COPA eFlight
Jun. 28, 2012

The 2012 Neil Armstrong Scholarship winners

The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund was first established in April 1995 through contributions from friends of Neil Armstrong, COPA members and the Canadian aviation community. Contributions are made to the COPA Flight Safety Foundation, Neil Armstrong Fund from which a charitable tax receipt can be issued. The purpose of the fund is twofold - to honour one of Canada's foremost aviation members and to provide flight training to worthy young people who might not otherwise be able to pursue their love of flight and who exemplify the fine character, optimism and love of adventure which were epitomized by Neil J. Armstrong.

This year’s winners can be found at http://www.copanational.org/NAscholarship.cfm More

2012 COPA Survey

The complete report of the COPA membership survey, including lots of graphs to illustrate the data, is now available. Please click 'more' to download the report.More

NTSB announces forum to improve general aviation search and rescue
Aviation.ca
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The Vancouver Sun
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NAV CANADA
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Peter Cheney: Why pilots make better drivers
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Saltspring man inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame
The Victoria-Times Colonist
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Ontario teen prepares for solo flight across country in amphibious plane
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Magna offers model airplane club home
YorkRegion.com
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