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COPA WELCOMES A NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO – The COPA Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Mark van Berkel to the role of President and CEO. Mark brings with him a wealth of experience in aviation and business, and is an accomplished pilot, aviation business owner and advocate for General Aviation. With the appointment of Mark, the Board is confident COPA’s National leadership will continue in capable hands well into the future.

NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: BOOM REWARDS – We are excited to announce the launch of the COPA Member Rewards Program, powered by BOOM. With the BOOM Rewards, members can enjoy unbeatable savings and offers on everything from travel, hotels, home and auto insurance, to clothing, health and wellness, car rentals and so much more. To access this member-benefit, login to the Learn more here on the COPA website.

DRONE ZONE NEWSLETTER – Every two months, the Transport Canada RPAS Team puts out a newsletter called the Drone Zone. Click here to read the most recent newsletter and subscribe.

COPA FLIGHT MAGAZINE – The next edition of the COPA Flight magazine will be going to print soon! Members are encouraged to login to the members-only section before May 10, 2023 to verify their address is up to date. Please note: COPA members whose membership status is in grace (the 3-month period after your expiry date) will no longer receive the COPA Flight magazine.

NEW MEMBER BENEFITS: RAINBOW HELICOPTERS – COPA members can receive a 15% discount on flight tours above Oahu, Hawaii operated by Rainbow Helicopters. Learn more here.


Mark van Berkel named President and CEO of COPA

Mark van Berkel on May 15 is set to join the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association as its next President and CEO, succeeding Jim Ferrier who was serving as interim leader. » 

Ottawa provides funding for COPA Flight Safety Foundation project

COPA team secures $558,903 for a three-year Flight Safety Foundation project to enhance pilot training. » 

Transport Canada initiates study for decision on new Southern Ontario airport

Government restarts process to arrive at a final decision on whether to build the Pickering Lands airport. » 

RMC grad to be first Canadian in deep space

RCAF fighter pilot and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen picked for Artemis II mission to fly around the moon. » 


1977 Cessna 182Q, US$ $219,000

Based in AB – Continental Model O-470-U, S/N 465995 (Nov 2009) with TTSMOH 1458, Total Time 7759 as of Mar 2023 and still being flown, fuel tanks extended range (80 US Gallons). » 


1978 Cessna 172N, $150,000

Based in ON – SMOH 1038 hours, TTAF 8849, 180 HP Penn Yan, always fresh water, P.K. 2300 floats, Rosen Visors, long range fuel (52 gallons/48 usable), digital TAC EGT/CHT. » 


1956 Cessna 180, $140,000

Based in ON – All original Cessna 180 has spent its entire life in NW Ontario (never in salt water), second owner with logbooks since new, better than new Edo floats (skis and legs available). » 


Oak Hills Flying Club Fly-In

Saturday May 6, 2023 (rain date: May 7)
Location: Stirling Airport CPJ5 – Stirling, ON
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Rust Remover hosted by COPA Flight 65 – Vernon Flying Club

Saturday May 6, 2023 9:00am – 3:45pm PDT
Location: VFC Airport Clubhouse – 6210 Tronson Road. Vernon, BC
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COPA Flight 39 Aviation Day 2023 at CYCH – Miramichi Airport

Saturday May 6, 2023 9:00am – 4:00pm ADT
Location: CYCH – Miramichi Airport, NB
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Run the Runway at Wetaskiwin Airport (CEX3)

Saturday May 6 at 10:00am MDT
Location: Wetaskiwin Regional Airport, AB
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COPA’s Annual General Meeting

Sunday June 11, 2023
Location: Mauril Bélanger Theatre at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum – Ottawa, ON
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