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 Safety Seminars

As part of the COPA Safety Program, COPA will be hosting monthly online seminars highlighting key safety considerations for general aviation pilots. Some of these seminars meet the 24-month pilot recurrent training program (PRTP) requirements of CAR 401.05(2)(a).

Accident Forgiveness Insurance Incentive
Are you attending a COPA safety seminar? Click here to learn more about the insurance incentive available.

Annual Prizes
The more seminars a member attends, the better their chance of winning one of three available prizes (see below) at our end-of-year annual draw

Past Seminars
Can’t make it to a live safety seminar event? No problem – watch past seminars on replay via our YouTube channel.

Please note, you must attend our safety seminars live to receive credit for seminars that meet the 24-month pilot recurrent training program (PRTP) requirements of CAR 401.05(2)(a).


Upcoming Live Seminars

Seminars open for registration can be found below. For the 2022 seminar schedule, click here.

2022 Annual Prizes

Get rewarded for all the COPA seminars you attend! Each year, COPA offers three prize packs worth up to $2,500. For every seminar you attend, you, our COPA members, will receive an entry into this annual year-end draw. The annual draw will take place at the last seminar of each calendar year.

Prizes will be announced shortly.

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.

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, it’s as easy as clicking here.