COPA AGM and Virtual National Fly-In and Aviation Exhibition

Attend the biggest General Aviation event in Canada this year!

Meet industry experts, connect with hundreds of traditional and remote aircraft pilots, and win prizes along the way.

Exhibits, workshops, socializing, awards, a trivia night and so much more! Early bird ticket pricing ($15) available for members until June 4, 2021. Regular pricing for members is $25 and General Admission tickets are $30. Please note, for every purchased ticket, $5 will automatically be directed to our Freedom to Fly Fund. To learn more about the fund, please click here. There is no cost to attending the COPA AGM being held on June 26, 2021.

Learn more about the sessions below. 

Speakers

Meet the industry experts who are sharing their expertise at our Virtual Fly-In and Aviation Expo.

Live Auction

Participate in COPA's fundraiser for the Flight Safety Foundation.

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE

Put your brand on display at the largest gathering of GA event in Canada this year!

COPA AGM (1-4 p.m. ET, June 26)

Open to COPA members, the Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association will provide an update on the finances and operations of the organization.

Morning Coffee with JetPro (10-10:30 a.m. ET, June 27)

The past twenty years has marked tremendous changes in the navigation capability of aircraft with satellite-based navigation.  A key component of those benefits is the ability to use satellite-based navigation to improve the safety of flight but also the accessibility of airports.  For many COPA members, it is a struggle to keep the airport open in the face of government budget challenges.  By adding satellite-based instrument flight procedures to airports, the utility and viability of these airports improve as they facilitate more traffic, particularly medical evacuation flights and corporate flights.  And, they add to the increasing safety for pilots and aircraft.

This presentation will describe what satellite-based instrument approaches and departures are and how they add significant value to airports are a relatively low cost.

Opening Keynote with Robin Hadfield, Director, The Ninety-Nines, Inc.®, International Organization of Women Pilots (10:30-11:00 a.m. ET, June 27)

Start the day off with inspiration by participating in Robin Hadfield's opening keynote.

Co-Piloting Seminar (11-12 p.m. ET, June 27)

Does your flying partner know what to do if you suddenly become unresponsive? In this co-piloting workshop, designed for the non-pilot in mind, attendees will learn how to navigate emergency situations and on the basic principles of flight. Our two speakers for this session are Sonia Hildesheim and Stephanie Theiler, two pilots from Jazz Aviation.

Latest Drone Developments at COPA and Edmonton Airports (YEG and ZVL) (11-12 p.m. ET, June 27)

Canada is a country of many firsts. Did you know that Edmonton International Airport was the first airport in the world to integrate drones into its daily operations? EIA uses drone technology for bird control and runway inspections. Please note, the project is safe and in collaboration with both TC and NAV CANADA. To learn more about drone usage in aviation - specifically at both Edmonton and Villeneuve Airports, attend this session. At the same time, COPA will provide an update on our new drone membership options. 

Aircraft Preheating Basics with Tanis Aircraft Products (11-12 p.m. ET, June 27)

While the cold flying months might feel 100 NM away, they always come sooner than we expect! Get yourself ready by attending our workshop with Doug Evink, President and CEO of Tanis Aircraft Products on the basics of aircraft preheating. Tanis Aircraft Products is the leading manufacturer of Aircraft Engine Preheat systems.

Tanis Aircraft started business in 1974, we were the first to develop aircraft engine preheat systems for piston engines, first to offer helicopter preheat, first to offer turbine preheat, and the first to meet the rigorous requirements for FAA Supplemental Type Certification.  

Pilot Recurrent Training: Landing Portion of Flight and Flight Safety Review of GA Incidents and Accidents (1-3 p.m. ET, June 27)

As a pilot in Canada, you need to practice certain skills or complete training every 2 years. Recurrent training ensures your skills are, at a minimum, what they were when you earned your certificate or rating. COPA's safety seminar on the landing portion of flight and on a flight safety review meets the requirements of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. A live Q&A will occur between 3:40-4:00 p.m.

RPAS Pilot Recurrent Training with Coastal Drone Co (1-2 p.m., June 27)

Staying proficient is important in keeping your overall knowledge and skills up to date. Complete your two year recency requirements as per the Canadian Aviation Regulations by participating in this session with Kate Klassen, VP Operations at Coastal Drone Co.

Connecting Pilot Performance with Pilot Wellbeing (1-2 p.m. ET, June 27)

Let's talk about mental health in aviation. No, but really. Many of our flying friends suffer mental health challenges in silence and the numbers say it all as these issues are mostly unknown in aviation. Curious why? Well, being labelled with a mental health disorder in aviation may have consequences, including: stigma and discrimination (perceived and real); grounding; additional costs as it relates to examinations and treatment to obtain/maintain medical certification; and fear of loss of employment. At our Virtual National Fly-In and Aviation Expo, we're going to tackle this topic, working to connect pilot performance with pilot wellbeing. Speakers Ryan Van Haren, Teara Fraser, Gord Stevens and Christine Gervais will explore leadership; health and wellbeing; carving out our own paths and help to redefine what it means to be a pilot - from its current image of being stoic to being the complex beings we each individually are.

By raising awareness, we hope to strengthen mental health in aviation and to help decrease the associated risks to aviation safety.

Best Practices for Transitioning from Traditional to Remote Aviation (2-3 p.m. ET, June 27)

Calling all license, ratings and certification chasers - are you curious about obtaining a drone certification? In this session with MIR Aviation, David Curry will share some of the nuances on adding remotely piloted aircraft pilot to your resume!

David Curry is a Pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), Aviation Auditor, Aircraft Accident Investigator, and Author with 38 years of aviation experience. Dave owns and operates a Transport Canada approved ground school and flight training facility for professional RPAS operators currently training for Basic, Advanced and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) RPAS Operations.

ForeFlight Terrain and Hazard Awareness (2-3 p.m. ET)

Learn about the latest services and products for flying in Canada with ForeFlight in this hour-long session.

Aircraft Insurance Talk with Magnes and AIG (3:40-4:30 p.m. ET, June 27)

Have questions on aircraft insurance?

Join Magnes and AIG for a discussion on several hot insurance topics within aviation at our upcoming Virtual National Fly-In and Aviation Expo, including:
👉Aging pilots
👉Drone insurance, who’s covered, who’s not
👉High risk aircraft - what to know before you buy
👉High risk pilots and what we can do to decrease our premiums

My Rights as a Hangar/Aerodrome Owner with McMillan (3:40-4:30 p.m. ET, June 27)

In this session with Glenn Grenier, Aviation Partner at McMillan, we will work to answer the many questions that come with being an aerodrome or hangar owner. 

The Total Cost of Aircraft Ownership (4-4:30 p.m. ET, June 27)

Curious about aircraft ownership? Learn about the total cost with Phil Lightstone

SPECIAL EVENING EVENT: COPA Awards and Trivia Night (6:30-7:30 p.m. ET, June 27)

After the day-long sessions, COPA will be hosting a special evening activity to announce the recipients of our volunteer awards, our COPA Neil J. Armstrong Scholarship and to invite aviation enthusiasts to participate in a nationwide trivia night. For those looking to add a little extra spirit to their evening, COPA will be sharing our own recipe for a special aviation cocktail! Be sure to book this one in your calendars - the winner of our trivia night will receive a special COPA prize!

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