Pilot Perry Wilson poses in front of two of the six planes that will be used for the COPA for Kids aviation event that is set for Saturday

Pilot Perry Wilson poses in front of two of the six planes that will be used for the COPA for Kids aviation event that is set for Saturday

Pilots prepare for kids’ aviation program

Youths interested in flying are gearing up for a fun aviation event.

Youths interested in flying are gearing up for a fun aviation event that gets kids involved in the fine and technical aspects of soaring through the skies.

Called COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) for Kids, the event is set for Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there are still a few open spots left to register, said organizer Perry Wilson.

“We’re going to have six (planes) and most of them will be able to handle three kids at a time,” explained Wilson.

He said the event is open for kids aged eight to 13 and participants will get a bird’s eye view of the area but will also learn important technical details about aviation. Organizers can have up to 80 applicants. “They’re going to learn from the pilot,” said Wilson.

The goal is to give kids a taste of adventure and if they find some interest in aviation, he hopes they will pursue lessons. “Maybe some of these kids will be interested in pursuing a career in aviation, so this will just give them a little bit of incentive to follow that passion.”

This is Wilson’s second time hosting a COPA for Kids event and he said kids were quite excited about the experience the first time around. He said participants will learn about some of the important aspects of what makes a plane work and will receive a certificate for the event.

He feels this will also give kids an idea of the Ponoka Industrial Airport and when they see a plain active, they will have a better understanding of the infrastructure.

To find out more about the program and for registration check the website: www.copaforkids.org. Interested parents can also email: trishmross@gmail.com.