With the spring weather upon us (or most of us), our eyes are turning to the sky and we start planning to bring our aircraft out of their winter hibernation spots, or call up our local flying club to reserve an aircraft.

Before we get too far ahead, it behooves all of us to make an effort to remove some of the ‘rust’ that has accumulated in our aviation knowledge bank over the winter. Numerous COPA Flights across the country hold ‘Rust Removers’ or Safety Seminars to do just that. One is being held this coming Saturday, April 27, and three are being held next Saturday, May 4 .

Mont Tremblant, in Quebec, is the site of a Rust remover put on jointly by COPA Flight 40 and Aviateurs.Québec. The event is being held at La Cage – Brasserie Sportive (340 Rte 117, Mont-Tremblant) between the hours of 08:30 and 14:00. Admission is $50 for non-members, free for members.

At the Vernon airport (CYVK) in British Columbia’s North Okanagan, COPA Flight 65 – Vernon Flying Club is holding their annual Rust Remover. Over the years, this event had garnered a reputation as being one of the best around. Among the many speakers are representatives from Nav Canada and Transport Canada. Registration is at 08:00, training session is from 09:00 to 15:00. Lunch is included. Come the night before and enjoy a Friday Night Social and Barbecue. Click here for more details.

At Southern Ontario’s Bancroft airport (CNW3), COPA Flight 119 is hosting their annual Rust Remover.  There is no admittance fee and all pilots are welcome. For more information and to register, email Gary at the Bancroft Flying Club.

Also in Southern Ontario, COPA Flight 100 – Smiths Falls Flying Club is holding a Safety Seminar. The presenter is CASARA’s John Ferguson. Attendance, which is free, meets CARs requirements for 24-month regency.  Advance registration is not required. Visit the club’s website or call 613.283.1148 for more information.