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.