Penticton program has kids flying high

Penticton Flying Club is offering a free introduction to flying to kids ages eight to 17 on May 5

Don Hudgeon gives a few pointers to Ryan O`Gorman at a previous orientation session as part of the COPA For Kids Program.The free event will take place at the Penticton Flying Club House at Les Abbey Way on May 5 beginning at 9 a.m.

Don Hudgeon gives a few pointers to Ryan O`Gorman at a previous orientation session as part of the COPA For Kids Program.The free event will take place at the Penticton Flying Club House at Les Abbey Way on May 5 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Penticton Flying Club is again offering the COPA For Kids Program this spring. This is a nationwide program sponsored by the Penticton Flying Club/ Flight #50 chapter of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.  This annual free event is open to all children and youth between eight and 17 years of age.

Last year, the event attracted close to 150 young aviators from the Penticton and Princeton locations.

The participants will be provided a ground school session with a static display aircraft and a pre-flight walk around with a local pilot, who will explain various aircraft parts, flight control surfaces and aviation terminology.

The participants then load up into club members’ aircraft for a 20-minute flight around the valley. All pilots have donated their time, fuel and aircraft in order to introduce younger people to aviation.

The event will take place at the Penticton Flying Club House at Les Abbey Way on May 5 beginning at 9 a.m. A separate event will be held at the Princeton Airport terminal building this Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

To ensure a spot, local students are asked to pick up applications from their school office and return the completed forms a week prior to the event. There will also be forms available at the airport on the date of the flight. Every participant must have a completed registration/waiver form signed by a parent or guardian prior to the flight.

Resister early to ensure a spot. Further information may be obtained by contacting Don Hudgeon at 250-494-9042 or


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