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COPA for Kids junior aviation experience fully booked up for this weekend

Over one hundred Peace Region kids will get a good look at the world of Aviation this weekend.

The West Peace Aviation Association is hosting the second ever COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) for Kids event at the Beaverlodge airport.

Organizer Teresa Boudreault says there will be lots to see and learn for those taking part.

“We will go and do a bit of a ground school with them, teach them some safety features. We will also have some static displays, STARS is going to be there, the large remote controlled airplane group is going to be there. Then they’ll be going up for a 20-30 minute plane ride.”

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The event is not for profit, and Boudrealt says it wouldn’t be possible without the help of the pilots, who take part on their own dime.

“So each pilot that flies, it usually costs them anywhere between $300 and $500 to do this for the kids, and we’re not reimbursed, it comes out of our own pocket. We don’t take donations or anything like that for it. It’s just the goodness of their hearts.”

Boudreault says she isn’t accepting anymore registrations as there is already 110 kids taking part, but she is keeping a waiting list.

She expects it will be one of the biggest COPA for Kids events across Canada.

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