Interested in helping to introduce aviation to others?
Through COPA’s Discover Aviation program, pilots volunteer their time and talents, along with their personal aircraft providing free flight experiences to new friends and future pilots. This modernized program combines our two longstanding programs, COPA for Kids and DiscoverGA, into one single purpose of helping others explore the skies. 

Insurance coverage
COPA Flights (regional chapters) regularly organize events to offer discovery flights to their community. Discover Aviation event insurance coverage (including event and top-up liability insurance) is provided by COPA through the Magnes Group. To date, nearly 24,000 Canadians have been introduced to the world of aviation through these community events. COPA Flights must register their event in the form below to receive a Certificate of Insurance.

Background screening
As COPA’s Discover Aviation events welcome young people (18 and under) into the world of aviation, all volunteer pilots must complete a background screening. The background check takes less than 30 minutes to complete online and costs for COPA members are covered by COPA and our program sponsor, Magnes.

  • To receive a free background screening, please ensure your main event organizer includes your name and email in the registration form linked below.
  • Vulnerable sector checks may be completed in substitution of a background screening, however, the volunteer will be responsible for all associated costs.
  • Background checks completed via COPA’s online process or through local police services are valid for three (3) years, and must be renewed in time for a Discover Aviation event or flight. If a COPA member has already received a background check, they do not need a new one if it was completed within the last three years and has been validated by the event organizer/COPA Flight captain.

COVID-19 event guidance
As event activities begin to resume, COPA Flights may be interested in guidance from COPA National. Please note, events may look different based on your region and based on your COPA Flight’s comfort level with managing pilots, young people, families and communities. When planning any COPA affiliated event, please follow your provincial health guidelines. Any measures you may wish to enforce should be communicated to participants, volunteers and any other stakeholders involved before and throughout the event.

Consent waivers
All participants in the Discover Aviation program must complete the following liability waivers. See below for a variety of waiver forms your COPA Flight can use. If your participants are using the online version, please ensure they are aware to either forward their confirmation email to your COPA Flight or are prepared to show your registration desk at your event.

Event materials
Upon completion of the form below, COPA may have event materials such as certificates, banners and other marketing items available for use for our local COPA Flights.

Discover Aviation - COPA Flight Event Registration Form

By completing this form, you are registering your COPA Flight's Discover Aviation event for event insurance and top-up liability insurance. Your event will be published on the COPA On the Horizon calendar
  • Contact Information

  • COPA Flights are required to renew their COPA Flight chapter status December of each year. Event insurance is not available to inactive COPA Flights. To renew, visit the following link: https://copanational.org/controlpanel/.
  • Please note, this contact email will be BCC'd a copy of this form upon completion.
  • Please provide an address for any event materials to be shipped to. If the contact name is separate from the main contact, please indicate in address line 2.
  • Event Details

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  • Specify the time zone in UTC (eg -6, or +4.5). Put the +/- sign in front of the number.
  • Event Materials

    COPA and the Magnes Group's logo and brand guidelines will be shared with you.
  • This free tool can be used to manage your passengers, pilots and other volunteers. Training or access to training materials is also available.
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    COPA has created an activity booklet for youth ages 8-11 to learn about aviation. If you would like to make copies of our COPA for Kids Aviation Starter Kits available to your event participants, please indicate how many booklets you will require. Our program sponsor, Magnes, is providing these at no charge.
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    COPA is willing to lend its pull-up banners to our COPA Flights for their Discover Aviation events. If you would like to take advantage of this, please indicate how many banners you may need.
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    Please indicate how many program pamphlets you may need. These brochures highlight key features on our Discover Aviation program.
  • Please indicate how many certificates you may need for COPA to send to you. Our sponsor, Magnes, is providing these at no charge. These certificates can be for both youth or adults (please specify).
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    Please indicate how many window stickers you wish to order for your volunteer pilots. Our sponsor, Magnes, is providing these at no charge.
  • Insurance and Background Screening

    There is no coverage for the following activities under COPA's Air Meet Policy: parachute jumps; hot air balloon's; military aerial display; display model aircraft, antiques, vehicles, etc.; fare paying airplane rides; children's games or rides; model aircraft flying; pyrotechnics, fireworks, bonfire or campfire; airshow/air demonstration; aerial competition, flour bombing or other. It is important COPA Flights obtain separate coverage and a Certificate of insurance from each participating performer, supplier and operator, and have COPA named as an Additional Insured including Waiver of Subrogation on their coverage.
  • List the person(s) or organization(s) which have requested to be named on the policy. Please indicate their relationship to the event (e.g., premises owner, co-organizer, volunteer, etc.), their legal name and their address. Please separate names with a new line. Certificate of Insurance from each participating performer, supplier & operator and have COPA named as an Additional Insured including Waiver of Subrogation on their coverage.
  • All volunteer pilots must complete a background screening. COPA will cover the expenses for COPA members who are volunteering their time through an online background screening tool. However, participants may wish to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check through their local police services, this expense is not covered by COPA. For receiving a free background check for COPA members, please provide the first and last name; email; phone number and COPA Membership ID of those requiring background screening below. They will receive an email from Sterling Backcheck to complete their screening within 3-5 business days. Please separate names with a new line.
  • A checklist will be provided in the Discover Aviation Event Planning Guide.
  • This information helps us better understand the needs of our COPA Flights and keep track of the progress of this program. It is a requirement for all COPA Flights to complete this form within 45 days of their events.
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  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.