COPA FOR KIDS
The Northwest Territories Floatplane Association, as COPA Flight 108, is proud to participate in the COPA For Kids Aviation Program sponsored by the Canadian Owner and Pilots Association (COPA). The mission of COPA For Kids is to provide a motivational aviation experience, focusing on a flight in an airplane, in an effort to interest and engage youth in general aviation. Youth between ages 8-17 are eligible for COPA for Kids flights.
Our COPA for Kids event has been held in Yellowknife on an annual basis since 2009 and usually occurs in mid-July. All flights are in floatplanes owned and flown by local pilots. Kids are initially introduced to the science and general mechanics of the plane by the pilot and are then treated to a flight in the co-pilot's seat. Although the flights are free, pre-registration is required. This event is made possible by the generosity of Max Ward in permitting use of his property and the volunteer efforts of NWTFA members as pilots, dock handlers and dispatchers.
2017 (Photo Credits: Fran Hurcomb)
2014 (Photo Credits: Anson Chappell)
2013 (Photo Credits: Cathie Ferguson)
2012 (Photo Credits: Anson Chappell)
"Youth Take to the Sky", Yellowknifer, 4 August 2017, page A13
"Northern Flight does it right: 42 youth take floatplane rides", COPA National, October 2012
"Kids Fly High at Floatplane Event", Yellowknifer, July 17, 2009