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February 2016

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Coin toss averted - Brian Pound wins Maritimes By-election.

The tie at the close of the election period in April for one of two Director positions was resolved in a by-election, held April 18 to May 16. Scrutineers Michael Shaw, Claude Roy and Kevin Psutka certified the results.

Brian Pound  of PEI received 88 votes (59%) and John Navaux of NB 61 votes (41%).

COPA wishes to thank everyone who took the time to read the revised bios and vote again.  

COPA 2016 Yarmouth Convention

Plan your vacation and join COPA Flight 63 as they host the COPA Convention and Annual General Meeting June 24-25, 2016.

Click here for further information and to register.

Click here for the Notice of AGM and Proxy Form. 

Fort McMurray Fires

COPA thanks the G.A. pilots and airplanes who volunteered to fly personnel and supplies into the Fort McMurray Fire. 

Changes with COPA Flight coming/Changements à venir au COPA Flight

COPA is excited to announce that as of April 25th, we are partnering with Canadian Aviation Publishing (CAP). Starting with the next July issue, COPA Flight will become a full colour magazine format (8 1/2" X 11") and sent to all COPA members.  

As of today, the contacts are now:
Editing: Russ Niles,
Advertising: Katherine Kjaer,

Any other questions or enquiries can be directed to Bernard Gervais, COPA Pres & CEO, 613-236-4901 x.102

COPA est fière d’annoncer qu’à compter de 25 avril, elle s’associe à Canadian Aviation Publishing (CAP). À compter de juillet prochain COPA Flight sera en format magazine (8 ½" X 11"), tout en couleur et distribué à tous les membres COPA.   

À compter d’aujourd’hui, les contacts sont (en anglais seulement pour l’instant):
Édition: Russ Niles,
Publicité: Katherine Kjaer,

Toute autre question ou commentaire peuvent être adressés à Bernard Gervais, Prés. 613 236-4901 p. 102

Petition - Halt the Collingwood Airport Turbines

COPA members, family, friends - register your vote and share your thoughts at  

Recent Highlights:

For more than seven years, citing public health, area economic, pilot and public safety and other reasons, residents in the community of Clearview Township have voiced opposition to WPD Canada’s proposed eight 500’ high wind turbines. Two of the turbines will be 2.1 NM (2.5miles) from Collingwood airport and all eight impact the Stayner aerodrome. Already in 2014, South Dakota, US, an aircraft collided with a blade of a turbine, resulting in 4 fatalities. Click here for more information.

COPA Flight Challenge- “Oshkosh Air Venture VIP Prize”

Recruit COPA members! 

The COPA Flight that recruits the most COPA members (new or membership expired before July 31 2015) will win the “bragging rights” and will have their name published in COPA Flight newspaper.  Form must be received at COPA office by June 15, 2016.

This Grand Prize will be drawn between all participating COPA Flights! 

The winning COPA Flight will then draw this Grand Prize amongst its members!

Grand Prize includes:

-Helicopter flight for two over Air Venture
-Two VIP passes to the Airshow Pavilion
-Two adult weekly passes 
-USD $50 EAA gift certificate at Gift Shop
-Access to a golf cart for one day

Total Value “Priceless”             -Valid for Oshkosh 2016-

Click here for the membership application form.
For those of you already going to Oshkosh 2016, click here for details about the All Canadian Cookout 2016 in the Partner Resource Tent.

 Jan 15 UPDATE

COPA's and partners' work has come through. Amended NOTAMS are now public. Things are back as they were before, please contact COPA if you have questions.

Le travail de COPA et ses partenaires a porté fruit.  Les NOTAMS amendés sont maintenant publics.  Contactez COPA si vous avez des question.

Click here to read an interesting article from CBC News "FAA banned Canadian private planes from US airspace for 1 month"

Donate to the Freedom to Fly Fund today

Given the considerable challenges we continue to face against our freedom to fly, we urge everyone to consider donating to the Freedom to Fly Fund. 

Click here for examples of how the Freedom to Fly Fund has been applied to date.

Downloadable COPA Freedom to Fly Fund Donation Form MS Word format / PDF Format

Automatically donate to the Freedom to Fly Fund each month. MS Word format / PDF Format

Freedom to Fly Fund Corporate Sponsor form





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