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.

The COPA Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) was incorporated on June 14, 1993. Its Objects of Incorporation provide that it is:

  • To promote and protect personal aviation as a valued, integral and sustainable part of the Canadian community and to promote flight safety by:
    • Producing programs and materials directly related to objects herein for presentation, broadcast and distribution on any means of audio, visual, computer, internet, electronic, digital or other forms of communication as may become available from time to time;
    • Participating in the regulatory process, promoting realistic and practical rules and regulations affecting personal aviation;
    • Establishing, owning, and operating one or more publishing offices, printing plants, distribution centres, or retail facilities for the publication, printing, distribution and sale of all types of literature and publications directly related to the objects herein;
    • Receiving and maintaining a fund or funds for the objects of the Corporation and to apply from time to time all or in part of the income and /or capital thereof for the objects herein and for the benefit of entities that have similar objects or complementary to the objects of the Corporation;
    • To develop, organize, conduct and provide programs, classes, meetings, training seminars, on-site visits, field trips, workshops, seminars, conferences, resource materials and study materials for individuals, groups and Organizations interested in personal aviation and flight safety in accordance with the objects herein; and
    • To conduct research, develop policies and guidelines, and communicate the results therefrom as well as other research and information to interested individuals, groups, organizations, academic, industry and governments, and to educate and increase public awareness on flight safety.

The Foundation was granted registered charity status by the Canada Revenue Agency effective April 1, 2008.

COPA Flight Safety Foundation provides a variety of aviation safety related educational and training services to the Canadian aviation community  through its COPA Safety Program as well as administers COPA’s three Scholarships: the Neil J. Armstrong Ab Initio Flight Training Award, the COPA advanced Flight Training Awards and the Advanced RPAS Pilot Certificate Awards.

The COPA Flight Safety Program and scholarships rely exclusively on donations.

The 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, it’s as easy as clicking here.

Contributions can also be mailed to:


75 Albert Street, Suite 903

Ottawa, ON, K1P 5E7  

Cheques can be made payable to COPA Flight Safety Foundation.

A tax receipt will be issued for your charitable donation.

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