On February 4, Bush Plane will hold the first meeting to re-establish COPA Flight 66 in Sault Ste. Marie. There will be a round table discussion aimed to define the structure, the people involved and the main objectives of the association COPA Flight 66. Lloyd Richards, COPA Director Northern Ontario and Philip Englishman, COPA Director Southern Ontario will provide guidelines for the development of this chapter. Copa Flight 66 will be promoting aviation in Sault Ste. Marie through different activities and events. One of the most important will be the introductory flight for young people called COPA For Kids. This program provides – free of charge – a motivational aviation experience, initiating young people to the science of flight. Other activities include conduction fly-ins, dinners and seminars.
The flight itself is just half of the experience of being a pilot. The other half is the relationships, real core of recreational aviation. This is why, since I became a private pilot in March 2014, I have being looking for a pilot community in Sault Ste. Marie ON. Not having found it, I took action”. S. Baj – COPA Flight Reunion Organizer.
The aviation history in Sault Ste Marie is more extensive than most people realize. Back in 1924, the Ontario Provincial Air Service was established here and the OPAS has become one of the oldest and largest governmental air services in the world under the Ministry of Natural Resources. Sault Ste Marie has been the home of air cadet squadrons for over 70 years. The aviation program at Sault College is more than 40 years old. It is impossible to tell how many pilots learned to fly and got their licenses in Sault Ste Marie. The Bushplane Centre is pleased to see renewed interest in a COPA flight in our city. We believe the chapter will help raise the profile of aviation in this area in a sector that is rapidly growing worldwide. M. Delfre – Executive Director Bushplane Centre