Stephen McCarthy

In 1997 I fulfilled a lifelong goal by becoming a private pilot. I continued training and obtained a commercial license followed by an IFR rating. My wife also got her license. In 2001 we became the proud owners of a 1977 Cessna 182Q. We fly as much as possible, and have travelled throughout the Maritimes and New England.

Our best trips were the two visits to the Oshkosh airshow.

We hangar our aircraft at the Debert Airport, and are members of COPA flight 188. I have served several terms on the board of the Debert Flight Center, and have been the president for the past 3 years. We are the busiest flight training unit in Nova Scotia. We offer instruction for private, commercial, and instructor ratings.

I have also been a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner for the last 10 years. I greatly enjoy working with pilots, and like to think that being a pilot myself helps me understand their work environment.

COPA has always been helpful when I’ve called on them to respond to a particular problem that we faced at our airport. It has made me aware of the many challenges facing General Aviation. I would like to be a director because I’d like to be part of the solution to these challenges.

My experience as a director and President of the Debert Flight Center has helped to make me an effective advocate for General Aviation locally. I would like to help preserve our flying privileges throughout Canada.

COPA’s mandate is exactly that. It would be a privilege to serve.