Meetings & Minutes
The regular COPA Flight 45 meetings are
scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month. The meetings are usually held
at the Goderich Airport Terminal building, and start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending one of our
meetings is always welcome.
COPA FLIGHT 45
HELD AT GODERICH TERMINAL
ON WEDNESDAY FEB. 14, 2018
Parvesh Anand, Quincy Bridge, Fred & Marilyn Bruinsma, Wes Dignan, Don Jones,
Pat Pattison, Jack Searson.
Guests – Chris Watson, Peter Smith
Summer and Tyler Papple- Papple Aviation
C0-Captain Dan welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Minutes moved by Don Jones and seconded by Fred Bruinsma that the minutes of
January 11, 2018 be accepted as printed. Carried.
FINANCES AND MEMBERSHIPS
COPA Flight 45 made a donation to Cystic Fibrosis in memory of Kim Edwards,
daughter of John and Sharon Edwards.
Memberships are due for 2018
There was a draw for a gift certificate for breakfast for 2 at Flippin’ Eggs
which Pat Pattison won.
HURON COUNTY CONSULTANT’S REPORT
Co-Captain Dan introduced our guests, Chris Watson and Peter Smith from the
Huron County Economic Development Committee. It commissioned a consultant’s
report. Chris said the report focused on the present conditions of Goderich and
Wingham airports and methods to increase revenue and decrease costs as well as
the 10 and 20 year projections for each airport.
Generally the reaction has been positive. The county will probably assist in a
designated project for the airports. Airports are important to an area. The
report is a starting point from which various avenues can be explored, such as
fly in vacation packages. Everything does not need to be done immediately and
some items may not be chosen at all.
Peter Smith said that investment needs to be made in rural infrastructure
instead of always urban areas. It is an optimistic but not an economic impact
report which does provide opportunities to increase revenues and reduce costs.
It is important that all involved in the airport continue to talk about it and
keep in the forefront of Huron County and southwestern Ontario.
Each member was asked to state their opinions about the report. Some comments
were the air courier service with Bruce Power could include Wiarton and
Stratford enroute to Toronto. Better marketing strategies would increase traffic
to CYGD. Flippin’ Eggs is definitely one attraction to accomplish this. Fly in
vacation packages need to pursued and produced. Local hotels and restaurants can
be contacted for inclusion in the marketing.
Adding an aviation course with Fanshawe College is not possible because Huron
County lacks enough VFR days in winter months and housing for students.
There are definitely some areas to be explored and worked on for the upcoming
Fred Bruinsma and Don Jones presented Chris and Peter with thank you gifts for
PAPPLE AVIATION SERVICES
Summer and Tyler Papple of Papple Aviation Services provided COPA Flight 45 with
information about their services from the farm strip, Goderich, Wingham and
The service includes air taxi service, scenic flights, aerial photography and
more. For further info contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, website
pappleaviation.wordpress.com or phone 519-318-4224.
EVENTS FOR 2018
Sun. April 29 – CYHS – Rust Remover – Hanover
Thurs. May 31- Sat. June 2 – IPAT – Orillia, Arnprior
Thurs June 21- Sat. June 23- COPA Convention – St Johns NB
Wed. March 14-
Wed. April 11 -
Moved by Don Jones that the meeting be adjourned. Carried.