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Saturday May 14, 2022

Our season opener to Windsor yesterday, Saturday May 14th., was a big success. 35 airplanes made the trip in excellent weather although many of us with ADSB weather on board got quite a surprise when, while inbound, some yellow and red showed up on the screen about 20 miles south of the Windsor airport airport. Read more...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Our shed aka Bunkie arrived at YGD this morning
So thanks to Mike S, Arden, Kevin, Richard, and Mike B and assistants for gathering the materials and making this project possible.
It has been said that we should all call it Harvey’s Hangar. (Harvey Dale)
No mention of Bunkie at all.
So a dedication to Harvey’s Hangar is in the plans

Re-roofing the Clubhouse June 2022



Owen Sound's Billy Bishop Airport
has been sold
 Nov 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

Burt and Maria Hodgins along with Fred and Marilyn Bruinsma flew to Timmins to attend Lloyd Richards’ Memorial held in Lloyd’s hangar at the Timmins Airport. The weather was 5C at Timmins Airport when we phoned FSS but warmed up considerably for a sunny day when we arrived mid morning. Winds were 30 KT on the nose wo made the trip slightly slower but smooth. Coffee and donuts allowed people to visit as we had not seen some since the IPATS over 2 years earlier.  Read more...

Fly-in draws a crowd to Sarnia's airport - August 2021

73 Aircraft Arrive at Sky Harbour Airport
by Marilyn Bruinsma
August 2021

Thursday, August 5, was the date set for the Trilllium Aviators to fly into Goderich's Sky Harbour Airport. The sun was shining along with a Lake Huron breeze. A perfect day. Planes started arriving early in the morning for coffee and Culbert's famous donuts. Pilots came from as far away as Elliot Lake. North Bay, Hong Kong (actually Welland) Lindsay, as well as Kincardine, Hanover, Sexsmith, Woodstock, Owen Sound, Sarnia, Chatham, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and other places around Ontario. Read more...

Court rules in favour of Brocton pilot - July 2021

Lloyd Richards
July 2021

Lloyd Richards – COPA Director

On July 28, 2021, we have lost a great friend and pilot in Lloyd Richards, COPA's Northern Ontario Director, a position he held from 2012 to 2021.
Lloyd's greatest passion was in the sky. He began his flight training in 1979 earning his PPL(Private Pilot's License) in 1981 with endorsements for float and instrument, even a gliding permit. For 40 years he flew across the Carribean, North and South America to accumulate 4200 hours. It included annual trips to Oshkosh WI where again he showed his dedication to aviation by being a director of EAAC (Experimental Aircraft Association of Canada). He owned and flew varying aircraft throughout his aviation journey.
He was very active in COPA, AOPA, EAA, and was EAA's Young Eagles Field Advisor. Lloyd raised the bar for pilots all across North America by introducing more than 2650 children to the magic of flying over 28 years. He was number one in Canada and sixth in the USA for flights given to young Canadian children. A feat that no other pilot has surpassed.
Again he participated in several organizations within his community. His most dedicated support and love was for rescued animals, for which he and Nancy provided homes to many. Lloyd often took the road less travelled and paved the way for others to follow and throughout his life's journey he came to know many people. His opinion was very much respected and he was not shy about expressing his opinion in a most professional manner.
Lloyd Richards worked in the trucking industry for 54 years, establishing the L. Richards Trucking Company and was a valued member of the United Van Lines.
This Year, 2021, COPA Flight 45's member Jack Searson, was awarded the Lloyd Richards' Directors' Award at the virtual COPA Convention on June 27th. Unfortunately, Lloyd himself will not be able to personally present Jack with his award.

Jack Searson
COPA Award of Merit
June 2021

Flying and building are two of Jack's passions along with his COPA membership. He is Co Captain of COPA Flight 172 and member of Flight 45. When it was announced that Hanover was hosting the 2012 COPA Convention, Jack and Ella were founding committee members with COPA director Phil Englishman. Jack was in charge of recruiting and positioning volunteers, doing an outstanding job as the weekend was very well organized. Read more...

Norm Paterson
COPA Award of Merit
June 2021

A pilot's best friend is his AME to ensure a well maintained and operating aircraft that gives the pilot peace of mind while flying. Knowing the machine is in good running condition the pilot is free to concentrate on the airspace, weather and other safety requirements while flying cross country. Read more...

Burt and Maria Hodgins
May 2021

received the 2020 Spirit of Hope Award for Distinguished Volunteers of the Year at the annual meeting of Hope Air in late May.
These Goderich COPA Flight 45 members engaged other flying groups and recruited other pilots to help with fundraising this past summer in support of HOPE AIR , They participated in the Give Hope Wings , The sault to Saguenay Expedition in 2020 and hosted a fly-in barbecue in their airport hangar. Burt also continues to fly patients as a Hope Air volunteer pilot.
Passenger snapped this photo of the heart shaped cloud while Burt was flying.

Goderich Revisited
Summer 2020

Generally we, under-the-wing campers, are a fairly self –sufficient lot. Give us a patch of grass, out of the way of prop blasts and heavy foot traffic, and we can entertain ourselves indefinitely while at the same time endeavouring to stay out of everyone’s way. Equipped with camp stoves, tents and sleeping bags, we manage quite well but the two things we do appreciate are: a toilet (a porta-potty works) and a source of water - even an outside tap. Nice-to-haves are nearby food outlets, walking paths to explore and sites to see. Goderich has all this in spades.

I’ve always known the Goderich area as a great place to camp. Growing up, Point Farms and Benmiller Falls (before the camp ground was established) were prime summer destinations. Some years later, a family member had a seasonal trailer in the Maitland Valley campground by the harbour. During one visit by car I had spoken to an employee at the airport about camping on the airfield. He was very enthusiastic and said it was entirely possible. He even offered to make the terminal washrooms available to us.

Life got in the way and several years went by before a plan was finally put together to make YGD a weekend flight destination. To ensure we would still be well received, I contacted Fred and Marilyn Bruinsma, COPA Flight 45 members, to see what facilities might be available if we were to stay for a weekend. Well, the response was immediate and welcoming. They rolled out the red carpet providing helpful tips for setting up on our arrival and background information on the airport’s current status. We were especially appreciative of the beautiful terminal building equipped with WiFi for flight planning and checking weather.

Fred fixing the hangar
 doors at Goderich

What is more rewarding than a flight on a sunny autumn day to view the fall colours of Huron County and Ontario? This year plans were to have flights outs from Goderich's Sky Harbour Airport, Collingwood, Parry Sound and others. The lunch bunch now called the Trillium Aviators were anticipating these final flights before the leaves were stripped off the trees. Always with lawnchairs in the baggage compartment and lunches packed in coolers, the pilots and passengers were ready for an opportunity to fly to a chosen airport for social distancing and social time with everybody.

The first of these flights were to our Sky Harbour Airport late September. But Ontario's premier Doug Ford reduced gatherings to 10 people with stiff fines This made the opportunity for the Trillium Aviators to meet at any destination. The COPA 45/ Modelers' clubhouse would have been a good gathering place to have coffee upon arrival. Westside of the clubhouse is a huge shade tree for lawnchairs and sun for those who wanted the enjoy the last of summers' rays.
We had expected over 30 aircraft into our Sky Harbour Airport. The fall colours around Huron County are second to none. We often say that no matter where you fly to view the fall colours, the colours around the Maitland River are the nicest. Let's hope these flights will happen next autumn.

HanKosh 2020
August 30, 2020

The Hanover Flying Club hosted 2 barbecues on August 30 at Hanover Airport (CYHS). Possibly 55 aircraft, including a helicopter, and several cars were on display.
Everyone enjoyed tenderloin steaks or hamburgers on fresh bakery buns with corn on the cob, salads, and plenty of homemade deserts. Dedicated volunteers and sponsors were able to feed the crowd at no charge. But donations were encouraged to support Hope Air fly patients in need of access to medical care. Hope Air is a Canadian charity that provides travel and accommodations for people in financial need who must get medical care far from home. Read more...


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