Donations jump by 25%


It’s time I gave you an update on our Special Action Freedom to Fly Fund. If you’re wondering where that fund came from you missed the name change announcement.

At last year’s AGM we announced the Special Action Fund was being renamed the Freedom to Fly Fund to clarify its focus. After all, COPA’s mission is to keep Personal Aviation alive and well in this country, which for most of us translates into more flying. So here’s how we did in 2009.

Donations to the Freedom to Fly Fund in 2009 totaled $69,800. In 2008 the total was $55,600. That’s an increase of 25 per cent!

COPA members are really stepping up to the plate to help COPA keep all of us in the air. Let me break that number down for you.

Individual member donations provided more than half, a total of $39,000. And the bulk of those donations came in small amounts. Eight hundred and sixty eight individual members gave donations between $5 and $100 for a total of $29,800. Thirty one members made up the difference with larger donations. So give yourself a big pat on the back. This goes to show a little bit from a lot really adds up.

Our COPA Flights came through again last year. Twenty Flights raised and donated a total of $11,100. I would like to recognize and thank these Flights for their fund raising efforts:

  • Flight 10 Saskatoon, SK (twice)
  • Flight 23 North Bay, ON
  • Flight 24 Lethbridge, AB
  • Flight 35 Winnipeg, MB (twice)
  • Flight 45 Goderich, ON
  • Flight 50 Penticton, BC
  • Flight 53 Quinte, ON
  • Flight 59 Cornwall, ON
  • Flight 61 St. Albert, AB
  • Flight 73 Midland/Penetanguishene, ON
  • Flight 87 Nelson, BC
  • Flight 90 Cold Lake/Bonnyville, AB
  • Flight 93 Tisdale, SK Flight 94 Temiskaming, ON
  • Flight 106 Whitehorse, YK
  • Flight 119 Bancroft, ON
  • Flight 121 Carleton Place, ON
  • Flight 139 Westlock, AB
  • Flight 148 Brantford, ON
  • Flight 151 Pemberton, BC.

The top fund raising flight was North Bay with a total of $2,000! Don’t forget to put out the coffee can at all you events this year requesting donations to the Freedom to Fly Fund.

We also received $14,335 in donations from other flying associations. These were:

  • Alberta Flying Farmers
  • Club De L'aeronef Experimental De Sherbrooke Inc.
  • Fondation Du Transport Aerien
  • Inter Provincial Air Tour
  • Manitoba Aviation Council
  • Northern Lake Amphibians Pilot's
  • RAA Chapter 4904
  • Soaring Association of Canada
  • Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada

Thank you to these association who recognize and support the advocacy work that COPA does.

Finally, in the year of the tough economy, 10 Aviation Businesses donated a total of $5,500 to the Freedom to Fly Fund. Thank you to these businesses for recognizing the value of Personal Aviation.

Everyone who donated deserves a great big thank you from all of us who fly our owned or rented aircraft. Please keep donating whenever you are able. I would like to add a big personal thank you for responding to our call for support. Your generous donations make the job of defending your freedom to fly possible. In 2009 the Supreme Court hearing regarding federal jurisdiction over aerodromes was the culmination of several years of work and took a significant bite out of the fund. Aside from that we are continually seeing smaller issues which require funding. They never seem to go away. So please continue to raising money for the fund and continue to make donations whenever you can. Thank you.

Meanwhile, keep you prop spinning.