action with the setup. By 9 a.m. we were ready for any intrepid flyers who would venture out to join us. By the time the morning was over we had recorded a total of 31 visiting aircraft from a variety of locations in Eastern Ontario.

Including our own aircraft based on the field and two late arrivals, we were 38 aircraft parked… a very amazing and respectable turnout, which made for great conversation and socializing.

The aircraft represented were mostly Challengers in varying configurations and colours, with a representation of Zenair 750s, Tecnam, CT, RVs, Kitfox and a Zephair II. To complement the Tractors and Pushers we also had a Robinson R44 flown in by Bob Hanson, and our own Rotorway Exec flown by Mike Stockton.

In addition to the pilots and their passengers, other participants came from the community, with curiosity-seekers daring to come in to see what was going on. Various comments about having a wonderful time and enjoying the hospitality and having no idea people could enjoy themselves this much, reaffirmed the reason we hold this event.

The goodwill fostered not only within the community and general public goes a long way in de-mystifying our weekend adventures.

We served well over 100 burgers and hotdogs and had to make a couple of quick trips to the store to top up supplies to prevent any disappointments. The desserts were again a hit, especially among the visiting children, with an assortment of cakes, cup cakes, cookies and homemade snacks. Compliments to Rob Archibald for his Challengerthemed cake. This of course caused some over-snacking during the wrap-up of the event.

These events do not happen on their own and many thanks to all the volunteers for setup, food, marshaling and field preparation.

The event was a resounding and safe success and we look forward to a repeat again next year, the weekend after Labour Day.


Now for some more good news

By John Woudstra


There is always something different each year and I feel it appropriate to mention some great innovation happening at COPA Flight 121 in the interest of flight safety.

Chris Winter has designed and developed an alternative to Nav and strobe lighting to enhance the safety element of flying.

He took advantage of Flight 121’s recent fly-in at the Carleton Place Airport (CNR6) to demonstrate the capability of his Navigation lighting alternative to the pilots attending. The information on his product is included in the following note. Have a look.

The details on how to get yours are included should you have an interest. NavStrobe Lighting is pleased to announce the development of a very low-cost solution to improve aircraft safety. We have developed a combination navigation light and strobe light in one simple replacement bulb.

The Wingtip LED bulb that we developed is a direct replacement for the A-1512 bulb from Grimes, Rapco and Whelen Model E.

The tailfin LED bulb is a direct replacement for the GE 1691 bulb. We have built in a micro circuit into the base of both bulbs that allows the LED bulb to change modes by simply moving the Nav switch in the cockpit from off to on to go into the steady on mode.

When you want to go to strobe mode, move the Nav switch from off to on within three seconds and you enter the strobe mode. The modes change each time you operate the Nav switch. There is no modification required to the aircraft. Simply replace the existing bulbs.

Our three LED bulbs use only 1200ma in steady on mode and less than 700ma in strobe mode. The traditional bulbs use 8000ma (8 amps). The expected life of the LEDs is about 100,000 hours.

The LED bulb assemblies can be seen at our eBay store by searching for item number 190702398407 to see the wingtip LED assembly and for item number 190703326891 to see the tailfin LED assembly. Our other LED bulbs can be seen there as well.