Algoma Aviation Week is a gathering of aviation enthusiasts, veterans and families that will take place at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. The event is organized by the Canadian Owners Pilots Association (COPA) Flight 66 and the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation. It will take place from August 8 until August 14 2016 at CYAM (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Airport). The event is to celebrate and honour those who served in the armed forces, to promote aviation by educating the public about general aviation and to inspire the next generation through the aviation experience of COPA for Kids.
‘The COPA For Kids Aviation Program is a – free of charge – aviation program that puts COPA member pilots together one-on-one with young people between 8 and 17 years of age to show them what aviation is all about and to give them an experience of being in the cockpit of an aircraft in flight. The participants will experience an enjoyable flight that will give them new perspectives on the world and life in general.
Participation in the COPA For Kids Aviation Program will help young people understand that a pilot is simply an ordinary individual with special skills developed through training and practice. The participants will learn the technology and science of flight and be shown the advantages of the hard work required to achieve a pilot’s license. Being in the cockpit of a working aircraft in flight will help to de-mystify the art and science of aviation. Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. This demonstration flight is completely free.’ (http://www.copassm.com/copa-for-kids/)
Participants will experience:
· A chance to examine a working aircraft close up on the ground.
· A short ground school session conducted by a pilot who will explain what the various parts of an aircraft are, what they do and will answer questions about aviation and flying.
· A walk around, preferably conducted on a static display aircraft, to show them how pilots prepare for each flight and to brief them on the safety aspects of their flight.
· A flight in the front seat (if possible) of an aircraft where they will be able to observe all the facets of flight from start-up to take-off to cruising to landing and shut-down.
The flying should be conducted one-on-one unless the parent or guardian wishes to accompany the young person and the pilot has room and carrying capacity in his aircraft.
Algoma Aviation Week is a great opportunity for our community to discover and experience aviation in a tangible and exciting way. Furthermore, the event will provide an opportunity for those already involved in aviation to gather, socialise, and build a stronger aviation sector in our community.
For more information: check out the website at: http://www.copassm.com/copa-for-kids/ or contact Kim Park, COPA for Kids Coordinator to register: [email protected]