The bluenose flying club came into being around 2010 but the genesis of the group goes back to 1998 when a Lunenburg County resident, Burckhard Woelky, began offering instruction in the recently developed advanced ultralight aircraft. As well as instructing hundreds of students BW began to build over 20 Rans a/c many on floats
As so many of the planes were at private homes and cottages it was felt that a local association, the Ultralight Flying Organization of Nova Scotia (UFONS), would serve to connect all these newly minted pilots. The group kept in touch with a few annual meetings, a newsletter, and fly ins to member's homes or cottages.
As time went on and the group grew and attracted pilots from all types of general aviation, it was decided to change the name to the Bluenose Flying Club. To this day our training, activities, and fellowship has appealed to all pilots in the Maritimes and anyone interested in flying in the area.
Bluenose Flying club / COPA Flight 196 hopes to bring together all pilots and flying friends in the maritimes. The club supports an annual fly-in on New Germany Lake in Nova Scotia (3rd weekend in July) , and several meetings and activities throughout the year at various locations.
We hope to keep all pilots informed of flying activities in the area, resources, and news. Our objective is to make flying fun, and safe.
At flying clubs and meeting halls from Newfoundland & Labrador to Vancouver Island to Canada’s Far North, COPA members are coming together to preserve the spirit of flight in their communities. We help boost community aviation awareness while participating in locally sponsored aviation activities and events as members of a COPA Flight.
COPA works to support and improve personal aviation throughout Canada. COPA staff work the national issues, dealing with national government and industry officials to protect and promote our freedom to fly. Our Directors keep an eye on things regionally, attending as they are able various meetings to represent our interests. In the early 1960s, the Directors realized that the Association needed better representation and organization regionally and locally because COPA’s reputation depends on what it accomplishes on national, regional and local levels. In response to this need, they created a mechanism for COPA members to form local chapters linked to the national association. These chapters are called COPA Flights.
COPA Flights promote COPA, represent their members as a body to the COPA Directors, and represent personal aviation in their local areas by conducting promotional, educational, social and other activities.
An example of a COPA Flight activity is to band local pilots together to advocate for establishing or improving a general aviation airport. They would hold a meeting with the city council to explain their needs, hold public information sessions or even could get involved in locating a contractor, raising funds to build it, advertising for an FBO to maintain it, researching the appropriate regulations and so on. COPA would publicize their efforts, provide advice to the COPA Flight and put them in touch with other Flights who have experience with similar projects. Working at a national level with the provincial or federal government, COPA is there to help solve problems that might arise.
Other activities include conducting fly-ins, dinners, seminars and other events that are educational or social in nature.
One very important reason for forming a Flight is to conduct COPA For Kids introductory flights for young people. This program, which is a key to the future of aviation, can only be conducted by COPA Flights.
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