Our second annual safety issue

The General Aviation Safety Campaign kicked off two years ago at our Kelowna convention. Since then, COPA and our industry partners have made great strides in analyzing data, exploring recurring safety topics, and creating new outreach materials for the General Aviation community to help promote safe and enjoyable flying. Part of COPA’s commitment to this effort manifests itself in this issue of COPA Flight – the annual safety issue.

We are building on the very positive support and enthusiasm we received from the membership following last year’s safety issue and we hope the articles you’ll find will educate and spark discussion on how we can all improve our flying. In the spirit of stimulating the safety conversation, this safety edition also kicks off a new feature in our magazine: Learning from Others Mistakes. Our hope with this is to be able to share stories and experiences in a way that encourages dialogue for the benefit of all pilots across Canada. Submissions should be sent to editor@copaflight.ca.

Innisfail and Cornwall

COPA is looking forward to welcoming the GA community at our two summer fly-in events: June 6-8 in Innisfail, AB and August 22-24 in Cornwall, ON. We are putting together an exciting lineup of seminars and we are adding new exhibitors every day. All activities will be onsite at the airport in both locations, and for those camping we are excited to offer an aviation-themed movie night under the stars. The COPA annual general meeting will also be held in Innisfail. For more information and to register your spot, visit FlyInnisfail.ca and FlyCornwall.ca. Stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram over the coming weeks as we announce more details about each event’s lineup.

Board Governance

As I write this column, we have just concluded our quarterly Board of Directors meeting in Vancouver, B.C. Thanks to the Aero Club of BC, COPA Flight16, who hosted a sold-out reception for members and friends at their clubhouse at the Pitt Meadows Airport. It was a fun evening of socializing and learning about some of the exciting new developments at the Pitt Meadows Airport and around the Lower Mainland. They also presented us with a $5,000 donation towards the Freedom to Fly Fund. During the board meeting, Shane Armstrong from Saskatchewan was elected as the new chair, following the departure of Dave McElroy. I look forward to working closely with Shane and the rest of the board on advancing upcoming priorities for COPA. I would also like to thank Alberta director Bram Tilroe for resuming his old role as Western Vice Chair. Dave’s departure has also created a vacancy on the board for B.C. and Yukon, and more information will be published soon about plans to fill that role.