Spirits soar

Pilots praised for giving children the thrill of flight

“Awesome, yeah, totally awesome.”

“Mom, I flew an airplane.”

“Mom, I saw our ranch.”

“Did you see? Did you see? I went in the helicopter.”

The enthusiastic response from a happy child is why most of us are involved with the COPA for Kids aviation program. Who can resist an ear-to-ear grin?

Parents and grandparents expressed amazement at the generosity of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association members.  Pilots, who are also members of the Vernon Flying Club, once again donated their time, aircraft and fuel to give kids ages eight to 17 the thrill of flight at the Wings and Wheels event at the Vernon Airport Father’s Day.

A total of 101 youngsters registered to have a 20-minute flight in a small aircraft.

Ten airplanes and one helicopter participated with a host of volunteers handling the on-the-ground duties to ensure that everyone had a safe, fun-filled and educational experience.

Anyone wishing more information is invited to contact the flying club at vfchome@shaw.ca or the national office of COPA for Kids at www.copaforkids.org.

Marion Ross