COPA Safety Program

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. (Captain A. G. Lamplugh)

Though it has become much safer over the last thirty to forty years, General Aviation (GA) is still faced with incidents and accidents that can be avoided with proper risk management and decision-making. The new COPA Safety Program plays an important role in mitigating the inherent risks associated with flying by helping pilots enhance their skills and knowledge, resulting in the potential decrease of incidents and accidents.

Program Mission

  • Decrease the number of GA incidents and accidents;
  • Improve and promote safety through this proactive awareness program;
  • Collaborate on safety strategies with COPA members, COPA Flights and external stakeholders (i.e. NAV CANADA, Transport Canada (TC), Transportation Safety Board (TSB),  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA));
  • Promote compliance with regulations

Free Monthly Seminars

As part of the COPA Safety Program, COPA will be hosting monthly online seminars highlighting key safety considerations for general aviation pilots. Four of the seminars (provided in March, June, September and December) meet the 24-month pilot recurrent training program (PRTP) requirements of CAR 401.05(2)(a).

2021 Seminars Schedule:

Seminar Topic  Date  Pilot Recurrent Training Program (PRTP)
Winter Flying  Saturday, January 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET   
Getting Ready for Spring and PDM  Saturday, February 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET   
En Route and Post-Lockdown Flying  Saturday, March 20 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET  Meets PRTP 
Getting Ready for Summer Flying  Saturday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET   
RPAS and GA: two separate worlds connected by one sky  Saturday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   
Seasonal Float Flying in Canada – Key Considerations  Tuesday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET   
Landing Portion of Flight and Flight Safety Review  June 27, 2021 Meets PRTP
The Mountains are Calling!  July 2021   
Ultralight and Grass Operations  August 2021   
Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness  September 2021  Meets PRTP 
Owner Maintenance  October 2021   
Helicopter Operations  November 2021   
Looking back at 2021  December 2021  Meets PRTP

Member benefits

  • Recordings and FAQs for these seminars are available in the COPA members-only section. The recordings and FAQs can be accessed here.
  • Each seminar attended by a COPA member qualifies for one entry into an annual draw
  • Select seminars may include prizes available to COPA member attendees

Working with Transport Canada

We are proud to say that Transport Canada and COPA worked together on the General Aviation Safety Campaign (GASC) which has now become a program (GASP). Visit the Transport Canada General Aviation Safety Campaign information page here.

Additional Safety Resources

Several organizations are devoted to safety and we want to partner with them in any way we can.

SmartPilot is an aviation website that has been developed by CASARA to enhance flight safety in Canada, with support from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. Smart Pilot also provides interesting and informative articles, videos and interactive programming to help better inform pilots about how to be safer in the air.

Click here to access safety videos brought to you by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the COPA Flight Safety Foundation, with production support from the AOPA Foundation.

COPA’s Flight Safety Foundation

The COPA Safety Program is supported by the COPA Flight Safety Foundation which provides a variety of aviation safety related educational material and training services to the Canadian General Aviation community.

The Flight Safety Foundation relies exclusively on donations to fund these services, including the COPA Safety Program in-person and online training seminars, videos and COPA Flight Magazine safety-related articles. If you would like to make a donation, its as easy as clicking here.


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