Many of you have been in contact with us regarding the recent local news stories about a proposed new bridge that posses a direct threat to the future of Courtenay Airpark (CAH3). These stories are alarming and we can only hope that they are a result of a proposal made by a city planner or bureaucrat that does not understand the economic impact that the airport has on the local community.
What is the BCGA doing about it?
The short answer is, nothing at the moment. The BCGA has a very close working relationship with COPA. As an organization the BCGA exists to promote safe and enjoyable flying throughout British Columbia. COPA on the other hand exists in order to advance, promote and preserve the Canadian freedom to fly.
The BCGA is in communication with COPA on this matter and has offered to provide any required support as deemed necessary by the team at COPA. After all this is what COPA does best and we are more useful in a supporting role when it comes to these types of battles.
Many pilots ask what exactly COPA does other than provide cheap insurance and a magazine. Well folks, it is times like this when airports are being threatened that COPA does what they do best and communicate with local, provincial and federal government contacts and stakeholders to ensure that they represent and advocate on behalf of you the Canadian pilot in order to ensure that treasures like Courtenay Airpark don't go down without a fight.
It is in situations like this that COPA truly shines and earns every penny of your membership dollars and a prime example why every pilot in Canada whether you are a student pilot, ultralight pilot, renter or owner should be a member of COPA. We should also mention that British Columbia is very well represented at the top levels of COPA.
Dave McElroy - Chairman Of The Board. / BC & Yukon Director (Kelowna, BC)
David Black - BC & Yukon Director (Vancouver, BC)
Carter Mann - Director of Government Affairs (Ladner, BC)