Busy summer for Oshawa flyers

Gord Mahaffy


COPA Flight 70 out of Oshawa is a very active group. And while the activity increases in the summer, the cohesiveness decreases.In other words our members tend to do their own thing in aviation.

On Saturday, June 12 a Young Eagles flight was washed out due to the weather. This was the first time in 10 years that such an event was cancelled completely because of rain. However on Sunday, June 13, the kids, the volunteers and the pilots all showed up.It was a full days flying and about 120 young people experienced their first airplane ride.

On Saturday, May 15, several planes from Oshawa flew to the Gatineau airport near Ottawa to view the Vintage Wings collection.It was nice to see Mikel Brown arrive in his newly purchased C-150. Mikel and Flight 70 member John Alford (co-pilot) flew in VFR, while two other Flight 70 aircraft took advantage of the trip to log some IFR time.Incidentally this trip was organized by Paul Hayes (COPA National director for Southern Ontario) and COPA Flight 70 Bombardier, Cheryl Marek.

In the words of Mikel Brown, “when your landing traffic is a sky diver to the right of the active runway and your departing traffic is an F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre jet you know you are among aviation lovers.”

COPA Flight 70 had the privilege to use their June 3 meeting to host a briefing on the G8-G20 summit that was being held in Toronto.All stakeholders were represented including Transport Canada, Nav Canada, The RCMP (integrated Securities Unit), and the RCAF.As Captain of COPA Flight 70 I was extremely proud of the cooperative atmosphere generated during this meeting. Coffee and conversation go a long way in keeping aviation stakeholders working together.

Since a favorable economic impact study and a good reception from the Oshawa City Council, construction at the Oshawa airport has been booming. In July 2010 many hangarminiums were completed. Flight 70 member Wayne Jeffery moved his pristine de Havilland Beaver on amphib floats into a brand new hanger with a spotless white floor. An ensuite washroom was in the early stages of construction.Farther down the line on July 12, Jeff and Leslie Page threw a party to celebrate their new hangar.

Instead of having a regular COPA Flight 70 meeting in August, Co-Captain Jim Kamstra and his wife Kory hosted a corn roast for the group.Treasurer Wayne Ellis volunteered as chef and turned out delicious hamburgers to go with the gourmet corn that the hot damp summer weather in Southern Ontario has produced. The highlight of the evening was the launching of a model hot air balloon into the evening sky.

Several members took advantage of the warm weather to have their annuals completed. And there are still fly-outs to Elmhurst and Greenbank. So while things are a little more disconnected in the summer time, there is still a whole lot of activity taking place with COPA Flight 70 Oshawa.