nouvelle-coordonnatrice-devenements-copa

Tessa Toutant de Winnipeg s’est jointe à l’équipe de COPA en tant que coordonatrice d’événements.  Elle sera responsable de la planification et de l’organisation professionnelle de tous les événements sous la responsabilité de COPA.

Tessa Toutant, coordonnatrice d’événements

– De Winnipeg, MB

– Diplômée du Programme Recreation Management and Community Development de l’Université du Manitoba

– A participé à la planification de la conférence annuelle de lAssociation de recherche Voyages & Tourisme 2015 à Niagara Falls, Ontario

– Coordination d’événements avec l’Institut de recherche sur la santé, loisirs et performances humaines de l’Université du Manitoba

– Membre du Conseil consultatif chargé de superviser la planification du Red Dress Gala du Manitoba en appui à la santé cardio-vasculaire des femmes

– Fan d’avions d’époque et de camping sous l’aile

– Parfaitement bilingue dans les deux langues officielles

Nouvelle coordonnatrice d’événements COPA.

Tessa Toutant de Winnipeg s’est jointe à l’équipe de COPA en tant que coordonatrice d’événements.  Elle sera responsable de la planification et de l’organisation professionnelle de tous les événements sous la responsabilité de COPA.

Tessa Toutant, coordonnatrice d’événements

– De Winnipeg, MB

– Diplômée du Programme Recreation Management and Community Development de l’Université du Manitoba

– A participé à la planification de la conférence annuelle de lAssociation de recherche Voyages & Tourisme 2015 à Niagara Falls, Ontario

– Coordination d’événements avec l’Institut de recherche sur la santé, loisirs et performances humaines de l’Université du Manitoba

– Membre du Conseil consultatif chargé de superviser la planification du Red Dress Gala du Manitoba en appui à la santé cardio-vasculaire des femmes

– Fan d’avions d’époque et de camping sous l’aile

– Parfaitement bilingue dans les deux langues officielles

Events Next Week

September 24, Dorval, QC (CYUL):  Stratos Aviation Association is holding their first annual Expo AeroDreams! Discover the world of aviation at this exciting event. All ages and experience levels welcome. Flight sims, BBQ, static displays, and various presentations. 10:00 to 18:00 Free admission. 9501 av. Ryan, Dorval, QC H9P 1A2 Contact Ryan (514) 546-3255 for more info.

September 24, Kindersley, SK (CYKY):  Fly-in Breakfast sponsored by Kindersley Flying Club and Kindersley Air Cadets.  Contact Monte 306-463-4647

September 24, High River, AB (CEN4): Join COPA Flight 81 for their fly-in breakfast.  $10 adults.  Visit downtown High River to take part in the 15th Annual RCC 2017 Show ‘n Shine car show.  Contact Robert at foothillsflyingclub@icloud.com

Vimy Flight Coming to an End

The Vimy Flight cross-Canada tour finished the cross-country part of its educational adventure with a flourish last weekend.

Two Nieuport 11 aircraft flew over the stadium at a Calgary Stampeders game before returning to the grass strip at Indus to be taken apart.

A third Nieuport, which started the five-month odyssey with a flight over the Vimy Memorial in April to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle, was damaged in an accident in Saskatchewan Aug. 31.

Although the Vimy pilots had planned to fly through B.C., they elected instead to truck the aircraft through the smoky Rocky Mountain passes in time for two last appearances.

The Nieuports will fly at their home base of Comox, B.C. on Sept. 17 and again in Victoria on Oct. 11.

McLeod Second in Porto

Canada’s Pete McLeod earned his third second-place finish in a row in the Red Bull Air Race series with a solid performance at the stop in Porto, Portugal last weekend.

McLeod was just .113 seconds behind Czech pilot Martin Sonka in the final four race. He was fastest in qualifying for the fourth race in a row.

McLeod’s consistent performance has vaulted him into second place overall in the series standings with just two races left. Matt Hall, of Australia was third.

Kirby Chambliss, of the U.S., would have placed first if not for a two-second penalty.

McLeod was due for a victory in Porto based on his strong previous performances but he was happy with second.

“It was a close race and I put down a good time. Second is great. I got the points I needed to keep moving forward in the championship,” McLeod said. “It was no secret that I thought I was going to win here. I thought I was able to win the last three races. We’re still happy to smile with second, it’s good.” The next stop is Lausitzring in Germany Sept. 16-17.

New COPA Event Coordinator

COPA has hired Tessa Toutant, of Winnipeg, as its new event coordinator. Toutant will be responsible for planning and organizing special events held by COPA to ensure they are professionally executed.

Tessa Toutant, Event Coordinator

– From Winnipeg, MB

– Graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Recreation Management and Community Development and Community Development Program

– Assisted in the planning of the 2015 Travel & Tourism Research Association Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, ON

– Event Coordination experience with the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute at the University of Manitoba

– Member of the Advisory Board overseeing the planning of the Manitoba Annual Red Dress Gala in support of Women’s Heart Health

– Fan of vintage aircraft and underwing camping

– Fluently bilingual in both official languages

Tessa can be reached at mailto:ttoutant@copanational.org or 613-236-4901 ext. 107

 

 

President’s Corner – September 2017

Late July was the annual biggest general aviation (GA) gathering in the world, at Oshkosh Wisconsin. COPA was there at EAA’s Air Venture and like the two previous years, held an event for all Canadian pilots to sit down and meet over some food and drinks. Thanks to our partners Magnes, AIG and McLarens, almost 300 enjoyed the cool break during the scorching summer heat. We plan to host a similar event next year and for those who attended, please feel free to send us your comments and suggestions.

ATC Privatization In The United States — Alternate Facts Also Coming To GA ?
But while at Oshkosh, it was the big moment for the GA groups down south (AOPA, EAA, NBAA) to push their initiative against the privatization of air navigation services (ANS), something quite similar to Nav Canada. At some point, AOPA media were at the Oshkosh International Tent looking for Canadian pilots who can attest to the decline of GA that ANS privatization has brought to our country. They point the finger at potential privatization for the landing fees at larger airports, safety threats to busy airspace, the lack of smaller airport funding, death of GA, more taxes for the general public and many other issues that depend almost entirely on the individual political systems in place, not on ANS privatization. Since they often cite what happened in Canada as the reference NOT to follow, it was an opportunity for me to talk with AOPA senior officials and set some facts straight and inform them of our reality, since they had not consulted with us before citing Canadian opinions and mentioning our name. The errors were corrected. Needless to say in their quest for disgruntled Canadian pilots, they were met with raised eyebrows and not raised hands.

COPA @ Work
Some interesting activities for us this fall. As mentioned last month in this column and on our website, COPA will be continuing to work with Transport Canada on the 10 year propeller overhaul. We will also be working on COPA’s comments to the proposed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulations changes that were proposed in Canada Gazette 1 on July 15 (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rppr/ p1/2017/2017-07-15/pdf/g1-15128.pdf), with some of our subject matter experts. Feel free to send us your comments or opinions on any of this work here: bgervais@ copanational.org.

COPA Flights consultation
In keeping with the ongoing work to empower and involve the local COPA Flights as the focal point for our members around the country, we will be holding several COPA Flights consultations starting with the Maritimes in Moncton (NB) on September 16th, then possibly Kitchener (ON) in October, followed by Moose Jaw (SK) November 3rd. The goal of these meetings is really to “consult”, to listen to you, hear back from you, share our principles and see how we can build a stronger, more cohesive organization around the country, all the while acting for what’s best for our members in every corner of the land.