COPA For Kids 2017
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Seven aircraft introduced the thrill of flight to 167 enthusiastic young aviators at the Kawartha Lakes Flying Club / COPA Flight 101 / COPA For Kids event at the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Airport June 24th.
Each 20-minute flight showcased the City of Kawartha Lakes' beautiful scenery.
After the flight, the kids received a First Time Flight Certificate and a photo with the pilot and aircraft. The kids were also treated to a hot dog, pop, and chips courtesy of the Airport View Restaurant.
The success of this event is measured, not only by the number of kids flown, but by the smiles from the kids and the appreciation displayed by the parents: "My congratulations to everyone involved in the event. I have never seen such enthusiasm in a little girl after she landed." "I would like to thank everyone from COPA for a well-organized event. My granddaughter looks at the planes every time we eat at the airport and asks to go for a ride in a plane, so you made her wish come true and she was thrilled!"
A dedicated team of 50 volunteers and the Loomex Aviation Management Team coordinated each element of the event, ensuring a safe operating environment for the kids, parents, ground crew, and the pilots.
Carlos Teani and a young aviator on the ramp
A Polish-built Antonov An-2, owned by Lee Barker of Oshawa, was on static display for kids and parents to tour. The An-2 is the world's largest single-engine bi-plane still in production, featuring a 1,000 HP radial engine that consumes 50 gallons-per-hour, and can fly as slow as 35 mph.
Flavelle Barrett's grandchildren ready for take-off in the Antonov An-2.