CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall Flying Club held thier semi-annual Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) for Kids event on Oct. 21 at the Cornwall Regional Airport.
Pilots took turns taking more than 50 kids, aged 8 to 17, into the air to experience what it is like to fly in a recreational aircraft.
“The goal is to give them an exposure to aviation,” said Earle DePass, President of the COPA 59th Squadron.
The cost of the flights was entirely paid for by the Cornwall Flying Club, who also provided a BBQ that afternoon with hot dogs donated by Olymel.
The Cornwall Flying Club has a close connection with the local Air Cadet squadrons in Cornwall, Alexandria and Lancaster.
Two cadets from the Lancaster Squadron were on hand at the COPA for Kids event on Saturday.
“I want to become a pilot and have always had a passion for aviation,” said 15-year-old Travis Lefebvre.
“It is a different skill to learn for a young person and its a talent,” said Gianluca Macchiagodena.