Kids’ aviation program takes flight

Kids aged 8 to 17 will have a chance to fly in a plane and learn the ins and outs of piloting.

Kids aged 8 to 17 interested in learning about what it takes to fly are going to have a first-hand opportunity with an aviation program called COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) for Kids.

Town council received a letter Tuesday, April 14 during a regular meeting from Perry Wilson, a pilot with the Ponoka Flying Club, requesting permission to hold the event at the Ponoka Industrial Airport.

“We view the event as a good opportunity to educate children about aviation and answer their questions about careers in the field,” explained Wilson in the letter.

The flying program is set for Saturday, May 23 and Wilson said they expect to fly out 80 kids on a first come (register)-first served basis.

Mayor Rick Bonnett supported the idea. “I think it’s a great program to get as many kids out,” said Bonnett.

Support from council for the flying program was unanimous.

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