COPA for Kids 2017

West Peace Aviation Association (COPA Flight 184) will be hosting our 5th annual COPA for Kids
Saturday August 12, 2017
From 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
At the Grande Prairie Airport



COPA for Kids is an aviation program that is free for Kids. It brings together young people who are interested in the thrill of flight with licensed pilots. The pilots will provide you with an informative introduction to aviation and then take you up for a flight. An introduction to this program can be found on the COPA for Kids website. If you are between the ages of 8 to 17 this program is open to you.


COPA for Kids aviation program provides a free of charge motivational aviation experience introducing young people to the science of flight. Kids between the ages of 8 and 17 are welcome to join us at the Grande Prairie airport for a free flight. Not almost 8 or just turned 18!


Registration is now closed.

To help save some time, please read through the brochure and complete the Flight Waiver and Registration form for EACH Junior Aviator accompanying you. You MUST have BOTH pages filled in for every participant prior to the flight.


Thrill of Flight!

How To Find Us

The Grande Prairie airport is a registered airport located at Latitude 55º10.91’N Longitude W114° 06′ 22″ and its ICAO airport identification is CYQU. We will be operating out of Happy Gas Hangar 2. Look for the signs.

COPA for Kids 2014 Photos

What a great event with many that took part to make the COPA for Kids 2014 such a successful event.  Many thanks goes out to: COPA, Teresa B, COPA Flight #185 Executive, the pilots and their planes, Stars, Air Ambulance, Chris with Wapiti Sand and Gravel (provided hot dogs and beverages) the many volunteers that helped out with registration, first aid, kid escort to the aircraft and safety, Peace Aero Modellers Club, Les with the Grande Prairie Soaring Society, Peace Recreational Flyers, Adventure Air, Town of Beaverlodge and Staff, and lastly Marilyn Grubb from Chipabirdee Images that took these wonderful photos that documented the day.

All images are copyrighted by Marilyn Grubb from
Chipabirdee Images
If you would like an image, please contact us and we will forward your request to Marilyn.

West Peace Aviation Association Meeting – 1000 hrs 8th Feb 2014

Hi Everyone

The next meeting of the WPAA will be held at 1000 hrs on 11 January 2014 at the Neighbourhood Resource Centre in Beaverlodge.

Our guest speaker will be Andy Stewart from STARS. Andy will be talking about his flying experiences as a military pilot, a test pilot and a STARS pilot.

Our main topic of discussion will be the potential of taking over operation of the Beaverlodge airport (CEU2).

So come out to be in the picture of the presentation to Teresa that will be in the local and COPA papers, listen to Andy and then enter the discussion on operating CEU2.



West Peace Aviation Association Meeting – 1000 hrs 14 Dec 2013 – at New Beaverlodge Pool Complex

Good Morning

The next meeting of the WPAA will be held at 1000 hrs on 14 Dec 2013 at the Multi-Purpose Room in the New Beaverlodge Pool Complex just north Neighborhood Resource Centre in Beaverlodge.

I have included the minutes of the last meeting and a map for those new people that would like to attend. Note the map shows the Neighborhood Resource Centre – just come across the parking lot to the Pool Complex.

Now for some news:

1.  Shell has just announced the development of an unleaded aviation fuel. Read more…

2.  Just received a text from Dave Knox. He is in Winnipeg after picking up his Aztec in Ontario. Should have it hear by Wednesday.

3.  I was able to get checked out on the Warrior last Saturday and made it to Beaverlodge before the snow hit. C-GQEW is now safely in the hanger for the winter. Jim and Chris were at the airport to meet me and then thanks to Chris, we toasted the new arrival with Champagne.

See you Saturday.


Lloyd Sherk



COPA for Kids

COPA for Kids was so successful adults said there should be a day for adults who may have ridden in big planes but not in small ones.

On September 28, 2013, at the Beaverlodge Airport COPA Flight #184 introduced 59 kids to small airplane flight. It was a total success graded on safety and fun.

 Credit goes to:

  • Parents for bringing their young people to the airport to let them share the excitement of flying. Oh, and for reading the rules and procedures and following all needed protocols.
  • The kids for sharing their joy, coping with anxiety (a very few) and turning it to excitement and like their guardians, listing to the instructors and responding to the pilots.
  • The pilots who donated the cost of the flights in exchange for the grins on everyone, including themselves.
  • Volunteers who spent hours in advance, all of September 28, 2013 and clean up time later. Unsung too often, these were the folk who took a bright idea and made it happen.
    Sign up included work for parents.

    Sign up included work for parents.

    Ground School "I saw the instruments and learned not to go near the propeller."

    Ground School “I saw the instruments and learned not to go near the propeller.”

    Visibility for all and lots of cameras at the ready.

    Visibility for all and lots of cameras at the ready.

    "I learned to name the airplanes."

    “I learned to name the airplanes.”

    Pilots talked to us a lot about how to touch the airplanes and where to look to see things.

    Pilots talked to us a lot about how to touch the airplanes and where to look to see things.

    And the volunteers celebrated safety and fun and a job well done with a barbecue.

    And the volunteers celebrated safety and fun and a job well done with a barbecue.

Beaverlodge Barbeque Sunday July 14th

Again the theme for the barbeque is “Flying” of course.  We would like you to come to the barbeque with something aviation oriented.  Fly in with you plane, glider, or car but you have to bring…. a paper airplane?  Hopefully the weather will be good for some flying!

This will be a potluck type event but bring your own meat and lawn chairs.  Dwayne will look into arranging a barbeque.

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.





Latest Updates and News

The last day for the COPA AGM in Dawson Creek.  Yesterday I saw and visited many local pilots there. It was sure a great turnout for the event.  I was impressed on how many aircraft that flew in and the amount of volunteers that helped out to make the event possible.  I enjoyed visiting the booths at the trade show.  I took a few snaps  from my iPhone but they are not all that great so if some one else could send me some better  photos to show case the happening that would be great.



One of our local pilots Gerald Beaudoin is participating in the COPA Yukon and Alaska Airtour.  He is going to share photos and video of his trip daily.  Stay tuned!

COPA Airtours_Label Mockup



We now have added a page on our website for local aircraft for sale.  Check that out as well.



The Soaring Club was busy at Beaverlodge Airport

Hello Everyone

The Soaring Club was at Beaverlodge on Monday having a great time flying.  Check out their day at

Here is some sample photos