Annual fly-in weekend features fun, great food

By Marilyn Bruinsma


Another great weather weekend for COPA Flight 45’s annual fly-in at Sky Harbour Airport in Goderich. The weekend began with coffee, cold drinks and plates of fruit before a barbecue lunch of burgers, salads and desserts held in the shade and breeze of Bruinsma’s hangar.

After lunch, Norman Pickell, a local lawyer and pilot, spoke to us about his position as Integrity Commissioner for Nunavut territory. It was amazing to see the modern buildings, grocery stores, restaurants and yes now a Tim Horton’s in Iqualit, Nunavut’s capital.

Food and services are expensive there as everything arrives by air or truck. Yet when Norman was there this June, their gas prices were cheaper than here in Goderich.

When he was installed as Integrity Commissioner, Nancy, his wife, accompanied him to Nunavut for the ceremony and tour of the territory. A teacher, Nancy, wanted to visit a Grade 3/4 classroom there as she is the teacher of a 3/4 classroom at Hullett Public School in Londesboro. The children at the school gave their drawings from the art lesson to her to take back to her students at Hullett. Later that fall, her class sent artwork to the Iqualit students. Penpals are not allowed as there are too many requests asked of the Inuit students.

Afterwards, Norman and Nancy fielded questions from the audience. Both said it is unfortunate that the various news media report such negative happenings from Canada’s Arctic North. A gift basket was presented to the Pickells for such an interesting and informative presentation. Many stayed back to talk to

Norman and Nancy about the Northern territories. Others stayed to catch up on flying activities since the COPA Convention in Langley, B.C.

Saturday night was a spaghetti supper with all the trimmings of Caesar salad and toasted garlic buns, desserts and cold drinks. A plate of watermelon and cantaloupe was a great finale to the evening,

Cleanup of supper, returning the barbecues to the pavilion and getting ready for Sunday’s breakfast was the last order of the day. Sunny skies greeted COPA 45 members early Sunday morning. Wow, two days of great flying weather! The group arrived early to set up the breakfast, gather picnic tables, and fire up the barbecues.

Aircraft started arriving at an early 7:30 a.m. By 10 a.m. more than 35 aircraft and over 75 individuals had been served. The Goderich Signal Star reporter arrived for photos and a report. More planes, pilots and passengers continued to arrive including a big Russian AN2 from Oshawa.

Another successful weekend for Goderich’s COPA Flight 45 with lots of fun and food. Also, time to visit with those ‘plane folks’ that you meet as you travel from fly-in to fly-in.