To highlight the efforts of volunteers, three COPA For Kids awards will be presented annually, sponsored by Ironshore.
This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the COPA For Kids program. COPA Flights and individual COPA Members are invited to nominate outstanding COPA For Kids volunteers for the following awards:
• Event Coordinator
• Ground Support Volunteer
• Imagine award (recognizing efforts that go beyond the basic COPA For Kids flight)
Nominations will be accepted anytime but in order to be considered for any particular year they should be submitted by 31 December. Awards will be announced by the end of January. Nomination materials should include detailed descriptions of the accomplishments of the nominee, any relevant background information and letters of recommendation from fellow COPA members.
Nomination forms go to this link http://www.copanational.org/files/CPF_AIG_AwardNominationForm.pdf
Many COPA Flights are using some sort of spreadsheet to register Young Aviators & Pilots and all COPA Flights are returning the paper registration form as required. COPA Staff then re-type this data for entry in CFK online log book from the paper registration forms, over 2,000 entries a year. If COPA HQ could receive the data in electronic format we could increase productivity and decrease typo errors by avoiding manually re-typing.
Participation is optional, not mandatory. Your Flight can continue with its current way of registering Young Aviators & Pilots. Flights who wish to help improve the entry of data can try our easy to use spreadsheet compatible with MS Excel 2003. This spreasheet also has Certificate print merge buttons. Flights can also provide a compatible spreadsheet or feedback for improvements to COPA National. Read the Getting Started presentation.
All Paper registration forms must be mailed to COPA National as soon as the event is completed.
COPA Air Meet Insurance is designed to protect COPA National and the Flight's liability and legal defense as organizers of Fly-outs, fly-ins, or any events organized by a COPA Flight. In addition the COPA Air Meet Insurance provides excess (top off) insurance for the COPA For Kids Aviation Program. However, this "top off" insurance does not apply to introduction flights to adults. Our insurer and COPA National expects the COPA Flight will apply due diligence to ensure all pilots participating in a COPA Flight event involving the flying of adults as passengers are in accordance to the CARs and additional minimum recommendations:
COPA is pleased to announce the launch of our program to promote aviation to Canada’s youth. The mission of the COPA For Kids Aviation Program (http://www.copaforkids.org) is to provide a motivational aviation experience, focusing on a flight in an airplane. These flights are provided free of charge to all youth ages 8-17.
For many years an agreement between COPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in the US had allowed COPA members to fly young people as part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program. However, following an internal review of the program it became apparent that liability issues in the US would not permit COPA’s continued participation in Young Eagles. So, an alternative was sought for COPA members to provide organized flights for youth in Canada.
The COPA For Kids Aviation Program is sponsored by Ironshore, the underwriters for the COPA VIP Gold and VIP Silver Aviation Insurance programs and delivered by our national network of COPA Flights.
“The COPA For Kids Aviation Program has been inspired by Young Eagles but is not associated in any way with Young Eagles or the EAA”, said COPA President Kevin Psutka. “I am pleased that the EAA will continue the Young Eagles program through its Canadian Chapters. With our two programs in place, we can maximize the opportunity for kids to experience the thrill of flight.”
COPA Flights and COPA members who wish to fly young people are invited to read the Guide to the COPA For Kids Aviation Program and see the attractive brochure and certificate that is available for download. Waiver Registration form only back to back.
Kids and parents can visit COPA For Kids website for an introduction to aviation and an invitation to fly. Please send us an email if you have any questions. To find a COPA For Kids event in your area, regularly check the Event calendar and contact the local organizer indicated on the calendar to register for your free flight.